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Archive for January 6th, 2015

CAUSE to Demand Equal Representation for All Public School Teachers; Says There’s a “Record Purging of Black Educators in Chicago”

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The Chicago Alliance of Urban School Educators (CAUSE) will hold a press conference today, Tuesday, January 6th at 5:00 p.m., at 4315 South Cottage Grove to demand equal representation for all public school teachers and transparency within the Chicago Teacher’s Union

According to CAUSE, there’s a dwindling number of black teachers in CPS, now less than 20 percent. Between the decline that existed before the school closings, subsequent layoffs afterward and teachers placed on do not hire lists, “we’ve lost over 10,000 teaching positions.” CAUSE is calling on the Chicago Teacher’s Union to provide protection for all public school teachers and to embrace and assist teachers who have been displaced or terminated.

In 2010, there were approximately 9,000 African American teachers, comprising nearly 30 percent of the total population of Chicago Public Schools teachers. Today, that number has fallen by as much as 50 percent – to somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000. African American teachers now only make up 15 to 20 percent of the total of CPS teachers.

“The CTU and CPS need to more strongly represent its members, students and the very premise of diversity in Chicago’s public education system,” said Rosita Chatonda, founding president of CAUSE and outreach chair for the CPS South-Shore Community Action Council. “Our current union leadership and our appointed school board have presided over a record purging of black educators in Chicago, and they’ve done a very good job of hiding this information from the public.”

For more information, Contact: Rosita Chatonda, founding president, CAUSE 773-419-7417  or rcchatonda@yahoo.com

Objectors to Alderman Patrick O’Connor Being on the Ballot Accuses Chicago Board of Elections Commissioner Langdon Neal of Dodging Recusal Motion

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At the Chicago Board of Elections yesterday, Commissioner Langdon Neal dodged Objectors’ Motion for Recusal by not attending the hearing in 15-EB-ALD-144, Leah Fried and Daniel Sheehan v. Patrick O’Connor.

Yesterday’s hearing was continued from the first scheduled hearing on December 29, 2014 because only two Commissioners attended then, Commissioners Neal and Hernandez.  One week ago they set aside the motion requesting Neal to recuse himself due to self-dealing on the TIF 077 project in Mr. O’Connor’s ward in which Mr. Neal was paid $230,000 in legal fees.

Yesterday Commissioners Hernandez and Cowen rendered the Motion for Recusal “moot” because Langdon Neal did not attend a hearing he scheduled.

According to Andrew Finko, an attorney representing Objectors Leah Fried and Daniel Sheehan, “The Board went out of its way to help the incumbent alderman remain on the ballot. The election code is clear – the statement of candidacy must be true when signed. And the law is clear, an alderman cannot have debts owed to the City. The Board overstepped its authority and created facts in order to reach the desired conclusion.”

Objector Leah Fried, a 40th Ward registered voter, added that, “Today’s hearing exposed how political power is retained. First, Chairman Neal did not show up to a hearing he scheduled because he didn’t want to talk about O’Connor approving a condo development in TIF 077 that resulted in nearly a quarter of a million dollars in legal fees for Neal.  Second, O’Connor didn’t pay city fines on work done in a condominium built with TIF dollars, where he owns a unit, and where his wife is the dominant real estate agent,” said Fried.  “I’m tired of Chicago being a bad joke about corruption with O’Connor as the punch line.  That’s why I support his challenger, Dianne Daleiden, for 40th Ward Alderman.”

Dan Sheehan, the second Objector in this case, was “disappointed by the election board’s vote.  It is clear to many 40th Ward voters like me that Alderman O’Connor engages in self-dealing where TIFs are concerned.  He is taking money from our schools, libraries and parks for his own personal gain. Voters need to ask themselves, why would any condo builder need to receive incentives to build lucrative condos during the housing boom in 2003?  Why is our tax money being spent in that way? A few below-market rate condos doesn’t justify starving our public services of much needed revenue.”

“Langdon Neal dodged a bullet. I was prepared to talk about the TIF-077 public funds that went to Neal & Leroy, a total of $230,000, but also the local chambers of commerce that were used as PR tools for the incumbent.  Those chambers both donate to Mr. O’Connor’s political campaign and regularly promote his agenda. It would have been awkward, but the Chairman’s absence speaks volumes,” said Finko, who added that he was disappointed because “I was just scratching the surface, just getting started.”

Dr. Willie Wilson Donates $1 Million to His Own Campaign

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For minimum wage, vows to reopen Meigs Field

Will bring casino to city and prayer back in school


By Chinta Strausberg

Proving that he is serious about becoming the next mayor of Chicago, Dr. Willie Wilson Monday deposited a $1 million check from his personal account into his own mayoral campaign saying the mayor and his police chief “have got to go” and vowed to spur economic development by reopening Meigs Field, restore prayer and trades into the schools, fight for an elected school board and term limits.

Wilson made his remarks during a press conference held at the BMO Harris Bank Headquarters, 111 West Monroe St., where he was joined by Rev. Greg Livingston, his campaign manager, his PR director, Tracey Alston, his PR director and his sister, Dale Wilson.

“I am not in this race for salary,” Wilson told a battery of reporters. “I don’t want anything out of this. I’m in here to help the community.”  Wilson pledged to give his mayoral salary to black churches and already gives away his Social Security checks to the poor and seniors who cannot pay their utilities.

If elected, Dr. Wilson said he would ensure that “all citizens will have a right to have equal opportunity for jobs and contracts….

We want to be fair to everybody. There should not be a segregated city. We should be integrated together.” He emphasized reopening Meigs Field would create jobs and economic growth as will bringing a casino to Chicago. Wilson vowed to reopen the schools for trades or to sell the buildings for $1 to create their own businesses. “I am not for major corporations taking all the money. They’ve got to share,” he said vowing to create a citizens review board in each community to oversee” his proposals and to ensure equal opportunity prevails for jobs and contracts.  He said this would eliminate the elite racking in major funds.

But one issue that is close to his heart is public safety.  Dr. Wilson talked about his 20-year-old son, Omar Wilson, who was killed over drugs after gangbangers busted into his suburban home. Wilson, who is founder and CEO of the $60-million-a-year Omar Medical Supplies launched in 1997, and the Willie Wilson Productions, begun in 1987 that began the first nationally syndicated gospel show, named his medical company, that makes rubber gloves, after his late son.

“Public safety is very dear to my heart. You never forget about kids when you lose them…,” he said explaining the deaths of a mother, a father… “That is a totally different experience.”

Wilson, 66, who began mopping floors at a McDonald Restaurant and later owned four of those restaurants, said he has 13 employees in the Chicagoland area and that he pays them each more than $100,000. He has Omar distribution facilities in Nashville, TN, Woodridge, IL, Santa Fe Springs, CA, New Jersey and NY, NY but explained that the gloves he buys are made in China. Wilson does not know how much the Chinese are paid but he follows  “the same rules and regulations the U.S. follow. They buy gloves from China…. Everybody’s clothes are from China. We have to be fair. This is a global economy….”

In explaining why he does business with China, Dr. Wilson said five-years ago he invested in a medical supply glove manufacturer in Tennessee. ” It was the only one in the United States. We lost $5 million. The U.S. says buy America, but we couldn’t even sell our gloves to the government.

“There is one place in the world that sells gloves and that is in China” where Wilson said gave him more tax breaks. Referring to his Tennessee plant, Wilson closed it down but to make up for his losses, he said, “we took over the distribution of Chicago, NY, LA and one in Tennessee.

Wilson does sub-contract some of his work out to other diverse businesses as an entrepreneurial incentive for companies.

When asked if he supported the increase in the minimum wage, Wilson said he did; however, he also wants contracts and jobs. “We won’t need minimum wages at that point.” Wilson said under this administration contracts for people of color “is way down.”

“People don’t want minimum wages,” said Wilson. “People want to make more than minimum wage.” “When minimum wages go up, you’re going to pay more. I want contracts and jobs for our citizens so they can make way more than minimum wages. I also support minimum wages” but an increase in minimum wages along with contracts.

As a testimony, F. Scott Winslow, CEO of several hospitals in

Chicago, said, “Wilson opened a glove factory here in the U.S. to try to bring those jobs back…” and lost $5 million. “China subsidizes their companies and you don’t have an even playing field. You cannot get a competitive advantage in certain manufacturing sectors because of this state sponsorship of corporations. We don’t do that here in the U.S. Wilson has done the next best thing. He has taken the distribution the sub-contracts and made sure those were passed out in a liberal and correct basis that everyone had a fair chance….”

Wilson is not satisfied with how the mayor is handling the crime problem and said, “The superintendent of police has to go but the mayor has to go first. Public safety is a serious concern as well as education…,” he said vowing to change how Chicago is run.

Saying while he intends to change how Chicago is run business-wise, Wilson said that includes term limits. “If you’re in there a couple of times, get rid of you so you ain’t got your friends over and over again. So, just get rid of you….

“Being fair to all citizens is what this whole thing is about,” Wilson said. He vowed to show “a more human side of me…equality, compassion, friendliness….” When told that compassion and friendliness are good words, he was asked how would he balance a budget since he is proposing to spend more money to reorganize police and schools.

“We are working on that now,” Wilson explained. As a businessman, Wilson said his job is to make a profit. “I’ve been in business for 30 years.”

Referring to the casinos that are located near Chicago, Wilson said, “If you look on those car stickers, those are citizens from Chicago but we are not getting the revenue, the tax dollars. Why not open up one here in the city of Chicago? That would bring you revenue, jobs and contracts.”

He vowed to lower the taxes citing gas taxes as an example. Wilson said they are too high and they force people out of the city to purchase this product. He also said he would lower the parking fees to be more competitive; therefore increasing business in Chicago.

Wilson said he would take 75 percent of the policemen out of their cars and let them walk the streets, ride the L’s and the CTA. That, he said, will save a lot of money in fuel and mechanical bills. “If I or a citizen can walk and the citizen walk and it’s cold out there and they are paying the police officers, they (officers) should be cold too.”

“Higher taxes run people out,” Wilson said vowing to conduct a survey to see where the changes that negatively impact Chicagoans should be made.

Wilson again demanded that the mayor apologize for saying 80 percent of his petitions were bad. “I am a law abiding citizen,” he said. Referring to the mayor, Wilson said, “He made false accusations without any proof…. He owes the 47,000 citizens and me an apology…. Why won’t he apologize?”

In just a few days, Wilson said he had amassed 55,000 signatures but threw out 6,000 because they were bad. “We went well over the requirement of (12,500) needed to get on the ballot.”

Holding up a check he wrote for $1 million along with the deposit slip, Wilson said, “That is why today I am writing a check and depositing it into my own campaign for $1 million. I’m serious. We’re going to win this race…. We are going to have an integrated city where all citizens can learn about one another.”

Wilson’s TV and radio stations will hit the airwaves Tuesday.  He vowed to make media buys from black, white and Hispanic media outlets. “We’re going to be fair. I have to lead by example….”

When asked what is the message he is trying to convey? Dr. Wilson said, “I am a better man than Rahm Emanuel. I won’t close the schools….”

When asked if he had done any fundraising, Wilson said no; however, on April 19, 2015 at the House of Hope, Dr. Wilson is holding a “Renew the Dream 2015,” event beginning at 6 p.m., according to Wilson’s campaign manager, Rev. Greg Livingston. It will include a voter registration drive. Saying he is expecting 15,000 people to attend, Livingston added, “It will be the biggest King day celebration in the city.”

Livingston said the rally coincides with the airing of “Selma,” a picture illustrating the ups and downs of the Civil rights movement starring David Oyelowo who portrays Dr. King.

Livingston said, “All of this is coming together where we have this man who had to fight to get on the ballot because the machine created a high number it knew the average person could never get to in terms of getting on the ballot. This becomes a celebration of victory because we are going to renew the dream in 2015….”

When asked if Rev. James Meeks, who heads the House of Hope, is one of his supporters, Wilson told reporters, “I haven’t asked anybody to support me personally because I don’t know how indebted anybody out there is with this mayor, and I don’t want to mess up nobody’s livelihood. We will renew the dream in 2015.”

Wilson later greeted Blue Line passengers in Jefferson Park.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Fioretti Statement on CPS Fraudulent Billing Scandal

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CHICAGO, IL – The following is a statement from mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti on the most recent scandal at CPS, as reported in the Chicago Tribune:

The crisis in confidence at CPS is reaching epic proportions.  Fraud and abuse of money for our students and teachers is beyond acceptable, but it has become alarmingly routine. This scandal is another example of why we need an elected school board – something I’ve called for consistently since I’ve been in office.

Illinois Department of Public Health Publishes Scientific Health Articles

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Inaugural Illinois Morbidity and Mortality Bulletin


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released the inaugural issue of its Illinois Morbidity and Mortality Bulletin (IMMB).  The IMMB is IDPH’s primary publication for scientific articles of interest to public health communities and professionals in Illinois.  Articles in the IMMB are prepared by IDPH staff from various programs based on analysis, description, interpretation and discussion of data.

“We use data and data analyses to identify public health problems, chart our progress and contribute to the knowledge base of public health science and practice,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.  “One of the pillars of IDPH’s strategic plan is to improve population health and healthcare by informing policy, programs and priorities through improved quality, availability, utilization and dissemination of data.  Creating the IMMB represents just one of our efforts toward that direction.”

This first bulletin features three articles written by IDPH staff.

The data analysis team, lead by Nancy Amerson from the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, reported the prevalence of multiple chronic conditions among Illinois adults.  Using data from the Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the article describes the prevalence of people having more than one chronic condition and the most common multiple chronic condition combinations in Illinois.

Dr. Connie Austin, Division of Infectious Diseases, assessed the appropriateness of use and administration of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis in Illinois.  Dr. Austin reviewed potential human exposures to rabies reported in 2013 and evaluated if rabies post-exposure prophylaxis was correctly assessed and administered.

For the third article, Dr. Mohammed Shahidullah and Nelson Agboda (Health Facilities and Services Review Board) estimated life expectancies using population data from the U.S. Census Bureau and death data from the Illinois Vital Records System.  Life expectancy, a widely used summary indicator of human health and development, was estimated by age and sex for residents of Illinois, Chicago and, for the very first time, for Illinois counties.

The IMMB targeted audience is public health practitioners, researchers, physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, educators, staff at local health departments and policy makers throughout Illinois.  IDPH plans to publish three issues this year and then move to a quarterly publication schedule.  The IMMB can be found at http://www.idph.state.il.us/pdf/Jan2015-Vol1-Issue1_Multi-Chronic-Rabies-Life-Expect.pdf.

Some Immigrants Relieved to See Holiday Season End

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Some Immigrants Relieved to See Holiday Season End

VoiceWayes/New America Media

By Michael Lozano

It’s that time of year when many people are just getting back into their routine after a holiday season spent sharing presents and food, and creating new memories with loved ones. But for many immigrants, the holidays are an unwelcome reminder of just how far away they are from family members on the other side of the border.

“I feel depressed at this time of year. I have the need to see my family, but I can’t because I don’t have papers,” said Long Beach resident Leticia Salazar*, who came to the U.S. about 17 years ago, leaving behind her parents and four siblings in Mexico City.

“I came here without anything, without knowing anyone,” she said in Spanish.

Salazar felt the pain of separation the most after each of her four children were born. “When I had my first girl, I wanted someone to come visit me at the hospital. I needed someone to be there with me in those moments, to tell them how I felt.”

While an estimated 5 million immigrants in the U.S. are expected to benefit from President Obama’s most recent executive order on immigration — it grants temporary protection from deportation for qualifying individuals, including undocumented parents living in the U.S. whose children are already citizens – the order will not bring relief to families that are already divided due to federal immigration policies.

“Part of the reason that families are separated is because our immigration system is broken,” said Cathleen Farrell, Director of Communications for National Immigration Forum. “We need a solution for that. Currently, there are an estimated 11 million people who are undocumented… many who have family members who are not with them.”

Salazar has siblings in Utah, but she believes that even visiting them for the holidays is too risky. “I’m afraid of raids, of immigration getting us. That’s our biggest fear,” Salazar said.

Many immigrants see the holidays as a harsh reminder of the border that divides them from their families. For some, the mere mention of the topic evokes tears.

“Every year, it’s depressing,” said Long Beach resident Maria Gomez*, who is from Guadalajara, Mexico. “I’m happy because I have my children here, but it’s sad because I don’t have my other family members close,” she said in Spanish.

The wait times and backlogs in processing for visa and permanent residency applications can be frustrating for immigrants hoping to be reunited with family members.

Gomez holds a U Visa, which means she is legally able to stay here but traveling outside of the U.S.

 would require a lengthy and risky process that could even result in her losing her U status. Twenty-five years ago she left behind her parents, sisters, nephews, and “many people that I love.”

“My family has grown,” Gomez said. “I have never met some of them.”

Video chat technology has eased some of the pain, she said, “But it’s not the same as giving them a hug, as feeling them close.”

The pain can drive some immigrants to great lengths to see their family members, especially when one of them is hurt. When Gomez’s father was assaulted and stabbed at his home in 1997, she debated whether to return to Mexico.

“I couldn’t (legally) go. It was a risk for me,” Gomez said. But it was also her younger sister’s fifteenth birthday – her Quinceañera, a big deal in Mexican culture — and it was her dream that Gomez would be there. So she crossed.

To get back into the U.S. she walked through the desert for days, a dangerous journey that has only become more so in the years since her crossing, due to heightened border enforcement and increased cartel-related violence.

“It’s impossible now. I wouldn’t risk it again,” Gomez said.

Not everyone takes the risk to visit ailing family members. When Salazar’s father was sick with cancer, he demanded that she not leave the U.S.

“He kept telling us that if something happened, not to come over there for any reason,” Salazar recalls. “He knows how much suffering there is in getting back into this country.”

To this day, Salazar struggles with the fact that she was not by her father’s side when he passed.

Another local immigrant, Salvador Paredes Orozco, from Tlaxcala, Mexico, is the only person from his family in the U.S. He hadn’t seen his father in two years, when last year they connected online to catch up during the holidays.

“I saw him online for Christmas. Then on January 18 (2014), he died. It was the last time I saw him,”
said Orozco.

In addition to missing his family, Orozco said he misses the cultural traditions in his hometown of Aztama, “a small pueblo where everyone knows each other.”

Christmas there, he said, is celebrated fervently with Las Posadas: nine days of religious festivities, dancing, singing, food, and family. The topic lights up Orozco’s eyes.

“It’s incredible for such a small pueblo to have such a big celebration,” he said. 

“You decorate houses very nicely here but it doesn’t have the magic of our country, where you have Las Posadas, break piñatas, and collect peanuts.”

As for Gomez, she spent this Christmas with her children at their Long Beach home, where she made dinner.

Gomez had a message to tell her family back in Guadalajara: “That I love you all so much, I miss you all. Don’t lose hope that one day, I will be with you to give you that hug.”

*Name was changed at the request of the individual.

VoiceWaves is a youth-led community media website and print publication established by New America Media to serve residents of Long Beach, Calif.

Photo Caption: Salvador Paredes Orozco of Long Beach was not able to visit his dying father before he passed away in Mexico last winter.


The NAACP Chicago Southside Branch, SEIU Local #73/COW, Blacks in Green and EdVK Unite to Host 2015 Mayoral & Aldermanic Candidate Forums

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CHICAGO, IL – The NAACP, along with the SEIU, Blacks and Green, Educational Village Keepers (EdVK) are hosting a series of mayoral and aldermanic candidate forums across the south side of Chicago with the first being held at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 10th, at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Paideia Academy, 7511 South Shore Dr.

The “CALL TO ACTION” forums are designed to help voters make sound decisions for the February 24th municipal elections.

According to Attorney Rose Joshua, president of the NAACP Chicago South Side Branch, the purpose of the forums is to arm the communities with information voters need to make educated choices in the upcoming municipal elections.

Each candidate will present their platform, and residents will have a chance to ask questions.

“This is a New Year and it is time for a fresh start for our communities hopefully with candidates who are sensitive to their needs,” said  Joshua.

Candidate Forum Schedule *

Jan. 10 – Saturday Powell Elementary Paideia Academy, 7511 S. South Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60649

1-1:45 p.m./ 2-2:45 p.m./ 3-3:45 p.m. 4-4:45 p.m.

10th Ward 5th Ward 8th Ward 7th Ward

Jan. 24 – Saturday Teamsters Union Hall 300 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607

1-1:45 p.m. 2-2:45 p.m. 3-3:45 p.m. 4-4:45 p.m. 5-5:45 p.m.

3rd Ward 2nd Ward 16th Ward 4th Ward Mayoral

Feb 7 – Saturday Simeon Career Academy 8147 S. Vincennes Ave., Chicago, IL 60620

1-1:45 p,m. 2-2:45 p.m. 3-3:45 p.m. 4-4:45 p.m. 5-5:45 p,m.

9th Ward 34th Ward 21st Ward 6th Ward Mayoral

Feb 12 – Thursday Antioch MB Church 6248 S. Stewart Ave. Chicago, IL 60621

6-6:45 p.m. 7-7:45 p.m. 8-8:45 p.m. 9-9:45 p.m.

20th Ward 17th Ward 15th Ward 18th Ward

*Order of appearance of Aldermanic Candidates was determined by lottery.

The Women’s Business Development Center Offers January Programs That Support and Accelerate Women’s Business Ownership

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WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance.

CHICAGO, IL – Workshops offered in January by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) include:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

“Grow Your Business with WBDC: An Intro to Services”

Description: This interactive, networking session is for both prospective and established business owners. Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business or growing the business you already have, this session will help you clarify your needs and learn more about WBDC resources.

Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door

Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Registration: http://goo.gl/Q8JuFC

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

“Starting a Business in Illinois”

Description: This workshop will address if business ownership is right for you, the transition from being an employee, volunteer, homemaker and/or independent contractor to business owner and more.

Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door

Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Registration: http://goo.gl/1qL7us

Wednesday, January 21, 2014, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

“Finding Your Way When You Are Stuck: Working Your Way Through Growth Analysis Tools”

Description: This webinar is the pre-requisite for the Women’s Business Development Center’s new GrowthWheel curriculum being offered on a regular basis via webinar. Topics will range from general business operations to finance to marketing. Attend this webinar and recognize five areas of consideration for growth, or removing barriers to growth for your business.

Cost: Free

Location: Online

Registration: http://goo.gl/fVaqc7

For further information about these or other WBDC workshops, visit http://www.WBDC.org or call (312) 853-3477. Now in its 28th year, the WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance in Spanish and English. More information is available at www.WBDC.org.

Casting and Creative Teams Announced for Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Garage Rep 2015, February 20 – April 26

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Three Bold Plays to be Presented in Rotating Rep by Cold Basement Dramatics, Pride Films and Plays and Red Tape Theatre

CHICAGO, IL – Now in its sixth year, Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents Garage Rep 2015, featuring three cutting-edge Chicago companies producing bold work in rotating repertory for ten weeks under Steppenwolf’s banner. This year’s Garage Rep features Cold Basement Dramatics’ production of Heat Wave, Pride Films and Plays’ production of Angry Fags and Red Tape Theatre’s production of The Walk Across America for Mother Earth. Casting and creative teams for each production included below. Performances run February 20, 2015 – April 26, 2015 in the Garage Theatre (1624 N. Halsted St.). Press weekend is March 7 and 8. Single tickets ($20) are now available through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), at 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.

The Steppenwolf Garage is dedicated to new plays, new artists and new audiences for the American theater. Since the inaugural repertory in 2010, Garage Rep has brought the work of 15 storefront theater companies in Chicago to the Steppenwolf stage.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Garage Rep 2015 Lineup

(All plays, artists and dates are subject to change)

Cold Basement Dramatics presents

Heat Wave

By Steven Simoncic

Directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary

Featuring Mike Cherry, Mykele Callicut, Claudia DiBicarri, Arch Harmon, Zach Livingston, James McGuire, Carmen Molina, Abby Pierce, Paula Rameriz, Cheryl Roy, Eric Staves, Gary Simmers, Preston Tate Jr., and Richard Traub

Chicago, 1995: An intense heat wave has gripped the city with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees. 739 people die, mostly people who are poor, elderly, or minorities with nowhere to seek shelter. As the morgues overflow, the city’s emergency response team is called into question. The Mayor’s Office combats the criticism with a PR campaign that successfully turns the blame onto the victims and their families. As Chicago approaches the 20th anniversary of that summer, Heat Wave tells the story of the people who were made invisible, the hard working citizens who fought to uncover the truth and the resilient Chicago community that suffered, yet carried on.

The creative team for Heat Wave includes Julia Carusillo (scenic and props design), Jeffrey Levin (composer and sound design), Elsa Hiltner (costume design), Rebecca Barrett (lighting design), Jen Poulin (dramaturg),Paul Deziel (projection design), Kristen Ahern (costume assistant), Sarah Pickett (production assistant) , Kate Hardiman (properties assistant), David Cadiotti (technical director), Bex Marsh (assistant director) and Kathleen Dickinson (stage manager). John Pagano is the Artistic Director and Dan Planz is the Executive Director of Cold Basement Dramatics. coldbasement.org

Pride Films and Plays presents

Angry Fags

By Topher Payne

Directed by Derek Van Barham

Featuring Dennis Frymire, Jude Hansen, Lisa Herceg, Joan McGrath, James Nedrud, Kelli Walker and Kevin Webb

Cooper and Bennett feel helpless and frightened when one of their friends is the victim of an assault outside a local bar. Then, they feel something new: pure, unfiltered rage. Their rage erupts into action amidst an intense political campaign as the best friends tread down a dark and hilarious path to rectify the wrong. Angry Fags is an Oscar Wilde-meets-Tarantino fever dream about how good ideas go bad, with fascinating forays into American politics, bomb building, and pistachios. “It doesn’t get better. We have to MAKE it better.”

The creative team for Angry Fags includes G. Max Maxin IV (scenic, projection and video design), Kallie Rollison (sound design), Raquel Adorno (costume design), Rebecca Barrett (lighting design), Dina Klahn (props design) and Derek Bertelson (assistant director). David Zak is the Executive Director and Jude Hansen is the Executive Producer for Pride Films and Plays. pridefilmsandplays.com

Red Tape Theatre presents

The Walk Across America for Mother Earth

By Taylor Mac, with music by Ellen Maddow

Directed by Bonnie Metzgar with Artistic Consultant Eric Hoff

Featuring Breon Arzell, Nikos Brisco, Nick Combs, Sean Ewert, Alex Grelle, Luke Michael Grimes, Witch Hazel (Deven Casey, Imp Kid and Ariel Zatina) Ruth Margraff, Morgan McNaught, Sadie Rogers, Angelica Roque and Johnard Washington

Political activism meets bedazzled drag show in this story about two young friends who flee their suburban upbringing in “Real America” to join a ragtag group of activists on a protest march from D.C. to Nevada. On the road, the group attempts to establish a nomadic utopia, but the marchers continually find themselves divided by unrequited affections, indecision, and a secret hunger for power. Whimsically blending commedia dell’arte influences with song and dance, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth explores how the idea of community sometimes fails to unite us, and sometimes brings us together in the most unexpected ways.

The creative team for The Walk Across America for Mother Earth includes Yu Shibagaki (scenic design), Aaron Stephenson (sound design), Izumi Inaba (costume design), Rebecca Barrett (lighting design) and Katrina Dion (assistant director). Josh Johnson is the Managing Director, Meghan Reardon is the Associate Artistic Director and Jesse Cannady is the Producing Director for Red Tape Theatre. redtapetheatre.org

Single tickets ($20) and Festival Passes ($45) are available through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org. Rush Tickets: half-price rush tickets are available one hour before each show. Student Discounts: a limited number of $15 student tickets are available online. Limit 2 tickets per student; must present a valid student ID for each ticket, visit steppenwolf.org/students. Group Tickets: all groups of 10 or more receive a discounted rate for any performance throughout the season. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org/groups.

The Steppenwolf RED card is designed for patrons in their 20s looking for an affordable way to see theater on their own terms. For only $100, the RED card provides six tickets for any play at any time. Featuring additional perks such as in-theater drink discounts, social events, 2-for-1 ticket offers and more, RED cards are available at 312-335-1650. For more information, visit www.steppenwolf.org/red.

The Steppenwolf Garage is dedicated to new plays, new artists and new audiences for the American theater. It offers artists the opportunity to present their work with the scale, space and resources it merits. For audiences, it provides opportunities to engage in multigenerational conversation about the new, provocative work emerging from Chicago’s diverse and vibrant theatre scene.  Steppenwolf invites applications from companies around the city and provides the chosen companies with mentorship in areas of artistic producing, dramaturgy, marketing and press, production management, strategic and financial planning and fundraising.

Since the inaugural repertory in 2010, Garage Rep has brought the work of 15 storefront theater companies in Chicago to the Steppenwolf stage, including: The Twins Would Like To Say by Dog & Pony Theatre Company, punkplay by Pavement Group and Adore by XIII Pocket in 2010; Heddatron by Sideshow Theatre Company, The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen by The Strange Tree Group and Sonnets for an Old Century by UrbanTheater Company in 2011; Hit the Wall by The Inconvenience, Oohrah! by LiveWire Chicago and He Who by Theatre Zarko in 2012; See What I Wanna See by Bailiwick Chicago, She Kills Monsters by Buzz22 Chicago and BlackTop Sky by Theatre Seven of Chicago in 2013; and reWILDing Genius by The New Colony, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning by Prologue Theatre Company and The Wild by Walkabout Theater Company in 2014. Garage Rep 2015 marks the sixth annual series, adding Cold Basement Dramatics, Pride Films and Plays and Red Tape Theatre to the distinguished list of Garage Rep participants.

JPMorgan Chase is the Major Corporate Supporter of Steppenwolf’s Career Readiness and Professional Leadership Program.

Currently playing in the Downstairs Theatre is Steppenwolf’s world premiere production of Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour and directed by Joe Mantello. Previews began December 4 and the production runs through February 8, 2015. Single tickets to Airline Highway ($20 – $86) are available through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), at 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 44 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and two repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, and Garage Rep. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and 12 Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

NAACP Statement on the Passing of Pioneer, Former Senator Edward W. Brooke III

Posted by Admin On January - 6 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The NAACP has released the following statement on the death of Senator Edward W. Brooke III:

“The NAACP mourns the loss of the great pioneer and public servant, Senator Edward W. Brooke III. Senator Brooke, who broke barriers as the first African American to be elected to the Senate after Reconstruction, was a courageous and staunch advocate for civil rights and economic opportunity for all. A highly respected legislator, Senator Brooke played a key part in the passage of low-income housing bills earning him the title “Mr. Housing”. Senator Brooke was also revered for rising above partisanship to move our country towards becoming a more perfect union. He achieved many accomplishments and accolades throughout his life, including being a recipient of the Spingarn Medal – the NAACP’s highest honor — from former NAACP Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 .  Senator Brooke’s legacy and leadership will be forever remembered and live on into history. Our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and everyone whose lives he touched.”

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