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Archive for October 3rd, 2014

Illinois to Receive Nearly $2 Million in Federal Grants to Bolster School Safety

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Program puts focus on comprehensive efforts, mental health services

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois will receive nearly $2 million in federal grants that aim to improve safety in the classroom through both emergency management and comprehensive prevention efforts that address students’ social and emotional needs. The funds, funneled through two U.S. Department of Education grants, reflect ongoing state and national efforts to better prepare for school emergencies as well to improve methods of discipline and support for struggling students.

“All Illinois students deserve a safe and supportive environment to learn and grow,” Governor Quinn said. “These federal investments will improve the quality and safety of our schools and also ensure students in need have every opportunity for success.”

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Illinois with two school-related grants:

·         The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will receive $1,098,250 in funding for up to 18 months through the School Emergency Management Grant Program to help school districts develop and implement high-quality school emergency operations plans.

·         The U.S. Department of Education’s School Climate Transformation Grant Program funds comprehensive efforts to reduce school violence through mental health services. In Illinois, nearly $800,000 will be distributed over the course of five years to the following three districts: Alton Community Unit School District 11 in Alton ($255,170), Zion Elementary School District 6 in Zion ($214,973) and Sandoval Community Unit School District 501 in Sandoval ($320,965).

Under the School Emergency Management Grant Program, Illinois will provide or expand training and technical assistance to school districts. ISBE is working in partnership with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to improve safety in schools. These two agencies will establish the Illinois Educational Safety & Security Center (IESSC) to serve as clearinghouse for best practices, technical assistance and training.

“These funds reflect an investment in safety and greater academic success,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Developing positive school climates and improving school discipline policies and practices are critical steps to raising academic achievement and supporting student success.”

The School Climate Transformation Grant Program is designed to help school districts develop, enhance or expand systems of support for implementing evidence-based, multi-tiered plans for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for students. The program also seeks to connect students and families to support services that can help improve conditions for learning and behavioral outcomes and increase awareness of mental health issues. School districts will use funding through this program to implement models for reform that address the school-to-prison pipeline, policies and practices that push schoolchildren, especially those who are most at risk, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

While there is no single formula for doing so, a broad range of high-achieving schools often implement a number of common approaches to create safe and supportive conditions for learning. Such schools take deliberate steps to create positive school climates and prevent student misbehavior; ensure that clear, appropriate and consistent expectations and consequences are in place to prevent and address misbehavior; and cultivate an expectation of continuous improvement driven by data and analysis to ensure fairness and equity for all students.

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Purged U of I Professor Steven Salaita to Speak at 5 Area Campuses Next Week

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CHICAGO, IL – Palestinian-American professor Steven Salaita, who was fired from his tenured job at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana over his pro-Palestinian tweets on his personal twitter account during the recent Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, will speak at five Chicago area campuses October 6 – 9.

Professor Salaita will address issues of academic censorship and failed U.S. policy towards the Middle East in a tour organized by the Students for Justice in Palestine chapters at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC), Loyola University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago and DePaul University, and the multi-issue LGBT group Gay Liberation Network (GLN).  In addition, the tour is co-sponsored by 37 other organizations, including 11 departments, units and other organizations at UIC.

“This is about much more than just one man losing his job,” said Andy Thayer of GLN, one of the tour organizers. “Dr. Salaita spoke out against disastrous U.S. foreign policy and paid for it with his job and career. The U.S. has spent decades supporting dictators and coups, periodically bombing, invading and supporting proxy wars by Israel, with the result that the Middle East is aflame in violence from one end to another.  The U.S. keeps on this reckless course, in part, because it victimizes courageous voices like Dr. Salaita who pose better alternatives. Academic freedom is crucial to having a real democracy that avoids these tragic mistakes.”

Professor Salaita will be speaking at the following events:

** Monday, October 6 – Northwestern University’s Evanston campus, 5 PM, Harris Hall, Room 107 (Harris Hall is the building nearest to the northeast corner of Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue).

** Tuesday, October 7 – University of Illinois at Chicago, 1 PM at the Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted Street, Room 605.

** Tuesday, October 7 – University of Chicago, 5:30 PM at the International House, Home Room, 1414 E. 59th Street. With remarks by grassroots West Bank activist Basem Tamimi and the Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah.

** Wednesday, October 8 – Columbia College, 7 PM, 600 S. Michigan Ave, Room 101, Ferguson Lecture Hall. Joining Prof. Salaita will be Professors Iymen Chehade, and Dr. Peter Kirstein.

** Thursday, October 9 – DePaul University, 4 PM (location TBA).

Co-sponsoring organizations of the tour and/or individual events include the 8th Day Center for Justice, American Muslims for Palestine, Anti-War Committee, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice, Asian American Studies Program at the University of Illinois – Chicago, Chicago Area CodePINK, Chicago Area Peace Action, Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois – Chicago, Department of English at the University of Illinois – Chicago, Evanston Neighbors for Peace, Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice, Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois – Chicago, Haymarket Books, History Department at the University of Illinois – Chicago, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois – Chicago, International Socialist Organization, International Studies at the University of Illinois – Chicago, Jewish Voice for Peace – Chicago, La Voz de los de Abajo, Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois – Chicago, March 19th Anti-War Coalition, Moratorium on Deportations Campaign, Near West Citizens for Peace and Justice, Northwest Indiana Veterans For Peace, Occupy Naperville, Palestine Solidarity Group – Chicago, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support, School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois – Chicago, Students For the Advancement of Freedom, Equality, and Human Rights at the University of Illinois – Chicago, The Graduate Employees Organization at the University of Illinois – Chicago, U.S. Palestinian Community Network, UIC Social Justice Initiative, and World Can’t Wait Chicago (list in formation).

For more information:

Andy Thayer, co-founder, Gay Liberation Network, 773.209.1187, LGBTliberation@aol.com

Ruba Assaf, Students for Justice in Palestine-Northwestern chapter, 815.670.0452, rubaassaf2017@u.northwestern.edu

NAACP Statement on the Michael Dunn Verdict

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BALTIMORE, M.D. – Florida jurors found Michael Dunn guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. A previous jury found Dunn guilty of second-degree attempted murder for getting out of his car and firing 10 times at the Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle in which Jordan Davis was killed. The judge declared a mistrial on the count of first-degree murder; which applied in the death of Jordan Davis. The NAACP released the following statements in response to the verdict:

From Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO:
“Jordan Davis was killed by the doctrine of stand your ground, the hand of stereotype, and the gun of Michael Dunn. The first degree murder conviction of Michael Dunn, even in a second trial, makes clear that Jordan Davis was not a second class citizen whose life could be taken with impunity.  His life matters: to his family, to his community and to our nation of laws. The NAACP mourns the death of this young man–even as we commend the conviction of his murderer.”

From Dr. Niaz Krasavari, NAACP Director of Criminal Justice:
“Racial profiling, be it at the hands of law enforcement or ordinary citizens carrying firearms or in positions of authority, is ineffective and often leads to tragic consequences for communities of color. The NAACP continues to fight against racial profiling and stand your ground laws and advocate for real policy change.”

Senior Pastor Ray Berryhill and Apostle David Rivera Join Forces to Create a Dynamic Urban Church Representing More Than 50 Nations

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Alderman Ray Suarez, Congressman Danny Davis, Illinois Secretary of State jesse White and other political and community notables to attend church merger celebration

CHICAGO, IL – Senior Pastor Ray Berryhill of Evangel World Outreach Center, and a recognized trailblazer in developing and leading diverse congregations, and Apostle David Rivera, of Centro Cristiano Bethesda Church, and a 30-plus-year pastoral leader beloved by his community have entered into a unique partnership that they hope will encourage other churches to look at resource share, diversity and sustainability via reuse in a new way.

On Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., Dr. Berryhill will be officially taking the helm of Apostle Rivera’s church at an installation ceremony.  Leadership and congregants will be merged and the church will be renamed Resurrected Life Church International. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn may also be in attendance.

Instead of securing or building a space for a new Church to accommodate his robust membership, Pastor Berryhill gave a nod to sustainability and forged a relationship with Apostle Rivera who has decided to retire after 32 years of dedicated service. This provided the large Evangel congregation with a much needed venue and provided Bethesda with needed resources to sustain the beautiful church. This is notable as Rivera and Berryhill are not the same denomination, and the leaders made a decision to bond congregations not based on race or predominate language but brother and sisterhood.

This worship complex houses a beautiful sanctuary which holds 800; a full-service daycare; a small chapel; a commercial kitchen; a beautiful banquet room which seats 200 comfortably; a full-court gymnasium; a dance studio; a weight room; a youth recreation area complete with pool, ping pong, air hockey and video games; plus classrooms, offices and much more.

Through Apostle David Rivera’s leadership, “Bethesda” has become a household name due to their exceptional work in the community.

Pastor Berryhill and his flock have a reputation for bringing value to the community; and this complex will allow the church’s legacy of service to continue by providing an expansive space to host programs around education, youth mentoring, violence prevention, and assisting the homeless as well as providing a place to just have some fun.

“God is pleased today. This is the true breaking of the color barrier in which our Lord had proclaimed. But it’s also a true testament to the hard work that Pastor Berryhill has put towards making a multi-cultural congregation extremely successful,” says Bishop Larry Trotter of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago.

Many senior clergymen throughout the nation consider Pastor Berryhill ” Best in Class” at formalizing diverse congregations. This is the changing face for congregations in Chicago, and Dr. Ray Berryhill has been ahead of this trend for more than two decades.

This milestone will take place Sunday October 5th at 10:00 AM at the Evangel World Outreach Center’s new location, 4538 W. Fullerton in Chicago.

Better Business Bureau Joins Forces with the National Cyber Security Alliance to Promote Cyber Security

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CHICAGO, IL – Each year millions of individuals worldwide fall victim to cybercrimes. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and its partners urge all users of the internet to STOP. THINK. CONNECT. This is the year’s theme for Cyber Security Awareness month. Every day we use the internet at work and at home, for enjoyment, and to stay connected to those close to us. But in doing so, we must make the effort to do so safely.

“Cyber security is a shared responsibility” says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Breaches in cyber security can have a disastrous effect on your finances, identity and privacy.”

National Cyber Security Awareness Month and this year’s theme to STOP.THINK.CONNECT is designed to engage and educate both the public and private sectors with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and the importance of being ready to react quickly when there is a breach.

There are a number of very simple steps that individuals can take to keep themselves safe while online:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone
  • Keep your operating system, browser, other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, and friends, about internet safety
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy setting to keep the information shared to a minimum.
  • Be careful with the things you receive and read online. What sounds like an amazing offer may be just the opposite.

“In short,” says Bernas, “keep a clean machine, protect your personal info, connect with care, be web wise, and be a good online citizen.”

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

40+ Cities Hold National Week of Action to Push Back Against Suspensions & Policing in Schools, Oct. 4-11

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Project NIA releases white paper on gains and ongoing challenges in organizing to interrupt school-to-prison pipeline (STPP) & organizes a youth-led event on October 8 about the STPP

Wednesday, October 8

Pushed-Out: An Interactive, Youth-Lead Experience of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

6 P.M.-8:30 P.M., Village Leadership Academy, 1001 W. Roosevelt Road

CHICAGO, IL – For the third time in five years, Project NIA is participating in the Dignity in Schools Campaign’s National Week of Action on School Pushout (October 4-11). As an organization dedicated to juvenile justice, Project NIA works diligently to interrupt school pushout, which is often described as the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

In 2014, the advocacy and organizing of Project NIA and other local groups, including COFI, VOYCE, and Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law (CLC), have achieved major victories in the fight to break this pipeline.  The wins include:

1. An agreement from Chicago Public Schools to regularly provide and publish data about expulsions and suspensions

2. The passage of SB 2793, requiring all Illinois schools to collect and publish information about school discipline and to create plans for improvements when needed

3. Significant enhanced focus on restorative practices in the Chicago Public Schools Student Code of Conduct, along with increased clarity and specificity in the policy

Tomorrow (Friday), Project NIA is releasing a white paper that documents these gains and as well as some ongoing challenges in creating positive futures for Chicago’s children. Paper can be accessed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1yPE4WMi8OdU3BLdVIwTThCX2M/edit?usp=sharing

Mariame Kaba, Project NIA’s founding director, said: “We and our colleagues across the city are encouraged by the progress that has been made in the past few months to increase school discipline data transparency and to revise formal policies that focused on punishment over learning. There is still much more work to do and more resources to be allocated for that work. These recent victories are just the beginning.”

During the Week of Action on October 8th at 6 pm, Project NIA is collaborating with Free Street Theatre for a unique event that will combine performance and experiential learning to educate participants about the dynamics and impacts of the school-to-prison pipeline (http://niastories.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/pushed-out-an-interactive-youth-led-experience-of-the-school-to-prison-pipeline/). The event to be held at the Village Leadership Academy has already reached capacity. Please note this event is open to the media.

For more information, contact Mariame Kaba, Director of Project NIA, 773-392-5165, projectnia@hotmail.com

After Burge, what changed?

Posted by Admin On October - 3 - 2014 Comments Off on After Burge, what changed?
One group seeks to provide free defense attorneys in Chicago police stations to prevent torture once and for all

First Defense Legal Aid is a one-of-a-kind antidote to police overreach, only available in Chicago, and maybe the best-kept secret in town for communities most at risk of the kind of human rights abuses Burge made the Chicago Police Department famous for.  They train and support volunteer lawyers who deploy to the station to provide FREE legal defense if someone calls 1(800) LAW-REP4 to report the arrest right away, and provide know-your-rights trainings in community settings.

“It’s not just Burge, it’s a culture,” says FDLA Executive Director Eliza Solowiej. The recent indictment of Chicago police commander Glenn Evans shows that credible claims of police misconduct continue to reach the highest levels of Chicago Police Department leadership.

In fact, First Defense is still the only way someone held in a Chicago police station might access their Miranda rights 24/7 for free. Contrary to how popular crime dramas portray the process, in Illinois, like most states, the public defender is not available to anyone in police stations because they can only be appointed in court. People can be held for days with no contact with anyone but police and prosecutors before they are released or sent in front of a judge. The volunteer lawyers are on-call 24/7 hoping to even the playing field between suspects and police and watchdog the investigation.

Through providing for, and watchdogging, the rights of arrestees, First Defense helps police culture such as the ‘code of silence’ be transformed, and periods of police custody safer for Chicago youth when the pressure to solve a case could lead to questionable tactics. Still, almost all arrestees waive their constitutional rights for lack of hope they might actually access them.  Solowiej contends: “the relationship between communities and police, and public safety in general, improve when more people access their rights.”

Contact: Eliza Solowiej, Executive Director, First Defense Legal Aid

(773) 354-8581


Lt. Gov. Simon Kicks Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month Cell Phone Drive

Posted by Admin On October - 3 - 2014 Comments Off on Lt. Gov. Simon Kicks Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month Cell Phone Drive

Urges Illinoisans to donate phones during October

BELLEVILLE, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon was joined by domestic violence workers to launch her office’s fourth annual cell phone drive throughout October aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence and supporting the efforts of local shelters.

“This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I am proud to be supporting the work of the Violence Prevention Center, and Connections for Abused Women and their Children,” Simon said. “Organizations like these help survivors to protect their families and themselves as they get back on their feet after abusive relationships. I hope this cell phone drive will encourage Illinoisans to give, but also to educate themselves on domestic violence.”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In observance, Simon’s office is conducting its fourth annual cell phone drive with HopeLine from Verizon, which supports domestic violence survivors and service organizations like the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois and Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC).

“All of us at Verizon understand the importance of working with community leaders in their efforts to eradicate domestic violence,” says Brian Pascoe, Verizon Wireless. “Verizon Wireless, through the HopeLine program, is committed to supporting survivors of domestic violence and the organizations that provide shelter and prevention programs. We need to work together to end domestic violence, and through this phone drive we hope to spread the message across the state of Illinois.”

Based in Belleville, the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois provides shelter and other services to domestic violence survivors in St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph Counties. Executive Director Darlene Jones said the donation from the cell phone drive will be used to support the services provided by the Center’s legal advocacy program.

“The Violence Prevention Center’s mission is to eliminate domestic violence, not only in the lives of individuals, but in society as a whole,” Jones said. “This would not even be possible without the support of our leaders, such as Lt. Governor Simon. She understands the need to support victims to help them and their children live free of violence.”

Half of the proceeds from the drive will also go toward Connections for Abused Women and Children. Based in Chicago, the group provides domestic violence relief services to families in need. CAWC Executive Director Cordelia Ryan said the cell phone drive is important and timely.

“The donation from the drive enables us to provide safe shelter for women and children most in need as well as counseling, legal advocacy and hospital-based crisis intervention.  Recent media coverage of domestic violence has increased our demand. We are grateful to the Lt. Governor and Verizon for their leadership in raising awareness and aiding survivors, and we encourage everyone to donate their used cell phones.”

Collected cell phones will go to Verizon’s HopeLine program to be refurbished and resold. Verizon will donate $10 per phone, up to a maximum of $10,000, with the Violence Prevention Center and CAWC each receiving half. The drive will run from Oct. 1-24.

Those wishing to donate can drop no-longer-used cell phones at Lt. Governor’s Office locations in Carbondale, Springfield and Chicago. For a full list of addresses, visit http://www2.illinois.gov/ltgov/Pages/OfficeOverview.aspx.

For more information about the HopeLine Cell Phone drive, visit the HopeLine from Verizon website.

Volunteer to Become a Wish Granter: Training Session Now Open for Registration

Posted by Admin On October - 3 - 2014 Comments Off on Volunteer to Become a Wish Granter: Training Session Now Open for Registration

CHICAGO, IL – More than 12,000 children across Illinois have experienced the magic of a wish coming true, thanks to the hundreds of community supporters of Make-A-Wish Illinois. Volunteers in your community are needed to help grant wishes for local children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Make-A-Wish Illinois is hosting several free training sessions for wish-granting volunteers in the coming weeks. Wish-Granting volunteers work in teams of two to plan and carry out wishes from start to finish with support from the Make-A-Wish staff. Wish granters are asked to give 10-12 hours per month to grant at least three wishes per year.

Scheduled Wish Granter Training Sessions

Monday, October 13th from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Oak Lawn

Wednesday, October 15th from  6 to 8:45 p.m. in Chicago

Tuesday, October 28th from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Chicago

To attend the training, potential volunteers must complete the volunteer application and online training in advance; therefore RSVP is required at least ten days in advance. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Reserve a spot by contacting Tonisha Daniel at daniel@illinois.wish.org or 312.602.9413. All volunteers must be over 21 and submit an application, reference and background check; complete an online and brief in-person training to begin granting wishes.

Make-A-Wish® Illinois grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. Since being founded locally in 1985, the chapter has granted more than 12,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with special children across the state with help from dedicated volunteers and generous community members.

For more information, visit illinois.wish.org.

Cast and Creative Team Set for Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You! At Goodman Theatre in Partnership With The Second City

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Chicago favorite Francis Guinan is Scrooge in Holiday Send-Up by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort and Directed by Matt Hovde December 5-28

CHICAGO, IL – In an unprecedented partnership, Goodman Theatre and The Second City join forces to present “comedy gold” (bePortland) with the holiday send-up Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You! by former The Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. Directed by Artistic Director of The Second City Training Center Matt Hovde, this “riotous havoc” (Los Angeles Times) finds Scrooge and Tiny Tim hopelessly mixed up with characters from the Peanuts holiday special, the Island of Misfit Toys and even Little Orphan Annie, all in the Second City’s trademark improvisational style. Twist Your Dickens runs December 5 – 28 in the Owen Theatre (press night is Wednesday, December 10). Tickets ($15 - $45; subject to change) are on sale now, available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Twist, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). A full performance calendar follows. The production complements the Goodman’s 37th annual production of A Christmas Carol, which is directed by Artistic Associate Henry Wishcamper in the Albert Theatre (November 15 – December 28).

Goodman Theatre Executive Director Roche Schulfer remarked, “We are thrilled to collaborate with the extraordinary team at The Second City in presenting a hilarious new holiday experience for audiences right alongside Chicago’s ultimate holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol.”

“Adding The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You! to their holiday schedule alongside the time-honored production of A Christmas Carol is a perfect example of what makes the Goodman a forward-thinking and innovative Chicago institution,” said Andrew Alexander, CEO/Executive Producer of The Second City. “We’re honored to partner with our friends at the Goodman this holiday season.”

The seven-member cast includes Francis Guinan (currently in The Night Alive at Steppenwolf Theatre Company) as Scrooge; Frank Caeti (MADtv) as the Ghost of Christmas Past; writer Peter Gwinn as Jacob Marley; Sayjal Joshi (The Second City’s Incomplete Guide to Everything) as Tiny Tim; Beth Melewski (The Second City Guide to the Opera and Cash Cab Chicago) as the Ghost of Christmas Present; Robyn Scott (Ask Aunt Susan) as Mrs. Cratchit; and Tim Stoltenberg (The Second City’s Incomplete Guide to Everything) as Bob Cratchit. Audiences can also expect some famous faces to drop by for surprise cameo appearances. The creative team includes Tom Buderwitz (sets), Rachel Lambert (costumes) and Gina Patterson (lights). Mara Filler is the Stage Manager.

Peter Gwinn (Writer) was one of the original writers for The Colbert Report, for which he received two Emmy Awards. Other written works include Moulin Scrooge! (WreckingBall Theater Lab and iO Chicago), Listen Kid! (UCB Theater and iO Chicago), PeterGwinn’s The Confidence Ladder (UCB Theater) and The Awesome Show (iO Chicago). He is a founding member of Baby Wants Candy, a troupe that improvises one-act musicals. Other performer credits include ASSSSCAT (UCB Theater), The Armando Diaz Experience (iO Chicago), The Second City Touring Company and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Bobby Mort (Writer) has won an Emmy Award for his work on The Colbert Report and performed as part of the ensemble People of Earth (iO Chicago) and sketch trio Maximum Party Zone (iO Chicago). He was also the screenwriter for Circle of Pain and Beatdown.

Matt Hovde (Director) is the Artistic Director of The Second City Training Center. His Second City directing credits include Let Them Eat Chaos, Sky’s The Limit (Weather Permitting), Second City’s Game Night, Studs Terkel’s Not Working (Jeff Award), America: All Better; Rod Blagojevich Superstar!; and Between Barack and a Hard Place. He also Second City productions in Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Denver, Baltimore, Vienna, Brussels and others. He previously directed Twist Your Dickens at Portland Center Stage in 2013.

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