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Archive for August 14th, 2015

Security at Olive Harvey College “Sabotaged” Taping of a Controversial Community Meeting on a Proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensary for the 8th Ward

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By Juanita Bratcher

Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

Freedom of the Press in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, yet security at Olive Harvey College – one of the City Colleges of Chicago – sabotaged CopyLine Magazine staff’s taping of a controversial community meeting that took place in the college auditorium at 10001 S. Woodlawn on August 11, 2015.

Their most egregious action was talking out both sides of mouth and most of it making very little sense, if any, as to why the meeting couldn’t be taped.

Juanita Bratcher, Editor & Publisher of CopyLine Magazine, is an award-winning Journalist. She has been a news reporter/publisher for 39 years, the author of seven books, poet and songwriter.

Bratcher was beckoned by staff after being given several different scenarios pertaining to the taping, which included:

  • 1st Encounter: When first entering the building, CopyLine’s camera staff was told that there was no set-up available for Media video-taping, that it was a safety issue for them because they didn’t have a designated area. Later staff was told by the same woman (security) that they could sit upfront to tape out of the way of people.
  • 2nd Encounter: Shortly after setting-up, another person approached them and informed them that taping in the aisles was a safety issue, that they could not be responsible for equipment falling on the heads of those in front of us (and certainly, we would never violate any safety issues), so staff was told to use the area that they usually prepare for Video-taping; we assumed, to provide an audio feed.
  • 3rd Encounter: After moving to the area suggested, we were suddenly waved away and stopped by security and told that in order to video tape one had to first obtain permission from CCC before an event was held. When told that this was a public facility, security agreed but said it was not public because the room had been rented out (in this case by 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris’ Office) and was a private event. We were told not to tape until they could get in contact with CCC head of security at another location. Of course, we complied with that, but were later told that filming was not allowed because it was a private event. Bratcher then asked could she tape if the alderman gave permission to tape. Then they went back to the notion that you had to get prior permission from CCC, which was nothing but the “runaround”.
  • 4th Encounter: After putting away the video camera and walking back to seat, while CopyLine’s camera person had been told earlier that she could use her camera; when pulling out the camera to take pictures, was told that even pictures were not allowed by CCC Security. This after originally being told that pictures were fine. Again we complied.
  • For four times CopyLine’s cameraman had to move to different places in the auditorium, at their request. When told to shut down, a staff person decided to take pictures by phone instead of recording the meeting. Then staff was told by security they could not take pictures or videotape. Security never interfered with others using their cell phones to tape the meeting. But kept eyes on CopyLine’s staff, monitoring them very closely, and even staked out the opposite side of the isle from where they sat.

On August 12, 2015, Bratcher called CCC administrative office to make a complaint about what had occurred at the prior day’s meeting on a proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensary. No definitive answer was given, but CopyLine was promised a call back on the issue after they look into the matter. CopyLine is still waiting on a call back from CCC.

So much for freedom of the press! Don’t you think? CCC security made darn sure it never happened.

Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 39 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.

Aldermen and Organizers Continue to Push For the Passage of the STOP Act: ACLU’s Agreement with the CPD on Stop and Frisk Fails to Provide Necessary Transparency

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CHICAGO, IL — Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno, Roderick Sawyer and organizers with We Charge Genocide and ChicagoVotes announced their intention to continue their campaign to pass the Stops Transparency Oversight Protection Act (the STOP Act) in Chicago’s City Council.

The STOP Act requires the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to collect data on all stops and frisks conducted by the CPD and publish this data on the City of Chicago’s website on a quarterly basis, similar to processes used in New York City and in other cities across the nation.

The aldermen and organizers intended to file the STOP Act at the July 29, 2015 Chicago City Council meeting after announcing they were doing so at a packed press conference. The aldermen delayed filing the ordinance after learning for the first time that the CPD and City were on the verge of reaching an agreement with the ACLU-Illinois as a result of secret, exclusive negotiations on the collection of stop and frisk data.

On Friday, August 7th, ACLU’s deal with the CPD was disclosed to the public.  It indicates that the CPD will collect data on stops and frisk conducted by its members, but this information will not be disclosed to the public.  Contrary to the provisions of the STOP Act, only the CPD, ACLU and designated Consultant, former Federal Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys, will have access to the pertinent data and relevant information, and they are bound to keep this information confidential under an attorney’s eyes only agreement.

After studying the CPD’s agreement with the ACLU, aldermanic sponsor Proco Joe Moreno found: “The CPD’s agreement with the ACLU is wholly unacceptable.  The public has a right to know who is being stopped and frisked and how often these tactics are is being used.  People should have the opportunity to make up their own minds as to whether stop and frisk tactics are racially discriminatory or fairly used.”

In addition to requiring the CPD to collect data on all stop and frisks performed by the CPD, the STOP Act would require police officers to give receipts to all who were stopped and frisked, thereby allowing a person to challenge the basis of the encounter if he or she believes it was unfair.  The STOP Act also requires CPD members to inform people that they have the right to refuse a search if there is no legal basis for doing so.  The agreement with the ACLU does not specify that all people stopped and frisked will receive such necessary receipts and it does not provide that people will be given these warnings.

“Young people have been organizing around stop and frisk tactics and need to have data collected to ensure that stop and frisk is not used as a form of discrimination against people of color.  We need more transparency in respect to how these police practices are used in the city of Chicago and we look forward to working with the Mayor to ensure that Chicago continues to be a national leader in responding to the passionate hard work of young activists, not just in Chicago, but all across this nation,” said Alderman Roderick Sawyer.

The STOP Act would help Chicago comply with recommendations made by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing to publicly publish data on stop and frisk practices. New York City collects and analyzes its stop data and shares it on the NYPD’s website. Using this data, the police have reduced the number of unnecessary stops and frisks performed, and continue to reform their policies as new data becomes available.

According to Page May, an organizer with We Charge Genocide, “Being randomly stopped and frisked is a traumatizing and unfair experience.  Studies show that stop and frisk also becomes a tool for profiling individuals based on race, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity.  Collecting and publishing the data is the first step on the road to eradicating this egregious harm.”

Chicago Votes Democracy Corps fellows spent several weeks this summer collecting over 2,500 comment cards in support of the STOP ACT.  According to ChicagoVotes executive director Christian Diaz, “Chicago Votes is committed to the goals outlined in the STOP Act. We will continue to educate and engage young voters on the issues that impact their lives. Racial profiling by CPD is a near universal experience for the young black and brown people we train in our programs.”

Recently, Chicago Votes Fellow Robert Moses was stopped and frisked at the Roosevelt Green Line on this way to the Chicago Votes office on suspicion that he was using a stolen Ventra card. “Luckily I had my school ID and state ID to prove it was mine,” said Moses. “I was frisked in that process. They told me that the picture on my U-pass was blurry and that I needed a new one immediately. I responded ‘ok’ and went about my business. There was a group of white students in front of me, and they weren’t stopped simply for trying to board the train. I was racially profiled and stopped and frisked.”

Over 30 other community groups have signed on in support of the STOP Act, including Black Youth Project 100, Moms United Against Violence & Incarceration, and Black Lives Matter – Chicago.

For more information about the STOP Act, see: wechargegenocide.org/stop.act

We Charge Genocide is volunteer-run by Chicago residents concerned that the epidemic of police violence continues uninterrupted in Chicago and who seek to equip individuals across the city with tools to more proactively hold police accountable. The name We Charge Genocide comes from a petition filed to the United Nations in 1951, which documented 153 racial killings and other human rights abuses, mostly by the police.

Chicago Votes is a non-partisan organization that increases democratic participation among young people. We are training the next generation of civic leaders through hands on experience like registering voters, canvassing door to door and organizing civic education events. In 2014 Chicago Votes registered 15,000  people to vote and passed landmark legislation for election day voter registration.

Congressional Black Caucus Commemorates the 80th Anniversary of the Social Security Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement recognizing the 80th anniversary of the Social Security Act, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 14, 1935:

“For eight decades, Social Security has served as the foundation of retirement security for millions of Americans and has proven to be the country’s most effective poverty prevention program.

“Social Security keeps 22 million Americans out of poverty, including more than 1 million children, nearly 15 million seniors, and 6 million adults younger than 65.  In addition to retirement, the Social Security program has helped many individuals avoid poverty, and together with Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, Social Security provides essential protections and safeguards for America’s families.

“As we recognize 80 years of effective solutions for America’s families, the Congressional Black Caucus remains committed to our work to defend Social Security and other social safety net programs that serve to protect our most vulnerable communities and ensure opportunity for all Americans today and for future generations.”

President Preckwinkle Names Pair to Key Administration Posts

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Announced Two Key Additions to Her Senior Leadership Team.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle named Sabrina L. Miller as Director of Communications and Public Affairs in the Office of the President. In addition, she named Julius E. Rhodes as Acting Chief of the County’s Bureau of Human Resources, pending confirmation by the Board of Commissioners.

“I am pleased to have these two seasoned professionals join our administration,” Preckwinkle said. “Both have deep experience in their chosen fields and are well equipped for the roles they will play as we move forward with our second-term agenda.”

Miller, 47, a Chicago native and South Loop resident, is an award-winning communications strategist and digital media professional who brings more than two decades of experience to her new position.

Immediately prior to joining Cook County, Miller was a communications manager in the office of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, serving as primary spokeswoman for a variety of state departments.

She previously was a publicist for the University of Chicago News Office, and the City of Chicago, and was a newspaper reporter at the Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times.

“I believe that every experience I’ve had in more than two decades as a communications professional has uniquely prepared me for this opportunity to serve President Preckwinkle and the residents of Cook County,” Miller said. “I look forward to spearheading the effort to effectively communicate President Preckwinkle’s priorities and illustrate how consistently responsive and efficient County government is working to meet the needs of residents.”

Miller graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also was awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship in International Journalism, administered by the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Rhodes, 54, is a lifelong resident of Chicago’s South Side and current resident of the city’s North Kenwood neighborhood.

For the past 20 years he operated the mpr group, a broad-based, full-service human resources consulting practice that he founded and which he served as principal.

“I am honored to be afforded the opportunity to serve the residents of Cook County, an area that I have called and will always call home,” Rhodes said. ” I look forward to the challenge of leading the Bureau of Human Resources in pursuit of its mission of continuous improvement for the benefit of employees and our citizens alike.”

Rhodes boasts deep experience in human resources. Earlier in his career, he held for a number of HR posts with leading-edge corporations, including Sara Lee Bakery, Baxter Healthcare, General Electric and Mobil Chemical.

Rhodes has studied philosophy and business ethics in the Ph.D. program at Loyola University. He earned a Master’s degree in industrial relations from Loyola and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Roosevelt University. He has Senior Professional Human Resources certification.

Veterans’ Day at the 2015 Illinois State Fair Sunday, Aug. 16

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Free Admission for Veterans, Entertainment, Memorial Service, Veterans’ Benefit Fair and Much More

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois State Fair invite veterans and their family members to enjoy a day at the Illinois State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015.  In addition to all the great activities, events, entertainment and food the Illinois State Fair has to offer, the following programs and events are planned for veterans at the Abraham Lincoln Stage and adjacent area on the fairgrounds:

10a.m.–3p.m.                    Helping Our Hometown Heroes Benefits Fair

Illinois Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall Display

10a.m. – 10:30a.m.         5 Star Brass Quintet, 144th Army Band, Illinois Army National Guard

10:30a.m.–11:30a.m.     Memorial Service

11:30a.m.–Noon              Special Performance by  Sound Celebration Chorus

Noon–1p.m.                       Official Program, Lincoln Stage

– Official Greeting, IDVA Director Erica Jeffries

– Presentation of Awards:

          • IDVA Employee of the Year
          • Veteran Business Partner of the Year
          • Illinois Veteran of the Year

-  Special Guest Speaker, Cmdr Jess Porter USS Illinois-SSN 786

-  Honors and thanks to our Illinois Veterans

1 p.m.                                    Lunch served to Veterans and Families, sponsored by USAA

1 p.m.–2:30p.m.               Musical Entertainment by Patt Holt Singers

4 p.m.                                    Veterans Day Parade with Veteran Service Organizations leading.

The parade forms at Illinois and Grandstand Ave on the fairgrounds.

During the Official Program beginning at noon, the IDVA will highlight the work of the IDVA Employee of the Year, the Veteran Business Partner of the Year, and recognize and thank a distinguished veteran for a lifetime of contributions as the Illinois Veteran of the Year.

The Helping Our Hometown Heroes Benefits Fair includes information, services, and activities for veterans and family members with the IDVA, state and federal agencies, veteran service organizations, and Illinois Joining Forces, and will be open until 3 p.m.

The Veterans Day at the Illinois State Fair is supported by all major Illinois Veteran Service Organizations, with thanks to the State Fair Committee for their time, efforts, and energies in making this event possible.

Media are welcome to attend and advance publicity of the event is appreciated.  For additional information, please contact Ryan Yantis, IDVA communication manager, at ryan.yantis@illinois.gov  or 312-520-6958.

Guns & Domestic Violence: 6 Kids 2 Adults

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From: Americans For Responsible Solutions PAC

** Warning: some readers may find the content of this email disturbing **

Last weekend deputies in Harris County, Texas made several trips to a home after receiving a call that a man with a long history of domestic abuse had broken into the residence.

After they saw the lifeless body of a young boy, they broke in and received gunfire from the suspect. Ultimately, he surrendered, and when police entered the residence they found eight dead: two adults and six children.

In a jail cell interview, the suspect said he wasn’t allowed to own a gun, but local news reports indicate that he was able to go online to purchase the weapon used in the attack.

Halfway across the country in North Carolina, an open carry activist shot and killed his two young children, then unsuccessfully tried to take his own life after police received a call about a domestic incident at the residence.

These two very recent incidents are just the latest examples of the critical need for Congress to close loopholes that allow domestic abusers easy access to guns.

Use our Contact Congress tool to urge your legislators to support the BIPARTISAN Dingell-Dold legislation that will prevent domestic abusers from getting their hands on guns.

According to public records, “thirty women were killed in domestic violence murders in Harris County” in 2012.

But Harris County isn’t alone. And we know from all available research that when domestic abusers are able to get their hands on guns, the chances a woman is murdered increases dramatically.

That’s why it’s so important for us to act on this issue — an issue that has bipartisan agreement.

As your representatives are home for August Recess, send a powerful message that you expect them to address this issue when they return to Washington, D.C.

Use our Contact Congress tool to send that message today.

While most domestic violence related shootings don’t capture the national headlines like some of the other recent mass shootings, they should shock the conscience of the country in equal measure.

Let’s make sure our legislators know that we’re paying attention to these tragic stories, and that we expect their action.

All the best,

Miri Cypers
Americans for Responsible Solutions


Columbia College Chicago Announces Selection of Miriam Smith as Executive Director of Alumni Relations

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CCC also announced the newly elected 2015-2016 National Alumni Board!

Columbia College Chicago announced the selection of Miriam Smith as Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Chosen through a national search, Smith brings extensive experience in cultivating alumni, parent, and student engagement; achieving annual giving goals; and creating a philanthropic culture in collaboration with colleagues from across a wide variety of academic departments and administrative units.

Most recently, Smith was the Manager of Alumni Engagement and Giving at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her experience also includes positions at Manhattanville College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Columbia Artists Management. She received her Master of Music in Opera from Binghamton University and her Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.

In her new role at Columbia College Chicago, Smith will be responsible for building alumni engagement, increasing annual giving, partnering with the Office of Student Success to foster student and parent relationships, and partnering with the Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications to enhance the alumni web presence and magazine.

She looks forward to connecting with alumni in the coming days and months, both in Chicago and across the country.

Sincerely,

Jonathan S. Stern
Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations


Newly Elected 2015-2016 National Alumni Board!

Regional Representatives:

Midwest: Joan Hammel (BA ’86), Professional Singer, Chicago
Southwest: Pat Blum (BA ’84), Vice President, World Capital Brokerage, Denver
Great South: Brian Fisher (BA ’95), Benefits Consultant, MRD Insurance Services, Austin
Northwest: Howard Shapiro (BA ’53), Retired, Portland
Northeast: Michael Wojcik (BA ’96), Sr. Director of Development, American Red Cross, NYC
Southeast: Joanna DeJesus (BA ’10), Programming Coordinator, NBC Universo, Miami

Members at Large:

Marty Kane (BA ’06), Senior Admissions Officer, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago
Thomas Rovak, Jr. (’85), Executive Producer/Sr. Colorist/Post Supervisor, Rovak Colorist Services, Chicago
Emory Brown (BA ’00), Creative Director, The Scientist Marketing, Chicago
Jennifer Oliver O’Connell (BA ’87), Writer/Reinvention Coach/Yoga Instructor, As The Girl Turns, Los Angeles
Howard Seth Cohen (BA ’98), Actor/Artist/Activist, 72 Virgins, Los Angeles
Jeff Kinney (BA ’87), Director of Field Production/Chief Photojournalist, CNN, NYC

Many thanks to all the exceptional alumni that ran for this year’s National Alumni Board.


Steppenwolf Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season Opens With the World Premiere of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden

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Adapted by ensemble member Frank Galati
Directed by Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney
September 17 – November 15, 2015
Tickets go on sale Friday, August 7 at 11 a.m.

CHICAGO, IL – Celebrating 40 years as America’s premier ensemble theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company launches its landmark 2015/16 Subscription Season with a large-scale world premiere production of John Steinbeck’s masterpiece East of Eden. Adapted by two-time Tony Award winner and ensemble member Frank Galati and directed by Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney, the epic production features a 10-person cast including ensemble members Kate Arrington, Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper and Alan Wilder. A full underscore of originally composed music by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen will be performed live. East of Eden begins previews September 17 (opening night is September 27; press performances are Saturday, September 26 at 3pm and Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30pm) and runs through November 15, 2015 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20 – $89) go on sale Friday, August 7 at 11am at 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org.

Escaping a turbulent past, Adam Trask is determined to make a new start in California’s Salinas Valley. Adam and his wife Cathy settle on a beautiful farm, and soon Cathy gives birth to twins Caleb and Aron. But family history, sibling rivalry and the impending danger of World War One will threaten their little piece of paradise. East of Eden is a sprawling and unflinching story that asks if is it possible to escape the mistakes of previous generations and choose your own course.

“For me, this adaptation and production are the continuation of a journey Steppenwolf began with The Grapes of Wrath. After 40 years our company is still together, still telling stories, still an ensemble against all odds,” shared adaptor Frank Galati. “Now our co-founder Terry Kinney (who played the mesmerizing Jim Casey in Grapes) is directing. What a glory! Our bond as an ensemble has always made each of us better. We have tried damned hard to be honest. I think that’s what Steinbeck valued most.”

Steppenwolf’s connection with John Steinbeck can be traced back to the company’s 1988 production of The Grapes of Wrath, which Frank Galati adapted and directed. The production transferred to Broadway, California and London and received two Tony Awards—Best Play and Best Director—garnering Steppenwolf international acclaim. Ensemble members Francis Guinan, Tim Hopper, Terry Kinney and Alan Wilder, who all performed in the original production of The Grapes of Wrath, reunite for this new adaptation of East of Eden.

The complete cast for East of Eden features ensemble members Kate Arrington as Cathy Trask, Francis Guinan as Samuel Hamilton, Tim Hopper as Adam Trask and Alan Wilder as Dr. Murphy and Mr. Bacon along with Casey Thomas Brown as Aron Trask, Aaron Himelstein as Caleb Trask, Elizabeth Laidlaw as Eva/Mrs. Bacon/Nurse, Stephen Park as Lee, Brittany Uomoleale as Abra Bacon and Dan Waller as Joe and Will Hamilton.

Terry Kinney co-founded Steppenwolf in 1976 with Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry and has directed many notable productions with the company, including John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, The Violet Hour and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2000. Kinney’s New York directing credits include the world premiere of Checkers by Doug McGrath, reasons to be pretty and The Money Shot for MCC and Broadway, and After Ashley and Beautiful Child at the Vineyard Theatre, among others. He is widely known for his roles in HBO’s prison drama Oz, as well as the ABC series, The Black Box. Recently, he appeared in HBO’s Show Me a Hero and he recurs on Showtime’s new series, Billions.

Frank Galati has been a member of the Steppenwolf ensemble since 1986. He has received nine Joseph Jefferson Awards for his work in Chicago theater. He won two Tony Awards in 1990 for his adaptation and direction of Steppenwolf’s production of The Grapes of Wrath and was nominated for a Tony Award in 1998 for directing the musical Ragtime. He has staged operas for Chicago Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera House. In 1989, Galati was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay (with Lawrence Kasdan) of The Accidental Tourist and in 2000 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a professor emeritus in the department of performance studies at Northwestern University.

The production team includes Walt Spangler (scenic design), Mara Blumenfeld (costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design and original music) and Matt Hawkins (fight choreography). Additional credits include Erica Daniels (casting), Malcolm Ewen (stage manager) and Christine D. Freeburg (assistant stage manager).

Single tickets to East of Eden ($20 – $89) go on sale Friday, August 7 at 11am through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org. Previews: $20 – $54 and Regular Run: $20 – $89. Prices subject to change. 20 for $20: twenty $20 tickets are available through Audience Services beginning at 11am on the day of each performance (1pm for Sunday performances). Rush Tickets: half-price rush tickets are available one hour before each show. Student Discounts: a limited number of $15 student tickets are available online. Limit 2 tickets per student; must present a valid student ID for each ticket. For additional student discounts, visit steppenwolf.org/students. Group Tickets: all groups of 10 or more receive a discounted rate for any performance throughout the season. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org/groups. For subscription packages and flexible pass options available, call 312-335-1650. Subscriptions: Season subscriptions are currently on sale. Packages start at $100. Student, educator and access discount subscriptions available. To purchase a 2015/16 subscription, visit Audience Services at 1650 N Halsted St, call 312-335-1650 or visit steppenwolf.org.

Accessible performances include an American Sign Language interpretation on Sunday, October 25 at 7:30pm, Open Captioning on Saturday, October 31 at 3pm and an Audio Description and Touch Tour on Sunday, November 8 (1:30 touch tour; audio-described performance at 3pm). For more information, visit steppenwolf.org/access.

Full performance schedule included at end of the release. Curtain times are Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm and Wednesday matinees at 2pm on October 28, November 4 and November 11.

Major support for East of Eden is provided by The Negaunee Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

Major support for Steppenwolf’s New Play Development Initiative is provided by The Davee Foundation and the Zell Family Foundation.

Steppenwolf’s 2015/16 Subscription Season includes the world premiere adaptation of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, adapted by ensemble member Frank Galati, directed by co-founder Terry Kinney (September 17 – November 15, 2015); the Chicago premiere of Domesticated written and directed by ensemble member Bruce Norris (December 3, 2015 – February 7, 2016); the Chicago premiere of The Flick by Annie Baker, directed by Dexter Bullard (February 4 – May 8, 2016); the world premiere of Mary Page Marlowe by ensemble member Tracy Letts, directed by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro (March 31 – May 29, 2016); and the Chicago premiere of Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov (June 23 – August 21, 2016).

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 44 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and two repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, and Garage Rep. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and 12 Tony Awards. Anna D. Shapiro is the Artistic Director and David Schmitz is the Managing Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

Illinois Teacher of the Year Challenges his Students at the Illinois State Fair

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Engine teardown challenge highlights lessons learned in career technical education classes


SPRINGFIELD, IL — Steve Elza, the 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year, and 10 of his current and former students from William Fremd High School in Palatine will demonstrate their expertise and knowledge in automotive technology this weekend by participating in an engine teardown in the Governor’s Tent at the Illinois State Fair.

“Great teaching takes many forms, but all teaching has the same goal: to inspire students and provide them with the ability to succeed after they graduate,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “The type of hands-on experience these students are receiving is a stepping stone into a good paying job in a very technical field, or it can ignite a hobby that becomes a lifelong passion just by getting their hands a little dirty to hear the roar of an engine they were responsible for bringing to life. I want to thank Steve and all our teachers for extraordinary work they do every day with our Illinois students.”

Although the engine teardown is a race of time, the more important aspect is the quality of what the students have learned through coursework and hands-on experience. Five students will disassemble a small block Chevy engine down to the block and crank then reassemble following industry standard procedures and torque specifications, typically within the current state and national competition criteria of 20 minutes.

“Steve’s students are demonstrating technical skills and lifelong skills of problem solving that will serve them well in any career they pursue,’ said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Team building, concise communication, attention to detail, the ability to perform well under pressure, are all valuable tools for their futures. Combined with their core subjects of math, science and English, these students will graduate well equipped to continue their education and enter the workforce.”

Students in Steve’s classes share a passion for engines and how they work. That passion is fueled by experiences such as this challenge that ignites their competitive edge and unites them in a brotherhood similar to those found in sports.

“The brotherhood is the same in team sports such as football and hockey – long nights, good friends, and competiveness,” said team member and former student Mike Nitti. “The difference in engine teardown is that we all share the same burning fascination for iron and oil, where in other team sports, people come from various backgrounds with different hobbies but all our hobbies line up.”

Steve’s own school experiences make him an outstanding teacher and mentor to his students. He struggled with school until the end of his sophomore year in high school when an opportunity arose that would change his life—he was offered the chance to attend the Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) to specialize in automotive technology. College had never been a part of Steve’s plan until the program director, Jim Krudl, asked him to visit Southern Illinois University. Steve obliged and, in his words, “fell in love.” He was the first person in his family to attend college and graduate.

Elza and his students will be showcasing their talents at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14; Saturday, Aug. 15; and Sunday, Aug. 16.

“After high school, life takes all of us in different directions, but we will always share automotive technology as our passion,” said Dion Analitis, team member and former student. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to showcase something that has had such a positive impact on our lives.”

The Governor’s Tent is located at the corner of Main Street and Bryan Ramey Avenue, near the main entrance to the fairgrounds.  A complete list of the team members can be found at www.isbe.net/news/2015/pdf/fairteam-att.pdf.

New State Maps Introduced at Illinois State Fair

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Updated Highway Maps Have New Layout, QR Codes, Useful Web Links


SPRINGFIELD, IL – A new Illinois Official Highway Map with a refreshed design and updated information is now available to the public and being distributed by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) at the Illinois State Fair starting today.

The maps are free of charge and available at the IDOT tent, located on the south side of the dairy building, on the east side of the lawn. The maps also will be available at the DuQuoin State Fair later this month. They will be available soon at interstate rest areas.

“We encourage you to stop by our tent at the Illinois State Fair and pick up a new map,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “There is a lot to see and do in our state and these maps are very helpful to the traveling public. It‘s a great idea to keep one in your vehicle at all times.”

Here are some features of the 2015-2016 maps:

  • New landscape oriented cover image, featuring the Interstate 74 Murray Baker Bridge in Peoria
  • QR codes:
    • Getting Around Illinois website
    • Start Seeing Motorcycles website
    • Enjoy Illinois website
    • Travel Midwest and St. Louis traffic websites
    • Amtrak and Illinois High-Speed Rail websites
    • Alternative fuels website
    • Additional websites and information:
      • Embrace the Orange work zone safety
      • Illinois Yellow Dot Program
      • Illinois State Police Scott’s Law (“move over law”)
      • Illinois Amber Alert
      • Illinois Scenic Byways

Smartphone users can scan the numerous QR (quick response) codes printed on the maps to access helpful information immediately to guide them on their travels.

The Illinois Official Highway Map is printed on recycled paper with soybean oil-based inks. The map is published every two years and is made available by federal funding. To request copies of the new map, please contact DOT.maps@illinois.gov.

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