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Archive for October 24th, 2014

American Muslims To Hold Protest Rally October 26th Protesting the Death Sentence of Shiite Muslim Cleric, Sheikh Nimr

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Free Sheikh Nimr” Demonstration, Sunday, October 26, 2014″

ELMHURST, IL -  UNITED FOR NIMR, a grass root group, will hold a protest demonstration  in Elmhurst, IL to stop the death sentence of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia. This demonstration is part of a global effort to repeal the death sentence ruling.

A death sentence was passed on October 15, 2014 against a dissident Shiite Muslim Cleric, Sheikh Nimr, in Saudi Arabia after a deeply flawed trial. Sheikh Nimr was detained in July 2012 after demonstrations held in connection with the Arab Spring. The death sentence against Sheikh Nimr is part of a campaign by the authorities in Saudi Arabia to crush all dissent, including those defending the rights of the Kingdom’s Shiite Muslim community.

Members of the Shiite community have been arrested, imprisoned and harassed for holding collective prayer meetings, celebrating Shiite religious festivals and for breaching restrictions on building mosques and religious schools. Both National and International news media organizations have reported on the death sentence of Sheikh Nimr: FOX News, ABC News, The Guardian, BBC, Russian TV, and Press TV. Amnesty international stated that the death sentence was “Appalling and must be immediately quashed.”

Protesters will gather at the North West Corner of North Avenue and Kingery Hwy (Rt. 83), Elmhurst, IL, between the hours of 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM on Sunday, October 26th, 2014 to protest the death sentence declared by the Saudi Government. Organizers deem this as a violation of Human Rights and the right to Freedom of Speech.

Illinois African-American Family Commission to Unveil Black Agenda Today

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CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois African-American Family Commission (IAAFC) is  unveiling a black agenda 9:30 a.m., Friday, October 24, 2014, at Malcolm X College, 1900 West Van Buren, Chicago, IL that will begin a comprehensive process to address systemic issues within Illinois’ African American communities.

The black agenda proposed by the IAAFC will begin with three primary issue areas and implement a process that embraces business partners, incorporates community agencies, and includes government agency partners.  The IAAFC is looking forward to discussing the need for improved accountability, transparency, and reliability to ensure strong and thriving communities.

The IAAFC will achieve its goals working in coordination with the Office of the Governor, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, and members of the General Assembly.  Additionally we look forward to forging partnerships to achieve the Black Agenda with elected officials at every level of government.

CONSUMER ALERT: Illinois Dept. of Insurance Warns Consumers Not to Conduct Business with Certified Warranties Corporation

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CHICAGO, IL  – The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) is alerting consumers that an unlicensed company doing business in Illinois as CERTIFIED WARRANTIES CORPORATION, with addresses in Lombard and Oakbrook Terrace has been issuing, selling or offering for sale home warranty service contracts in violation of the financial and registration requirements of the Service Contract Act (215 ILCS 152/1 et seq.). The company’s website now claims that “CERTIFIED WARRANTIES CORPORATION HAS SUFFERED FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES AND HAS FILED BANKRUPTCY.”

Illinois consumers are advised not to purchase service contracts from Certified Warranties Corporation. Illinois consumers who have existing contracts and/or complaints involving Certified Warranties Corporation should contact:

Andrew Noyes

Illinois Department of Insurance

320 West Washington

Springfield, Illinois  62767



Non-Illinois residents who have contracts with Certified Warranties Corporation should contact their state Insurance Department.

More Information

The Department’s mission is to protect consumers by providing assistance and information, by efficiently regulating the insurance industry’s market behavior and financial solvency, and by fostering a competitive insurance marketplace. The Illinois Department of Insurance assists consumers with all insurance complaints, including health, auto, life, and homeowner.  Consumers in need of information or assistance should visit the Department’s web site at insurance.illinois.gov or call our toll-free hotline at (866) 445-5364.

Former CEO Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Thousands from Naperville Adoption Charity: Atty. General Madigan

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the former chief executive officer of a Naperville-based adoption agency was sentenced to four and a half years in prison and ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution for stealing charitable funds for personal use.

Robert Geniesse, 52, was sentenced today by Judge George Bakalis in DuPage County Criminal Court. Geniesse was found guilty of theft, personal use of charitable trust funds, wire fraud and forgery while he served as CEO of Our Children’s Homestead.

While CEO of the charity, Geniesse was found to have used business credit cards for personal expenses in 2009 and 2010. Geniesse charged purchases to the charity, including expensive camera equipment, shopping trips to Neiman Marcus for cosmetics, home goods at Pottery Barn and Ethan Allen, a $600 trip to Binny’s Beverage Depot, and costly restaurant tabs, including a nearly $1,000 tab at Morton’s in Naperville. Geniesse also expensed lavish trips, including an outing to a Minnesota Vikings game, Chicago Bulls game, over $1,300 at Luxury Link in Los Angeles, and $3,800 in airline tickets overseas. None of the expenses were connected to his role as CEO of the organization.

“The defendant betrayed the charitable mission of the organization he led, instead choosing to enrich himself and steal from his group’s donors and the families who rely on its services,” Madigan said.

Geniesse fled to Germany in 2012 following Madigan’s indictment. He was convicted in an August bench trial after being extradited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation back to DuPage County.

Assistant Attorneys General Edward Snow and Albert Berry III and Associate Director James S. Dorger investigated and prosecuted the case for Madigan’s office.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

·         Jay N. Lerner – Inspector General, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

·         Azita Raji – Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, Department of State

President Obama also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

·         Michael Feuer – Member, Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences

·         Herbert Block – Member, Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad

·         Richard H. Weisberg – Member, Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad

·         Gary P. Zola – Member, Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad

President Obama said, “These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles.  I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Jay N. Lerner, Nominee for Inspector General, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Jay N. Lerner currently serves as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel in the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Justice (DOJ), a position he has held since 2011.  He served as Assistant Chief in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division at DOJ from 2008 to 2011.  Before rejoining DOJ, Mr. Lerner held various positions at the Department of Homeland Security from 2004 to 2008, including Deputy Chief Counsel in the Transportation Security Administration, Chief Counsel for Security in the Office of the General Counsel, and Associate General Counsel for Strategic Oversight and Review.  From 1992 to 2002, Mr. Lerner held several positions within the Criminal Division at DOJ.  From 2001 to 2002, he was Counsel for Multilateral Affairs in the Office of International Affairs, and from 1997 to 2001 he served as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General.  From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Lerner was a Trial Attorney in the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, and from 1992 to 1994, he was a Trial Attorney in the Money Laundering Section.  Mr. Lerner taught criminal law and law enforcement courses at The George Washington University between 1995 and 2002.  He received a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Azita Raji, Nominee for Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, Department of State

Azita Raji is a Member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, a position she has held since 2013.  Ms. Raji is engaged in various leadership roles with several civic and non-profit institutions in New York and the District of Columbia.  She has served as a Commissioner of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery since 2014.  Since 2013, Ms. Raji has served as a Director of the National Partnership for Women and Families, a Member of the Bretton Woods Committee, and an Advisory Board Member of the Economic Advisory Council at the Center for American Progress.  In addition, she has been an Advisory Board Member of the Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Program since 2011, and a Trustee and Executive Committee Member of Barnard College at Columbia University since 2010.  Ms. Raji was also a Founding Co-chair and Advisory Board Member of Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College from 2009 to 2013.  A former investment banker and a Member of the Institute for Chartered Financial Analysts since 1991, she held senior positions at several firms, including J.P. Morgan Securities.  She was National Finance Vice-Chair for Obama for America in 2012.  Ms. Raji received a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

President Obama also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Dr. Michael Feuer, Appointee for Member, Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences

Dr. Michael Feuer is currently the Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Professor of Education Policy at The George Washington University, positions he has held since 2010.  From 1993 to 2010, Dr. Feuer held a number of positions at the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, including Executive Director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education from 2002 to 2010, Director of the Center for Education from 1999 to 2002, and the Director of the Board on Testing and Assessment from 1993 to 1999.   Dr. Feuer was a Senior Analyst and Project Director at the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment from 1986 to 1993.  He was a faculty member at Drexel University from 1981 to 1988, and a senior researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Higher Education Finance Research Institute from 1980 to 1981.  Since 2013, he has served as the President of the National Academy of Education. Dr. Feuer received a B.A. from Queens College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Herbert Block, Appointee for Member, Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad

Herbert Block is Assistant Executive Vice-President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a position he has held since 1999.  He was first appointed to the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad in 2011.  Previously, he served as Assistant Director for Intergovernmental and Public Affairs for the New York City Independent Budget Office from 1996 to 1999, and was Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Relations at the Corporation for National and Community Service from 1994 to 1995.  Mr. Block was Assistant to the Mayor of the City of New York from 1990 to 1993 and a Special Assistant to the Manhattan Borough President from 1986 to 1989.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Jewish Restitution Organization.  Mr. Block received a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

Dr. Richard H. Weisberg, Appointee for Member, Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad

Dr. Richard H. Weisberg is the Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, a position he has held since 1976.  He was first appointed to the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad in 2011.   Dr. Weisberg began his academic career as Assistant Professor of French and Comparative Literature at The University of Chicago in 1970 and is currently a Visiting Professor of Law.  He is the founding and current president of the Law & Humanities Institute and founding and general editor of a periodical, Law and Literature.  Dr. Weisberg is a recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships.  In 2009, he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his work to provide restitution from France to victims of the wartime Vichy regime.  Dr. Weisberg received a B.A from Brandeis University, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Dr. Gary P. Zola, Appointee for Member, Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad

Dr. Gary P. Zola is the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.  He also serves as Professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Dr. Zola was first appointed to the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad in 2011.  He is a member of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society.  From 2002 to 2005, he was Chair of the Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History and from 2006 to 2010, he was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  Dr. Zola received a B.A. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, an M.A. from Northwestern University, and an M.A., Rabbinic Ordination, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

CBC and HBCU Leaders Hail New PLUS Loan Rules, Hundreds of Thousands of Students To Benefit

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), together with the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), the United Negro College (UNCF), and the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) hail today’s release by the U.S. Department of Education of new eligibility rules for the federal Parent PLUS Loan program –which provides college loans to parents for their children –and urge their swift implementation.  The final PLUS Loan regulation will stem the loss of thousands of students and millions of dollars from HBCUs and other colleges and universities across the country by making nearly 400,000 students eligible for these college loans who previously would have been denied.

CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge: “I am encouraged by today’s news, and applaud the Department of Education for finally taking this step to begin leveling the playing field for so many students and families of color and modest means — those who most benefit from the Parent PLUS Loan Program. Access to higher education has long been the key to achieving upward socioeconomic mobility in this country.  It is my sincere hope that we will reinforce our commitment to these students and families by implementing these new rules quickly and without further delay.”

Congresswoman Corrine Brown: “I am very pleased that the Department of Education released its new eligibility guidelines for the federal Parent PLUS Loan program, and I wholeheartedly urge their swift implementation. Since October, 2011, HBCU’s and their students have struggled terribly because of the sudden change in the Department of Education’s Parent PLUS loan guidelines. For three years, the Congressional Black Caucus, along with the HBCU advocacy community, has battled arduously with the Department of Education to correct this administrative injustice.  Although the goal of the Caucus was to return the PLUS Loans rule back to where it was prior to 2011, I am pleased that the Department’s new regulations will begin to stem the loss of thousands of students and millions of dollars from HBCU’s and colleges across the nation.”

Congressman Cedric Richmond: “Finalizing this rule is an important step towards re-opening the doors of higher education that were closed to students across the nation by the previous unfair standards. We should not be making it harder for students to afford an education at a college or university they qualified for, and I am glad the Department of Education shares this sentiment. My colleagues in the CBC, the HBCU community, and I have worked diligently to resolve this matter. I look forward to the quick implementation of the new standards so that hundreds of thousands of students in the 2nd district and throughout the country can get the help they deserve as they pursue a college education.”

NAFEO President and CEO, Lezli Baskerville: “The regulations released by the Department today are a hard won victory for HBCUs and their stakeholder communities including the students, their families, and champions of HBCUs–NAFEO, UNCF, the President’s Board of Advisers on HBCUs, the Congressional Black Caucus and others. While the regulations do not restore the pool of “creditworthy”applicants to the pre-2011 level as NAFEO and its colleagues fought indefatigably to achieve, it is a step in the right direction. The regulations will make 370,000 PLUS loan applicants who failed to pass the new “adverse credit history”criteria, now eligible borrowers for the PLUS Loan gap funding; expand higher education access, and increase the likelihood of success for 691,900 additional students. [1]We will remain vigilant in ensuring that the Department acts with alacrity to immediately implement the Parent Plus regulations as it indicated it will.”

UNCF President and CEO, Michael L. Lomax: “HBCUs and the students they serve have endured three years of hardships caused by denied access to PLUS Loans.  This has been a distraction from the real work that needs to be done –preparing students with the skills needed in a competitive, global economy.  UNCF and our member presidents have rolled up their sleeves and worked hard to find a solution to this crisis, and we are pleased that this final regulation embraces that work.”

The final PLUS Loan regulation revises the credit standards used to determine whether parents can receive loans to pay for college expenses for their children. It reverses stringent credit standards imposed by the Department in 2011 that had a devastating impact on families and students across the country. Hundreds of thousands of families who previously had received PLUS Loans for their children found their applications for renewal rejected and their appeals denied.

The CBC engaged in a tough, three-year fight to reverse the harsh 2011 Department policy that exploded among low-income students and families like a financial grenade. Representatives Danny Davis (D-IL) and Chaka Fattah (D-PA) co-chaired the CBC Education Task Force. The CBC –and the HBCU coalition leaders –demanded action from President Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan to reverse the damage and stop the bleeding. The final PLUS Loan regulation released today takes significant steps to accomplish that.

HBCU Value Proposition

HBCUs disproportionately enroll low-income, first-generation and academically underprepared college students –precisely the students that the country most needs to obtain college degrees.  More than 75 percent of students at HBCUs rely on Pell Grants and nearly 13 percent rely on PLUS Loans to meet their college expenses.  HBCUs have one-eighth of the average size of endowments for historically white colleges and universities. Against these odds, HBCUs historically have provided an affordable education to millions of students of color, graduating the majority of America’s African American teachers, doctors, judges, engineers, and other scientific and technological professionals.


The final regulation issued by the Department of Education (Department) updates the definition of “adverse credit history”for PLUS loan applicants.  Under the final regulation:

•          Parents with small amounts of overdue payments on their credit records will no longer be penalized and automatically denied a PLUS Loan due to a $2,085 exemption for delinquent debt that will be indexed over time for inflation.

•          Onerous credit history checks extending back five years or more will be replaced with more reasonable two-year credit history checks for PLUS Loan applicants with delinquent balances exceeding $2,085.

•          PLUS Loan applicants who are considered for approval after an initial denial will be required to complete loan counseling provided by the Department.

•          The Department will implement the new rules as soon as possible after the publication of the final regulation, prior to the start of the 2015 academic year (July 1, 2015).


•          October 2011:  The Department, without notice to stakeholders, reinterprets Parent PLUS Loan eligibility standards to exclude parents with “charge-offs”and collection accounts for the past five years—a period that coincides with the 2008 recession.

•          September 2012: Leaders of UNCF (the United Negro College Fund), the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) meet with Education Secretary Arne Duncan to urge reversal of the new Parent PLUS Loan standards and to provide students and institutions with immediate relief

•          October 2012:  HBCU coalition leaders meet again with Secretary Duncan, who refuses to roll back new standards but promises a plan of action for the second semester; it never materializes.

•          April 2013:  Eighteen months after its initial decision, the Department announces that its definition of “adverse credit history”under the Parent PLUS Loan program could be a topic for a negotiated rulemaking committee this year and that it would hold hearings to obtain public input.

•          May 2013:  The Department holds its first public hearing on 2013 negotiating rulemaking topics. UNCF President Michael L. Lomax, NAFEO President Lezli Baskerville and U.S. Reps. Corinne Brown (D-Fla.), Danny Davis (D-Ill.), and Cedric Richmond (D-La.)  testify.

•          June 2013:  Seventeen HBCU presidents and senior officials and students gather at Spelman College to impress upon ED officials the negative impact restrictive Parent PLUS Loan standards have on college accessibility.

•          July 2013:  The CBC meets with President Obama and demands action on Parent PLUS Loan standards.

•          August 2013:  In a letter to U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, the CBC chairwoman, Secretary Duncan slightly expands Parent PLUS Loan standards but delays rulemaking until spring 2014.  CBC Chairwoman Fudge rejects the proposal and demands a “real solution.”

•          August 2013:  The CBC, UNCF, NAFEO, TMCF and the President’s Advisory Board on HBCUs release a joint statement committing to working together to advocate for students harmed by the change to the Parent PLUS loan standards.

•          November 2013:  The CBC convenes HBCU presidents to discuss the crisis and requests a meeting with Secretary Duncan.

•          January 2014:  The CBC, together with a dozen HBCU presidents, meets with Secretary Duncan to again seek Parent PLUS Loan relief on behalf of thousands of HBCU students.

•          February 2014:  The Departmentconvenes a negotiated rulemaking committee to consider the definition of “adverse credit history”for the Parent PLUS Loan program and names Dr. David H. Swinton, president of Benedict College, and Dr. George T. French, Jr., president of Miles College, as negotiators for minority-serving institutions.

•          May 2014:  The Department’s negotiated rulemaking committee concludes its deliberations, led by Drs. Swinton and French, and reaches consensus on new underwriting standards for the Parent PLUS Loan program.

•          June 2014: UNCF and NAFEO submit a joint letter to Secretary Duncan, endorsing the consensus Parent PLUS Loan regulations recommended by the negotiated rulemaking committee.

•          July 2014:  CBC Members write to Secretary Duncan endorsing the consensus Parent PLUS Loan regulations.

•          August 2014:  The Departmentpublishes proposed new PLUS Loan regulations that include the consensus underwriting standards recommended by the negotiated rulemaking committee, and announces a public comment period.  In addition, the Department releases new estimates that 372,000 students would become eligible for PLUS Loans under the proposed credit criteria.

•          September 2014:  The CBC and other HBCU supporters and stakeholders send in more than 500 positive letters and comments to the Education Department supporting the proposed PLUS Loan regulation.

•          October 2014:  ED releases a final PLUS Loan regulation reversing its 2011 policy and implementing new credit criteria for PLUS Loans.

Roger Ebert Biopic “Life Itself” was Shown as Part of the Chicago International Film Festival

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CHICAGO, IL – “Life Itself,” (Magnolia Pictures) the acclaimed documentary chronicling the life of world renowned film critic Roger Ebert, was back on the big screen in Chicago for one night only Wednesday, Oct. 22,  as part of the Chicago International Film Festival. A special screening was held at 8 p.m. at AMC River East 21 Theater, 322 E. Illinois Street. The film continues to open in cities around the country.

The film, based on Ebert’s 2011 biography of the same name and directed by Steve James, who previously won acclaim for “Hoop Dreams,” made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It tells the story of Ebert’s rise from an editor at the Daily Illini, the University of Illinois’ student newspaper, to becoming one of the most beloved and acclaimed film critics in the world. It also depicts Ebert’s captivating love story with his wife, Chaz, and his battle with cancer that ended in April 2013.

“Roger was unafraid to show his illness. In fact, he was downright courageous about it,” said Chaz Ebert. “But ‘Life Itself’ isn’t a tragedy; it’s a celebration. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and hopefully, you’ll be inspired to love and live life as fully as Roger did.”

The film also provides an intimate and humorous portrait of Ebert’s relationship with his “At the Movies” co-star and Chicago Tribune rival Gene Siskel, and features interviews with friends and colleagues like A.O. Scott, film critic for the New York Times; Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune; Bill Nack of Sports Illustrated; Josh Golden, Table XI; Bruce Elliott of Old Town Ale House; film critic Jonathan Rosebaum; and Martin Scorcese, the film’s executive producer.

Tickets can be purchased at the AMC theater, or at the Chicago Film Festival office, at 30 E. Adams St., Suite 600, over the phone by calling 312-332-FILM, or online at Chicago International Film Festival.

Tickets and passes can be purchased online at www.chicagofilmfestival.com, by calling 312-332-FILM (3456), or in person at the Festival Box Office at AMC River East 21.

Festival screenings will be held at the AMC River East 21 Theater (322 E. Illinois St.).

For the full schedule and ticketing information, visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com


Led by Tourism Partner Illinois Office of Tourism and Presenting Partners Columbia College
Chicago, the 50th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include Official Airline: American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel: JW Marriott Chicago; Major Partner: Intersites, Wintrust Community Banks; Participating Partners: AARP, Allstate, Bloomberg, Casale del Giglio, Cultivate Studios, Netrix, Stella Artois; Platinum Media Sponsors: NCM Media Networks, Ingage Media, JC Decaux, Michigan Avenue Magazine.
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image.

Exhibit Explores Concepts of Race, Inequality at Illinois Holocaust Museum This Fall

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Acclaimed Exhibit on Race Involves Area Institutions

  • First exhibit to tell stories of race from biological, cultural and historical points of view
  • Northwestern partnering with local institutions to explore concepts of race
  • Exhibit runs through Jan. 25 and challenges visitors to discover how race affects their lives

EVANSTON, IL – The nationally acclaimed exhibition “RACE: Are We So Different?” will provoke Chicago-area residents with the challenges implied in its title.

Now open at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie and running through Jan. 25, the museum partnered with the YWCA Evanston/North Shore to bring to the area the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from biological, cultural and historical points of view.

Northwestern University is a sponsor of “RACE,” and plans are underway to spur engaging and thought-provoking programming across Northwestern’s campuses, in departments ranging from psychology to dance.

The University looks forward to working together with the museum and the YWCA to explore the concept of race, said Lucile Krasnow, special assistant for community relations at Northwestern.

“Since all of our missions align, the exhibit gives us a chance to collaborate and bring many groups throughout the community into the discussion about race and equality,” she said.

“RACE” already is being complemented by the University’s community reading program, “One Book One Northwestern,” as part of programming around the exhibit.

“Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” by the distinguished social psychologist Claude Steele, was required reading for Northwestern’s Class of 2018 this summer as the 2014-15 selection for the One Book initiative.

“RACE,” developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, uses interactive components, multimedia presentations, iconic objects, compelling photographs and graphic displays to offer visitors an eye-opening look at its important subject matter.

“The idea of ‘race’ has been used historically to justify mistreatment of people and even genocide,” said Arielle Weininger, chief curator of collections and exhibitions at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. “The promotion of human rights is a vital part of the mission of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, and so we are thrilled to co-present ‘RACE,’ an exhibition that challenges visitors of all ages and backgrounds to discover how race operates in their lives.”

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women, said Karen Singer, the CEO of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Racial justice programming is a core element of YWCA work, she said.

“This unique partnership provides an opportunity not only to expand the conversation, but also to support others in deepening their understanding of how this socially constructed notion of ‘race’ impacts us all,” Singer said.

“RACE: Are We So Different?” will be at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, at 9603 Woods Drive in Skokie, through Jan. 25, 2015. Related to the University’s sponsorship of “RACE,” Northwestern students, faculty and staff will be granted free entry on weekday afternoons and a reduced admission at all other times.

Learn more about the exhibit at www.understandingrace.org or www.ilholocaustmuseum.org. Learn more about community programming at www.ywca.org/evanston.

NORTHWESTERN NEWS: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

Harris and Harris Wealth Management Partners with Black Benefactors for Night of Giving

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Bowie, MD – On Saturday, November 1, 2014, Harris and Harris Wealth Management will host a  “Night of Giving Event” from 4p.m. – 6p.m.

Harris and Harris Wealth Management is a proud member and partner with the Black Benefactors, an innovative philanthropic project. That’s why they are hosting the upcoming “Night of Giving Event”. This event is scheduled for Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 4p.m. – 6p.m at the Private Home of Zaneilia Harris, President of Harris and Harris Wealth Management. (Further information and directions will be provided upon registration.)

The Black Benefactors’ mission is to encourage philanthropy and community service in the Black and business community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area thereby enhancing the well being of Black children, youth and families. Because of their philanthropic work, they were “Featured in the 2011 Black Wealth edition of Ebony magazine.”

Their main goal for this event is to raise funding to continue supporting local non-profits as well as highlight our members’ passion to serve the community through our philanthropy and community service. Our past grantees have been:

* African Continuum Theatre
* First Generation College Bound
* Germantown Hardknocks Youth Foundation
* Dreaming Out Loud, LLC

To learn more about The Black Benefactors’ philanthropic efforts, go to www.blackbenefactors.org and visit them on FB: www.facebook/blackbenefactors |TWITTER: @blkbenefactors

About Harris and Harris Wealth: Harris and Harris Wealth Management Group is a boutique financial advisory firm focused on educating and supporting women and the community to build and transfer wealth. Operating under the belief that in order to impact a community, you must first empower women, the firm’s goal is to help clients achieve financial success by guiding them through major life-changing events such as marriage, divorce, widowhood, and career transition. For more information, please visit www.hhwealth.com, follow them on Twitter @hhwealth and “like” them on www.facebook.com/HHWealth.

Registration Information:
Go to www.hhwealth.com/events | Password: GIVINGBACK
Acceptable levels of giving include: $250, $500 and $1,000

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Modest Social Security COLA Crucial for American Families

Posted by Admin On October - 24 - 2014 Comments Off on Modest Social Security COLA Crucial for American Families

Social Security Key 2014 Election Issue

WASHINGTON, DC – AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins offered the following statement in reaction to announcement by the Social Security Administration of a 1.7 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2015:

The modest Social Security COLA for 2015 remains crucial to the financial security of the nearly 59 million Americans receiving benefits. The COLA helps beneficiaries of all ages maintain their standard of living, keeping many from falling into poverty by providing partial protection against inflation. Millions of families, including 41 million retired workers and their dependents, 6 million survivors of deceased workers, and 11 million workers with disabilities and their dependents, will depend on next year’s modest COLA increase as they face rising costs of basic needs like food, utilities and health care.

Although in the long term we need to strengthen Social Security with reasonable changes, volatility in the stock market has never impacted the promise of Social Security benefits. With $2.8 trillion in assets these popular benefits can exist far in to the future, continuing on their nearly 80 year streak of never missing a payment. That’s why candidates and outside groups have scrambled in these final few weeks before Election Day to define who wants to protect and strengthen Social Security benefits the most. Because most retirees depend upon their earned benefit for at least half of their retirement income, we hope Americans of all political stripes will ask candidates where they stand on Social Security and Medicare and look at our voter guide to see what candidates have already said about these vital issues.

For more information about what political candidates have to say about Social Security, Medicare, and financial security, check out the AARP Voter Guide at aarp.org/YourVote. For tips on when to claim Social Security and how to best plan for retirement go to aarp.org/ReadyforRetirement. Additional resources may be seen here.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

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