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Archive for June 15th, 2015

NAACP Statement on Rachel Dolezal

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“…One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership…”

Baltimore, MD – For 106 years, the National  Association for the Advancement of Colored People has held a long and proud tradition of receiving support from people of all faiths, races, colors and creeds. NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter. One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership.  The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record.  In every corner of this country, the NAACP remains committed to securing political, educational, and economic justice for all people, and we encourage Americans of all stripes to become members and serve as leaders in our organization.

Hate language sent through mail and social media along with credible threats continue to be a serious issue for our units in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation. We take all threats seriously  and encourage the FBI and the Department of Justice to fully investigate each occurrence.

Opening ReMARCs – Black Women’s Lives Matter, Too

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By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

Recent events in McKinney, Texas show that racially-motivated police brutality is not limited to young black men. A cell phone video showing a snarling police officer brutalizing 14-year-old Dajerria Becton has led to the resignation of the officer and possible criminal charges.

While women have been at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement, female victims of police brutality have gone largely ignored. The social media campaign #SayHerName is an effort to confront the reality that women are victims, too, and their names are seldom heard.

While Dajerria’s case has exploded onto the national scene, others remain relatively unknown: 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was walking with friends in Chicago when an off-duty police officer who thought they were making too much noise fired five shots over his shoulder while sitting in his car. The officer was acquitted of all charges in her death. Yvette Smith was shot and killed while following a deputy sheriff’s order to come out of her home. The deputy is awaiting trial. Natasha McKenna died when officers used a stun gun on her while she was handcuffed. Her death was ruled accidental. The list goes on and on.

Exclusion of black women and girls paints an incomplete and inaccurate picture of racially-motivated police violence. We cannot hope to build a fairer justice system unless we confront the flaws – all the flaws – in the one we have.

Illinois Department on Aging observes Grandparent Alienation Awareness Day and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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These observances serve as a reminder to end elder abuse

SPRINGFIELD, IL – In observance of Grandparent Alienation Awareness Day and Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) encourages residents to recognize the serious yet often overlooked issue of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. This year marks the first Grandparent Alienation Awareness Day in Illinois on June 14 and the 10th anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15.

“Here in Illinois there are more than two million older adults ages 60 and older,” said Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D. “In honor of Grandparent Alienation Awareness Day and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, let us respect our elders and protect the most vulnerable by learning more about elder rights and abuse prevention.”

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner proclaimed June 14, 2015 as Grandparent Alienation Awareness Day (proclamation follows this release). The day recognizes grandparent rights and the negative effects of being alienated from a child’s life. The national non-profit organization, GRAND USA (Grandparent Rights Advocates National Delegation), will be hosting a webinar on June 14 on grandparent rights and promoting healthy family relationships.

“GRAND USA feels that Illinois children deserve strong family bonds. Grandparent Alienation Awareness Day will focus attention on the plight of thousands of grandchildren and grandparents who are denied loving relationships for a variety of reasons,” said Lilly Black, Founder of Grand USA.

June 15 marks the observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This day highlights the need to end physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. Around the world, supporters honor the day by wearing purple to show solidarity in ending elder abuse and neglect.

“Last year, there were more than 14,000 reports of elder abuse in Illinois. While that may seem high, it shows an increase in awareness,” said Director Holton. “Everyday seniors are abused and exploited; sometimes by those they trust the most. I encourage everyone to support World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by wearing the color purple to show you want an end to elder abuse.”

The Adult Protective Services Program within IDoA responds to reports of mistreatment and exploitation against older adults in the community. The program is coordinated through providers trained to assist and/or intervene. If you or someone you know is a victim, call local law enforcement or the Departments’ 24-hour Adult Protective Services Hotline at 866-800-1409.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched on June 15, 2006, by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA):  http://ncea.aoa.gov/Get_Involved/Awareness/WEAAD/index.aspx

To sign up for the GRAND USA webinar, log on to http://www.grandparentsacademy.com/webinar. For more information about GRAND USA visit their website at http://www.grand-usa.org

For more information about programs and services to assist older adults in Illinois, their families and caregivers, log on to the department website at:  http://www.illinois.gov/aging/ or call the Department on Aging at 1-800-252-8966 or (TTY, hearing impaired use) call 1-888-206-1327.

The text of the Governor’s proclamation follows:

WHEREAS, strong family relationships constitute the foundation of our community; and,

WHEREAS, alienation behaviors are frequently present in high-conflict divorces, seperations, asymmetrical custody arrangements, and in intact marriages, often causing mental and emotional anguish to children; and

WHEREAS, alienation is a term used to describe any number of behaviors and attitudes on the part of one or both parents designed to interfere, damage or destroy the relationship between a child and family member; and,

WHEREAS, alienation takes advantage of the innocent and impressionable, as well as the suggestibility and dependency of a child depriving children of their right to love and be loved by their extended family; and,

WHEREAS mental health professionals agree that the negative effects of alienation can follow a child into adulthood with tragic consequences; and,

WHEREAS the recently published Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) made several references to the dysfunctional family dynamic of alienation to be a form of psychological child abuse; and,

WHEREAS Grandparent Alienation Awareness Day is intended to increase the knowledge and understanding of this problem to help families, institutions, the legal and mental health community, and leaders to beter identify and combat such abusive behavior to children;

THEREFORE, I, Bruce Rauner, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2015 as GRANDPARENT ALIENATION AWARENESS DAY in Illinois.

Republicans Obstructing Justice: Why is the Senate Blocking Judicial Nominees?

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Letters to Editors
Why is the Senate blocking judicial nominees?
Tell Senate Republicans:
“There are 59 vacancies in the federal courts, including 27 judicial emergencies. It’s time to stop playing politics and do everything you can to get judges confirmed.”

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Republican obstructionism is literally keeping justice from being done in the federal courts. There are almost 60 judicial vacancies but the Senate is not moving to fill them.

We depend on federal judges to defend civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights and the environment from attacks by extremist state legislatures and greedy corporations. Filling vacancies while President Obama is in office is our best chance of getting judges who will stand up for progressive values on the federal bench.

That might be why Republicans seem committed to stalling on nominees until after the next election. Republican senators are not recommending nominees to President Obama for vacancies in their states. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley, known for his obstructionism when he was in the minority, is slow-walking current nominees through his committee. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not scheduling votes for nominees who do finally make it through Grassley’s committee.

Tell Republican senators to stop playing politics and get federal judges confirmed. Click here to sign the petition.

Here’s how we ended up with so many judicial vacancies. Republican abuse of the

filibuster blocked President Obama’s nominees for the first years of his administration. When Democrats reformed the filibuster for judicial confirmations at the end of 2013 it was supposed to help break that pattern, allowing judicial nominees to get an up-or-down vote.

Even with that reform in place, Republicans in the Senate still found ways to slow down the confirmation process. In 2014, they blocked confirmation votes on more than 20 judicial nominations that they later voted unanimously to confirm, wasting days of legislative time.

And Republicans upset with the reform of Senate rules have found another way to keep judges off the bench — by failing to send

nominations to the president. A Senate tradition says that the president takes his lead from home-state senators in making nominations to the federal bench. While senators of both parties have been slow to suggest names, the absence of potential nominees is most glaring on the Republican side.

Mitch McConnell is trying to prove that he can run a functional Senate. But with 59 vacancies in the federal courts, including 27 that have been classified as judicial emergencies because of the strain they are putting on caseloads, it looks like obstructionism as usual.

It’s time for the Senate to nominate and confirm judges in a timely manner, not play politics with the justice system. Click the link below to add your name.


Thanks for standing up for the integrity of our federal courts.

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Draft Biden 2016 Now Accepting Bitcoin Donations

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Draft Biden 2016 will be the first national Democratic movement to accept the virtual currency bitcoin starting immediately.

“This is in keeping with Vice President (Joe) Biden’s strong support of technology and innovation throughout his career,’’ said Joseph Schweitzer, the organization’s finance director. “Ready your mobile wallet and you’ll be able to simply scan-and-donate. There’s no hassle with a card number, no delay, and unparalleled cryptographic security.’’

Biden has fought for the expansion of Internet access, to keep local governments from taxing Internet commerce and declared it a public space that should be a protected and developed as a force for democracy.

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that features immediate, secure transactions with no delays. Over the last five years communities of users have grown exponentially as the virtual currency’s value increased. Last year, the US Federal Elections Commission gave its approval for bitcoin fundraising as a type of in-kind donation.

Due to lingering questions in the wake of the FEC ruling, Draft Biden 2016 will limit bitcoin donations to $100 per person and require donors to fill out an online form identifying themselves.

Draft Biden 2016 is dedicated to coordinating support for Vice President Biden in the hope he runs for President. It’s a pro-Democratic organization looking to empower and embolden the entire party by creating the strongest debate and best platform possible.

“By accepting bitcoin, candidates can expand their donor base and give their existing supporters a new and innovative way to support them,” said Elizabeth Ploshay of BitPay. “It’s a technology growing in popularity, and BitPay is able to provide a service that meets the rigorous accounting and compliance standards associated with a presidential campaign.”

Illinois State Board of Education Announces June 17 Board Meeting in Oswego

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education will convene for a regular business meeting on June 17 at Oswego East High School in Oswego, IL. Prior to the meeting, board members will be touring Oswego East High School.

All State Board of Education meetings listed on this agenda will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than one day prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: 217-782-2221; TTY/TDD: 217-782-1900; Fax: 217-785-3972.

Chairman Meeks may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.

State Board of Education Meeting

June 17, 2015

Location: Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Rd., Oswego, IL

This meeting will also be audio cast on the Internet at: www.isbe.net

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

School Tours

10:30 a.m.

I. Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.    Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II. Public Participation

III. Resolutions & Recognition

A. 2015 Arts Alliance Poster Contest Winner

IV. P-20 Council Liaison Report

V. Presentations and Updates

A. Oswego School District Presentation

B. Teacher of the Year, Steve Elza

C. Student Advisory Council Final Presentation

VI. Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

All action consideration items listed with an asterisk (*) are considered to be routine and will be enacted in one motion and vote.  Any board member who wishes separate discussion on any item listed on the consent agenda may remove that item from the consent agenda, in which event, the item will be considered in its normal sequence.

A. *Approval of Minutes

1. Plenary Minutes: May 14, 2015

B. *Rules for Initial Review

1. Part 226 (Special Education) Makes numerous changes in response to recently enacted legislation, and includes other technical updates and clarifications.

2. Part 401 (Special Education Facilities under Section 14-7.02 of the School Code) Responds to recently enacted legislation (P.A. 98-972 (State assessment) and P.A. 97-607 (licensure), and adjusts the type of and timeframe for fire inspection reports in response to staff shortages at the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

C. *Rules for Adoption

1.       Part 50 (Evaluation of Educator Licensed Staff under Articles 24A and 34 of the School Code) Updates references to the new testing system, per P.A. 98-972, effective August 15, 2014, and addresses the use of the climate survey results in principal evaluations. One letter of public comment supporting the rulemaking was submitted.

2.       Part 228 (Transitional Bilingual Education) Updates references to the new testing system and emphasizes the responsibility of charter schools to conform to State and federal requirements pertaining to English learners, as is required under P.S. 98-639, effective June 9, 2014.

3.       Part 600 (Enrollment of and Payment for Nonresident Students at the Philip J. Rock Center and School) Authorizes the enrollment of students from out of state at the school portion of the Philip J. Rock Center and School, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements and the school has space available that is not needed for eligible students from Illinois. One letter of public comment supporting the rulemaking was submitted.

D. Revised Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science

E. *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1. Learning Technology Center Grant

2. USDA Foods Warehousing and Distribution Sole Source Contract with Lanter

3. Illinois Longitudinal Data System (ILDS) Data Warehouse

4. Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS), Employment Information System (EIS)

5. Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

F. *Update to the Strategic Plan

End of Consent Agenda

G. 2016 Board Meeting Dates

H. NASBE Dues – Membership Renewal 2016

VII. Discussion Items

A. Budget Update

B. Legislative Update

C. Other Items for Discussion

VIII. Announcements & Reports

A. Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B. Chairman’s Report

C. Member Reports

IX.                                                                                  Information Items

1. ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at http://isbe.net/board/fiscal_admin_rep.htm

2. Status of Agency Rulemaking:  FY 2015

3. Anticipated Rulemakings:  FY 2016 (July through December)

X.   Closed Session

XI. Adjourn

New Book Depicts True Story About African American NYC Police Officer

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Where The Sun Didn't Shine

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Author Bennett Hinds hopes to inspire social consciousness with the nationwide release of his new book, Where the Sun Didn’t Shine.

In the 1960s, street crimes in Harlem, New York City were rampant. To most of the city’s two million blacks and Hispanics, their living conditions were worse than ever. These conditions existed due to white racism over the years that were entangled with political and social greed. To address the crime issue, the political powers met and decided to recruit volunteers from very young black and Hispanic officers, who will make up an elite unit of fearless officers. Out of the 383 volunteers, 20 officers were chosen to become members of the New York Police Department PEP Squad. The author was a member of this elite group.

The squad’s all-out approach in eliminating gun runners and narcotics in the streets exposed squad officers to a high risk of death. Out of the 20 handpicked officers of the squad, only 17 survived, and none of them were ever promoted.

Readers can verify the validity of many events with the NYPD operational files as well as the New York Daily News, the New York Amsterdam News and the Channel 7 Eyewitness news. Where the Sun Didn’t Shine is Hinds’ and the PEP Squad’s story as they fought crimes in the violent streets of Harlem.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com.

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New Philharmonic Presents 2015-2016 Season

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Gustav’s Holst’s Mesmerizing “The Planets,”  Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte” With a Reality TV Spin and an Extraordinary Selection of Guest Artists Featured in NP’s 39th YearTickets Now On Sale by Subscription; Single Tickets Go on Sale at the Box Office Aug. 15

GLEN ELLYN, IL – Maestro Kirk Muspratt and New Philharmonic (NP), the 60-member professional orchestra in residence at the McAninch Arts Center, located on the campus of College of DuPage, 425 W. Fawell Blvd., are pleased to present their 2015-2016 Season.

“We’re reaching for the stars…literally in our 39th year, beginning with Gustav Holst’s mesmerizing ‘The Planets,” says Muspratt. “We’re also  thrilled to have some of Chicago’s top talent join us as guest artists in a season of  spectacular works ranging from  traditional to groundbreaking and classic to contemporary.”

As a precursor to their season,  New Philharmonic teams up with the Motown Experience for “MAC Motown: Signed, Sealed, Delivered” an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeurves and a classic Motown hits to benefit the College of DuPage Foundation (Sept. 12).

New Philharmonic officially opens their season with “Heavenly Bodies of Holst” featuring NP’s performance of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” accompanied by a series of awe-inspiring short films created by Emmy-nominated astronomer, Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado (Oct. 3-4). “Baird and Berlioz”  follows, featuring guest violinist Baird Dodge, principal second  violin for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performing Bruch’s most popular “Violin Concerto No. 1” (Nov. 14-15).

For the holidays, audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy a return engagement of Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” with Tchaikovsky’s  beloved score performed live by New Philharmonic (Dec. 19-20) . And New Philharmonic rings out the old and rings  in the new with three New Year’s Eve Concerts featuring guest soprano Emily Birsan (Dec. 31).

New Philharmonic opens 2016 with Mozart’s classic opera “Cosi fan tutte” presented with a reality TV spin offering the audience at each performance the chance to pick one of three different endings (Jan. 23- 24). The season ends with “Dueling Pianos” featuring award-winning guest pianists Marta Aznavoorian and Winston Choi performing Poulenc’s ”Concerto for Two Pianos in D Minor” together onstage plus the delightful soprano Pamela Hinchman performing the thematic “Das Himmlische Leben” from Mahler’s  four-movement “Symphony No. 4 (April 16-17).

As New Philharmonic audiences have come to expect, throughout the season there will be insightful pre-concert MAC chats; in-concert educational Bootcamps, plus the opportunity to mix and mingle with Maestro Muspratt, members of New Philharmonic and guest artists during the “Cookies with Kirk” post-performance lobby receptions, sponsored in part by The Meadows.

For the second year, as part of New Philharmonic’s ongoing effort to showcase the talents of local youth, young musicians secured in a recent audition competition will be showcased in dedicated Youth Performance Spotlight segments in select concerts. Featured musicians will include Lombard’s Javier Cisneros (trombone) Oct. 3 & 4; Lisle’s Alexis E. Johnson (cello). Nov. 14 & 15; Hanover Park’s Albrecht (A.J.) Escoabar (clarinet) April 16 and a string quartet featuring Wheaton’s Luke Burden (violin), Isabel Jara (violin), Samuel Walhout (viola) and Cameron Laird (cello) April 17.

Subscriptions for New Philharmonic’s 2015-2016 Season are on sale now. (The Sept. 12 Benefit Performance is a separately ticketed event.) To subscribe by purchasing tickets to three or more shows, call the MAC Box Office at 630.942.4000. Single tickets go on sale to the public in person at the Box Office Saturday Aug. 15, online at AtTheMAC.org Sunday, Aug. 16 and by phone Tuesday, Aug. 18. For more information and season updates, visit AtTheMAC.org.

*Events, dates, artists and prices subject to change.
About New Philharmonic
New Philharmonic is a 60-member professional orchestra in residence of the MAC that has inspired classical music enthusiasts in Chicago and the suburbs for nearly four decades. Under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Kirk Muspratt, named a 2006 Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, the group gives innovative treatment to both classic compositions and modern works and strives to make the music accessible to new audiences and youth through a variety of educational efforts.

New Philharmonic is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation through its New Philharmonic Fund. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation and the New Philharmonic Fund, visit.cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.

About the MAC
The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org, facebook.com/AtTheMAC or twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

The MAC’s 2015-2016 Season is made possible in part with support by Arts Midwest, BMO Harris, The DuPage Foundation, Hilton of Lisle/Naperville, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.

New Philharmonic’s 2015-2016 Season is made possible in part with support by Brookdale Plaza, The JCS Fund of The DuPage Foundation, Smith Financial Advisors, Terrence J. Taylor & Maureen Sullivan Taylor, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.

Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

New Philharmonic’s 2015-2016 Season
(Events, dates, artists and prices subject to change)
The following performances will take place in the MAC’s Belushi Performance Hall.
Subscriptions are on sale now. (The Sept. 12 Benefit Performance is a separately ticketed event. See information below.)
To subscribe by purchasing tickets to three or more shows, call the MAC Box Office at 630.942.4000. Single tickets go on sale to the public in person at the Box Office Saturday Aug. 15, online at AtTheMAC.org Sunday, Aug. 16 and by phone Tuesday, Aug. 18. For more information and season updates visit AtTheMAC.org

Benefit Performance – “MAC Motown: Signed, Sealed, Delivered”
Featuring: The Motown Experience with New Philharmonic, Kirk Muspratt Conductor
Benefit Performance Saturday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.

McAninch Arts Center kicks off the season with a party to celebrate and benefit the programs of the MAC. The evening features cocktails, hors d’oeurves and a classic hits concert by the Motown Experience, an all-star lineup of world class vocalists drawn from the ranks of the legendary Motown groups, in performance with New Philharmonic.  For more information, contact the College of DuPage Foundation at foundation@cod.edu or 630.924.2462.

New Philharmonic, Kirk Muspratt Conductor
“Baird and Berlioz”
Saturday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m.

Baird Dodge, principal second violin for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performs Bruch’s most popular “Violin Concerto No. 1,” rich with gorgeous melodies. Berlioz’ epic work, “Symphonie Fantastique: An Episode in the Life of an Artist in Five Parts,” followed by Berlioz’ “Rakocky March” from “La Damnation de Faust” bookends this program of suspenseful, imaginative music.

Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet: “The Nutcracker”
with New Philharmonic, Kirk Muspratt Conductor
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 20, 1 & 5 p.m.
$43 | $32 youth

Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet’s gorgeous staging of this classic ballet danced to Tchaikovsky beloved score performed live by New Philharmonic is sure to be a highlight of the holiday season.

New Philharmonic, Kirk Muspratt Conductor
“New Year’s Eve with an International Twist”
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2, 6 & 10 p.m.

New Philharmonic welcomes back guest soprano Emily Birsan to perform “Je Veux Vivre” from Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet” and “Quando m’en vo” from Puccini’s “La Boheme.” The program will also include Strauss Jr.’s “The Blue Danube Waltz,” Strauss Sr.’s “Radetzsky March,” polkas, opera arias, scores from iconic cinema and more.

New Philharmonic, Kirk Muspratt Conductor
“Cosi fan tutte” (“Women Are Like That”)
Saturday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 24, 3 p.m.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

New Philharmonic presents Mozart’s mix of farce, drama and comedy with a reality TV spin and gives the audience the chance to pick the ending. Mozart’s sparkling orchestration centers on desire and fidelity as two young lovers wager to see whose fiancé will stay faithful in the heat of temptation.

New Philharmonic, Kirk Muspratt Conductor
“Dueling Pianos”
Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 17, 3 p.m.

Award-winning pianists Marta Aznavoorian and Winston Choi go head to head, performing Poulenc’s ”Concerto for Two Pianos in D Minor” on two intertwined pianos in a program that also includes guest soprano Pamela Hinchman sings Mahler’s “Das Himmlische Leben.”

Illinois State Cancer Registry Receives Highest Award for Excellence in Cancer Data Collection

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Illinois receives gold certification for 17th year

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. announced today the Illinois State Cancer Registry has received gold certification this year from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.  This marks the 17th consecutive year Illinois has received this honor.  Only those registries meeting the highest standards are awarded gold certification.

“Illinois State Cancer Registry data allow us to understand the cancer burden and trends in our state and to target our prevention and treatment efforts,” said Director Shah.  “I would like to thank and congratulate the cancer registrars from hospitals throughout the state as well as the Illinois State Cancer Registry staff for their contributions toward achieving gold certification.”

The North American Association of Central Cancer Registries annually reviews all state cancer registries in North America for their performance in collecting complete, accurate, and timely cancer data.  No other state with as high a case load has achieved the gold standard registry designation for as many consecutive years.

In addition to the gold certification, the Illinois State Cancer Registry has recently been recognized as a Registry of Excellence by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Program of Cancer Registries.  The recognition is also based on the registry’s performance in collecting complete, timely, and high-quality data.

The Illinois State Cancer Registry, maintained by IDPH, is the only source for population-based cancer incidence for the state.  The information collected by the registry is important for cancer surveillance and research efforts both statewide and nationally.  The registry provides information about population-based cancer incidence, cancer by site numbers, morbidity and mortality data, and statistics broken down into cancer type, sex, race, age, and geographical area.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of four deaths in the United States is attributable to cancer.  Cancer is the second most common cause of death in Illinois and the United States, and the leading cause of death for Illinois citizens aged 45-64.  Cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and kills more Illinoisans annually than AIDS, injuries, and homicides combined.  It is projected more than 67,350 people in Illinois will be diagnosed with cancer this year and more than 25,630 people with cancer will die from the disease.

To access information from the Illinois State Cancer Registry log onto http://www.idph.state.il.us/cancer/index.htm.

Harlem Book Fair Announces Wheatley Legacy Award Recipients Poet Nikki Giovanni and Children’s Book Illustrator Jerry Pinkney

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Nikki Giovanni and Jerry Pinkney

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) –The QBR Wheatley Book Awards recognizes the best African American books and writers in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children’s books. The Wheatley Legacy Award is given to deserving authors whose body of work transcends time, race and culture. This years recipients are poet, writer, activist Nikki Giovanni and award-winning childrens book illustrator Jerry Pinkney. The Wheatley Book Awards will take place on the campus of Columbia University on Friday, July 17th from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. Seating is free but reservations are required. Reservations can be secured by visiting Eventbrite.com.

About the 2015 Legacy Award recipients:

Nikki Giovanni gained fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement. One of the world’s most well-known African American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator, Ms. Giovannis work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children’s literature. She has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal, the NAACP Image Award, and has been nominated for a Grammy Award. Influenced by the civil rights and Black Power movements of the period, her early work provided a strong, militant African-American perspective. Over subsequent decades, her works discussed social issues, human relationships, and hip-hop.

Jerry Pinkney won the 2010 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing The Lion & the Mouse, a version of Aesop’s fable that he also wrote. He also has five Caldecott Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards, four Gold and four Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators, and the Boston GlobeHorn Book Award for John Henry. For his contribution as a children’s illustrator, Pinkney was the U.S. nominee in 1998 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition for creators of children’s books. In 1977, the United States Postal Service commissioned Mr. Pinkney to create the first nine postage stamps for the Black Heritage stamp series.

About the Harlem Book Fair:
Now in its 17th year, the Harlem Book Fair is the nations largest and most respected African American book festival. Televised annually by C-Span’s BookTV and attended by thousands, the Harlem Book Fair features acclaimed authors, panel discussions, writing workshops, and more. For additional information on the Wheatley Awards or the Harlem Book Fair, contact Pittershawn Palmer at 914-231-6778.

Photos: Nikki Giovanni and Jerry Pinkney

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