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Englewood Votes! Host 5 Aldermanic Forums at Political Symposium Feb. 7th, Candidates Confirmed

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Organizations and Residents Working to Boost Voter Turnout in Greater Englewood Host 5 Aldermanic Forums at Political Symposium

CHICAGO, IL –. Residents will meet and hear from current alderman and candidates from all 5 wards of Greater Englewood (Englewood & West Englewood neighborhoods) at the Englewood Political Symposium on Saturday, February 7th at Lindblom Math & Science Academy.

The first ever Englewood Political Symposium is designed to educate voters about the candidates and hear responses to issues and questions from the community. Along with hearing from candidates during the forums for each ward (6, 15, 16, 17, and 20) residents will also learn about the referenda on the ballot such as the question of whether to elect a school board.

Antoine Butler from Englewood Votes! says “Englewood is ground zero for the issues that matter most to Chicagoans such as public safety, jobs and food access. Any candidate that speaks to the betterment of Englewood through these issues speaks to the betterment of the entire city of Chicago.”

Hundreds of local residents are expected to be in attendance at the Symposium that goes from 9am to 5pm inside Keeler Auditorium on Saturday, February 7th at Lindblom Math & Science Academy, 6130 S Wolcott Ave. Aldermanic candidates from all 5 wards as well as other city and community stakeholders will be in attendance. There will also be many high school students present at the Symposium as event volunteers and attendees. The forum schedule is as follows:

6th Ward  - 10am

20th Ward - 11am

17th Ward - 1pm

16th Ward - 2pm

15th Ward - 3pm

About Englewood Votes!

Englewood Votes! is a non-partisan alliance of organizations and residents working to boost voter turnout in our community through voter education, voter registration and civic engagement. Englewood Votes! believes that lawmakers and legislators pay more attention to and funnel more resources to communities with high voter turnout during elections.

For more information, questions or interviews please contact Sonya Marie Harper, sonya.harper@gmail.com, (773) 680 – 7953.

Madigan Alerts Consumers to Phishing Scams in Wake of Anthem Data Breach

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan warned consumers who may be affected by the massive data breach reported by the health insurance company Anthem Inc. to be on the lookout for unsolicited phone calls and emails and begin taking steps to protect themselves against identity theft immediately.

Anthem has reported that phishing email scams targeting its customers have surfaced in the wake of its disclosure that personal information of customers and employees were breached by hackers. As many as 80 million records were potentially compromised in the breach that contain names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, email address and employment data.

Madigan urged Illinois consumers to be extremely cautious if they receive emails or unsolicited phone calls claiming to be from Anthem or claiming they can assist them with the data breach because they could be phishing scams. Anthem has alerted its customers that they are not calling or emailing them directly to discuss the data breach and are not asking for any sensitive personal information from them.

The scam starts by “phishing” for a consumer’s personal and financial information by sending phony but official-looking emails that include links designed for the consumer to click on, which triggers malware to be installed on a consumer’s computer to steal their information. Phishing scams can also originate over the phone when a caller claiming to represent Anthem seeks to extract personal or financial information from a consumer. The scams can result in identity theft in the form of numerous unauthorized charges on a consumer’s account or new accounts opened in their name.

“Consumers who receive an email or phone call claiming to be from Anthem should delete it or hang up right away,” Madigan said. “People who may be impacted by this breach should immediately begin monitoring their accounts for unauthorized activity. Identity theft is a serious threat, but incorporating a few commonsense precautions in your daily routine can greatly reduce the threat and any damage done as a result of a data breach.”

Madigan also offered these tips for consumers who may have been victims of the breach:

  • Be suspicious of all calls, email messages, texts, or mail claiming to be from Anthem and seeking information from you or claiming to assist you with the data breach. Do not click on any links in emails claiming to be from Anthem, do not reply to the senders and do not provide any information on the website if you accidentally click on a link. Also, do not open any attachments that arrive in an email claiming to be from Anthem.
  • If you receive a breach notification letter, verify that it actually came from Anthem by calling its toll-free telephone number, 1 (877) 263-7995. Consumers can also visit Anthem’s website to learn more about the company’s response to the breach.
  • Monitor your accounts closely and report any unauthorized charges to your bank or financial institution immediately.
  • Check your free credit reports for unauthorized accounts by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com. Report any unauthorized accounts or other inaccurate information to the credit reporting agency immediately.
  • Place a transaction alert with your bank or financial institution for an amount that you choose. If you receive a transaction alert for a transaction that you did not authorize, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.
  • Consider placing a 90-day fraud alert on your credit report by calling any one of the three major credit reporting agencies. This alert places a flag on your credit report which gives a warning to potential credit granters that you may be a fraud victim.
  • Consider placing a freeze on your credit report to block access to your credit report so that potential credit granters cannot see your report unless you provide them your secret PIN that you receive from the credit reporting agencies. Consumers must write each credit reporting agency individually. Instructions for placing a credit freeze are in our Identity Theft Resource Guide.

Attorney General Madigan also urged Illinois residents to call her office’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630 (TTY 1-877-844-5461) for assistance. The Identity Theft Unit has helped reverse over $27 million worth of fraudulent charges on over 37,000 Illinois consumers’ accounts.

Illinois Department of Public Health Confirms 6 Cases of Measles in Illinois

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Vaccination is the best protection

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., is confirming six cases of measles in Illinois.  The first case was a Cook County resident who became ill in late January.  The remaining five cases are associated with a KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine in Cook County.  Health officials will continue to investigate the source of the disease, identify and follow-up with anyone who may have potentially been exposed, and be vigilant for new cases.

“The solution to ending measles is simple – get vaccinated,” said Director Shah.  “The vaccine is 97 percent effective upon receipt of two doses.  But the vaccine alone doesn’t provide protection; it is the vaccination that will prevent disease.  I urge everyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine to get vaccinated.”

There was a reported case of measles in Madison County, however, upon further investigation IDPH no longer considers this to be a case of measles.  The status of a case can change as new information comes to light, and it is for this reason that IDPH will only report confirmed cases of measles.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that causes fever, red and sore eyes, runny nose, cough and a characteristic rash.  The disease can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis and death.  Measles is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing or sneezing and can remain in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.  Infected people are contagious from four days before their rash starts through four days after the rash develops.

If you believe you may have been exposed to measles and are experiencing symptoms, please call the doctor’s office, health clinic or emergency department before going so staff can take precautions to help avoid further spread of measles.

Active Trans Releases 2015 Chicago Voter Guide on Biking, Walking and Transit Issues

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Guide features responses from mayoral and aldermanic candidates to advocacy group’s questionnaire

CHICAGO, IL – With election day three weeks away, Active Trans released its 2015 voter guide so Chicago voters can learn about the views of candidates in their ward on walking, biking and public transit issues.

The voter guide is composed of responses from candidates for mayor and alderman to a  questionnaire the regional advocacy group sent to all candidates that will appear on this year’s ballot.

In the linked spreadsheets, click on a candidate’s name to view their complete response, including any additional comments they provided to each question. The spreadsheet includes two tabs, one for mayoral candidates and another for Chicagoans running for alderman.

“Making our streets safer is a priority for voters in neighborhoods throughout Chicago,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “Candidates should explain their views on critical transportation issues facing our city if they’re hoping to lead it.”

As a non-partisan 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, Active Trans does not endorse candidates. This voter guide is an educational resource to inform the general public and candidates for local office about current priorities for improving biking, walking and public transit, as identified by our members, supporters and staff.

You can learn more about the city elections taking place on February 24 and how you can vote from the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Early voting starts Monday February 9.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is supported by more than 7,000 members and 1,000 volunteers. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

Baltimore City NAACP Hosts City-Wide Affordable Health Care Act Enrollment Event

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Baltimore, MD – Baltimore City NAACP President Tessa Hill-Aston is excited to announce a city-wide enrollment event to help Baltimore residents #GetCovered!  Baltimore City NAACP want to ensure that communities are fully aware of the ACA benefits and the enrollment process, and provide Baltimore residents an opportunity to participate in open enrollment activities.

The Affordable Health Care Act enrollment event was held on Friday, February 6th 2015 on the 2nd Level of Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington Street from 11:00 – 6:00 pm.

“Open enrollment ends on February 15th and we know too many residents of Baltimore are still in need of health insurance,” said President Hill-Aston.  “Spread the word and let people know how important this event is and we’re here to make sure they have all the information they need to make these important decisions.”

Maryland Health Care Access navigators will be available on-site to guide participants step-by-step through enrolling and to answer questions from 11:00 – 2:00pm.  Various vendors representing community organizations will also be available and ACA-related educational resources distributed throughout the day.  For additional information, please contact (410) 366-3300.

Illinois Department Of Human Rights to Commemorate Black History Month

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CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Human Rights will hold its annual program to commemorate Black History Month at 12:00pm on Wednesday, February 11, at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. This hour-long event will involve a brief stage reading of the play “From Slavery to the White House”, written and directed by Chicago playwright Crystal “Phoenix” Tyler.  A brief discussion will follow the dramatic reading.

Who: The Illinois Department of Human Rights

What: Celebration of Black History Month

When: 12:oopm – 1:00pm on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Where: James R. Thompson Center, 2nd Floor, Room 2-025

Contact: Mike Theodore, Michael.Theodore@illinois.gov

“Me? I’m Fighting Back”: Sign the Petition to Commit to Restoring the Democratic Majority

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Letters to Editors

From U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

If you thought the amount of money spent in the 2014 elections was obscene, fasten your seatbelts because we’re in for a rough ride:
Last week, the oil billionaire Koch Brothers pledged to spend $889 million for Republicans in the 2016 elections.
Forget for just a moment all the schools we could build, or the crumbling roads and bridges we could start to repair, or the medical research on Alzheimer’s or autism that we could invest in with that ginormous amount of money.

The deep-down point is that if we thought the playing field was tilted against us last year, it’s only going to be worse in the next election.

So here we are. We can whimper, we can whine, or we can fight back.

Me?  I’m fighting back—and I’m getting started right now. I want to show the Koch Brothers that we’re ready to fight. So I’m asking you to sign my petition now to commit to restoring the Democratic Majority.

The Koch Brothers aren’t the only ones we have to worry about. Last week, Republican political operatives linked to Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove launched a new SuperPAC with one goal (and I quote):

“To protect and expand the Republican Senate Majority when Harry Reid, Elizabeth Warren and their army of left-wing activists try to take it back in 2016.”
The Republicans are right: That’s exactly what we’re going to do. We’ll never be able to outspend the Koch Brothers or Karl Rove on the airwaves, but we can build a grassroots team that’s ready to fight for what we believe in. We can fight, and we can win.

We didn’t build this country so that it would work only for the millionaires and billionaires and giant corporations. We will not abandon this country to a bunch of Republicans who say, “I’ve got mine, the rest of you are on your own.”

We’re a country that believes we make the investments together so the next kid can get ahead, and the kid after that. And we’re going to take on Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers so that every kid gets a fighting chance.

Please help us get started. Names—thousands of names and millions of names—matter. Sign my petition to show Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers that you’re committed to taking back the Senate in 2016 and standing up to the powerful interests trying to buy our elections. We need you to be a part of this.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Warren

Youth to Rauner: We are Essential. Please Restore our Funding

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By Chinta Strausberg

Sending a message to Gov. Bruce Rauner who last week canceled their contracts via e-mail, Lamar Jackson, youth service coordinator at the ARK of Saint Sabina, and scores of other youth late Thursday said contrary to what the governor says they are essential and urged him to restore those funds.

At a press conference held at Saint Sabina, Trevone Bosley, 16, the son of Pam and Tommie Bosley who lost one son, Terrell, to gun violence, opened the forum with a prayer. The youth had a message for Gov. Rauner who cut their social and after school programs because they were non-essential.

Father Michael L. Pfleger and Henry English, CEO, Black United Fund joined the youth. I heard the Governor’s speech yesterday. He said he wanted to get money to increase prison guards. “Governor, we âre trying to get money so we can decrease prison guards.  We are trying to be preventative so you don’t have to hire more guards. Help us on the front end, and we’ll save you money on the back end,” Pfleger said.

English agreed saying he is inspired by the students. “Our youth are our most important resource. If we don’t stand up for them, they won’t know how to stand up for themselves. If we don’t protect and teach them how to be strong individuals, then our future won’t look so bright. When the funding is cut on our youth, that is cutting off the investment in our community, and we will not stand still and allow this investment to be cut off. We will stand with our youth, stand as long as it takes.” The youth agreed.

The governor called our funds non-essential, but daycare and after school programs are essential. We are essential,”Jackson said. “We are important. Instead of looking for money to fund prisons fund programs to prevent people from going to prison. That is all we want,” said Jackson.

“We don’t want to fight the governor, but we will hold him to a standard and accountable that he made a vow  and an oath to take care all of the people of the state of Illinois, and we are just as much people of Illinois than anybody else. We are the future of Illinois. He should be able to fund us more than anybody,” said Jackson.

Asante Hamilton, 18,  a senior at Kenwood Academy and vice president of the Brave Youth Leaders, said, “All we do is go around the community to try and decrease the violence, help with self-awareness and try to make a difference in the community.”

Saint Sabina’s anti-violence and after school programs have literally saved the lives of youth including those who were once gang leaders but thanks to the programs are now Peacemakers for the Auburn Gresham community where police say violence is now down 86 percent.

One of those students who credited the program with turning her life around is Camiella Williams, 27, a community activist and dean of students at an alternative high school. “These violence prevention programs basically saved my life here at Saint Sabina.

“Less than 10-years ago, I was hopeless, violent and gang-affiliated living in Auburn Gresham,” said Williams. “I knew something had to change.” That is why she enrolled into the I-Care program which brought me self-respect, community involvement and how to carry myself respectfully.

“All my friends were being killed and violence was everywhere I turned,” Williams said. “They were 15 and16-years old at the time. That did something to me. Either you be killed or killed. That is how it was.

“If it weren’t for a program of Saint Sabina, I don’t know where I would be. Please restore our funding. It is not wasted spending. It is an investment into our future. It saved my life and other children standing behind me,” said Williams.

Today, Williams is a senior attending Governor State University majoring in criminology.  She wants to be a lawyer.

Once a member of Black United Fund, Rakyle Johnson, 22, a junior at the Academy of Arts, held up a picture about creativity and imagination. “That program gave me hope. I want to show there is more to life that what you are seeing.” Johnson said his drawings help people to go beyond the boundaries of their communities.

Jessica Chatonda, 25, was a member of the Black United Fund. After graduating from college, she worked with the program and developed a passion for working with non-profits and helping youth turn their lives around. “The program gave me so much,” which is why she continues to work with the program which works with 13 organizations and 100 youth. She said the cuts in funding will be devastating to them.

Rauner gave this statement. “Unfortunately, Governor Quinn signed a budget that is unbalanced by $1.5 billion. The administration is taking action to manage the inherited budget hole and is working with the legislature to find responsible solutions.”

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.

The Harlem Book Fair Presents its 17th Year of Award-Winning Authors

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Harlem Book Fair

QBR Wheatley Awards, Friday, July 17, 2015

The Harlem Book Fair, Saturday, July 18, 2015

Harlem, NY (BlackNews.com) – The Harlem Book Fair (www.harlembookfair.com) has selected Reading the World (#readingtheworld) as the theme for its 17th year celebration of Black writing and authors. Attended by over 20,000 readers and viewed by millions on C-Spans BookTV, the Harlem Book Fair stands as the nations flagship African American literary event.

The Harlem Book Fair (HBF), the nations largest and most-respected African American book festival, is supported by Columbia University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the New York Public Library, Barnes & Noble, the national bookseller; and First Book, the social enterprise that distributes new books and educational resources to educators and program leaders serving children in need.

The presentation of the QBR Wheatley Book Awards will open the Harlem This annual award, named for the Book Fair on the evening of July 17th. first published African-American female writer, is given for literary work that transcends culture, boundary, and perception. The program blends awards presentations into an entertaining evening of music, letters, and stellar performances.

Wheatley Legacy proposed nominees include Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni and Edward P. Jones. Prizes in eight writing categories will be awarded Debut Fiction and Non-fiction, Best Fiction and Best Non-Fiction, Best Poetry, and Best Childrens and Young Adult Book. The Wheatley Book Award presentations will take place on the campus of Columbia University in New York City. The Wheatley Awards are open to industry professionals, independent authors and publishers, media, readers and the general public. To reserve seating for the QBR Wheatley Book Awards, visit the Harlem Book Fair website or EventBrite.com.

The Harlem Book Fair, an all-day indoor and outdoor festival, will take place on Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The outdoor festival takes place on West 135th Street from Lenox Avenue (6th Avenue) to Frederick Douglass, Jr. Boulevard (8th Avenue) in Harlem, New York.

The HBF will host five indoor venues, the Schomburg Centers Hughes Auditorium, where our Author Talks are broadcast on C-Spans BookTV; the Countee Cullen library, which hosts author discussions, and author and publishing-related workshops and seminars; the luminous gallery space of Harlem Hospital, which hosts Authors Readings and discussions; our single author readings, presented at the Barnes & Noble Reading Stations; and the outdoor HBF Author MainStage, which features Spoken Word poets, dance, music and other performances.

The Harlem Book Fair invites publishers, independent authors, book vendors, and artists to exhibit, promote and sell their work to its receptive audience. Applications are available online at www.harlembookfair.com. The Harlem Book Fair is a family event that is free and open to all.

Tommy Tune Celebrates Chicago Human Rhythm’s 25th Season

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Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s 25th Season Kicks Into High Gear: Free STOMPING GROUNDS Concerts, Chicago Rhythm Fest at the Auditorium Theatre, Jubalee Gala Honoring TOMMY TUNE at the Museum of Contemporary Art

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) celebrates 25 years of creating community through American tap and contemporary percussive arts in world-class, innovative performance, education and outreach programs with a series of exciting programs in 2015, including STOMPING GROUNDS, a free concert sampler April 14­-May 8; the Chicago Rhythm Fest finale concert May 13 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University; and special guest Tony Award winner Tommy Tune receiving CHRP’s JUBA! Award at its 25th Anniversary Jubalee July 30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

STOMPING GROUNDS and Chicago Rhythm Fest: April 14-May 13

Making its debut April 14-May 13, the Chicago Rhythm Fest spotlights Chicago’s exceptional and diverse percussive dance community while celebrating African, Irish, Mexican, Spanish and American cultural traditions. This inaugural event is a citywide celebration of the rhythmic arts that connects diverse communities through rhythm.

Opening the Chicago Rhythm Fest is STOMPING GROUNDS, a series of free events in five distinct communities showcasing five of Chicago’s most accomplished percussive arts companies: CHRP’s resident ensemble BAM!, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre, Mexican Dance Ensemble, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and Trinity Irish Dance Company. Each performance features two host companies and cameos by members of the other three participating ensembles.

April 14, 6 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street: Moving Dialogs, a panel discussion about the evolution and relevance of traditional dance forms in contemporary settings featuring the artistic directors of the STOMPING GROUNDS companies, sponsored by Audience Architects

April 18, 7:30 p.m., Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Avenue: performance hosted by Trinity Irish Dance Company and Mexican Dance Ensemble plus cameos by the other companies

April 24, 7:30 p.m., National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street: performance hosted by Mexican Dance Ensemble and Trinity Irish Dance Company plus cameos by the other companies

April 30, 7:30 p.m., Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue: performance hosted by Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre and Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago plus cameos by the other companies

May 8, 7:30 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place: performance hosted by Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre plus cameos by the other companies

As the culminating event of the Chicago Rhythm Fest, CHRP re-imagines its inaugural National Tap Dance Day concert 25 years ago, featuring all five companies in concert May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Part of a citywide celebration, this unique collaboration closes the Auditorium Theatre’s “Made in Chicago” Dance Series sponsored by The Boeing Company. Tickets are $27-67 and are on sale at AuditoriumTheatre.org, 800-982-ARTS and the Auditorium Theatre box office, 50 E. Congress Parkway.

STOMPING GROUNDS is made possible by major support from the Chicago Free For All Fund at The Chicago Community Trust with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

TOMMY TUNE Attends 25th Anniversary Jubalee July 30

CHRP’s 25th Anniversary Jubalee gala benefit takes place Thursday, July 30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The evening, which includes a reception and dinner, welcomes nine-time Tony Award-winning performer, choreographer and director Tommy Tune, who performs his one-man show Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales, accompanied by his music director, Michael Biagi. CHRP also presents Tune with its 25th Anniversary JUBA! Award for Extraordinary Lifetime Achievement. For more information, call 312-542-2477 or visit chicagotap.org.

More 25th Anniversary Season Events

CHRP’s annual Winter Tap JAMboree February 13-15 features master classes taught by guests Cartier Williams, a leading tap choreographer and protégé of Savion Glover, and Nicholas Young, who received a 2014 New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for Outstanding Music Composition, along with some of Chicago’s finest, including CHRP Founder/Director Lane Alexander–who recently received a Tap Legacy Award while performing with Rhapsody in Taps in Los Angeles-and Bril Barrett, Martin Bronson, Zada Cheeks, Matt Crowle, Starinah Dixon, Nico Rubio and hip-hop/break dancer Monty Rezell. Also during the weekend: Tap Scholar Auditions awarding up to $10,000 to dancers aged 12 to 18 toward tuition for CHRP’s 25th Anniversary Rhythm World summer festival of American tap and auditions for Nicholas Young’s Institute For The Rhythmic Arts (IFTRA). Information and registration are available at 312-922-1272 or chicagotap.org.

The 25th annual Rhythm World summer festival of tap and percussive dance takes place July 6-August 2 at CHRP’s American Rhythm Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Jazz Showcase. The fifth year of a five-year international focus (Canada, Japan, Brazil, Europe) spotlights Chicago and U.S. artists. For more information, call 312-542-2477 or visit chicagotap.org.

For more information about Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s 25th anniversary season, visit chicagotap.org

Photo Captions:

Left: Tommy Tune, photo credit unknown.

Right: Chicago Rhythm Fest, photos by Cheryl Mann.

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