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Archive for August 15th, 2014

President Obama Gives Update on Iraq and Responds to the Situation in Ferguson, MO

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Edgartown, Massachusetts

President Barack Obama’s Statement:

Today (8/14/14) , I’d like to update the American people on two issues that I’ve been monitoring closely these last several days.

First of all, we continue to make progress in carrying out our targeted military operations in Iraq.  Last week, I authorized two limited missions:  protecting our people and facilities inside of Iraq, and a humanitarian operation to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians stranded on a mountain.

A week ago, we assessed that many thousands of Yezidi men, women and children had abandoned their possessions to take refuge on Mount Sinjar in a desperate attempt to avoid slaughter.  We also knew that ISIL terrorists were killing and enslaving Yezidi civilians in their custody, and laying siege to the mountain. Without food or water, they faced a terrible choice — starve on the mountain, or be slaughtered on the ground.  That’s when America came to help.

Over the last week, the U.S. military conducted humanitarian air drops every night –- delivering more than 114,000 meals and 35,000 gallons of fresh water.  We were joined in that effort by the United Kingdom, and other allies pledged support. Our military was able to successfully strike ISIL targets around the mountain, which improved conditions for civilians to evacuate the mountain safely.

Yesterday, a small team of Americans -– military and civilian -– completed their review of the conditions on the mountain.  They found that food and water have been reaching those in need, and that thousands of people have been evacuating safely each and every night.  The civilians who remain continue to leave, aided by Kurdish forces and Yezidis who are helping to facilitate the safe passage of their families.  So the bottom line is, is that the situation on the mountain has greatly improved and Americans should be very proud of our efforts.

Because of the skill and professionalism of our military –- and the generosity of our people –- we broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar; we helped vulnerable people reach safety; and we helped save many innocent lives.  Because of these efforts, we do not expect there to be an additional operation to evacuate people off the mountain, and it’s unlikely that we’re going to need to continue humanitarian air drops on the mountain.  The majority of the military personnel who conducted the assessment will be leaving Iraq in the coming days.  And I just want to say that as Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder of the men and women of our military who carried out this humanitarian operation almost flawlessly.  I’m very grateful to them and I know that those who were trapped on that mountain are extraordinarily grateful as well.

Now, the situation remains dire for Iraqis subjected to ISIL’s terror throughout the country, and this includes minorities like Yezidis and Iraqi Christians; it also includes Sunnis, Shia and Kurds.  We’re going to be working with our international partners to provide humanitarian assistance to those who are suffering in northern Iraq wherever we have capabilities and we can carry out effective missions like the one we carried out on Mount Sinjar without committing combat troops on the ground.

We obviously feel a great urge to provide some humanitarian relief to the situation and I’ve been very encouraged by the interest of our international partners in helping on these kinds of efforts as well.  We will continue air strikes to protect our people and facilities in Iraq.  We have increased the delivery of military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting ISIL on the front lines.

And, perhaps most importantly, we are urging Iraqis to come together to turn the tide against ISIL –- above all, by seizing the enormous opportunity of forming a new, inclusive government under the leadership of Prime Minister-designate Abadi.  I had a chance to speak to Prime Minister-designate Abadi a few days ago, and he spoke about the need for the kind of inclusive government — a government that speaks to all the people of Iraq — that is needed right now.  He still has a challenging task in putting a government together, but we are modestly hopeful that the Iraqi government situation is moving in the right direction.

Now, second, I want to address something that’s been in the news over the last couple of days and that’s the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.  I know that many Americans have been deeply disturbed by the images we’ve seen in the heartland of our country, as police have clashed with people protesting.  Today, I’d like us all to take a step back and think about how we’re going to be moving forward.

This morning, I received a thorough update on the situation from Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been following it and been in communication with his team.  I’ve already tasked the Department of Justice and the FBI to independently investigate the death of Michael Brown, along with local officials on the ground.

The Department of Justice is also consulting with local authorities about ways that they can maintain public safety without restricting the right of peaceful protest and while avoiding unnecessary escalation.  I made clear to the Attorney General that we should do what is necessary to help determine exactly what happened, and to see that justice is done.

I also just spoke with Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri.  I expressed my concern over the violent turn that events have taken on the ground, and underscored that now is the time for all of us to reflect on what’s happened, and to find a way to come together going forward.  He is going to be traveling to Ferguson.  He is a good man and a fine governor, and I’m confident that, working together, he is going to be able to communicate his desire to make sure that justice is done and his desire to make sure that public safety is maintained in an appropriate way.

Of course, it’s important to remember how this started.  We lost a young man, Michael Brown, in heartbreaking and tragic circumstances.  He was 18 years old.  His family will never hold Michael in their arms again.  And when something like this happens, the local authorities –- including the police -– have a responsibility to be open and transparent about how they are investigating that death, and how they are protecting the people in their communities.

There is never an excuse for violence against police, or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting.  There’s also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests, or to throw protestors in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights.  And here, in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground.  Put simply, we all need to hold ourselves to a high standard, particularly those of us in positions of authority.

I know that emotions are raw right now in Ferguson and there are certainly passionate differences about what has happened.  There are going to be different accounts of how this tragedy occurred.  There are going to be differences in terms of what needs to happen going forward.  That’s part of our democracy.  But let’s remember that we’re all part of one American family.  We are united in common values, and that includes belief in equality under the law; a basic respect for public order and the right to peaceful public protest; a reverence for the dignity of every single man, woman and child among us; and the need for accountability when it comes to our government.

So now is the time for healing.  Now is the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson.  Now is the time for an open and transparent process to see that justice is done.  And I’ve asked that the Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney on the scene continue to work with local officials to move that process forward.  They will be reporting to me in the coming days about what’s being done to make sure that happens.

Thanks very much, everybody.

Chicago Democratic Mayoral Candidate Frederick Collins Along with Community Leaders & Members Speak out About Chicago Police Policies

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Says lack of communication between the citizens of Chicago and the Police Department

Caught on Tape: CPD officer snatches man’s phone for filming without “permission.” He and the woman in the video are later detained and handcuffed despite Illinois Supreme Court ruling that ban on recording public conversations is unconstitutional.

CHICAGO, IL – Wednesday, August 20th at 1 p.m. outside the Mayor’s office on the 5th floor of City Hall, mayoral candidate Frederick Collins will join community member Keyia Mandeldove and her fiance, Akula L. Segal, who were handcuffed and detained in Garfield Park park for video taping police with a cellphone, despite an Illinois Supreme Court decision (PDF) striking down the state’s restrictive eavesdropping laws.

Part of the incident was caught on video, uploaded to youtube, and posted by the Photography is not a Crime blog. The video has received over 42,000 views and 240 comments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0BS0vbtsWk

Mandeldove says this incident is just one example of an ongoing pattern of police harassment and intimidation in Garfield Park. “This park is our home, the safest part of our community, yet the police regularly sweep people out of here for the night from 7pm to 9pm.” she says. “These are grown, working people enjoying the park in the evening who pick up and start running when they hear the police are moving in. The way police treat people in our community is intolerable and needs to stop. By targeting us, instead of working with us, Chicago police are making violence worse in Garfield Park.”

Frederick Collins, who is running for Mayor of Chicago, stated, “It is unacceptable for any U.S. citizen to be denied their constitutional and civil rights by any branch of government simply for asking a question.” Frederick Collins is a Chicago police officer and community activist who advocates for sensitivity and diversity training for law enforcement professionals to improve community relations with the police.

Mandeldove is a Chicago business woman who has provided complimentary massage therapy services to teachers at over 70 Chicago Public Schools and who also runs a not-for-profit entertainment company, the Entertainment Institute, that has worked with thousands of local artists. She says she set up her massage chair in Garfield Park on August 8th, 2014 to provide a free service and to spread awareness of the benefits of massage to a community under stress.

On August 8th, Mandeldove and Segal were enjoying a late summer afternoon in Garfield Park. Word went out that the police would be moving in to sweep everyone out – a regular occurrence in Garfield Park. The pair saw the police cars headed in and asked the CPD Lieutenant on the scene why the park was being closed early and when a CAP meeting would be held to address the concerns of community residents who use the park. Segal began filming the conversation on his cell phone.

As more officers and police vehicles moved into the park, Segal’s phone was snatched by a female officer who began recording the scene with her own cellphone, as is shown in the video. Both Mandeldove and Segal were handcuffed and detained. After being bullied and threatened with arrest, during which a ticket was written and then torn up by police, the pair were released after accepting a contact card. There were both a CPD Lieutenant and a Sargent present, in addition to numerous officers.

Video, screen shots and original blog post about the incident: http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/08/08/chicago-cop-snatches-camera-handcuffs-man-recording-without-permission/

Additional posts about the incident:

News Asylum: http://newsasylum.com/female-chicago-police-officer-snatches-mans-camera-in-garfield-park/

Live Leak: http://www.liveleak.com/browse?q=chicago+police+snatches+camera

Chicagoist:  http://chicagoist.com/2014/08/09/watch_chicago_police_officer_harass.php

The Free Thought Project: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/wait-it-wait-it-long-thug-cop-trampling-rights/

Cop Block: https://www.facebook.com/copblockchicagoillinois

East Garfield Park Community Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/300919189405/10152661356569406/?comment_id=10152661965304406&notif_t=like

Sure News: http://www.surenews.com/police/chicago-cop-snatches-camera-handcuffs-man-for-recording-her-without-permission/

God Like Productions: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2614493/pg1

Locker Dome: http://lockerdome.com/6267103435045953/6864879368933652

Missouri Police Open Fire on Unarmed Protesters: Tell the Department of Defense to Stop Militarizing Local Police

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Around the country, people are watching in horror as police in Ferguson, Missouri assault people holding a vigil with rubber bullets and tear gas. This nationwide trend of military-style police is being supplied by the Pentagon.
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According to eyewitnesses, when 18-year-old Mike Brown was approached by police he threw his hands up and yelled “I don’t have a gun! Stop shooting!”

But the officer didn’t stop shooting. Mike Brown was shot to death by a yet-to-be-named police officer. His body lay on the street for four hours before officials finally took it away.

Instead of accepting responsibility, police defended themselves, calling the event an “altercation.” Then, when the community in Ferguson, Missouri responded to the tragedy by holding a vigil and protest, police monitored them with rooftop snipers, assaulted them with tear gas, and hit them with rubber bullets.

This military-style assault and murder of innocent civilians is becoming a new trend in police forces across the country. It’s disturbing and shameful — and it’s supplied by the Pentagon.

Using a federal program called 1033, the Department of Defense distributes hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of military equipment to local police departments. The chilling motto for this program is “From Warfighter to Crimefighter.”

Police forces should be protecting us. Instead, from the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson to the choking death of Eric Garner in New York, police forces are assaulting and killing innocent people with no accountability. This is unacceptable.

By militarizing police across the country through the 1033 program, the Pentagon is encouraging local police forces to feel as if they are going into battle — with the public as a clear enemy.

This national militarization of police must be stopped immediately. Sign the petition to demand that the Department of Defense dissolve the 1033 program and hold all police officers involved in brutality accountable.

Thanks for standing against police brutality,

Jen J.

Atty. General Madigan Visits Caterpillar Tech Center, Touts Bill to Crack Down on Patent Trolls

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Attorney General Madigan & Caterpillar Urge Support for SB3405

PEORIA, IL — Attorney General Lisa Madigan  joined with representatives of Caterpillar Inc. to urge support for legislation to protect Illinois businesses from “patent trolls” that profit from making fraudulent patent infringement claims, and in turn, to help companies like Caterpillar by protecting investments in intellectual property.

Madigan visited Caterpillar’s Tech Center in Mossville, Ill., earlier today to highlight the benefits of SB3405, which her office drafted and worked to pass with assistance from Caterpillar representatives and other business and consumer protection advocates. The legislation was carefully crafted so that it cracks down on patent trolls that have sent thousands of misleading demand letters to businesses demanding licensing payments or threatening legal action for supposedly violating a patent, but it was also drafted to ensure the measure does not limit the rights of legitimate patent holders such as Caterpillar and other manufacturers and retailers in Illinois.

“We need better protections for business owners facing fraudulent and costly demands from patent trolls,” Madigan said. “This legislation will put a stop to these abusive practices while ensuring legitimate patent holders maintain their ability to pursue infringement claims.”

“We want to ensure that legitimate good faith patent communications can continue, while at the same time inhibit the sending of patent demand letters in bad faith,” said Jim Blass, Caterpillar Inc. Director of Product Validation for Product Development and Global Technology. “The bill crafted by the Attorney General accomplishes that goal.”

In their demand letters, patent trolls fail to disclose basic information, including the actual owner of the alleged patent and the circumstances surrounding any alleged infringement. Identical letters have been sent to thousands of businesses and often falsely threaten litigation even though the patent trolls have no intention of filing lawsuits. In some cases, patent trolls have targeted businesses for simply purchasing office supply products in the commercial market.

Attorney General Madigan’s legislation would ban patent demand letters that:

Contain false or deceptive information;

Are sent by individuals who do not have the right to license or enforce a patent;

Falsely threaten litigation if a fee is not paid; and

Fail to identity the individual asserting the patent and explain the alleged infringement.

The deadline to sign the bill into law is August 26. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Daniel Biss and Rep. Ann Williams. Also working with Madigan’s office and bill sponsors to pass the legislation were the following groups: Community Bankers Association of Illinois, Illinois Press Association, Illinois Credit Union League, Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Illinois CPA Society, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, Home Builders Association of Illinois, Illinois Association of Realtors, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

Howard University Professor and Poet Releases 11th Published Volume of Poetry

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Lady Janét R. Griffin
WASHINGTON, DC (BlackNews.com) — Join Lady Janét R. Griffin in her latest publication joy of writing poetry. Amphony Volume IV, dedicated to her colleague and friend, Mr. Rackham Goodlett and as always to all of her students, is a collection of poetic messages and themes that are recorded throughout literary times, such as “inner reflections”, “faith”, or “confusion and war”. Yet, these same themes re-occur anew to capture the personality and the emotions of Lady Janét’s innermost thoughts. Creating poetic tension from the baseline, as the musical symbol of Amphony implies, is a provocative manner of revealing layers of bitter sweet feelings, truths, and longings fused in soulful introspection.

Readers have a musical array of disquieting themes that challenge today’s controversial notions in “Trafficked Girl”; “I am Still a Virgin”; “Do Not Slay My Soul!” or “Trunk of a Dead Tree.” Yet, the heart swells in “Shall I Speak of Seniors?”, “There Exists Something More”, or “Here and There” dedicated specifically to Lady Janét’s colleague and friend. Brief moment of humor waffs from musical baseline in “Are Accessories Accessories?” or “a sentence!”

Lady Janét earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Mathematics from the District of Columbia Teachers College and a Master of Arts degree in English from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Also, she received there Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies in Supervision and Administration and in Women’s Studies. As a life-long learner, a world traveler, and a follower of Socrates, Lady Janét is a proud perennial graduate student. Currently an English and Study Skills instructor at the Howard University Center for Academic Excellence, she has been an Adjunct Instructor in numerous universities and community colleges in the Washington, D.C., and Metropolitan areas.

Lady Janét’s poems have been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Flier (Columbia, Maryland newspaper); The Horizon (Howard University Journal); the American Poetry Anthology; and Sisters (published by the National Council of Negro Women). Her letters of commendation from other acclaimed writers, such as Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, and Frederick Harper are great sources of encouragement!

Amphony Volume IV is Lady Janét’s eleventh published poetry collection that can be viewed and purchased from online book stores such as Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Alibrius. It is also available on her personal website at http://shop.ladyjanetgriffin.com

Photo Caption: Lady Janét R. Griffin, poet and professor at Howard University

CBC Chair Marcia Fudge and Ranking Member John Conyers Statement on Ferguson

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (MI-13) released the following statement to the St. Louis County Police Department’s response to peaceful protests in Ferguson, Missouri:

CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11): “What we saw happen in Ferguson last night does not reflect the ideals of this nation. Peaceful protests are the way citizens of this nation have exercised their first amendment rights to freedom of expression, assembly and the right to petition. This is what many of the people in Ferguson, Missouri have chosen to do. But, instead of being respected as citizens of this nation who have the right to vocally oppose what they believe is mistreatment these people, many of whom are young adults, were met with tear gas, rubber bullets, and police equipped as though they are militia in a war zone. An elected official was arrested, journalists are being assaulted and innocent, unarmed individuals are having weapons pointed in their faces for merely being outside of their homes. What I saw last night reminded me of violent responses to uprisings in countries around the world, not here in my own backyard. We are supposed to be better than that. Law enforcement is supposed to protect and serve, not search, intimidate and assault. If the St. Louis County Police Department’s intent is to deescalate the situation in Ferguson, the way in which they have proceeded is a counterproductive means to that end, and they are doing much more harm than good.”

Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers Jr. (MI-13): “A few facts are clear: A young, unarmed man was shot by a police officer. A small town is under what is essentially martial law. Tear gas and rubber bullets are being used against everyday citizens. Serious and sweeping civil rights violations may have taken place in Ferguson, Missouri.

“The tragic killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the events that have transpired since the shooting in Ferguson are reminiscent of the violent altercations that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. Countless African Americans endured unwarranted hostility and excessive force from law enforcement while exercising their right to peaceful assembly and civil resistance.

“It is a great travesty to find ourselves again witnessing the blatant violation of our right to peaceably assemble in Ferguson.  As documented by journalists and people on the ground in Ferguson over the last week, state and local law enforcement have grossly mismanaged any attempts to peaceably resolve the situation. Earlier this week, my colleagues and I issued a letter to the Department of Justice asking them to consider expanding the scope of federal involvement and to investigate the legal and civil rights ramifications of the shooting and surrounding circumstances.

“Removal of the St. Louis County Police Department from any involvement in the policing of Ferguson is an important step towards restoring peace and allowing for an independent, thorough investigation to take place. The people of Ferguson deserve nothing less.”

Illinois July Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.8 Percent

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11,200 Jobs Pushes Rate to Lowest Point Since August 2008

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois unemployment rate fell in July for the fifth consecutive month to reach 6.8 percent while employers created 11,200 private-sector jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The data is seasonally adjusted.

The drop from 9.2 percent one year ago marks the largest year-over-year decline since 1984. The last time the rate was lower than 6.8 was in August 2008 when it was 6.7. There are +35,600 more jobs than one year ago.

“The falling unemployment rate seems to be picking up momentum with the warmer weather. That is encouraging even though we know there still is room for improvement,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “The unevenness in this recovery masks the very promising news of averaging more than 4,400 new jobs each month during the past four years. We need to build on that job growth so that we can help others.”

The unemployment rate also is in line with other economic indicators. First time jobless claims have been trending lower for the past four years and in July were about 17 percent lower than one year ago. Numbers from the independent Conference Board’s Help Wanted OnLine Index show Illinois employers in July advertised for nearly 204,000 jobs and 85 percent sought full-time work.

July job growth was led by Professional and Business Services (+5,900), Manufacturing (+3,900) and Construction (+1,900). Leisure and Hospitality (-3,800), Government (-900) and Information (-500) declined.

Employers added +263,100 private sector jobs since job creation returned to Illinois in February 2010. Leading sectors are Professional and Business Services (+115,000); Education and Health Services (+61,200); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+44,500); and Leisure and Hospitality (+31,100). Government continues to lead job loss (-23,000).

In July, the number of unemployed individuals fell -16,300 (-3.5 percent) to 445,400. Total unemployed has fallen -308,100 (-40.9 percent) since the rate peaked at 11.4 percent.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. A person who exhausts benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work. Historically, the national unemployment rate is lower than the state rate. The state rate has been lower than the national rate only six times since January 2000. This includes periods of economic expansion and contraction.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs – by Major Industry


  • Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for years 2009-2013 have been revised as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In February of each year, monthly labor force data for all states are revised to reflect updated sum-of-states controls, Census population controls, seasonal factors, non-farm jobs and unemployment insurance claims inputs. Data were also smoothed to eliminate large monthly changes as a result of volatility in the monthly household (CPS) survey. Comments and tables distributed in prior Illinois unemployment rate news release materials should be discarded because any analysis, including records, previously cited might no longer be valid.
  • Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available.  For not seasonally adjusted jobs data with greater industry detail, go to http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/CurrentEmploymentStatistics/I_SA_CES_Illinois_Jobs_2000_to_Current.xls “Other Services” includes a wide range of activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations.
  • Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan Division are available at: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Illinois_Chicago_Metropolitan_Area_Unemployment_Rates.aspx

Create A Back-To-School Budget To Avoid Overspending, Says Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – Back-to-school shopping is always big business for retailers. Analysts estimate that families will spend nearly $26.5 billion dollars on clothes, supplies and electronics for the upcoming school year. This is about $670 per family. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) recommends consumers prepare a budget and stick to it in order to control costs and avoid overspending.

Of the total back-to-school costs, families spend the most money on school supplies and electronics, according to the National Retail Federation.

“The tendency is to overspend so parents and students need to determine what they need versus what they want,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.

The BBB recommends the following tips when back-to-school shopping:

  • Make a shopping list. Even if the school doesn’t provide a list of things needed for a child’s school, you probably have an idea of what types of clothing and other supplies are needed. Start by checking around your home to see if you have anything left over from last year to make sure you only buy items you need on the list.
  • Create a budget. Do a quick price search online of items you know you’ll need. While online, take advantage of any coupons or discounts you may see. By knowing the prices of items beforehand, it is an easy way to know which items to cut if you need to reduce costs.
  • Set up email alerts for your favorite stores. Take advantage of email alerts because they allow you to find deals right away. Many websites have coupons, rebates and insider information on the best prices. These alerts will make sure you don’t miss out on any money saving opportunities.
  • Take advantage of in-store discounts. Many stores will have student and teacher discounts on pricy items such as laptops or tablets. Retailers are trying to make room for newer models in the fall so they are eager to get rid of older models.

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Cast for A Christmas Carol is Set, Tickets on Sale Today, August 15, for the 37th Annual Production

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Young Performer Auditions Take Place on Sunday, September 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Larry Yando Stars in his 7th Turn as Ebenezer Scrooge Among a Cast of Chicago Favorites and Newcomers

CHICAGO, IL – Tickets go on sale today for the Goodman Theatre’s annual holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol, now in its 37th year and directed by Artistic Associate Henry Wishcamper for the second time. Larry Yando, “a model of humbug perfection” (Chicago Sun-Times) who “gets better every passing year” (Chicago Tribune) again stars as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. The cast of 20 (full list below) includes 11 returning cast members and welcomes eight new actors to the production. Auditions for the five young performer roles—including Tiny Tim—take place on Saturday, September 27; actors ages 5 to 17 of every ethnic background are invited to audition. In-person registration takes place from 9:30 – 11:30am on a first-come, first-served basis (no prior audition appointments are necessary); auditions begin at 10am and end at 2pm. Young performers should: prepare a memorized poem or monologue one minute or less in length; sing one verse of a song a cappella, preferably a traditional holiday song or Christmas carol; and bring a photo and resume including age, height, weight, previous theatrical and related experience/training (although experience is not required), address and contact information.

A Christmas Carol runs November 15– December 28 in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre (opening night is November 23). Starting tomorrow, tickets ($25 – $83) can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org/Joy, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Discounted Group Tickets for 15 persons or more are available at 312.443.3820 or by emailing Groups@GoodmanTheatre.org. Purchase Goodman Gift Certificates in any amount at GoodmanTheatre.org. The flexibility of Goodman Gift Certificates allows recipients to choose the production, date and time of their performance. Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change.

The Goodman’s milestone 90th anniversary 2014/2015 Season features nine productions on its two stages—six in the 856-seat Albert Theatre and three in the 400-seat flexible Owen Theatre; the annual New Stages Festival, including two workshop productions; and partner productions with The Second City and Albany Park Theater Project. The 2014/2015 Season starts with The World of Extreme Happiness by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, directed by Eric Ting, a world premiere co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club (September 13 – October 12 in the Owen); Smokefall by Noah Haidle, directed by Anne Kauffman, an encore of the world-premiere Goodman commission (September 20 – October 26 in the Albert); the annual New Stages festival, including an “Industry Weekend” (October 29 – November 16 in the Owen); The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort (December 5 – 28 in the Owen); Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo, directed by Kimberly Senior, a Chicago premiere (January 17 – February 22, 2015 in the Albert); Two Trains Running by August Wilson, directed by Chuck Smith, in conjunction with a citywide celebration of August Wilson (March 7 – April 12, 2015 in the Albert); The Upstairs Concierge by Kristoffer Diaz, a world premiere co-commission with Teatro Vista (March 28 – April 26, 2015 in the Owen); The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman, directed by Henry Wishcamper (May 2 – June 7, 2015 in the Albert); stop. reset. written and directed by Regina Taylor, a Chicago premiere (May 23 – June 21, 2015 in the Owen); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, directed by Steve Scott, a Chicago premiere (June 26 – August 2, 2015 in the Albert), and a production still to be announced with the Albany Park Theater Project.

About Goodman Theatre

Named “Best Regional Theatre” by Time magazine and “top dog of the Chicago theater scene” by Frommer’s, 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. 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.

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Business with Soul…

Posted by Admin On August - 15 - 2014 Comments Off on It Takes a Village to Raise a Business with Soul…
A business without a ‘soul’ can’t survive the test of time in today’s economy. It will cease to exist even quicker than it came into being.

CHICAGO, IL – How do we put a stop to the ‘death’ of a company, and breathe new life into it? Besides having an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) available for resuscitation, a long-term care specialist will have to be an integral part of the life span moving forward, says SBND Rebirth Advisory Council.
SSN Small Business & Nonprofit Development Group (SBND) is that long-term care specialist, with a new approach that offers capacity building services for community enterprises and individual entrepreneurs.

Click here to view profiles of SBND Rebirth Advisory Council

On Monday, August 18, 2014, SBND will introduce its “rebirth” advisory council team of specialists at their SBND “Rebirth” VIP Reception.

The team has the expertise needed to help raise a business into a productive, healthy concern with soul power needed to endure twists and turns of any economy…
SBND reports that the most defining difference in their team approach is to place the ‘mind and spirit’ components as the foundation or core of re-educating the entrepreneur into greatness and sustained success.
SBND believes that unless the ‘mind’ is cultivated, the body of a community enterprise cannot reach ‘maturity.’  Without a cultivated soul or mind, the enterprise will not be able to stand the test of time and never reproduce any seeds of life to carry forth its mission.
SBND “Rebirth” VIP Reception on Monday, August 18, 2014
On Monday, August 18, 2014, SBND will present its core team of change agents who will give Chicago a taste of what the re-birth of SBND really represents.

Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

4655 S. King Drive, Suite 203, Chicago, IL 60653 (National Black Wall Street Chicago headquarters)

Registration: Attendance at the event is FREE to SBND Sponsors, Partners and Associates who are registered as active members of the support network.  Also business students and U.S. Veteran business owners can attend at no charge.

Space is limited!  Everyone must register and RSVP to attend!!!

To register or RSVP to attend the event, email sbnd@ssncandoit.com, phone (773) 614-7619 or visit the SBND “Rebirth” VIP Reception event page at http://conta.cc/1nnYNLc

More About SBND Rebirth
SBND Event Network Logo SSN Small Business & Nonprofit Development Group (SBND) is a 501c3 Tax Exempt “self-help” support network.  It provides hands-on strategic organization planning, innovation improvement and fund development initiatives to start and grow prosperous community enterprises in Illinois, Cook County and Chicago neighborhoods.
Through research and practice, SBND’s Rebirth Advisory Council learned that entrepreneurs must be deprogrammed, re-educated, cultivated, and supported strategically. With these ingredients, an individual entrepreneur or community enterprise can sustain the ups and downs of economic trends and pass the business down to its heirs. With such a process, the entrepreneur can create sustainable wealth within the community.
SBND coins the term, ‘[W]holistic W[h]ealth’, to describe the fusion of re-training the mind first, then adding the components of business management and administration. SBND’s approach to community enterprise development is designed to create ‘wealth preservation’, both for the individual business and the community; a fresh approach that shows a lot of promise.

To learn more about SBND visit their website at www.sbnd-bizhelp.com, phone (773) 614-7619 or email sbnd@ssncandoit.com.

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