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Madigan Sues Online Retailer for Fraud, Deceptive Business Practices

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CHICAGO, IL  – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a lawsuit against an Illinois-based online sports equipment retailer for dishonest business practices that resulted in consumers losing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Madigan filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against Great Sports, Inc., the now-defunct Legion Global Corp. and Gary M. Briden of Mokena, president of both companies. Briden operated Legion Global Corp. from 2009 until it was dissolved in 2011, and he continues to operate Great Sports, Inc., which was started in 2008. Great Sports, Inc. has headquarters in New Lenox and Joliet, and sells a variety of sporting goods – motorcycles, exercise equipment, all-terrain vehicles and more – online and over the phone.

According to Madigan’s lawsuit, consumers purchasing goods at any of the company’s websites, www.greaterpowersports.com, www.globaltrailer.net and www.saferwholesale.com, received incorrect orders or damaged products. Upon contacting the company, consumers were denied refunds and instead offered store credit or warranties. When returning items, consumers were oftentimes charged shipping costs, and some were charged a 30 percent restocking fee.

Madigan’s lawsuit also alleges that between 2007 and 2009, Briden advertised and sold items through several eBay accounts on behalf of Great Sports and Legion Global. At least seven of Briden’s accounts were suspended for violating eBay’s terms of service.

“Consumers are more likely to do research before making a larger purchase, such as a motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle, but it is also important to make sure you’re buying smaller items from a reputable business,” Madigan said. “I encourage anyone shopping online to be proactive and check the company’s record with my office’s Consumer Fraud Bureau or the Better Business Bureau before you buy.”

Madigan’s office received hundreds of complaints from consumers in 19 counties throughout Illinois. The office estimates Illinois consumers have lost approximately $350,000, and Madigan is asking the court to prevent the company from doing business in Illinois. The lawsuit also seeks to revoke the company’s licenses, provide restitution to consumers and impose civil penalties on the defendants.

Madigan is encouraging consumers who believe they may have been defrauded by Great Sports, Inc. doing business as Greatsports.com, Globaltrailer.net and saferwholesale.com or Legion Global Corp. to contact her office’s Consumer Fraud Hotline:
1-800-386-5438 (Chicago)
1-800-243-0618 (Springfield)
1-800-243-0607 (Carbondale)

Assistant Attorneys General Adam Sokol and Kimberly Slider are handling the case for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau.

The Links Foundation, Incorporated makes a Major Donation to the Fight Against Ebola

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Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) – The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, is pleased to announce a donation of thirty-thousand dollars ($30,000.00) to its national partner Africare to aid in the fight against Ebola in Liberia, West Africa.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been about 87,000 confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in Liberia. And 37,000 Liberians have died from the viral infection.

National president of The Links Foundation, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated, Glenda Newell-Harris, M.D., said “This financial commitment is only phase one of a two part campaign to stop Ebola and promote infection control. The immediate priorities of phase one are to get medical supplies and protective suits, masks and gloves to healthcare workers served by Africare.

“Relief efforts by Africare have yielded positive results. And ensuring the recovery is long term is the goal of phase two, said Joan Prince, Ph.D., director of International Trends and Services. “This second phase of the campaign will focus on educating people in their communities about how Ebola is transmitted and how it can be prevented.”

National President Newell-Harris adds, “The Links is committed to standing with our honorary member, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in defeating Ebola in Liberia. The Links care and we want to do everything we can to make a positive difference in the lives of our African brothers and sisters.

From 2013 to 2014, The Links supported four Liberian schools to broaden its International Trends and Services platform for programs designed to service the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent. The organization also made donations to Africare in 2012 and 2013, totaling $88,000, for the construction of two maternal waiting homes and the assemblage of 1,100 Mama Kits.
About the Links Foundation, Incorporated
The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, has made more than $25 million in charitable contributions since its founding. Working closely with its sponsors and supporters, The Links, Incorporated is focused on creating transformational programming and impacting lives in communities of color in Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

About the Links, Incorporated
The Links, Incorporated has celebrated more than 67 years as a women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. A premier international service organization with nearly 14,000 members in 280 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, its legacy of friends providing service that changes lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well.

The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Incorporated has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and who have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership.

With more than 2 million service hours recorded in the past three years, members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually. For more information, visit www.linksinc.org.

Photo Caption: L to R: Eris Sims, Executive Director, The Links Foundation, Incoporated, Glenda Newell-Harris, M.D., National President, The Links Foundation, Incorporated, Darius Mans, President, Africare, Carolyn Lewis, National Treasurer, The Links Foundation, Incoporated, Jacqueline Hrabowski, Director, Philanthropy, The Links Foundation, Incorporated

8,000 Black Engineers to Convene in Anaheim, Calif. on March 25-29

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National Society of Black Engineers Convention Showcases Community Impact

More than 8,000 to Attend the Event, in Anaheim, Calif.

NSBE Annual Convention in Anaheim

Alexandria, VA (BlackNews.com) – The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), an organization that seeks to increase the number of black engineering professionals, will hold its annual convention in Anaheim, Calif., on March 25-29. The 41st Annual Convention, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center and neighboring facilities, is expected to draw more than 8,000 attendees.

NSBEs largest event, the Annual Convention has been a turning point in the lives of countless black college and pre-college students over the past four decades. The convention showcases black students and professionals who have a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), who are high-achievers in these fields and who are channeling their passion to advance their communities and society at large.

Interview a random sample of NSBE members about their first experience at the Annual Convention, and one will invariably hear words like these from the majority: I had never seen so many brilliant black professionals… Like many people, these first-time attendees found NSBEs convention to be a stark contrast to the negative images theyd seen in media, and a shattering of the glass ceiling created by falsely low expectations of black youth.

Here, high-achieving NSBE collegiate, pre-collegiate and professional members are the masters of their domain. Here, they set a course for the future of black engineers coming up the ranks, and plan policies and procedures that will impact the futures of thousands of young people like them. Here, they are viewed by their peers as cutting-edge new talent. And they are regarded as innovators in STEM fields by sponsors such as The Boeing Company and Google, Inc., who support their efforts. NSBEs members will be joined by local leaders and celebrities alike, in activities and events spotlighting the next phase of engineering and centered on the conference theme: Innovation & Excellence: Reimagining Your Future.

As the convention prepares to get underway, the Societys executive director says NSBEs chief focus is achieving one goal of its new strategic plan: to graduate 10,000 black engineers with bachelors degrees, annually, by the year 2025.

We view our Annual Convention as a time to show the world what excellence in engineering looks like, says Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. As we continue to advance NSBEs mission to increase the number of black engineers, we are also focusing on making engineering the career of choice for many more black children around the world. We are committed to reimagining our childrens futures.

Sossena Wood, a Ph.D. student in bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, is NSBEs national chair, the organizations top-ranking officer.

NSBEs Annual Convention has been a big part of my personal development, she says. Six years ago, in Las Vegas, as a first-time member of the NSBE Senate, I was actively involved in deciding what path the Society would take in the coming year. Now, as we prepare for our convention in Anaheim, I have come full circle, as I share with the Senate the path the Society should take until 2025.

The following is a small sample of newsworthy events at NSBEs 41st Annual Convention:
* Silicon Corner: NSBE Hackathon and Cybersecurity Case Competition

– NSBE computer programmers, graphic designers and others get competitive while working on team-based software projects during the NSBE Hackathon, powered by Google, Inc. and sponsored by ThoughtWorks.

– NSBE computer engineers and scientists show their defensive skills during the Cybersecurity Case Competition, powered by EMC Corporation.

* To the Moon, Mars and Beyond, NSBE Space Special Interest Group Workshop

– The Special Interest Groups (SIGs) gather the talent of NSBE members to acquire knowledge and take on challenges in specific areas, from the environment to energy to public policy. In this session, the Space SIG presents its bold proposals for U.S. lunar, Martian and other explorations beyond the Earth.

* Technical Research Exposition

– The Technical Research Exposition showcases NSBE members skills in technical writing, theoretical research and oral presentation. The competition provides an opportunity for graduate students and technical professionals to present their research findings while encouraging undergraduate students to showcase their research and pursue graduate degrees.

* APEX Career Fair and APEX College Fair

– NSBEs Academic Pyramid of Excellence (APEX) recognizes members who maintain grade-point averages of 3.0 or above. During the two-day Career Fair and College Fair events, the APEX members have hours of exclusive access to the more than 200 corporate, government, academic and other recruiters exhibiting at the convention.

* NSBEs Impact Ferguson Campaign

– Launched last fall, NSBEs Impact Ferguson campaign raised funds to engage students in the Ferguson, Mo., area in STEM educational activities and to bring 21 of the students to the positive, possibly life-changing experience of the NSBE Annual Convention.

* Workshop Urban Revitalization: How Volunteering Can Influence the Entrepreneur in You

– Positively impact the community is one of the core components of NSBEs mission. In this session, NSBE entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs learn how to achieve this end while building a successful business.

* Workshop Saving Our Cities: Green Projects to the Rescue

– NSBEs Environmental Engineering Special Interest Group demonstrates the importance of environmental awareness and environmental protection to the well-being of urban communities.

* 18th Annual NSBE Golden Torch Awards

– Individuals and organizations, 21 in all, will receive NSBEs top honors during this black-tie event sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation and emceed by actor Laz Alonso. Among the honorees are Retired U.S. Air Force Capt. Ed Dwight, now a successful artist, who was the first African-American to undergo astronaut training, and Julian Earls, Ph.D., retired director of NASA Glenn Research Center.
ABOUT NSBE
Founded in 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. With more than 31,000 members and more than 300 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, NSBE supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBEs mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professional and positively impact the community. For more information, visit www.nsbe.org.


New Orleans Saints Mark Ingram, Detroit Lions Ryan Broyles, Congressman Stivers, Congressman Richmond and the National Bankers Association Join with Visa Inc. to Showcase Financial Football

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Financial Education Video Game to Help DC Students Score

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On Wednesday March 18, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at 101 Constitution, Heisman Trophy winner and New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram and Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles will join Representatives Steve Stivers and Cedric Richmond, the National Bankers Association and Visa Inc. in Washington D.C. to tackle the issue of financial literacy improvement among our nation’s teens. They will showcase an effort to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students with Financial Football, a free educational video game and classroom curriculum developed by the NFL and Visa Inc.

Financial Football helps students and adults tackle their financial futures. The launch of this multi-layer program will include an online component and DVDs with additional teaching resources, which will be made available by the National Bankers Association. Details of the program will be announced at the launch.

WHO:

The Honorable Steve Stivers, U.S. Representative, 15th Dist. (Ohio)

The Honorable Cedric Richmond, U.S. Representative, 2nd Dist. (Louisiana)

Michael Grant, President, National Bankers Association

Mark Ingram, Running Back, New Orleans Saints

Ryan Broyles, Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions

Bobby Thomson, head of US government affairs, Visa Inc.

50 students from Bennekar High School.

WHAT:

Heisman Trophy winner and running back for the New Orleans Saint, Mark Ingram and Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles join Congressman Steve Stivers, Congressman Cedric Richmond, the National Bankers Association, and representatives from Visa for an event showcasing Financial Football.

VISUALS:

Congressman Stivers and Congressman Richmond will help kick things off. Mark Ingram and Ryan Broyles will coach the students, divided into teams, in a high energy game of Financial Football projected onto a big screen at the front of the room.

WHEN:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:

101 Constitution Ave.- 9th Floor Rotunda, Washington, DC 20001

PRESS: RSVP to Jennifer Morris (jemorris@visa.com)

Historic Convergence to Feature Women of Color Imprisoned for Self-Defense

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Color of Violence 4 Conference Welcomes Marissa Alexander, Cece McDonald, Renata Hill, and Yvonne Swan for Historic Discussion

CHICAGO, IL – INCITE! a national organization of radical women of color and trans people of color, will host a major conference entitled, Color of Violence 4 (COV4)–Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities.  The event will be held at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency McCormick Place on March 26-29, 2015.

On the opening day of the conference, March 26th, there will be an historic convergence among women of color who have been prosecuted and incarcerated for defending their lives or the lives of their friends and families. Speakers include Marissa Alexander, CeCe McDonald, Renata Hill and Yvonne Swan.

Marissa Alexander is a black mother from Jacksonville, FL, who defended her life from an attack by her abusive husband.  Alexander was denied a Stand Your Ground defense, and was prosecuted and sentenced to 20 years before she appealed the verdict and recently agreed to a plea deal.  Cece McDonald, a black trans woman from Minneapolis, fought back against a violent, racist and transphobic attack.  McDonald was forced to serve time in a men’s prison, but was recently released.

Renata Hill was with her friends, when they were threatened with sexual assault by a man while in the West Village in New York City.  They were arrested, called a “Gang of Killer Lesbians” by the media, and sentenced to years in prison.  Yvonne Swan, member of the Colville Tribe, was known as Yvonne Wanrow when she was prosecuted for killing a man who attempted to sexually assault her son in 1976.  The discussion will be facilitated by national activist, Mariame Kaba.

COV4 will draw 1500 women of color and trans and queer people of color from across North America and beyond to generate discussions and action planning Internationally renowned scholar, prison abolitionist, and former political prisoner, Angela Davis, will be the conference’s opening keynote.

This gathering will mark INCITE!’s fifteen years of engaging in grassroots organizing projects, critical conversations, national actions, transnational campaigns, and community building strategies to end colonial, racial, and gender-based violence against women of color, and trans & queer people of color.

COV4 registration is open with rates ranging from $25 to $200. To register or learn more about INCITE! and COV4, explore our website, colorofviolence.org.

The Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League Partners with Google to Empower the Future of Technology

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Top Chicago Young Professionals Gear up for Second Installment of Young & Ambitious Speaker Series

The Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League Partners with Google to Empower the Future of Technology


The Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League (MetroBoard) will present the second installment of the Young & Ambitious Speaker     Series, Empowering the Future of Tech. The series brings together senior level management from technology, software and digital spaces in a unique forum to speak directly to rising entrepreneurs about the state of the industry, innovative trends and building a community.

Moderator William Morris, senior brand consultant at Google will lead the event. Morris has seven years of brand management experiences in the field of technology and digital platforms from companies like Microsoft Xbox, and Pepsi.

Scheduled Speakers are:

●       Emilie Cambry, Founder of Blue 1647

●       Jeffery Beckham, IT Healthcare Administration of Black Box Creative

●       Shalanda Greene, Senior Project Manager at Microsoft Corporation

●       Rondell Newcombe, Logistics Supervisor at CDW

●       Jimmy Odom, Founder of We Deliver

●       Thomas K.R. Stovall, Founder of Candid Cup

The Metropolitan Board is committed to promoting and supporting the ideas and goals of the Chicago Urban League movement throughout Chicago through community outreach, fundraising and membership development.

The young professionals auxiliary is committed to uplifting the community and changing life for Chicago youth by providing them with enrichment programs and preparing them for adulthood. The partnership with Google, CDW, Groupon, and MillerCoors affinity groups is designed to bring awareness to minorities in the technology industries, acknowledge corporate contributions in these spaces and advocate for continued support in developing leaders within and outside the technology spear.

The event will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2015 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Google, 20 West Kinize Street #900, in Chicago.

OPPORTUNITY: One-on-one access to:

·      Event moderator who can discuss the state of the industry and the performance of its businesses

·      Participating executives who can share detailed information on the strategies they are pursing to grow their companies

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

To register for the Young & Ambitious Speaker Series event, please visit www.youngambitious.org

To stay in the loop like us at www.facebook.com/Metroboard or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MetroboardCUL.

About the Metropolitan Board:

The Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League is Chicago’s young professional organization of choice for its distinctive capacity and commitment in providing activities that are characterized by excellence in community service, fundraising, and dedication to the nurturance and development of its diverse members to empower communities and change lives through consistent involvement in the Urban League movement.

For more information about the Metropolitan Board please visit www.mb-connect.com

President Preckwinkle Announces the Cook County Asian American Advisory Council

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Cook County Board President Preckwinkle announced the formation of a new Asian American Advisory Council comprised of a diverse group of leaders who will help the County develop strategies to better engage, serve, and connect with the Asian American community, which makes up 6% of the total population in Cook County.

The Asian American Advisory Council held its first meeting on Tuesday, March 17. The council will serve as policy advisors to the President and key members of her administration, briefing them on issues that matter to Asians and Asian Americans in Cook County. Council members noted that Asians have historically been underrepresented in elected leadership in Cook County and throughout the state. They also expressed interest in increasing participation by Asian Americans in government contracting.

“Cook County’s greatest asset is our diverse and engaged communities, and it’s important that we make sure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in local government,” President Preckwinkle said. “I am extremely grateful to the distinguished members of the Asian American Advisory Council who are volunteering their time and energy to make sure that Cook County government addresses the needs of all of our residents.”

The appointees to the Asian American Advisory Council are:

·       David Namkung, Founder & Managing Partner, Clarity Partners, LLC.

·       Eileen Chin, President, R.M. Chin & Associates, Inc.

·       Lawrence Benito, CEO, ICIRR

·       Thomas Choi, Public Affairs Manager, Office of Illinois State Comptroller

·       Maria Kim, President & CEO, The Cara Program

·       Smita Shaw, President & CEO, Spaantech, Inc

·       Josina Morita, Consultant

·       Darryl Tom, Partner, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

Dayle Gillett, Senior Executive with The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc., to Receive Better Business Bureau Torchbearer Award

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Dayle Gillett, Senior Executive with The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc., to Receive Better Business Bureau Torchbearer Award

CHICAGO, IL – Dayle Gillett, a senior executive with The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc., (“Inland”) will receive the Torchbearer Award which is the highest honor from the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (“BBB”) at the 88th Annual Dinner, being held at the Chicago Downtown Marriott on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

“The most prestigious honor that all active BBB supporters strive for is the Torchbearer Award,” says Steve Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “It is presented to a business leader in our community who has made great efforts to assist the BBB in spreading business self-regulation and promoting ethical business practices.”

Dayle Gillett has served as Vice President and Director of Public Relations for the past 25 years for The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. Headquartered in Oak Brook, this group is comprised of separate real estate investment and financial companies with managed assets in excess of $20 billion. Inland is one of the nation’s largest real estate organizations.

Bernas explained that Gillett has been a member of the Board of Directors at the BBB since 1991. In those 24 years, he said that she has been an exceptionally active participant and a strong supporter of the BBB.

In addition to her work with the BBB, Gillett has been very active in a whole host of real estate, civic and charitable organizations. These include being a founding director of the New Directions Housing Corporation, which develops and rehabs housing for low income residents; serving on the DuPage Airport Authority Board of Directors for 20 years; a Jury Commissioner of DuPage County; a member of the Chairman’s Advisory Board; and Chairman of the Inland Charities Foundation.

“Dayle Gillett is a true community treasure,” says Bernas. “The BBB greatly appreciates all of her efforts. We are very fortunate to have such a giving and talented person as Dayle Gillett supporting the BBB.”

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The Roy Cockrum Foundation Chooses Goodman Theatre as its First-Ever Grant Recipient

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Grant fully supports Robert Falls and Seth Bockley’s World-Premiere Stage Adaptation of Chilean Novelist Roberto Bolano’s Masterpiece, 2666

CHICAGO, IL –  Goodman Theatre announces a world-premiere event made possible by an unprecedented grant in the theater’s 90-year history. The Roy Cockrum Foundation will entirely fund 2666, Artistic Director Robert Falls’ large-scale stage adaptation of Chilean author Roberto Bolaño’s internationally-celebrated final novel. By invitation only, The Roy Cockrum Foundation awards grants to support world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional American theaters, enabling the theater to reach beyond its normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious productions. The Goodman’s Playwright-in-Residence Seth Bockley is Falls’ co-adaptor and co-director of the piece, a five-hour, panoramic portrait of the 20th century and an “epic, maddening, mesmerizing adventure” (New York Times). The production will debut February 6 – March 20, 2016 as a special event in the Goodman’s 350-seat flexible Owen Theatre; tickets can be purchased as a subscription add-on (subscribers save 20%) or as an individual ticket, on sale at a later date. Visit GoodmanTheatre.org for information.

“I have long admired Robert Falls as a foremost American theater artist, a singular creative force who has consistently reinvented himself over his three-plus decade career with productions that challenge, provoke and inspire their audiences—at the Goodman Theatre, on Broadway and internationally,” said Roy Cockrum, a Northwestern University alumni who spent more than two decades working as an actor and stage manager for theater and television. “It is necessary that we as a society support our artists’ big dreams, and financially enable our important theater companies like the Goodman to make them a reality. Bob’s vision for 2666 is absolutely exhilarating. I am proud to help make his stage adaptation a reality.

Falls first encountered Bolaño’s 2666 in Barcelona in 2006, intrigued by the novel’s promotional posters featuring hundreds of pink crosses in a Mexican desert. Inspired and fascinated by the novel’s epic scope and structure—spanning more than 100 years, from Spain to Mexico to Germany and beyond, each part varying in style and rhythm—Falls set out to adapt it for the stage. Over the years that followed, he invited Bockley to join him on the project as co-adapter and co-director. Together, they explored the text though workshops and readings, including a five-hour public reading in the 2012 New Stages festival.

“Adapting 2666 with Seth for the Goodman’s stage has been an extraordinary event in my artistic career—a project of love, discovery and passion. I never imagined it could become a fully-realized, producible stage work without significantly compromising the story-telling and simplifying the complex technical integration of performance, music and video design. It would simply not be possible without The Roy Cockrum Foundation—and I am enormously grateful for Roy’s intrinsic understanding and generous support,” said Robert Falls.

Three academics on the trail of a reclusive German author; a New York reporter on his first Mexican assignment; a widowed philosopher; a police detective in love with an elusive older woman—in 2666, all among the searchers drawn to the border city of Santa Teresa, where over the course of a decade hundreds of women have disappeared. Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) was born in Santiago, Chile, and spent much of his adult life in Mexico and Spain. A National Book Critics Circle Award recipient, Bolaño’s posthumously-published 2666 was named “Best Book of the Year” by Time magazine, New York magazine, Salon.com, L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times and the Village Voice.

College Illinois ® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program Announces Draw Your Dreams Coloring Contest For Kids

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Contest Offers a Chance to Win $529

CHICAGO, IL – College Illinois!®, the state’s only 529 prepaid tuition program, has announced its first "Draw your Dreams" coloring contest, offering future college students an opportunity to win one of three $529 gift cards. College Illinois! offers families a unique, flexible, and tax advantaged option in planning for the cost of college, and the contest is one of the many ways the program seeks to foster early college awareness and planning. “In light of the increasing importance in today’s job market of a college degree or credential, the College Illinois! coloring book and contest offer a creative and fun way for families to start talking with their children early on about college,” said Sandra Houston, director of College Illinois!.  To enter the contest, families can download the College Illinois! coloring book from the College Illinois! Facebook page. Illinois children 11 years of age or younger can choose a page from the coloring book to color, and parents or legal guardians can submit a scan or photo of the drawing to the program’s Facebook page. Ten images will be selected as finalists and will be posted on Facebook. Finalists will be selected based on image quality and the embodiment of the spirit of the Draw Your Dreams contest. Three winners will receive a $529 gift certificate, and will be chosen based on the number of Facebook likes, comments and shares they receive during the voting period. All entries must be received by 11:59 pm on April 6, 2015.  Research shows that children with a college savings account in their name are six to seven times more likely to attend a four year college than those without a dedicated account. A 529 prepaid tuition plan offers a way to “freeze” the cost of tuition by prepaying future college tuition at today’s contract rates. College Illinois! offers great tax advantages and flexible payments. During the current enrollment period, which runs through April 30, 2015, College Illinois! has reduced contract prices by as much as 29% to make planning for the cost of college even more affordable. Learn more at www.collegeillinois.org.

College Illinois Draw Your Dreams Contest: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase will not improve one’s chances of winning. The contest is sponsored by College Illinois! 1755 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield, IL 60015. Contest begins on March 9, 2015 at 9:00 AM CT and ends on April 6, 2015 at 11:59PM CT. Contest is only open to Illinois residents who are at least 18 years of age and are the parent or legal guardian of a child 11 years old or younger. Complete contest rules are available on the College Illinois Facebook page.  About College Illinois! Since its inception in 1998, College Illinois! has been focused on providing an affordable option to help make college a reality for Illinois families. Administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the state’s 529 prepaid tuition program offers a unique set of benefits, including tuition inflation protection, flexibility, and significant tax benefits. Program assets, which are held in the Illinois Prepaid Tuition Trust Fund and kept separate from other state public money or funds, are professionally managed by an experienced team led by a Chief Investment Officer and established third party asset managers. More information on plan options and benefits, as well as a complete description of terms and conditions, is available at www.collegeillinois.org.

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