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Archive for February 20th, 2015

State’s Attorney Outlines Plans to Monitor Tuesday’s Election Day Activities

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With a significant number of candidates on the ballot in Tuesday’s mayoral and aldermanic elections and anticipating a high volume of Election Day complaints and inquiries, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office will be stepping up efforts to ensure that proper procedures are being followed and that election laws are not being violated, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced today.

With nearly 200 candidates on the ballot in Chicago elections and a crowded race for Mayor,   Alvarez said her office will be prepared to respond to any issues or potential crimes in polling places, particularly in ward races with multiple candidates.  Authorities will be on high alert for any disregard of election authority, attempts at vote buying, tampering with voting machines, unlawful observation of voting or improper assistance in the voting process.

“There are a significant number of contested races on the ballot this Tuesday and we understand that when a large number of candidates are competing in close local races that tensions may run high,” Alvarez said.

“But we also remind everyone — including candidates, supporters and voters — that there will be zero tolerance for any type of illegal election activity or political mischief.  Everyone is expected to operate within the bounds of the law.”

The State’s Attorney’s Election Fraud Unit has already been monitoring early voting sites, and while allegations of voter fraud have been sporadic, the office is seeing an uptick in instances in which discounts or incentives are being offered to voters, which constitutes the illegal activity of vote buying.

“We remind all parties that it is illegal for any business or campaign to offer any type of incentive or discount to voters,” Alvarez said.

The State’s Attorney’s Office will continue its practice of visiting polling places to ensure that proper procedures are being followed and attorneys will be taking complaints and investigating infractions.  The aggressive strategy includes:

  • Assigning roving teams of more than 100 Assistant State’s Attorneys to on-the-ground Election Day duty in all of Chicago’s 50 wards as well as the suburbs of Dolton and Morton Grove where contested elections will take place.
  • Operation of an Election Day Central Intake and Dispatch Center to accept and assess complaints for referral to election authorities, law enforcement, or campaigns.

Election hotline number is 312-603-7960

  • Rapid Response Teams made up of State’s Attorney Investigators and ASA’s available to respond to urgent calls that require immediate attention.

  • Additional State’s Attorney employees at Chicago nursing homes leading up to Tuesday’s election on Friday, Saturday, and Monday to monitor the procedures while residents cast their ballots.

African-Americans Disproportionately Affected by Hunger Despite Economic Upturn

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Washington, D.C. – African-Americans continue to suffer disproportionately high rates of hunger and poverty despite the growing economy, according to a new analysis released today by Bread for the World. The shortage of good, stable jobs and the impact of mass incarceration on the community continues to worsen the situation.

“As African-Americans, we still suffer from some of the highest rates of hunger and poverty in the country despite the growth of our country’s economy since 2008,” said Eric Mitchell, director of government relations at Bread for the World. “The lack of jobs that pay fair wages is preventing people of color from moving out of poverty and the recession.”

The median income for African-Americans in 2013 (latest available data) was $24,864, significantly lower than the median for all Americans. Poverty affected nearly three out of ten African-Americans or nearly twice the average rate for the general population. The same rates hold in terms of their ability to feed their families.

The problem is worsened by the effects of mass incarceration; currently the United States holds the highest number of people in prison in the world. “Incarceration for non-violent criminal offenses aggravates the situation for black people in America since these laws, time and again, put people of color behind bars at a higher rate than white people for the same offense,” said Mitchell.

African-Americans constitute nearly half of the total 2.3 million prison population in the country. Once a person has a criminal record, the act of providing for one’s self and family becomes exponentially harder. Many states deny returning citizens access to such programs as SNAP, even while they look for work. For those who are lucky to land a job, their yearly earnings are reduced by as much as 40 percent.

“The best way to combat hunger and poverty in the African-American community is through jobs that pay fair wages, strong safety-net programs, and by ensuring laws are in place to protect people and not further marginalize them from society,” Mitchell 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.

North Carolina Family Launches Campaign Demanding Justice for Son’s Killing

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More than 4,600 supporters join Dolly & Tony Griggs in calling on Attorney General Roy Cooper and US Attorney Thomas Walker to thoroughly investigate and prosecute Pat Chisenhall for killing son, Christian Griggs

Fayetteville, NC — On October 12, 2013, Christian Griggs went to pick up his daughter at his then wife’s family home, as previously agreed by him and his separated wife. Soon after arriving, Christian called his father, Tony Griggs, asking for help. When Mr. Griggs arrived, Pat Chisenhall, Christians father-in-law, had fatally shot Christian 6 times, 4 in the back. The state medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

Dolly Griggs, Christian’s mother, has started a campaign on i.am.colorofchange.org, a distributive organizing platform run by the national civil rights organization ColorOfChange, calling for North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper and US Attorney for the Eastern District for North Carolina Thomas Walker to intervene and prosecute Pat Chisenhall to the fullest extent of the law. More than 3,500 people have signed on.

The campaign may be seen here: www.JusticeForChristianGriggs.org

Dolly issued the following statement: “We demand that US Attorney Walker and NC Attorney General Cooper thoroughly investigate the killing of our son, the misconduct of Harnett law enforcement and prosecutor’s office, and bring Christians killer, Pat Chisenhall, to justice. When local leadership fails, it is the responsibility of state and federal officials to step in and ensure fairness, justice, and equity in the justice system. If our family hadnt raised our voices, local officials would have done everything possible to sweep Christians death under the rug. It’s been more than 14 months since Christian was killed and District Attorney Vernon Stewart has made it clear that he will not be doing his job. This delayed and denied justice is completely unacceptable.”

She continued, “The North Carolina ‘Castle Doctrine’ does not excuse or justify Christians homicide by either the physical evidence, autopsy report, or crime scene. Christian was shot twice in the front and when lying on his stomach, unarmed and defenseless, Chisenhall fired four additional, fatal shots in his back. There is more than enough probably cause for Chisenhall to be charged. Christian is dead and Pat Chisenhall killed him. This case must go before a jury.”

“No family should ever have to go through losing their son and then having to fight for justice. I lost my beloved son. My grand daughter lost her father. It has been 14 months since Pat Chisenhall brutally killed our son and no criminal charges have been brought against him. Due to cronyism and racial bias, law enforcement and the Hartnett County District Attorney Vernon Stewart have refused to hold our son’s killer accountable. In a criminal justice system marked by widespread prejudice, Black families are disproportionately denied justice when they lose a loved one. My family will not rest until we receive the due process that we deserve and Pat Chisenhall sees his day in court of law. We demand a fair and impartial prosecution,” she adds.

Despite inaccurate media reports, there was no record of a restraining order in place against Christian. He went to his father-in-laws house solely to pick up his daughter.

Pat Chisenhall is an influential white pastor in the Angier community.

Photo Caption: Christian Griggs with daughter

Source: Blacknews.com


Center For Bio-Ethical Reform to Introduce New Sign Display Titled “All Black Lives Matter”

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Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) –  The Center For Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) will introduce a provocative new sign display titled: All Black Lives Matter, Thursday, February 19, 2015, at the east front of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., at 11:00 a.m.

The featured speaker at the related press conference will be African-American pastor, founder of BlackGenocide.org, and long-time CBR Board Member, Rev. Clenard Childress. Several other African-American pastors and pro-life activists will also present brief remarks.

The first of the four disturbing signs comprising the new exhibit is themed: “All Black Lives Matter.” The second is “Dont Shoot;” the third is “I Cant Breathe;” and the fourth is “Abortion Suppresses the Black Vote.”

The exhibit was inspired by the tragic series of encounters between black suspects and white police officers in which the suspects lost their lives while being taken into custody. CBR believes the rule of law requires that police officers who employ excessive force should be prosecuted, convicted and punished appropriately. A young black man who raises his hands, shouting Dont shoot! has a right to be apprehended unharmed. A young black man restrained in a police choke-hold should never die of asphyxiation after declaring, I cant breathe. The evidence is often in dispute, but where proven beyond a reasonable doubt, police brutality is an intolerable outrage — especially if racially motivated. But where is the African-American communitys outrage over the hundreds of thousands of preborn black children butchered this year by the brutality of abortion?! Why isnt the civil rights slogan Dont shoot accompanied by the exhortation Dont abort? When will African-American religious and political leaders acknowledge that aborted babies cant breathe either? A police choke-hold can be a form of torture and abortion also tortures babies to death. As Lila Rose recently established in another of her brilliant Live Action videos, the abortion industry lies to mothers about fetal pain.

The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports in a review titled: Fetal Pain: Implications for Research and Practice (September 1999), that …It is possible that the fetus can feel pain from 20 weeks and is caused distress from interventions as early as 15 or 16 weeks [p 885]. Brain structures activated by 16 weeks …could be associated with unpleasant conscious experience [p. 885]. Between 13 and 16 weeks is when …it is likely that the fetus is aware of anything that is going on in its body… [p.882]. At eight weeks, The fetus starts to make movements in response to being touched… [p. 882]. More than 100,000 babies are aborted after 13 weeks (about 10% of the 1.2 million total annually. Approximately 17,000 are killed after 21 weeks (about 1.4% of the total).

A large percentage of these babies are African-American and many are dying slow, agonizing deaths. Those who arent torn to pieces suffer excruciating heart attacks after being injected with lethal doses of digoxin or potassium chloride, the same poisons being used to stop the hearts of death row inmates (See Bostn.com, Shots Assist in Aborting Fetuses, August 10, 2007.)

The Orange County Register, January 24, 2015, published a story headlined Justices to Review Drug for Execution, which reported that the U.S. Supreme Court is examining the possibility that these drugs are causing inmates intense pain. The Los Angeles Times, on the same day, notes that an African-American inmate named Charles Warner recently exclaimed, My body is on fire after receiving this lethal injection.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is rightly dismayed to report (NAACP LDF Report Death Row U.S.A., Summer 2013) that black inmates comprise 42% of death row prisoners. Why then, do they strongly support the slaughter of the far greater numbers of African-American preborn children being executed with the same lethal injections?

NAACP leader Julian Bond recently equated abortion rights with racially-related civil rights (NAACP Leader: Right to Abort is Same as Right to Eat at Lunch Counter, LifeNews.com, August 6, 2014). The NAACP is so intellectually dishonest concerning black genocide that its board refuses to permit any debate on any proposed resolution related to abortion and wont even allow the public reading of such proposals.

As these abortion photos prove incontestably, abortion is an act of violence which kills a baby, and abortion is teaching an entire generation of young African-Americans to solve its problems by resorting to violence. Could this moral confusion be a contributing factor in the 2013 Uniform Crime Report which disclosed that 90% of black homicide victims were killed by black attackers? The violence of black genocide may be driving the violence of black homicide in a bizarre orgy of communal self-destruction. Not since the child-sacrifice of the ancient Israelites has any people collaborated so willingly in its own extermination.

Michael Novak points out in National Review (Notre Dame Disgrace, April 9, 2009), that …Black women make up 11% of the national female population but have more than 36% of all abortions… He adds that …Of the 47 million children aborted since 1973, some 16 million have been black. If those children had been allowed to live, the black population… [in 2009 would have been] about 50% larger than it… [was] about 49 million instead of 33 million. At that rate, by 2014, 18 million black babies had been killed. Planned Parenthood abortion care has suppressed the black vote more effectively than poll taxes, literacy tests, voter I.D. requirements and Ku Klux Klan lynchings combined.

These new signs are intended to stop this fratricidal atrocity and CBR will collaborate with African-American anti-abortion leaders across the country to display them at middle schools, high schools, universities and churches with substantial black enrollment. Our African-American President has betrayed us. It is long past time for us to take matters into our own hands with an unavoidable witness against this great evil.

February is Black History Month. Black history in America is a story of kidnapping and forced labor and segregation. Those terrible injustices flourished only as long as they were allowed to remain invisible. The genius of the great abolitionists and civil rights activists to whom African-Americans owe their freedom was their courage in dramatizing black suffering, with iconic illustrations and photographs and films which pricked the collective conscience. Now it is the conscience of the black culture which must be pricked, and once again the agent of change will be disturbing pictures which make visible the injustice of black genocide. Bloody images of Bloody Sunday forced white people to face their responsibility for civil rights abuses. But every day is Bloody Sunday for hundreds of unwanted preborn African-American children. Today, however, it is the parents of those children who are shedding the innocent blood. Sickening pictures restored racial justice and we are certain that the same sort of imagery is the only path to the restoration of prenatal justice.

Cook County Democratic Women Unveils Endorsed Aldermanic Slate

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CHICAGO, IL:  The following aldermanic candidates have been endorsed by the Cook County Democratic Women:


2nd Ward: Cornell Wilson

3rd Ward: Patricia Horton

4th Ward: Norman Bolden

5th Ward: Leslie Hairston

6th Ward: Richard Wooten

7th Ward: Greg Mitchell

8th Ward: Michelle  Harris

9th Ward: Michael LaFargue

16th Ward: Toni Foulkes

17th Ward: Glenda Franklin

21st Ward: Howard Brookins, Jr.

24th Ward: Vetress Boyce

25th Ward: Roberto Montano

26th Ward: Roberto Maldonado

27th Ward: Gabe Beukinga

34th Ward: Carrie Austin

37th Ward: Emma Mitts

For more information, please contact Rikki Jones @

1 (708) 262-1577 or Rev Krista Alston 1 (773) 592-7751.

State Rep. Welch Responds to Governor Rauner’s Budget Address, Calls for Balanced Approach

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside, issued the following statement in response to Governor Rauner’s budget address:

“With Illinois facing an estimated $5.7 billion deficit next fiscal year, our state faces severe fiscal challenges.  However, we cannot realistically cut our way to a balanced budget. Any approach must include spending cuts and additional revenue to avoid devastating the schools, law enforcement agencies and health care programs on which working families rely.

“The budget proposal the governor presented is by no means a finished product. As the Legislature begins its work to craft a budget, I will fight to ensure it is fiscally responsible, while meeting the needs of the working-class families in the west-suburban communities that I represent.

“Providing Illinois students with a world-class education is one of the best ways to keep our state moving in the right direction. I was encouraged to hear the governor call for an increase in early childhood, elementary and secondary education funding, and I look forward to working with him and legislators on both sides of the aisle to ensure that we accomplish that goal.”

Welch represents the 7th District which includes all or portion of Bellwood, Berkley, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, La Grange Park, Maywood, River Forest and Westchester.  For more information, contact Welch’s constituent service office at 708-450-1000, e-mail repwelch@emanuelchriswelch.com or visit www.emanuelchriswelch.com.

Scammers Now Misuse TurboTax to Target State Returns

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CHICAGO, IL – Last year the U.S. Treasury lost billions of dollars due to the filing of fraudulent tax returns by scam artists. But, due to security changes, made by the IRS to protect taxpayers, scammers have changed their target and are now going after state refunds. Refunds for millions of individuals are at stake. According to Intuit Inc., the company that makes TurboTax, there has been a 3,700 percent increase in the number of fake state returns filed this year by scammers. That increase prompted some states to temporarily suspend processing of returns.

“The scammers have upped their game,” says Steve J. Bernas president, and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “To guard against being victimized taxpayers should file early and also file both federal and state returns at the same time.”

According to a spokesperson for Intuit, “The dramatic increase in the filing of unlinked state and federal returns was a red flag for the company and it now blocks users from filing unlinked returns using TurboTax.”

“It is tax season and those looking to rip-off taxpayers are working overtime. We see that here at the BBB because of the increased number of individuals who are calling to report IRS scam phone calls,” noted Bernas.

The scam phone calls have taken a twist as well. Along, with threats of arrest by U.S. Marshalls the scam artists are claiming lawsuits have been filed against consumers or that they are calling on behalf of a collection agency hired by the State.

If your state return has been compromised contact your State Revenue Department:

  • In Illinois call 1 800 243-2811 (CHEAT 11) or write to      Illinois Department of Revenue
    Bureau of Criminal Investigation
    101 West Jefferson Street
    PO Box 19014
    Springfield, Illinois 62794-9014

If you are a TurboTax customer and find a problem with your return call:

  • TurboTax Customer Service at 800-944-8596.

If you receive a scam phone call the BBB recommends:

  • Hang up – Don’t provide any information over the phone. Call the IRS directly using the phone number found on their website or in the phone book.
  • Protect personal information – In response to an incoming call, never give out any personal or financial information such as your Social Security number, mother’s maiden name or any passwords and other identifying information.
  • Contact the FCC – Let the Federal Communications Commission know about ID spoofers by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC or file a complaint at www.fcc.gov/complaints
  • Contact the FTC – File a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint. From the complaint homepage, select “Other” and then “Imposter Scams”. In the notes, include “IRS Telephone Scam”.

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Illinois Transportation Trade Association Endorses Mayoral Candidate Fioretti

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The Illinois Transportation Trade Association (ITTA) announced their endorsement for current 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti for Mayor of Chicago at a press conference at Fioretti’s campaign headquarters. The ITTA serves as a consolidated voice for the majority of the local taxicab industry with 18 taxicab affiliations under its umbrella.

“We are supporting Alderman Fioretti because he has been a long time supporter of the taxi cab industry. He has taken time to understand and advocate for the issues long before he was running for mayor,” John Moberg, President of ITTA, said in a statement.  “Alderman Fioretti raised a voice on the lack of regulation and enforcement of law in regards to Uber. He was willing to listen to the issues and understand them before he voted, which is sadly not characteristic of other Alderman.  Most of them are rubber stamps while Alderman Fioretti is not. He has the qualities we want in a Mayor.”

Madigan, FTC & States Sue to Block Sysco-US Foods Merger

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Lawsuit Alleges Proposed Merger Will Eliminate Competition Among Food Distributors & Lead to Higher Prices

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 10 other states, sought to block Sysco Corporation’s proposed $8.2 billion acquisition of its rival, the Rosemont-based US Foods Inc.

Madigan, the FTC and other states today filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the acquisition by the Houston, Texas-based Sysco Corporation, alleging the proposed acquisition would violate antitrust laws by eliminating Sysco’s closest competitor and its only competitor operating nationwide.

The lawsuit specifically alleges the merger would substantially reduce competition among broadline food distributors in Illinois and across the country, resulting in higher prices and diminished service for restaurants, healthcare facilities, hotels, schools and other institutions that require full-service food distribution services. Broadline food service distribution is distinct from other types of food distribution because it requires timely and frequent delivery and a constant availability of a wide array of food products and supplies.

“The loss of competition between Sysco and US Foods would raise costs for their customers and ultimately for anyone purchasing food served at hospitals, schools, hotels and restaurants,” Madigan said.

Because it is difficult for new competitors to enter this market, the complaint alleges the merger would dramatically concentrate business and eliminate price competition and reduce the quality of customer service. Sysco and US Foods are the only broadline food distributors currently with national operations. The complaint alleges the two companies currently represent 75 percent of the national market. In the Chicago area, the lawsuit alleges Sysco and US Foods together control 83 percent of the market for local and regional customers. The Bloomington area is another part of Illinois where the market would be highly concentrated after the merger because the combined companies would control 77 percent of the market.

Joining Madigan and the FTC in filing today’s complaint were attorneys general from: California, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Tennessee.

Bureau Chief Robert Pratt is handling the case for Madigan’s Antitrust Bureau.

Casting Now Complete for the Five Plays Scheduled March Through July 2015 at Goodman Theatre: Two Trains Running, The Upstairs Concierge, The Little Foxes, Stop. Reset. and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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Terry Bellamy replaces the previously announced Ron OJ Parson in Two Trains Running


CHICAGO, IL – Award-winning Chicago favorites take the Goodman stage from March through July 2015 in the five plays that round out the theater’s 90th Anniversary “Season to Celebrate.” Artists’ names in red below were not announced in the September 2014 casting press release. Note: one previously-announced actor, Ron OJ Parson, is replaced by Terry Bellamy in the role of Memphis in Two Trains Running by August Wilson, directed by Chuck Smith. Individual tickets are now on sale for Two Trains Running, The Upstairs Concierge by Kristoffer Diaz and stop. reset. by Regina Taylor; tickets for The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman go on sale February 20 and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang go on sale March 20.Call 312.443.3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org. For groups 10+, call 312.443.3820 or e-mail Groups@GoodmanTheatre.org. Bios and images of the artists are available in the Press Room. Plays, dates and artists are subject to change.

Two Trains Running
By August Wilson, Directed by Chuck Smith – Centerpiece of the citywide August Wilson Celebration
March 7 – April 12; Press Nights are March 15 and 16 (Opening) in the Albert Theatre

The cast includes Alfred Wilson as Holloway; A.C. Smith as West; Nambi E. Kelley as Risa; Ernest Perry Jr. as Hambone; Anthony Irons as Wolf; Chester Gregory as Sterling; and Terry Bellamy as Memphis. Goodman Theatre honors August Wilson’s legacy with his Tony-winning masterpiece, praised by Variety as “perfection…[a] work by a writer at the peak of his powers.” In 2007, the Goodman became the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle,” of which Two Trains Running is a part (the Goodman previously produced this play in 1993, directed by Lloyd Richards). The civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1969, but the promise of a better tomorrow hasn’t quite reached all of the city’s residents, some of whom gather daily at Memphis’ diner to gossip about the neighborhood, dream about their futures and confront the brutal realities of the present. Now Memphis must decide if he should allow the government to take over his building or sell the property to a ruthless businessman.

The Upstairs Concierge
By Kristoffer Diaz, Directed by KJ Sanchez – A world premiere Goodman co-commission with Teatro Vista
March 28 – April 26; Press/Opening Night is April 6 in the Owen Theatre

The cast includes Tawny Newsome as Ella; Gabriel Ruiz as Harvey; John Stokvis as Kaz; Travis Turner as Royals Guy. Theo Allyn as Mark Merriman; Sandra Delgado as Shivery; Alejandra Escalante as Rebecca; Jose Antonio Garcia as BB; Annie Henk as Dia; Cedric Young as Jeffrey. The Upstairs Concierge is a world-premiere comedy spoofing today’s scandalous celebrity culture by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Kristoffer Diaz, “who seems to have invented a brash new theatrical form” (Variety). Ella can’t wait to start her new job as the upstairs concierge at a sleek hotel. Catering to celebrity guests is her dream—but it’s hard to keep track of which guests are in which room, which guest is the biggest celebrity and which party-loving guests need extra supervision. Diaz gleefully skewers today’s fame-obsessed society in this off-kilter new farce.

The Little Foxes
By Lillian Helman, Directed by Henry Wishcamper
May 2 – June 7; Press Nights are May 10 and 11 (Opening) in the Albert Theatre

The cast includes Michael Canavan as William Marshall; Rae Gray as Alexandra “Zan” Giddens; Dan Waller as Leo Hubbard; Shannon Cochran as Regina Giddens; Cherene Snow as Addie; Larry Yando as Benjamin Hubbard; Mary Beth Fisher as Birdie Hubbard; Dexter Zollicoffer as Cal; John Judd as Horace Giddens; and Steve Pickering as Oscar Hubbard. Director Henry Wishcamper revives Lillian Hellman’s classic turn-of-the century study of family greed, praised as “one of the most enjoyably chilling chapters in the history of melodrama” (The New York Times). Benjamin and Oscar Hubbard stand to earn millions funding an industrialized cotton mill, and seek help with the initial investment from their sister Regina. The refusal of Regina’s dying husband to finance the scheme sets off an explosive series of betrayals, shattering the Hubbard clan’s genteel façade and exposing their ruthless pursuit of wealth. Ferocious, funny and enduringly relevant, The Little Foxes is a chronicle of the dark side of the American Dream and wealth’s corrupting power.

stop. reset.
Written and Directed by Regina Taylor – A Chicago premiere
May 23 – June 21; Press/Opening Night is June 1 in the Owen Theatre

The cast includes Eugene Lee as Ames; Jacqueline Williams as Jan; Eric Lynch as Chris; Tim Decker as Tim; Edgar Sanchez as J; and Lisa Tejero as Deb. Golden Globe winner and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate Regina Taylor directs her mind-bending, provocative new play about modern technology’s impact on the Boomer generation.  As e-books and digital technologies transform the literary world, Chicago businessman Alex Ames must confront the likely demise of his long-standing African-American book publishing company. While his employees fret over losing their jobs, Alex finds unlikely inspiration from a mysterious teenager, whose inventive, forward-thinking ideas may provide the solution to preserving Alex’s legacy.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
By Christopher Durang, Directed by Steve Scott – A Chicago premiere
June 20 – July 26; Press Nights are June 28 and 29 (Opening) in the Albert Theatre

The cast includes Ross Lehman as Vanya; Janet Ulrich Brooks as Sonia; Mary Beth Fisher as Masha; E. Faye Butler as Cassandra; Rebecca Buller as Nina; and Jordan Brown as Spike. Steve Scott directs the Chicago premiere of Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play. Siblings Vanya and Sonia have spent their adult years trapped in mundane lives at their family’s cottage, caring for their ailing parents. Meanwhile their self-involved sister Masha, a glamorous movie star, has traveled the world in decadent style. After their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra warns Vanya and Sonia of impending doom, Masha arrives unannounced, accompanied by her hunky young lover Spike. When Masha reveals plans that will upend the family, long-repressed resentments bubble over in a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance.

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