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Archive for January 13th, 2015

Bruce Rauner Sworn Into Office; Comes Out Swinging

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“I’m nobody that nobody sent”

By Chinta Strausberg


After Archbishop Blasé Cupich and Rev. James Meeks prayed and after a 42-minute delay, Gov. Elect Gov. Bruce Rauner was sworn into office Monday at 12:09 announcing he is asking every state agency to freeze all non-essential spending and said “I’m nobody that nobody sent” and made it clear that “business as usual is over. It stops now.”

He also is asking state agencies to review every contract signed since November 1st. Rauner said Illinois is not only in a financial crisis but that “we have a moral and ethical crisis as well.”

Rauner, the first Republicans in nearly a decade, said few people have faith in state government and that those fears are “justified” especially since they see “insider deals and cronyism” being rewarded or lobbyists who write bills for special interests who then donate money to campaigns but “taxpayers being left with the tab….” Rauner says those days have ended.

While Rauner should have been sworn into office at 12 noon, he came out swinging promising to reform state government morally, ethically and economically he says are needed to attract more businesses to Illinois and to bring back those who left due to high taxes.

“We must prove every day that we have learned our lesson and have changed our ways,” said Rauner. “In every thing we do, we must ask ourselves what does this mean for the next generation for in order to thrive, we must prepare the next generation for success” in every aspect of life including from the cradle to higher education. “We need to invest adequately in every neighborhood,” he said.

On education, Rauner said, “Next to being a mother and father, teaching is the most important job in the world, and we must support our many good teachers. That means putting more directly into the classroom, reforming the educational process, rolling back costly mandates….”

He said a high quality education is key for a higher lifetime earning power needed for a strong economy growth. “It is the key to bring back the American dream for every family…for a truly better life for the next generation.”

“Every dollar we spent unnecessarily is a dollar we can’t put into classrooms and our social service providers and to Illinois’ hard-working families.

Rauner’s 27-minute speech cited a lot of reforms but lacked details of how he will bring back Illinois not just from the red column to the black but details on his reforms needed to prepare the next generation for success.

“I am ready to get to work for you. I’m ready to fight for you,” said  Rauner, a wealthy businessman, vowing to accept only a $1 salary. Rauner is refusing to take any benefits.

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.

Governor Rauner signs first Executive Order Addressing State’s Fiscal Crisis

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* Review of spending, procurement & personnel decisions ordered

* Halts awarding of contracts & grants

* Instructs sale of surplus state property, conservation


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Bruce Rauner signed Executive Order 15-08 addressing the State of Illinois’ fiscal crisis ordering a freeze of all state discretionary spending, halting the awarding of contracts and grants, and instructing the sale of surplus state property.

“Years of bad decisions have put Illinois in a financial crisis,” Rauner said. “Today we start the process of putting our state back on the road to fiscal stability by reviewing agency spending, stopping contracts and grants, and selling excess state property.”

Executive Order 15-08 requires every executive branch agency to report to the Governor’s Office of Management & Budget (GOMB) to identify every contract awarded or entered into by a state agency on or after November 1, 2014, and every hiring decision taken by agencies on or after November 1, 2014.

All agencies are further ordered, until July 1, 2015, to halt the awarding, entering into, amending or renewing of state contracts and grants. Exceptions are made for contracts required by law, emergency expenditures, small purchases, and essential operations.

Major interstate construction projects which have not commenced will be reviewed.

The governor also instructed agencies to manage existing resources by halting the sale/lease of motor vehicles, stopping out-of-state travel, and limiting in-state travel.

Executive Order 15-08 further instructs Central Management Services (CMS) to identify surplus property for auction in compliance with state law. Further, GOMB and CMS will review all property owned or leased by the state and develop a strategy for consolidation and relocation of offices.

Finally, the governor ordered all agencies to reduce energy consumption and spending on energy, including reducing heating, air conditioning, and lighting usage when facilities are not in use.

“Every dollar that we spend unnecessarily in government cannot be used to help our most vulnerable citizens,” Rauner added. “We must take every step necessary to ensure Illinois becomes the most compassionate and competitive state in the nation.”

Vice President Biden to Host Caribbean Energy Security Summit

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Vice President Joe Biden will host the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, DC on January 26, 2015.  The Vice President looks forward to welcoming Caribbean leaders and representatives of the international community to promote a cleaner and more sustainable energy future in the Caribbean through improved energy governance, greater access to finance, and donor coordination.

The Summit will include remarks by the Vice President, an energy security roundtable with heads of government, and meetings and events with government officials, representatives from the private sector, and officials from multilateral institutions.  This Summit is a key component of the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative that the Vice President announced in June 2014, and will be hosted by the White House and the State Department in partnership with the Atlantic Council and the Council of the Americas.  Further details are forthcoming.

The United People of Color Caucus, A Coalition of Lawyers, Law Students, and Legal Workers, Will Indict the System at a Rally in Federal Plaza January 15

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CHICAGO, IL -  A group of lawyers, law students, and legal workers of color will gather in Federal Plaza (Adams & Dearborn) to indict the system on Thursday, January 15th at 12:00pm because “the system is not broken; it is doing exactly what it was designed to do and what it has been doing for centuries,” TUPOCC member and civil rights attorney, Iveliz Orellano, said.

The action is taken in solidarity with the racial justice and anti-police brutality protests recently sweeping the country following the murders of black people at the hands of police. TUPOCC’s position is that the failure to indict or otherwise hold accountable police who murder, maim, and dehumanize black people and other people of color is not a failure of the system; it is its design. TUPOCC plans to perform a public reading of the allegations against “the system,” which is a catch-all phrase that includes the U.S. government and military, the criminal justice system, and other institutions in this country that have committed crimes against people of color.

The National Lawyers Guild was founded in 1937 and is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar organization in the United States. Its headquarters are in New York and it has chapters in every state. The United People of Color Caucus is an alliance of law students, legal workers, attorneys, and other people of color within the NLG.

TUPOCC Twitter Account: @TUPOCC_Chicago

Follow the hashtags: #IndictTheSystem, #ReclaimMLKchi

TUPOCC Event Page for #IndictTheSystem: https://www.facebook.com/events/411805988982047/

TUPOCC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TUPOCCChicagoChapter

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Outlines Second Term Agenda During a Speech at the City Club of Chicago

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Ambitious second term agenda includes robust economic development efforts and continued reform of the county’s criminal justice and public health systems

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle outlined her second term agenda during a speech at the City Club of Chicago.

“In the last four years, we have become a model of effectiveness: setting goals and working hard and working together to achieve them,” Preckwinkle said. “But make no mistake, the next four years won’t be without challenges. The progress we have made is reflected in the goals we set. We are not looking just to rebuild and repair. We aren’t tackling problems – we are seizing opportunities.  I am looking forward to what the next four years has in store.”

Highlights of Preckwinkle’s speech included:

Public Health

“The Cook County Health and Hospital System will always provide quality health care for the uninsured and underinsured. The next four years will be about retaining and expanding our patient population and continually improving the patient experience. In turn, we will no longer be primarily a health care system of last resort for those most vulnerable, but a provider of choice for all residents. We will reform our health care system by building on our existing strengths: top notch health care professionals, internationally-recognized research, community-based care and unmatched compassion.”

Public Safety

“For years, the daily jail population hovered at roughly 10,000; today it is 8,300 largely because of our criminal justice reform efforts of the past four years. For the last 8 months, it has been down 10% year over year. Moving into my second term, my goal is to bring the daily jail population down to 7,500.”

“Just as it is important to reduce the jail population, we must also continue our efforts to reduce the number of young people in temporary detention. That includes restoring judicial discretion to the criminal justice process by eliminating the automatic transfer of children charged with certain crimes from juvenile court system to adult court. This will be my top criminal justice priority in Springfield this coming session and we are going to be diligent in our efforts.”

Economic Development

“I am committed to doing everything I can to help grow our economy. I view my responsibility as working to create a climate that makes business leaders and investors more likely to choose the Chicago region as a place to create more jobs.”

“A key priority is the economic health of the 132 municipalities that are part of Cook County. They are our partners in growing the economy. I want Cook County to play a leadership role in developing sub-regional economic growth strategies. I am redefining the County’s sense of responsibility. We can work with clusters of communities that want to engage in more focused economic growth planning.  The County will look to partner and support municipalities to develop their own economic plans, share resources to cut costs and improve services.”

“The Chicago region is one of the freight capitals in North America, handling over $650 billion of goods annually. And yet, there are more than 200 townships, municipalities, and counties that regulate the size, weight, and routes of trucks in this region each with separate permitting regulations. These regulations add hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost of transporting goods and frustrate shippers, truckers, and customers. Now, we are working to streamline the region’s truck permitting.  This is a critical issue that we need to tackle to maintain our preeminent position and support our business community.”

Fair Economy Illinois Responds to Governor Rauner’s Inaugural Speech

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Today, Bruce Rauner begins his tenure as governor of Illinois. In his very first speech as governor of our state, Governor Rauner made it clear that business interests will be his main priority. He made no indication of his plans to generate the revenue our state desperately needs.

He criticized Illinois for having “high taxes and high regulation.” “With two-thirds of corporations paying NO corporate income tax to our state, big business has already gotten what amounts to a free ride. It’s time for them to pay their fair share,” said Ann Marie Cunningham, a 77-year-old member of ONE Northside and Fair Economy Illinois.

He called on all Illinoisans to sacrifice in order to yield greater shared prosperity in the future. He did not acknowledge that the most vulnerable Illinois residents are already sacrificing. From FY09-FY14, Illinois human service providers sustained 23% funding cuts. Additionally, there is a projected $1.4 billion shortfall for the remainder of FY15. Those most in need are already sacrificing the most.

“The bottom line is that Illinois is in a dire revenue crisis,” said Toby Chow, a member of IIRON and co-chair of Fair Economy Illinois. “If Governor Rauner thinks he can both cut corporate taxes and accomplish his goals of a world class education system, he is living in a fantasy land. Big Corporations and the 1% must pay their fair share.”  Governor Rauner did not mention any specific plans for raising the revenue we need to address our projected $12.7 billion budget deficit for FY16.

“The Rauner-Madigan corporate agenda has begun,” said Sonny Garcia, a Bloomington resident who represents Illinois People’s Action as a co-chair of Fair Economy Illinois. “They will try to make it seem like there is no other choice aside from cutting spending. But they will be making a real choice. Governor Rauner and Speaker Madigan will be choosing between closing corporate tax loopholes that do nothing other than increase the profits of big corporations versus cutting vital services that allow people to live dignified lives.”

Fair Economy Illinois is a statewide alliance that organizes urban, suburban and rural residents around issues that affect the common good. We organize people and money in order to: 1) limit the power of corporations and private interests in our state; 2) ensure adequate revenue for the State of Illinois to fulfill its primary functions so Illinoisans may lead dignified lives with strong public education, high quality infrastructure, fully funded human services and public safety, and; 3) protect our environment and natural resources from corporate exploitation.

The alliance comprises three organizations: Illinois-Indiana Regional Organizing Network (IIRON), Illinois Peoples’ Action (IPA), and Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside).

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Secures 60-Year Sentence in Shooting Death of High School Student

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A Chicago man who gunned down a 15-year-old Chicago charter school student who was sitting on the front porch of his home in the West Englewood neighborhood has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the 2010 murder, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Shawn Rudolph, 24, of the 5700 block of South Indiana Avenue, was previously found guilty of First Degree Murder and Attempt First Degree Murder in connection with the shooting death of Andrew Powell, 15, a student at Perspectives Charter School in Chicago.

According to prosecutors, on the evening of Sept. 30, 2010, Andrew Powell was sitting on the front porch of his home located in the 7200 block of South Hermitage with several family members when Rudolph emerged from a gangway across the street and started shooting at the individuals on the porch.  Rudolph fired several shots, one of which fatally struck Powell in the head.

Rudolph was sentenced during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago before Judge Diane Cannon, who imposed the 60-year sentence.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys James Murphy and Mariano Reyna and the Chicago Police Department for their work in this case.

Chicagoan Jennifer Coombs Takes on the Role of Catherine in Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn, Directed by Kimberly Senior

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Previews for the Chicago premiere begin January 17 towards a January 26 opening

CHICAGO, IL – The Goodman announces that Jennifer Coombs is now set to perform the role of Catherine in its Chicago premiere production of Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn. Coombs replaces Robin Weigert who has left the production due to scheduling conflicts. Kimberly Senior directs the “fiercely funny” (New York Magazine) production, complete with the previously announced ensemble cast, including Mark L. Montgomery (Don), Cassidy Slaughter-Mason (Avery), Mary Ann Thebus (Alice) and Karen Janes Woditsch (Gwen). Rapture, Blister, Burn runs January 17 – February 22, 2015 in the Albert Theatre (opening night is Monday, January 26). Tickets ($25 - $81; subject to change) are on sale at GoodmanTheatre.org/Rapture, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is the Major Corporate Sponsor and Marsh Private Client Services, PwC LLP and United Scrap Metal, Inc. are the Corporate Sponsor Partners for Rapture, Blister, Burn. Bella Bacinos is the Opening Night Party Sponsor.

“To have this opportunity to work at the Goodman with Kimberly on a play about women is a dream come true,” said Jennifer Coombs, who makes her Goodman mainstage debut with this role. “The character of Catherine is incredibly smart, self-reflective and bitingly funny. Kimberly is such an insightful and grounded director that has created a supportive environment for us to explore this play.”

Jennifer Coombs previously appeared at the Goodman in The Hairy Ape as part of its A Global Exploration: Eugene O’Neill in the 21st Century Festival. Other Chicago credits include Ski Dubai (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); The Threepenny Opera (The Hypocrites); Because They Have No Words (Piven Theatre Workshop, Jeff Award nomination for Best Ensemble) and One for the Road/Catastrophe and Power (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company). Regional credits include All the Happy People (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Proof and How I Learned to Drive (Oregon Contemporary Theater); House of Yes and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Actors Cabaret of Eugene) and Twelfth Night (Willamette Repertory Theatre).

Can any woman have it all? After graduate school Catherine (Jennifer Coombs) became a renowned feminist scholar, while her best friend Gwen (Karen Janes Woditsch) married and raised a family. When the women reunite 20 years later, they reflect on the choices they’ve made—and regretted making. Longing for what the other has, they decide to “trade places” to see what they’ve missed. Sparks fly, martinis flow and hilarity ensues as the women ponder their futures—and fates. The creative team includes Jack Magaw (sets), Emily Rebholz (costumes), Jennifer Schriever (lights) and Richard Woodbury (sound). Briana J. Fahey is the production stage manager. Jonathan L. Green is the dramaturg. Casting is by Adam Belcuore.

For more information about Rapture, Blister, Burn and a complete list of events around the production, visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Rapture

About Goodman Theatre

The Goodman’s 2014/2015 Season features nine productions on its two stages—six in the 856-seat Albert Theatre and three in the 400-seat flexible Owen Theatre, plus the annual New Stages Festival that includes additional developmental productions, and partner productions with The Second City and Albany Park Theater Project. The season includes the annual New Stages Festival, including an “Industry Weekend” (October 29 – November 16, in the Owen); the 37th annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, directed by Henry Wishcamper (November 15 – December 28, in the Albert); The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort (December 5 – 28, in the Owen); Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo, directed by Kimberly Senior, a Chicago premiere (January 17 – February 22, 2015 in the Albert); Two Trains Running by August Wilson, directed by Chuck Smith, in conjunction with a citywide celebration of August Wilson (March 7 – April 12, 2015 in the Albert); The Upstairs Concierge by Kristoffer Diaz, directed by KJ Sanchez, a world premiere co-commission with Teatro Vista (March 28 – April 26, 2015 in the Owen); The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman, directed by Henry Wishcamper (May 2 – June 7, 2015 in the Albert); stop. reset. written and directed by Regina Taylor, a Chicago premiere (May 23 – June 21, 2015 in the Owen); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, directed by Steve Scott, a Chicago premiere (June 20 – July 26, 2015 in the Albert), and Albany Park Theater Project’s Feast (Summer dates TBA in the Owen).

Now celebrating its 90th year as Chicago’s flagship theater, Goodman Theatre is an artistic and community institution dedicated to the art of theater and to civic engagement in the issues of the contemporary world. The Goodman has transformed over the past 35 years into a world class theater and premier Chicago cultural institution distinguished by the quality and scope of its programming and its culturally and aesthetically diverse creative leadership; artistic priorities include new plays, reimagined classics, culturally specific works, musical theater and international collaborations. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, achievements include the Goodman’s state-of-the-art two-theater complex in the heart of the downtown Theatre District. Over the past three decades, the Goodman has generated more than 150 world or American premieres, and nearly 30 new-work commissions. Joan Clifford is Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees, Swati Mehta is Women’s Board President and Gordon C.C. Liao is President of the Scenemakers Board for young professionals. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

“A mainstay of Chicago and beyond” (Chicago Sun-Times), the Goodman is internationally acclaimed for its “fresh work of magnitude and ambition (and) bold, risky theatrical choices” (Chicago Tribune). From new plays to “first-class revivals” (The New York Times), the Goodman has earned numerous awards for its productions: two Pulitzer Prizes; 22 Tony Awards, including Outstanding Regional Theatre (1992); and nearly 160 Joseph Jefferson Awards.

The 90th Anniversary “Season to Celebrate” programming is rooted in the same spirit that launched the Goodman in 1925—an array of dramatic fare, from classics to noteworthy contemporary works, innovative and often controversial, embracing genres from farces to searing social dramas—honoring the theater’s past and envisioning its future. The nine-play season begins with an All-New Fall of works fostered and developed in the Goodman’s new play development programs followed by an “August Wilson Celebration” in spring 2015, the 10th anniversary of the playwright’s death and the 70th anniversary of his birth. This city-wide Celebration honors the longstanding collaboration between Wilson and the Goodman, the first theater in the world to produce all 10 works in his “20th Century Cycle.”

Howard Morgan Is Free – A Peoples Victory!

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(From the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression)

We, along with tens of thousands of other people, greet the decision by former Governor Patrick Quinn to commute[i] the sentence of Howard Morgan, who was almost killed by Chicago Police on Feb. 21, 2005, and was charged with attempted murder.  Howard Morgan, himself a police officer for over 21 years, was charged and unlawfully convicted in a second trial after being acquitted of firing his weapon in the incident.  He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

We also greet the pardon based on innocence granted by Gov. Quinn to David Bates, and the commutation of the sentences of Anthony Dansbery, Tyrone Hood, Willie Johnson, and Carlos Villareal.  All have suffered years in prison unjustly, often for crimes they did not commit.

These are victories of the peoples struggles for justice.  We also must recognize the honesty and the courage of Gov. Quinn to act in the face of injustice, injustice that was organized and mobilized by state prosecutors and the police.  Gov. Quinn, in his last act as governor, will join the ranks of John Peter Altgeld and George Ryan, Illinois governors who took giant steps in the face of tremendous opposition to “do the right thing.”

But let us have no illusions.  The courage and honesty of one man, Gov. Quinn, alone could not have done it.  Gov. Quinn’s great achievement is that he was able to see and to hear the upsurge of millions of people all across this nation, demanding an end to police crimes.  Millions have participated, and continue to participate, in marches,  protests, direct non-violent actions, demanding an end to police violence, starting in response to the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri.  This movement, embracing all races
and ethnic groups even while being sparked and led by African American youth, deserves the credit for forcing the issue of police crimes and the cases of Howard Morgan and the others to the forefront.

The slogan of the campaign for freedom for Howard Morgan has been
“Now Justice has a Voice,” because unlike Michael Brown, Eric Garner,
and thousands of African American, Latino, and some white people who
have been killed by police violence, Howard Morgan survived.  He is now free. His voice will be a powerful one for ending police crimes, for passage of laws establishing democratic civilian control of the police, such as that proposed by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.

Howard Morgan, David Bates, Anthony Dansbery, Tyrone Hood, Willie Johnson, and Carlos Villareal are free, but scores of Black and Latino men who have been tortured and forced to falsely confess to crimes they did not commit remain in prison.  In the words of the late Amilcar Cabral, “A luta continua!”

[i] Howard Morgan will still appeal his conviction, and we are confident that ultimately he will be exonerated and compensated for the terrible pain and suffering inflicted upon him and his family.

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Stop Police Crimes Campaign

“Can We Really Afford Another Four Years of a Mayor Who Ignores the Voices That Matter Most in Education?” – Mayoral Candidate Bob Fioretti on Mayor Emanuel’s Education Policy

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Fioretti’s  Statement on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Ed Policy Roll-Out

CHICAGO, IL – Much like he “launched” his campaign from a sound stage where reporters weren’t allowed to ask questions, Rahm Emanuel released his education platform at a carefully scripted invite-only event. He may say we need to put education first, but his actions in the last four years – closing 50 public schools to favor charters, gambling with our tax dollars on Wall Street, and slashing much needed resources from struggling neighborhood schools – say something different.

Can we really afford another four years of a mayor who ignores the voices that matter most in education? Students, parents and teachers should not be shut out of the debate in favor of a few hand-picked representatives that merely parrot his platform.  We need a new direction at CPS, and voters will have their say this February.

Fioretti’s education policy can be found at http://bobfioretti.com/issues/education/

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