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Archive for September 13th, 2014

After Reverse Mortgage Scam, Neighbors and Friends Rally to Support Grandmother Facing Eviction

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(From the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign)

Vigil and Press Conference – Saturday, 9/13 – 2:15 a.m.  – 58 E. 91st St Chicago, IL

CHICAGO, IL – A member of the Chatham community is in danger of being evicted from her home due to a reverse mortgage company’s scam: negligence, malfeasance and fraud. Because of this, community members will stand with Vernell outside of her home. Vernell Rowell is now a tenant in the home her family has owned since the 1950’s. Reverse Mortgage Solutions Inc. (RMS) started the foreclosure process in 2011 and now own it. “We’ve lived here longer than 17 years!” Vernell shared while sitting on her front porch.

Vernell lived in Sparta, Illinois as an adult but returned to the Chatham home, permanently, to live with her widowed aunt, in 1997.Vernell’s Aunt Harriet stated she wanted the home to be given to Vernell, in a will. In 2002, Vernell was designated as Harriet’s Power of Attorney. After viewing a Janaan Mortgage Company commercial on television, Vernell and Harriet called to get additional income to help maintain the home. Employees of Janaan Mortgage Company came to the house to verify Harriet’s eligibility. When the reverse mortgage was signed, Mr. Tom Welch-a loan officer for Waterstone Mortgage Company-called to finalize the deal. However, he failed to notify Vernell that if her name was not on the mortgage, she could be evicted once Harriet passed. This was in 2007, before the federal government legally mandated homeowners to receive counsel from certified housing agencies prior to signing a reverse mortgage. Sadly, Harriet passed away in 2010, and RMS foreclosed on the property shortly thereafter, leaving Vernell in a tailspin. RMS’s argument is that Vernell was not on the mortgage. And interestingly enough, RMS will claim a financial transaction in 2009 plays a role, a mortgage with a different FHA case number and loan number. Vernell has no knowledge of this document; furthermore, the signature for this document is Vernell’s, but look close enough and you’ll notice it is copy and pasted.

Vernell was led to believe that if she was 62 or older at the time of her aunt’s passing she would assume ownership of the home. Furthermore, she was also led to believe that she did not need to make payments on the reverse mortgage. To complicate matters, the foreclosure process was initiated with Vernell as the grantee as of 2011. Considering Vernell has been foreclosed on as the family member that did not pay off the reverse mortgage, why has Cook County’s Recorder of Deeds documented Vernell as the grantee? Lastly, what is this 2009 document if one cannot receive two reverse mortgages legally?

Vernell can be evicted from her home at any time all because someone wanted to make a commission off of her late aunt. Public Letters have been sent out to RMS and Ald. Sawyer, with no response. Currently, Vernell’s petition to fight for her home is approaching 2,500 signatures. Therefore, neighbors, community members, concerned advocates and housing activists will join Vernell to listen to her story in support of her stressful but empowering stand.

What: Vigil for the Rowell family

When: Saturday, September 13th at 2:15 p.m.

Where: Rowell family home, 58 E. 91st Street, Chicago, IL

For more information, contact the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign 773-236-055

Chicago Teachers Union Formally Endorses Incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn for Governor

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CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Teachers Union endorsed incumbent Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in his re-election bid against school privatization proponent Bruce Rauner. The endorsement came after the Governor met with leaders of the union’s Political-Legislative Committee (PAC/LEG) and where he fielded tough questions about collective bargaining, charter schools, teacher evaluations, the city’s under-resourced schools, school closings, job creation, among a myriad of other topics.

In making the announcement, CTU President Karen Lewis said, “I am proud CTU’s rank-and-file has made Governor Quinn their choice to lead Illinois. He is a consensus builder, will support public school educators and will continue his work to strengthen public education in Illinois and protect working families. Governor Quinn believes in public schools and I know he will fight to make sure every child has a great education.”

Lewis blasted Rauner as an “out-of-touch” privatizer who will lay-off one out of every six teachers across the state. “A Rauner vote is a vote for more school closings, more than 27,000 teacher lay-offs, statewide charter proliferation and an erosion of our collective bargaining rights,” she said. “Rauner’s Tea Party-type policies have no place in Illinois.”

It is no secret Rauner considers teachers’ unions a hurdle to privatization. The multimillionaire has publicly stated that he wants to dismantle unions and if elected he will seek to create in Illinois a type of Wisconsin vs. Scott Walker dangerous scenario. Rauner has privately bragged that he will “shut down” state government and his tax plan would result in extreme and radical cuts to education that will lay-off one out of every six teachers. The corporate broker was also the mastermind behind bringing Stand for Children to Illinois.

Governor Pat Quinn has a strong record of fighting to improve education in Illinois. Since taking office, he has increased education funding by $2.2 billion, securing revenue in 2011 to protect the classroom from cuts sought by Republicans. Under his leadership, Illinois has increased students taking AP exams and dual credit enrollment, allowing more high school students opportunities to gain college credits, making higher education more accessible and affordable. The governor also has mobilized the state’s education system behind the “60 by 2025” goal—60% of our adult workforce with a degree or career certificate by the year 2025- and has been hitting the targets each year.

Governor Quinn laid out a 5-year blueprint for economic growth that focuses on delivering stronger education to all students, including the largest increase in classroom funding in Illinois history and a game-changing investment in early childhood.

“Governor Quinn will fight for a living wage in Illinois, will stand with organized labor and will champion the voice of everyday citizens who want safe neighborhoods, affordable and safe housing and quality neighborhood schools,” added Gloria Higgins, co-chair of CTU’s PAC/LEG. “Our members agreed we want our state to continue moving forward. Illinois can’t afford to become Bruce Rauner’s financial play pen and some egotistical political experiment. We’re going to encourage every CTU member to turn out for Governor Quinn in November.”

The governor will protect the classroom from cuts sought by Republicans, and proposed the largest increase in classroom funding in Illinois history. Under his leadership, Illinois has increased students taking AP exam and dual credit enrollment, allowing more high school students opportunities to gain college credits, making higher education more accessible and affordable. Gov. Quinn also has mobilized the state’s education system behind the “60 by 2025” goal—60 percent of our adult workforce with a degree or career certificate by the year 2025.

The Chicago Teachers Union represents 30,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in the Chicago Public Schools and, by extension, the students and families they serve. CTU, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, is the third largest teachers local in the country and the largest local union in Illinois. For more information visit CTU’s website at www.ctunet.com .

Simon: Remember Heroes of September 11

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CARBONDALE, IL – On the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States,  Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is encouraging Illinoisans to take time to remember the victims and survivors, but also the firefighters, police and first responders who acted with heroism that day.

“As we remember the tragedies in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, let us also remember the courage and selflessness of the first responders who came to the aid of their fellow Americans,” Simon said. “Today is a day to reflect on that heroism.”

As chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, which is tasked with improving delivery of state services to rural Illinois and expanding opportunities for rural residents, Simon has been encouraging Illinoisans to volunteer as first responders in their local fire protection and emergency medical services organizations. Those lifesaving agencies, often the nearest medical help available for some residents, have seen a 19 percent drop in the number of emergency medical technicians and paramedics in Illinois over the past two years.

Illinois State Board of Education Announces Strategic Planning Meeting Schedule for Sept. 17-18 in Utica

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UTICA, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education announced the following schedule for its annual strategic planning session on Sept. 17-18 at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in Utica.

All State Board of Education meetings listed on this agenda will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than the date prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: 217-782-2221; TTY/TDD: 217-782-1900; Fax: 217-785-3972.

Chairman Chico may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.

State Board of Education Annual Strategic Planning Meeting

Sept. 17-18, 2014

Location: Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort, 2643 Illinois Route 178, in Utica

This meeting will also be audio cast on the Internet at: www.isbe.net

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

10 a.m.


I. Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.    Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II. Legislative Agenda for 2014 Veto Session and 2015 Session

III. Senate Bill 16 Update and Next Steps

IV. East St. Louis and North Chicago Oversight Updates


V. Discussion of Board Goals

VI. NASBE Self-Evaluation and Board Expectations and Responsibilities

VII. Closed Session

VIII. Recess Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

8:30 a.m.

IX. Reconvene/Roll Call – OPEN SESSION

X. Implementation of Standards, Assessment and Accountability

XI. Retreat Debriefing

A. Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

XII. Public Participation

A. Southland College Prep Charter High School Graduation

XIII. Resolutions & Recognition

XIV. Presentations and Updates

XV. Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

A. *Approval of Minutes

1. Plenary Minutes: August 20, 2014

B. *Rules for Initial Review

1. Part 425 (Voluntary Registration and Recognition of Nonpublic Schools): Places in rules the requirement for nonpublic schools to submit proof of non-profit status when registering with the State Board; clarifies that only nonpublic schools supported wholly or in part by public funds shall be required to have students recite the Pledge of Allegiance; amends requirements for school employees to show freedom from tuberculosis to conform to changes in the rules for tuberculosis control (Illinois Department of Public Health); and adds the requirement for recognized nonpublic schools to hold an annual meeting for review of their emergency and crisis response plans, to conform the rules to changes in the School Safety Drill Act [105 ILCS 128].

C. *Rules for Adoption

1. Part 25 (Education Licensure): Addresses the transition from the current certificate renewal system to the new license renewal system, which took effect July 1, 2014, including a process to award credit for CPDUs completed before June 30, 2014, and other certain activities before August 31, 2014.  Two hundred and thirty-four individuals and organizations submitted public comment, and numerous changes in the proposed rulemaking are being recommended in response to the issues raised.

2. Part 51 (Dismissal of Tenured Teachers under Article 24 of the School Code and Dismissal of Tenured Teachers and Principals under Article 34 of the School Code): Places in Part 51 the process to approve entities to conduct training specific to performance evaluations for school board members who wish to use an optional alternative evaluative dismissal process to dismiss a tenured teacher.  One letter of public comment was received and changes in the proposed rulemaking are recommended in response to the issues raised.

3. Part 650 (Charter Schools): Lists requirements for biennial reporting by charter school authorizers; sets forth the process for monitoring authorizers and withdrawing their power to authorize in certain circumstances; establishes standards for high-quality charter school authorizing; and states the forms that must be provided when a school board submits reports of approved applications, revisions or renewals to the State Board. Two entities submitted public comment, and numerous changes in the proposed rulemaking are being recommended in response to the issues raised.

D. *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1. Preschool Expansion Grant

E. *Fall 2014 Waiver Report

End of Consent Agenda

F. Qualified Zone Academy Bond Authorization(s)

G. Appointment of State Charter Commission Members

H. Appointment of State Educator Professional Licensure Board Member

I.  Approval of Closed Session Minutes

XVI. Discussion Items

A. Items for Discussion

XVII. Announcements & Reports

A. Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B. Chairman’s Report

C. Member Reports

XVIII.Information Items

A. ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at http://isbe.net/board/fiscal_admin_rep.htm

XIX. Adjourn

National Veterans Art Museum to Reopen “The Things They Carried”

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New Gallery Highlights Interactive and Virtual Experience

CHICAGO, IL — The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) has announced the re-opening of its exhibit The Things They Carried—the newest exploration of the Vietnam experience—as told by those who were there. The re-imagined The Things They Carried will be on display in a new gallery space to provide a more interactive, comprehensive virtual experience. The exhibition will reopen on September 13, with a reception from 12 PM to 5 PM. Guest speakers include retired US Army Reserve Major Ned Ricks, Executive Director Levi Moore, and Education Coordinator Christine Bespalec-Davis.

Inspired by Tim O’Brien’s book of the same name, this exhibit serves as a visual companion that illustrates the narrative with fine art and photography from veterans that lived the stories in the novel. Much like the book, the exhibit explores the concept of storytelling and questions how one might share the story of the Vietnam experience. The exhibit takes as its central question “how to tell a true war story” and prompts viewers to consider their personal stories and contemplate how they might share their own narratives.

By literally incorporating the essential elements of storytelling: Who, Where, When, and What, The Things They Carried begins by chronicling the Vietnam conflict through first-hand visual accounts and descriptions. The exhibit culminates in the re-creation of an authentic Vietnam-era tented shelter to bring viewers into the intimate physical experience of sleeping, living and working in the field during that time.

With artworks and objects created and collected by over twenty Vietnam veteran artists, The Things They Carried also provides visual interpretations to viewers, illustrating the war by those who were there. This form of pictorial storytelling offers insights into the individual personalities of those who served, where they were in Vietnam both geographically and environmentally, and what the cultural climate of the time looked like. Representations and artifacts come together in The Things They Carried to offer an individuated and holistic presentation of the social and historical context of the Vietnam war.

With didactic guides and lesson plans that accompany the artwork and artifacts, visitors of all ages can gain a better understanding of “how to tell a true war story” as explored in Tim O’Brien’s book, as well as explore possibilities and benefits of personal storytelling.

Featured artists include László Kondor, Dean Sharp, Charles Shobe, William Myles, James McJunkin, John Hosier, Michael Harac, and Arthur Jacobs.

The National Veterans Art Museum is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

About the National Veterans Art Museum

In October of 1981, a group of Vietnam veterans put together an exhibition of artwork based on their war experiences. The success of that show led to the establishment of the Vietnam Veterans Art Group. Fifteen years later, with a building donated, the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum was launched. In 2003, the museum began accepting work by veterans of all conflicts and, in 2010, changed its name to the National Veterans Art Museum. The museum made its home in Portage Park in 2012.

The National Veterans Art Museum, located at 4041 N Milwaukee Avenue, inspires greater understanding of the real impact of war with a focus on Vietnam. The museum collects, preserves and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by veterans. It is home to more than 2,500 works of art by more than 270 artists. Personal narratives and artistic representations of war (including paintings, photographs, sculptures, poetry, and music) provide transformative learning opportunities in art, history, and civics and enables programming for veterans and their families and for the community at large. The NVAM offers guided tours, teacher resources, workshops for students and student groups, and family-focused interactive programs. Creative community workshops take place the second Saturday of every month. The museum offers a free after-school drop-in arts education program every Friday.

For more information, visit www.nvam.org or call 312-326-0270.

About the Illinois Arts Council
The Illinois Arts Council Agency was created as a state agency by the Illinois General Assembly in 1965 through legislation sponsored by Senators Paul Simon, Thomas McGloon, and Alan Dixon. The agency is governed by up to twenty-one private citizens chosen for their demonstrated commitment to the arts and appointed by the Governor. Council members serve in a voluntary, non-paid capacity and are charged with developing the state’s public arts policy, fostering quality culturally diverse programs, and approving grants expenditures. A small professional staff with in-depth knowledge of the arts develops and administers the agency’s programs, provides technical assistance, and ensures the responsible and impactful distribution of all funds. Resources to support the Illinois Arts Council Agency are provided by the Governor and General Assembly of Illinois and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Suspend LAPD Officers Who Killed Unarmed Disabled Man! – Sign The Petition

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Ezell Ford was on his way home in South Los Angeles when two police officers stopped him under supposed gang suspicion. According to an eyewitness, the officers shot and killed the unarmed 25-year-old mentally disabled man while he lay on the ground posing no threat.

These police officers need to be taken off the streets immediately.

Click here to demand the LAPD suspend the officers who killed Ezell Ford.

An independent investigator of the LAPD is saying that they don’t have enough witness statements to verify what happened. The LAPD is claiming that Ezell fought with the officers and reached for their gun, while an eyewitness says that he was shot “in the back” while he was “laying down.”

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Back to School: Why Our Kids Need Access and Accountability

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Meet Darnell Parker, Certified Fraud Expert and CEO of CFE

Community Fitness Education

Mableton, GA — Darnell Parker, Certified Fraud Expert and CEO of Community Fitness and Education (www.cfeinc.org) has been on a mission since 2004 to provide access and accountability for underserved minority boys and girls by providing fitness, nutrition and college preparatory courses. The objective of CFE is to break the cycle of chronic health problems, school retention, cyber-bullying and fiscal responsibility that is prevalent amongst underserved minority communities.

“As a 501 (c) (3), our mission is to promote a healthy, active lifestyle among children in underserved communities through high quality youth fitness and after-school programs coupled with mentoring and workshops. Nutrition is a fundamental part of what CFE offers because, “I understand the importance of feeding the whole person from the inside out which allows young people to think effectively, strategically and long-term,” says Darnell Parker.

According to the site BlackDemographics.com, African-American 8th grade students have made gains in bridging the Black-White gap in certain academic areas in the last thirty years; however, a disparity remains. When looking at 8th grade mathematics scaled scores between 1990 and 2011 there is a 7-point decrease in the gap from 32 points to 25 points. A similar decrease is also seen with 8th grade reading scores between 1992 and 2009. The Black-White gap decrease was one point higher, changing from 32 points to 24 points.

Darnell Parker understands the difficulties faced by todays minority youth. He grew up in a middle-class household until his parents divorced and he experienced firsthand the disparity of education when he was assigned to a predominately black school. “I attended a school where the students looked like me, however the parents were disengaged with the teachers, resources were at a minimum and the students suffered from chronic issues like asthma and poor nutrition. When I received a transfer, in 5th grade, to a predominately Caucasian and affluent school, I saw a startling difference in the parent participation, the resources that were available to students, there were few students dealing with chronic health issues or lack of proper nutrition. Those experiences helped me to realize what I needed to do when I got older to break the cycle for my people.”

Community Fitness Education is a privately held organization, which relies on funding from donors, local organizations and Mr. Parker to provide complimentary services to the underserved minority community. Latisha Brown says, “CFE is a wonderful organization. My son is an endangered species as a young black male and the programs at this organization have provided a framework to help him and others build positive relationships, self-confidence, independence and the ability to handle adversity.”

CFE also encourages parents to talk with their children, reduce time spent with video games, personal computers and television while promoting an active lifestyle. “Physically active children have a stronger self-image and more self-confidence, increased energy and fewer chronic health problems, so CFE encourages regular exercise and face-to-face conversations,” says Darnell Parker.

If you would like to learn more information about Darnell Parker and Community Fitness Education, please visit the website at www.cfeinc.org. Also, if you are interested in volunteering and donating to saving our children, join the movement at www.cfeinc.org/how-to-contribute/, (404) 7599993 and via email: info@cfeinc.org.

Photo Caption: Children participating in the Community Fitness and Education (CFE) program
Photo Credit: Darrin Widemon

Clifford Law Offices Names New Managing Partner

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Clifford Law Offices in Chicago, one of the nation’s most renowned personal injury and wrongful death law firms, has named the Honorable Henry R. Simmons (Retired) as the new Managing Partner of the firm.

Thomas K. Prindable, who has served as Managing Partner for 20 years, will become Senior Partner at the firm.

Judge Simmons was on the bench in the Cook County Circuit Court for 19 years until he retired in 2011 when he became a Certified Mediator with ADR Systems of America.  His experience on the bench included serving in the Law Division as well as the Criminal Division where he was a Felony Trial Judge.

Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Simmons served as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. For 12 years, Judge Simmons handled assignments in the Felony Trial Division, Juvenile Court, Felony Review, Appellate Division and the Consumer Fraud Unit where he served as supervisor.

He was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on the Committee on Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases from 1994-2004. He has been recognized by several organizations for his work and his dedication to the profession including receiving the American Legion Award of Excellence (Post#808). The Cook County State’s Attorneys’ Office Recognition of Service Award was bestowed upon him for his serving as a weekly volunteer for the HighSight Organization in Chicago that supports high school students in the area of academics and social support from 2006-2008. He will be honored in November, 2014, as the Judge of the Year by the Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) for his volunteer work with this organization that helps lawyers in need.

Judge Simmons has spoken to various organizations on a wide range of subjects. In the past three years, he has taught the following accredited CLE courses at law firms in the Chicago area: Effective Defense Advocacy: Constructive Criticism from the Bench Regarding the Use of Experts; Motion Practice and Pre-Trial Settlements; Winning at ADR: Understanding Advocacy in Arbitration and Mediation; Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation: The ADR Spectrum of Processes and Medical Malpractice and Litigation Update (moderator). Judge Simmons has served as a judge in numerous law school advocacy mock court competitions as well. Throughout his judicial career, he was a participant in the law school externship programs involving DePaul University College of Law and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Judge Simmons graduated from DePaul University College of Law and Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. He was admitted as a member of the Illinois and Indiana state bar associations.

“Clifford Law Offices is very proud of Judge Simmons’ professional career spanning over three decades and we are equally proud that he will continue his career in managing our firm,” said Robert A. Clifford, Founder and Senior Partner. His work in such a critical position will serve our firm well in the years to come.
“We also are proud that Tom Prindable will continue with the firm as Senior Partner, focusing on probate work, an area in which he excels and is recognized throughout the state.”

For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices’ Communications Partner Pamela S. Menaker at 847-721-0909. pammenaker@aol.com or pammenaker@cliffordlaw.com

New Philharmonic Opens 2014–2015 Season Puccini’s Seminal “Tosca”

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Featured Guest Artists Include Karen Slack as Tosca, Dominic Armstrong as Cavaradossi, Corey Crider as Scarpia and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus

GLEN ELLYN, IL – New Philharmonic (NP), under the direction of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, opens its 2014–2015 season at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, with two concert performances of Giacomo Puccini’s famed opera, “Tosca,” Saturday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. “Tosca” will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. For tickets or more information visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000.

“Tosca,” an opera in three acts, tells the tale of the singer Floria Tosca, the painter Mario Cavaradossi whom she loves, and their betrayal at the hands of jealous Baron Scarpia. “‘Tosca’ has the perfect fire and spirit to begin our exciting 2014-2015 season,” said Maestro Muspratt. “It is a tale full of love, jealousy and intrigue and we have a chance to tell the story in such a unique, vibrant way through these concert performances.”

The Sept. 20-21 performances will feature guest soprano Karen Slack in the title role.  Slack’s voice has been lauded as a “voluptuous soprano voice with silvery top notes and a formidable chest register” by Opera Today; and San Francisco Classical Voice has noted the “great high notes she can spin back into a gorgeous piano, the kind of voice that can sing anything beautifully engaging the heart brilliantly.” Slack’s performance as Tosca precedes her upcoming November performance as Serena in “Porgy and Bess” at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Other guest vocalists featured in the production include the award-winning Dominic Armstrong, hailed by The New York Times as a “clarion-voiced tenor,” as Cavaradossi, and Corey Crider, lauded by Opera News for his, “rich, dark baritone,” as Scarpia. The Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Director Dr. Nancy Menk, will be on stage to bring this dramatic and powerful story of longing to life.

Tickets for “Tosca” are $55. Attendees to the Sunday 3 p.m. matinee can enjoy a free pre-show MAC Chat beginning at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information about “Tosca,” visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000.New Philharmonic is a professional orchestra in residence of the MAC that has inspired classical music enthusiasts in Chicago and the suburbs for three decades. Under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Kirk Muspratt, named a 2006 Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the group gives innovative treatment to both classic compositions and modern works and strives to make music accessible to new audiences and youth through a variety of educational efforts.

New Philharmonic is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation through its New Philharmonic Fund. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation and the New Philharmonic Fund, visit.cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.

New Philharmonic’s 2014-2015 performances are funded in part by a grant by The DuPage Community Foundation’s JCS Fund for Arts and Education and the Illinois Arts Council.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago nearI-88 and I-355,  and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The MAC began major renovations in fall 2012 to update its three performance spaces, construct a new art gallery and outdoor pavilion, and make improvements to the infrastructure, teaching and learning spaces and patron service areas. The MAC renovation was funded as part of the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010. The MAC completed its 14-month, $35 million renovation in December 2013 and officially opened its doors to the public with the MAC Madness Celebration on March 8. The MAC’s 2014-2015 Season is its first full season following the landmark renovations.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org. You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at facebook.com/AtTheMAC or on twitter at twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Ryan Chiaverini and Ji Suk Yi to Speak at the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk!

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Ryan Chiaverini, Co-host and Ji Suk Yi, Contributor to Windy City LIVE on ABC 7 Chicago will be speaking at the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention!

Earlier this year Ryan Chiaverini (@RyanWCL) and Ji Suk Yi (@ji_wcl) shared their stories of loss by suicide on Windy City LIVE (@WindyCityLIVE). Ryan lost his brother to suicide and Ji lost her father.

The clip from Ryan announcing the video on Windy City Live is available here http://windycitylive.com/episodes/Chicago-Music-and-Lyrics-by-Ryan-Chiaverini/9542300.

Ryan Chiaverini (facebook.com/ryanwcl) is generously donating all of his proceeds from his song “Chicago” to the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention!!!!

Get “Chicago” now on iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chicago-feat.-robbie-gold/id905657975?ls

Ji Suk Yi (facebook.com/ji.suk.yi) is the among the Chicago celebrities with a cameo in the “Chicago” music video. See the video and it’s plug for the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27ZUznjQyxo&feature=youtu.be.
Event Details

Where Grant Park
Chicago, Illinois
Starts 09/20/2014 @ 10:00 am
Ends 1:00 pm
Check-in Time 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Registration Cutoff 09/19/2014 1:00 pm
Donation Cutoff 01/01/2015 12:00 am
Contact Chicagoland Walk Committee
Phone 312-890-2377
E-mail Address Chicago@AFSP.org

Go to www.ChicagoWalk.org to register to walk and see Ryan Chiaverini and Ji Suk Yi speak live at the walk about suicide prevention!

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