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Chicago Progressive Candidates Prepare Strong Response in Anticipation of Governor Rauner’s Budget Address

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(From Grassroots Illinois Action)

Residents Demand Progressive Revenue Solutions that Force Rich to Pay Fair Share

In today’s budget address, Governor Bruce Rauner is likely to announce massive cuts to childcare programs, Medicaid, and other community services that are vital for working families. As our communities brace themselves for more cuts, Governor Rauner refuses to consider real revenue solutions, like a progressive income tax or millionaire’s tax, that would force his billionaire donors to do their fair share to help fix the state’s fiscal problems.

Grassroots Illinois Action, an independent political organization made up of students, parents, retirees and community members, has endorsed Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Mayor, and 23 neighborhood leaders running for aldermanic seats across the city, because we’re tired of elected officials who close public schools and clinics, slash funding for libraries and other services, and sell off our city to large downtown TIF recipients, big banks and corporate low-wage employers. The austerity policies proposed by Governor Rauner continue the same corporate agenda Chicago has seen under Mayor Emanuel, and community leaders see the vital need for independent and progressive city and state leaders who aren’t afraid to stand up to banks and demand the real revenue solutions our neighborhoods deserve.

“I want to warn Governor Rauner before his big speech tomorrow to remember what happened the last time a big money politician took aim at the working people of this state. His friend, Rahm Emanuel, provoked the first teachers strike in a generation, and the working people of this city fought back. We joined with the teachers; we marched and we won. I sincerely hope Mayor Emanuel will share that experience with his friend the next time they share a glass of overpriced wine,” said Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, mayoral candidate.

“Working families and immigrant communities in West Englewood, Back of the Yards, Gage Park and Brighton Park depend on public services to survive,” said Rafael Yañez, a police officer and 15th Ward aldermanic candidate endorsed by Grassroots Illinois Action. “As the Executive Director of U.N.I.O.N. Impact Center, an organization that offers job readiness, skills building, and community involvement services to children in our neighborhoods, I know first-hand how important these services are to equip at-risk youth with the skills, tools and values needed to succeed in life. Under Rauner, youth and childcare services across the state have already faced drastic shortages in funding. We need committed leadership that works to expand these vital services, not slash them.”

“In my Humboldt Park community, housing counseling agencies already struggle to help an increasing number of working Latino families find quality, affordable housing,” said Juanita Irizarry, 26th Ward aldermanic candidate endorsed by Grassroots Illinois Action. “I’m running for Alderman precisely because we need leadership that recognizes how important agencies like these are to build healthy, strong communities. Governor Rauner’s cuts fly in the face of what our neighborhoods need and deserve.”

“As a working mother and former resident of public housing, I know firsthand how important public services are to keep a roof over families’ heads, provide children a quality education and strengthen the fabric communities need to thrive,” said Zerlina Smith, 29th Ward aldermanic candidate endorsed by Grassroots Illinois Action. “My neighborhood of Austin has already seen serious disinvestment, through the withdrawal of resources from non-profit institutions, public services and more. Enough is enough. If Governor Rauner wants to balance the state budget he should be asking rich corporations to pay- not working families in Austin.”

“As a Chicago Public Schools teacher, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen elected officials use a budget ‘crisis’ to announce huge cuts to public services, while leaving massive corporate profits and the wealth of the richest 1% untouched,”  said Tara Stamps, 37th Ward aldermanic candidate endorsed by Grassroots Illinois Action. “Governor Rauner and Mayor Emanuel are cut from the same cloth, and the same rich downtown donors fund their campaigns. We need real leaders who can stand up to the banks and CEOs, and give our communities the services they need.”

On Thursday, February 19, Grassroots Illinois Action will march downtown with labor and community allies to demand progressive revenue solutions, like a financial transactions tax, millionaire’s tax and renegotiation of toxic swap deals, that will make the state’s wealthiest bankers and CEOs, not working families, do more to fix Illinois’s revenue problems

“Just as Mayor Emanuel closed 50 schools but refuses to ask the banks to renegotiate toxic swap deals, Governor Rauner wants to cut childcare and Medicaid services, but refuses to ask his Wall Street friends to pay a tiny tax on financial transactions,” said Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Illinois Action. “The day after the Governor’s budget address, community members will gather to share how Rauner’s cuts will hurt the job training, Medicaid, and childcare services they depend upon, and to learn about real revenue solutions. We will march at the Thompson Center to demand that the rich, not working families, pay for our elected officials’ decades-long mismanagement of pension funding and at Bank of America demanding that bankers renegotiate swap deals with the state that cost Illinois tens of millions of dollars.”

The rally will be held Thursday, February 19th, 2015, 11:00 am at Chicago Temple First United Methodist Church, 77 W Washington, Chicago; Noon rally at Thompson Center.

A broad coalition of parents, child care providers, adults with disabilities, teachers, public servants, faith and community leaders will attend the rally.

Grassroots Illinois Action is setting out to unite working families in an effort to build real independent political power in and for our communities. We can build the power to elect Progressive champions who will fight for our communities and defeat those who would close schools, cut good jobs, slash human services, and dismantle affordable housing. We can change the political landscape and shift our city and state’s priorities. Together we can pursue a vision that values all of our residents, all of our neighborhoods.

“…President’s Actions are Well Within his Legal Authority…” : Press Secretary

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The White House will appeal the ruling by a federal judge in Texas which temporarily blocks President Barack Obama’s Executive Order on immigration. The U.S. Department of Justice will file an appeal to the judge’s ruling.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision would affect about 5 million people now in the U.S. illegally who would be spared from deportation under Obama’s Executive Order.

It would have been the first of Obama’s Executive Order, designed to protect young immigrants from deportation if brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Hanen, who was nominated to the federal court by President George W. Bush, has served on the federal court since 2002.

Statement by President Obama’s Press Secretary on State of Texas v. United States of America

The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws—which is exactly what the President did when he announced commonsense policies to help fix our broken immigration system. Those policies are consistent with the laws passed by Congress and decisions of the Supreme Court, as well as five decades of precedent by presidents of both parties who have used their authority to set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws.

The Department of Justice, legal scholars, immigration experts, and the district court in Washington, D.C. have determined that the President’s actions are well within his legal authority. Top law enforcement officials, along with state and local leaders across the country, have emphasized that these policies will also benefit the economy and help keep communities safe. The district court’s decision wrongly prevents these lawful, commonsense policies from taking effect and the Department of Justice has indicated that it will appeal that decision.

In Milestone for Sentencing Reform, Attorney General Holder Announces Record Reduction in Mandatory Minimums Against Nonviolent Drug Offenders

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New Data Revealed by Justice Department Shows Rate at Which Feds Pursued Mandatory Minimum Penalties in Drug Trafficking Cases Has Hit Record Low

In One of His Final Speeches Before Stepping Down, Holder Lauds Progress In Sentencing Reform Initiative He Launched in ‘13

In a major advance for the sentencing reform project that has been one of his signature initiatives, Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday announced that federal drug prosecutors have shifted away from seeking mandatory minimums at record rates, while reserving stricter sentences for more serious offenders.

Speaking at the National Press Club, Attorney General Holder revealed that in the first full year since he imposed reforms to the Justice Department’s charging policies in nonviolent drug trafficking cases, federal prosecutors not only prosecuted fewer such cases overall, but also pursued mandatory minimum sentences at a dramatically lower rate than the year prior.  In fact, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, in FY2014, federal drug prosecutors pursued mandatory minimums at the lowest rate on record.

“For years prior to this administration, federal prosecutors were not only encouraged – but required – to always seek the most severe prison sentence possible for all drug cases, no matter the relative risk they posed to public safety.  I have made a break from that philosophy,” said Attorney General Holder.  “While old habits are hard to break, these numbers show that a dramatic shift is underway in the mindset of prosecutors handling nonviolent drug offenses.  I believe we have taken steps to institutionalize this fairer, more practical approach such that it will endure for years to come.”

The figures announced Tuesday were compiled by the U.S. Sentencing Commission at the request of the Justice Department to measure the impact of several reforms implemented in 2013 through Attorney General Holder’s “Smart on Crime” initiative.  Those reforms—aimed at restoring fairness to the criminal justice system and at confronting the problem of America’s overcrowded prison system—instructed federal prosecutors to exercise greater discretion in selecting drug cases to bring to federal court.  The data suggests prosecutors heeded that call, as the overall number of federal drug trafficking cases dropped by six percent in FY2014.

While the sheer number of drug cases went down, the data also showed that federal prosecutors have prioritized more serious cases.  Holder pointed to a rise in the average guideline minimum sentence, from 96 months in FY2013 to 98 months this past year.  That suggests the severity of offenses prosecuted in FY2014 was slightly higher.

Most important of all, Holder said, was the trend observed with respect to mandatory minimums.  After several years in a row that saw federal prosecutors pursue such mandatory sentences in roughly two-thirds of drug cases, last year’s rate dropped to one-in-two.  The Attorney General said this showed that the department was succeeding in reserving these strict sentences for the worst types of offenders rather than imposing indiscriminately.

“This figure, perhaps more than any other, shows the significant impact that our policy reforms are having,” said Attorney General Holder.  “These are extremely encouraging results.”

Holder also presented statistics rebutting past criticisms of the “Smart on Crime” initiative.  For instance, though some warned that the reduced application of mandatory minimums would remove the incentive for defendants to act as government witnesses, the Sentencing Commission’s data showed that defendants provided cooperation at the same rate as in years past.

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Will Hold Press Conference Following Gov. Rauner’s Budget Address

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The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus will be holding a press conference today after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Budget Address to offer reaction and offer the caucus’ own budget priorities.

Following Governor Rauner’s Budget Address Wednesday, February 18th, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus will hold a press conference to outline the caucus’ budget priorities for the upcoming year and respond to the Governor’s budget proposal.

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus believes the governor’s proposal will likely include deep cuts to safety net programs that help most vulnerable communities and put more pressure on working class families.

The Legislative Black Caucus is chaired by Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, D- Maywood, and consists of 31 black legislators, 10 senators and 21 representatives.

The press conference will be held Wednesday, February 18, 2015, immediately following the budget address, at the Illinois State Capital, in front of the Senate chamber

‘Phantom Debt’ Collections on the Rise, Reports Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – Scammers are collecting thousands of dollars in “phantom debt”, debt consumers do not actually owe, using abusive, intimidating and deceptive tactics with consumers who owe no money. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) urges consumers to be aware of the important warning signs.

“One sign of a potential scam is the aggressive and threatening nature of the statements from supposed debt collectors,” says Steve Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Another indicator is their interest in obtaining personal identity information from you, such as credit card numbers or bank account numbers.”

Bernas noted that in some instances, consumers are threatened with arrest or legal action for not paying debts that the scammers claimed are owed.

According to Federal Trade Commission (FTC), more debt collection cases have been filed in 2014 than ever before in a given year.

BBB of Chicago and Northern Illinois saw a seven percent increase in the number of debt collector complaints to 878 during the time period of February 2014 to February 2015,

from 819 during February 2013 – February 2014.

It may be a phantom debt collector calling if the person:

  • Is seeking payment on a debt for a loan you do not recognize.
  • Refuses to give you a mailing address or phone number.
  • Asks you for personal, financial or sensitive information.
  • Exerts high pressure to scare you into paying, such as threatening to have you arrested or to report you to a law enforcement agency.

The BBB offers the following tips when dealing with someone who may be a debt collector:

  • Ask the caller for contact information. Tell the caller that you refuse to discuss debt until you receive a written “validation notice,” which is a written notice of the amount of debt and your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. If a caller refuses to give you all of this information, do not pay.
  • Stop speaking with the caller. If you have the caller’s address, send a letter demanding him or her to stop contacting you. If debt collectors receive this letter in writing, they must stop calling you.
  • Don’t give personal or financial information. If you don’t know exactly who you’re dealing with, never confirm sensitive information such as your bank account, credit card or Social Security numbers. Scammers use this information to commit identity theft.
  • Contact your creditor. If you are in debt, but you think the debt collector calling isn’t legitimate, contact your creditor. Use contact information from your personal online account, not information given to you by the caller. Your creditor is able to find out who the suspicious caller is and if they are authorized to collect a debt from you.

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Senate Introduces Legislation to Ease Reentry Process for Returning Citizens

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate introduced legislation that could help ease the reentry process for the formerly incarcerated. Mass incarceration is a hunger issue. For many returning citizens, the prospect of integrating themselves back into their communities is daunting, leading some to fall into poverty.

The Corrections Oversight, Recidivism Reduction, and Elimination Costs for Taxpayers in Our National System (Corrections) Act aims to reduce the prison population and offer a better integration process for returning citizens through the use of existing programs such as recidivism reduction, risk-based time credits, and drug treatment and mental health services.

“We agree with the senators that when inmates are better prepared to re-enter communities, they are less likely to commit crimes after they are released. This is an important step in addressing the mass incarceration problem that perpetuates cycle of hunger and poverty,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World.

The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and John Cornyn (R-TX), would allow for certain low-risk offenders with exemplary behavior to spend the end of their earned-time credit under  community supervision. Other provisions encourage those in prison to participate in recidivism reduction programs and other activities, like prison jobs, which can lead to the awarding of earned credit.

Still, many states still enforce life-time bans on non-violent drug offenders for safety-net programs, such as SNAP, (formerly food stamps) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), programs that are vital to many returning citizens as they look for work and try to rebuild their lives. Part of Bread’s work includes getting these bans lifted and ensuring people who qualify for these vital programs have access to them.

“While this bill is a good step, Congress must also address the larger issue of sentencing reform,” Beckmann said. “In addition to ensuring that prisoners have access to the skills they need to properly re-enter society, we must reexamine lengthy and inflexible mandatory sentences imposed on low-level, non-violent offenders, and implement alternatives to imprisonment where appropriate.”

The federal prison population has increased from approximately 25,000 in 1980 to nearly 216,000 today.

“African Americans and Hispanics are disproportionately incarcerated and tend to receive longer sentences than white defendants convicted of the same crime. A reform of our prison system must be guided by our moral obligation to truly give those who want a second chance an opportunity to succeed.” Beckmann added.

Bread for the World (www.bread.org) is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

Mayoral Candidate Fioretti Issues Statement on Rauner Budget Address

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CHICAGO, IL – The following is a statement from mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti regarding Gov. Rauner’s budget address:

The time has never been more crucial to support working people in Chicago and across our state. Unions are the backbone of our workforce and have, for generations, given workers the power to build better lives for themselves. Chicagoans deserve a mayor who will best represent their interests, and as mayor, I will work closely with the hundreds of labor organizations that represent thousands of employees citywide.

As Alderman, I marched for a living wage with our workers. I sponsored an ordinance that would’ve brought working Chicagoans a $15 an hour minimum wage today, not $13 an hour by 2019. I firmly believe that city officials should work closely with organizations that fight for basic rights and better conditions for our workers. As mayor, I will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with working people in Chicago to make sure they do not have to struggle to meet the most basic of needs.

Today, Governor Rauner gives his first budget address for our state. Last week, we saw the opening shot in what appears to be a war our governor has declared on working people in our state. Governor Rauner’s theft of ‘fair share’ fees undermines the collective bargaining power of unions, which represent thousands of working people in our city and state. His idea of “fair share” seems to be that our state favor the wealthy elite rather than rank and file workers.

We should pay close attention to Rauner’s budget address today. Will he try to work with agencies and organizations that help care for our state’s most vulnerable people?  Will he propose legislation that helps take financial burdens off working and middle class families like a progressive income tax? Or will he propose deep cuts to the people that can least afford it?

We know the mayor and the governor are close personal friends. We’ve seen Rahm’s attacks on unions these last four years. It’s clear to me the governor and the mayor have bonded over more than $100,000 bottles of wine. Chicago cannot afford another four years of a mayor who will allow the further degradation of workers rights.

Instead of trying to undermine labor, we need leadership that will partner with it in order to save jobs, ensure fairness in workplaces, and ultimately, create new economic opportunities where working families will thrive.

Columnist Neil Rubenstein Endorses Joyce Burrell Garcia for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees

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Joyce Burrell Garcia

Garcia is the only African American candidate running for seat 7 on the LAACD’s Board of Trustees in the March 3, 2015 Primary Election

Culver City, CA (BlackNews.com) – Neil Rubinstein, a columnist at the Culver City Observer, suggests a vote for Joyce Burrell Garcia.

Rubinstein states, “I must admit that prior to the Culver City Democratic Club endorsement meeting held on January 14 in the Veterans Auditorium Complex or Community College Board of Trustees, I was stumped.

“He continues, “However, after listening to the candidates for Seat 7, I feel Joyce Burrell Garcia has the best qualifications, professional experience, formal training, platform and personal attributes of any of the candidates for this position.”

Garcia says she is thankful to Mr. Rubinstein for his remarks and vows to engage and champion initiatives that advance the mission of the LACCD, as well as foster innovation and reform within the District. Mr. Rubinstein stated that Garcia has the experience and knowledge to solve the tough problems.

Garcia has also been endorsed by the following:

Clergy Endorsements:
* Sr. Pastor Kelvin Sauls, Holman United Methodist Church
* Sr. Pastor J. Edgar Boyd, FAME
* Sr. Pastor, Xavier Thompson, Southern Missionary Baptist Church and President of the Baptist Ministers Conference
* Sr. Pastor, William Epps of Second Baptist Church
* Sr. Pastor, K.W. Tulloss, Weller Street Baptist Church and President of The Los Angeles Chapter of National Action Network
* Sr. Pastor Eugenio Rafael, St. Marks United Methodist Church
* Sr. Pastor Reginald Pope, Bethel Baptist Church
* Sr. Pastor Torrey Collins, St. Rest Baptist Church

Other Endorsement:
* National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC)

For more information, visit Garcia’s website at www.joyce4collegeboard.com or email her at burrellj@pacbell.net.

Photo: Joyce Burrell Garcia

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Outlines Adult Redeploy Illinois Impact through 2014

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Taxpayer cost savings nearing $50 million

CHICAGO, IL –  The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Executive Director John Maki announced the cumulative Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) program achievements though calendar year 2014.

ARI sites have diverted 2,025 non-violent offenders from prison since program inception in January 2011 and through the end of 2014. This has resulted in an estimated $46.8 million in correctional cost savings.

ARI was created by the Illinois Crime Reduction Act of 2009 to support local jurisdictions in establishing more cost-effective alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders in their communities. Research has shown that non-violent offenders are more effectively rehabilitated in community settings, which are also less costly than prison. ARI is based on the successful juvenile Redeploy Illinois program.

“Adult Redeploy Illinois is a program that is evidence-based, data-driven, and results-oriented, “said ICJIA Executive Director John Maki. “It creates safer communities with anticipated lower offender recidivism rates, while ensuring offender accountability and reducing our costly overreliance on incarceration.”

ARI supports 18 sites operating 19 probation programs across 34 counties. Another four sites are in implementation phases. In exchange for grant funding, ARI sites agree to reduce by 25 percent a target population of non-violent offenders who would otherwise be facing a prison sentence.

ARI programs address offenders’ risks and needs and leverage their assets, such as family support and employment. The results are improved public safety with better outcomes for offenders at a lower cost to taxpayers.

Each individual diverted from prison by ARI represents significant potential cost savings: an average ARI intervention costs about $4,400, while the annual incarceration cost per capita is estimated at $21,500.

“Adult Redeploy Illinois is changing the way we think about what the criminal justice system should do,” said Director Maki. “Historically, the focus has been on what we put into it— by making more arrests and imposing tougher sentences—and less on what we get out of it. ARI is outcome-focused. It encourages the justice system think about how it can make wiser use of its limited resources to get the results we all want: less crime and safer communities.”

ICJIA will host a 2015 Adult Redeploy Illinois All-Sites Summit in Bloomington on March 19 to bring the sites together to share strategies that will improve outcomes.

Visit Adult Redeploy Illinois at www.icjia.org/redeploy.

Midwest Premiere of Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War and the Holocaust, February 22 – September 7, 2015

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Exhibition opening event featuring curator David Shneer and presenting sponsor Michael Polsky At the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

SKOKIE, IL– The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center announced the Midwest premiere of Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust, a photographic exhibition that reveals a rarely seen perspective of World War II through the lens of the most important Soviet Jewish photojournalists. In order to reach Chicagoland’s significant Russian speaking community, the Illinois Holocaust Museum will be the first museum in the world to present the entire exhibition with Russian translation.

Based on the award-winning book “Through Soviet Jewish Eyes” written by curator David Shneer, the exhibition presents more than 60 photographs that span the Nazi-Soviet war, from June 22, 1941 until Victory Day on May 9, 1945. The photographs range from large-scale, dramatic prints in which the fine line between art and photojournalism is blurred, to intimate-scaled vintage prints that compel a close reading of the images.

“Through Soviet Jewish Eyes shows us that by looking through the camera lenses of liberator-photographers in the Soviet Union, we see another chilling image of the Holocaust—one made up of prosaic, intimate landscapes and emptiness that genocide leaves behind,” said Shneer.

The Russian-American community is an integral part of the World War II story:

  • 62% of World War II survivors in the Chicago-area were born in the former Soviet Union
  • The Russian-American population in the United States is estimated at nearly 2.9 million people
  • 464,000 plus Russian-Americans live in Illinois
  • 40,000 Russian speaking Jews reside in the Chicagoland area

“This exhibition which presents the Soviet Jewish experience of the Holocaust is a unique opportunity not only for our large Russian speaking Jewish population to explore their dual identity, but for people of all backgrounds to recognize the efforts and extend gratitude to those who fought so valiantly,” said Michael Polsky, presenting sponsor of the exhibition and Invenergy CEO.

World War II was one of the most documented global conflicts, yet western audiences know little about the Soviet Jewish photojournalists who captured some of the most riveting images of the war in the former Soviet Union. These wartime photographers were the first to witness Nazi atrocities from the liberator’s perspective, three years before Americans arrived at concentration camps like Buchenwald and Dachau.

“We feel honored to be the first museum in the Midwest to present the works of photographers including Evgenii Khaldei, Georgii Zelma, and Dmitrii Baltermants,” said Arielle Weininger, Museum Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. “These brave liberators, charged by the Stalinist state to tell the visual story of the unprecedented horror we now call the Holocaust, merged documentary photography with avant-garde sensibilities to create works that had a profound influence on 20th century art and beyond.”

The exhibition opening event and book signing will take place at the Illinois Holocaust Museum on February 22 at 2:00 pm and will feature curator and author David Shneer, Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, with special remarks by Michael Polsky, President and CEO of Invenergy and presenting sponsor of the exhibition. The event is free with Museum admission, and reservations are required at tsje.eventbrite.com. In honor of Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans, the Museum is pleased to offer them free admission to visit the exhibition. To view other exhibition related programming, visit http://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/pages/exhibitions/special-exhibitions.

Presenting Sponsor: The Michael Polsky Family.
Supporting Sponsors: David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. The Golder Family Foundation is lead sponsor for all Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibitions. This program is partially supported by and grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Community Partners: Chicago Connect; Holocaust Community Services, a collaborative effort of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Jewish Child and Family Services, and CJE SeniorLife; the Russian Jewish Division of the Jewish United Fund; and HIAS Chicago.
Media Sponsors: Reklama Media, Chicago Ethnic Media, and Svet Russian Media Group.
Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust is curated by David Shneer and Lisa Tamiris Becker, and is organized by the CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The Museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Learn more at www.illinoisholocaustmuseum.org.

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