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Archive for October 19th, 2015

Madigan: Family of Former DHS Worker Arraigned on Charges of Theft, Fraud

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CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that several relatives of a former Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) caseworker were arraigned on criminal charges in an ongoing case dubbed “Operation All in the Family.”

Three family members of former IDHS employee Debra Moore pleaded not guilty in Cook County Criminal Court to charges related to their involvement in Moore’s scheme to defraud the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Two family members, Timothy Moore and Elvan Jones, did not appear in court and are being sought by law enforcement authorities, based on outstanding arrest warrants.

Last month Madigan announced that Moore, 63, of Baytown, Texas, and formerly of Chicago, pleaded not guilty to charges of being the Organizer of a Continuing Financial Crimes Enterprise, and of Identity Theft, Wire Fraud and Official Misconduct. If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison.

After Madigan’s investigation into Debra Moore’s actions revealed wrongdoing by family members, the following five members of Moore’s family were indicted Sept. 30 and have been charged with a Continuing Financial Crimes Enterprise, a Class 1 felony punishable by probation or up to 15 years in prison:

  • Brenda Moore, 57, of Indianapolis, IN, Debra Moore’s sister;
  • Cassandra Brooks, 50, of Chicago, Debra Moore’s sister, who was also charged with the Theft of Government Monies, a Class 1 felony;
  • Timothy Moore, 38, of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Debra Moore’s son;
  • Lisa Jones, 41, of McKinney, TX, Debra Moore’s daughter; and
  • Elvan Jones, 40, of McKinney, TX, Debra Moore’s son-in-law,

“These individuals conspired to steal limited funding from Illinois’ most vulnerable families for their own personal benefit,” said Madigan. “They must be held accountable.”

Madigan has alleged that Moore, a former IDHS caseworker, was selling LINK cards and adding unauthorized benefits to accounts of family and friends in exchange for cash payments. Between 2004 and 2013, Moore allegedly added more than $700,000 of unauthorized benefits to ineligible recipients and often received cash payments in exchange.

Madigan is alleging that the defendants benefitted from Moore’s actions over a period of years. Brenda Moore’s next court date is set for Nov. 9, and the next court date for Cassandra Brooks and Lisa Jones is set for Nov. 19. Warrants are outstanding for the arrests of Timothy Moore and Elvan Jones.

Assistant Attorney General Kilby Macfadden and Associate Director James S. Dorger are handling the case for Madigan’s Public Integrity Bureau. The investigation was conducted in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture Office of the Inspector General and the Illinois Department of Human Services.
The public is reminded that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Treasurer Frerichs Seeks to Return $4.2 Million in Unclaimed Money to Retailers

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 Treasurer’s I-Cash Program Partners with Illinois Retail Merchants Association to Help Businesses Claim Their Money

SPRINGFIELD, IL Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced a partnership between the state’s I-Cash program and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) to facilitate the return of recovered cash and assets to retailers.

The Illinois Treasurer’s Office has identified nearly 1,000 companies with $25,000 or more in unclaimed property, totaling more than $80 million. Among these, IRMA has helped identify 63 companies from the retail industry with nearly $4.2 million in property to claim. Through this new partnership, the Illinois Treasurer’s I-Cash program is teaming with IRMA to encourage retailers to initiate their claims and assist in the process.

As part of the Illinois Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division, the I-Cash program connects state residents and businesses with their unclaimed money and other assets. The Unclaimed Property Division recovers hundreds of thousands of properties each year from government agencies, banks, insurers, utilities, and other companies across the country that have been unable to return the properties to their rightful owners. The I-Cash program then works to notify owners and reunite them with their money and other property. Last year, the I-Cash program reunited individuals, businesses and others with $163 million in cash and property.

 

“Working with IRMA will help us return money and property to their rightful owners faster,” Frerichs said. “Illinois retailers and other businesses have tens of millions of dollars waiting to be claimed, and we’re eager to get this money back into their hands, and back into the economy.”

 

“This is the first time we have partnered with the Treasurer’s office, and we look forward to helping our Illinois retailers reunite with money or property they did not realize they had waiting to be claimed through I-Cash,” said Rob Karr, President and CEO of IRMA. “We are happy to be working with Treasurer Frerichs on this effort.”

 

Through the I-Cash program, the Illinois Treasurer has returned more than $1.7 million in cash and property to Illinois businesses in the first half of this year, but there still are tens of millions more waiting to be recovered by Illinois companies. 

Some examples of unclaimed property currently held by the Treasurer’s office include:

  • Money from inactive savings and checking accounts

  • Unpaid wages or commissions

  • Stocks, bonds and mutual funds

  • Money orders and bill overpayments

  • Paid-up life insurance policies

  • Safe deposit box contents

Businesses, non-profit organizations and residents can search for and claim recovered property through       I-Cash by visiting www.IllinoisTreasurer.gov or calling 217-785-6998. Because hundreds of thousands of new properties are reported to the State Treasurer each year, residents should check I-Cash every six months.

 

About the Illinois Treasurer

The Illinois Treasurer is the state’s Chief Investment Officer and Frerichs is a Certified Public Finance Officer. He protects consumers by encouraging savings plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education among all ages, and removing barriers to a secured retirement. As the state’s Chief Investment Officer, he actively manages approximately $25 billion. Currently, the portfolio includes $13 billion in state funds, $7 billion in college savings plans and $5 billion on behalf of local and state governments. The investment approach is cautious to ensure the preservation of capital and returns $28 to the state for every $1 spent in operations. The Treasurer’s office predates Illinois’ incorporation in 1818. Voters in 1848 chose to make it an elected office.

 

About the Illinois Retail Merchants Association

IRMA serves as the voice of retailing community in state government. Founded in 1957, IRMA represents more than 23,000 stores of all sizes and merchandise lines. From the nation’s largest retailers to independent businesses in every corner of the state, merchants count on IRMA to fight for the best possible environment in which to do business in Illinois.

Oakland Natives Give Back; Challenges Oakland Unified School District Students to One Month Perfect Attendance in Recognition of National Student Attendance Awareness Month

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“Every Day Counts” Attendance Challenge

Celebrated for the first time in September 2013, “Attendance Awareness Month” is a nationwide recognition of the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. The goal is to mobilize schools and communities to promote the value of good attendance and to take concrete steps toward reducing chronic absence. Nearly 50 national organizations are working in partnership. Oakland Natives Give Back (ONGB), a non-profit community service agency, has made it a priority to highlight the importance of all students attending school every day.

OAKLAND, CA: As most students have returned to the classroom by September, it seems appropriate to recognize national “Attendance Awareness Month” (September) with the goal to raise awareness around the importance of students attending school daily and how it connects to academic achievement. Oakland Natives Give Back (ONGB) has made it a priority to highlight the importance of all children attending school every day. Between October 19th and November 19th, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) students can compete to win awards up to $500 after qualifying that they have had perfect attendance during the challenge dates.

Twenty students who qualify with perfect attendance; register to be entered into the lottery; and whose names are randomly pulled from the lottery will be winners. For the purpose of this challenge, perfect attendance is attending school every day during the 30 day span (Oct. 19-Nov. 19), with an excused absence from your school. “Every Day Counts” Challenge contest rules.

“After nearly a decade of raising awareness and educating families about the importance of daily school attendance.” said Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt, ONGB co-founder. “We are finally able to do some of the creative things we have wanted to do since Oakland Natives Give Back’s inception. She continued, “I tell you, I can barely contain my excitement because to me, “Every Day Counts” is much more than an awareness campaign. It is a mantra that will help our children establish a strong foundation for life that goes beyond school; it’s about building good habits early. This will be fun!”

Why School Attendance Matters:
AttendanceWorks.org reports several dire facts pertaining to K-12 absenteeism rates and its effects on learning.

1. Strong Start: Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.
2. Chronic Absenteeism: An estimated 5 million to 7.5 million U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year.
3. Early Absences Lead to Attendance Issues in Later Grades: Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
4. Dropout Indicator: By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
5. Chronic Absence = Missing two or more days per month: Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.
6. Third Grade Reading Level: Poor attendance can keep children from reading proficiently by the end of third grade, which is shown to negatively affect their chances of graduating on time. Read more

“We are excited to partner with ONGB!” shared Theresa Clincy, Coordinator, Attendance and Discipline, Oakland Unified School District. “The Everyday Counts” Attendance Challenge provides a unique opportunity for us to recognize and reward students and schools for good and improved attendance.”

About Oakland Natives Give Back (ONGB):
In 2008, Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt, Dee Dee Abdur-Rahim, and Tameka Raymond, all natives of Oakland, had a vision for their city, and ONGB was created.

Driven by their passion to serve, their mission is to empower the youth and helping people help people in the community in which they were reared. For the first several years, ONGB’s primary event was the annual Back to School Rally at Oakland City Hall, which provided fully loaded back packs and school supplies to underserved children in Oakland at no cost. The success of the annual Back to School Rally deepened the members’ desire to help by donating to other not-for-profit agencies in the Community and surrounding areas.

In an effort to continue the momentum set at ONGB’s annual back to school 2015 “Attend and Achieve” event, they thought it was important to partner with the Oakland Unified School District to launch EVERY DAY COUNTS School Attendance Challenge. OaklandNatives.org

President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor

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WASHINGTON, DC – On November 12, 2015, President Barack Obama will award Captain Florent A. Groberg, U.S. Army (Ret), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Captain Groberg will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Personal Security Detachment Commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations in Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012.

Captain Groberg will be the tenth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

Captain Florent A. “Flo” Groberg was born in Poissy, France on May 8, 1983. He became a naturalized U.S. Citizen on February 27, 2001, and graduated from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland in June 2001.

Captain Groberg attended the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and competed in Track and Cross Country. In May 2006, he graduated from UMD with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Captain Groberg entered the Army in July 2008 and attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He received his commission as an Infantry Officer on December 4, 2008. After completing Infantry Officer Basic Course, Mechanized Leaders Course, U.S. Army Airborne and U.S. Army Ranger Schools, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado, as a Platoon Leader.

Captain Groberg deployed to Afghanistan’s Kunar Province in November 2009 and again in February 2012.  In between deployments, he served as a Platoon Leader, Infantry Company Executive Officer and a Brigade Personnel Security Detachment Commander at Fort Carson.

At the time of his August 8, 2012 combat engagement, Captain Groberg was serving as a Personal Security Detachment Commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.  His heroic actions were performed in Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.  Injured during combat, he spent his recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from August 2012 through May 2015 and was medically retired from Company B Warriors, Warrior Transition Battalion, on July 23, 2015.

Captain Groberg’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Bronze Service Stars; the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutists Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

THE MEDAL OF HONOR:

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

People’s Law Office Files Suit Against CPD for its Torturous Patterns and Practices at Homan Square

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Today, Attorneys Flint Taylor and Shubra Ohri of the People’s Law Office filed an eleven count complaint on behalf of three men who were allegedly subjected to unconstitutional abuse at Homan Square that led to their wrongful imprisonment for 15 months and was caused by a combination of “policies, practices and/or customs of the Defendant City of Chicago, acting through and by its Police Department, Police Superintendents, Police Board, Mayors, and City Council.”  Coming on the heels of another shocking Guardian expose, the suit describes Homan Square as an “off the books police detention, interrogation, and intelligence gathering center where the CPD unconstitutionally detained many thousands of predominantly, and disproportionately, African American and Hispanic citizens without probable cause and without access to lawyers and family,” and alleges that the policies and practices employed by the CPD at Homan Square included the widespread use  of “unconstitutionally coercive and torturous tactics”  against detainees including  “handcuffing them to the wall in dark, Spartan-like cells without food, water, or access to bathroom facilities; using physical threats, beatings, assaults with a knife, and other forms of physical brutality; conducting illegal strip and violently invasive body cavity searches; subjecting detainees to verbal racial abuse, and using the threat of charging the detainee with bogus criminal offenses if he or she did not provide information.”

The three Plaintiffs, Atheris Mann, Jessie Patrick, and Deanda Wilson allege that they were picked up by the police defendants on the morning of October 21, 2013, taken to Homan Square and subjected to physical and psychological abuse that included being subjected to strip searches, being held handcuffed for hours in dark rooms without food, water or bathroom facilities, being subjected to personal threats, threats to their families and racial epithets, being denied requests to contact lawyers and family, and Wilson having a knife put to his throat. When the men refused to give their police interrogators information, the suit alleges, they were charged with bogus drug offenses and were falsely imprisoned for 15 months before they were released by a Cook County Judge who entered a directed finding of not guilty on their behalf after the State presented its case at trial.

The complaint is attached. For further information contact

Flint Taylor or Shubra Ohri, People’s Law Office, 773-235-0070

Higher Education Summit to Tackle Inequity

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Unveiling of Landmark Survey Kicks Off Two-Day Event

 

By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

 

In what may be the nation’s most comprehensive look at inequity in higher education, the National Urban League has partnered with USA Funds to present a summit bringing together leading educational experts, social justice leaders, elected officials and students.

The summit begins Tuesday, October 27, with the release of a landmark Gallup survey on minority student outcomes.

Students of color are less likely to enroll in institutions of higher learning and less likely to earn a degree when they do. We’ll be examining the barriers to enrollment and completion and looking for creative approaches to closing the gap. The disparity represents more than an economic disadvantage – though that disadvantage is significant. Educational level corresponds with more than just income – civic involvement, volunteerism and physical health rise as well. It’s a problem that affects entire communities.

This one-of-a-kind summit will feature Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., as well as other distinguished speakers such as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, former Michigan Governor John Engler and Howard University President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick.

President Preckwinkle Appoints New Executive Director for County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the appointment of Ernest Brown to the post of executive director of the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM). Brown brings more than three decades of public safety, community outreach and leadership experience, including roles as the Darien Police Chief and Deputy Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.

“We are extremely fortunate to have the benefit of Ernie’s extensive experience in this critical position,” said Preckwinkle. “His background and understanding of our County’s diverse capabilities and needs make him uniquely suited to ensuring that DHSEM effectively carries out its mission to assist the municipalities and residents of this community.”

DHSEM’s mission is to enhance the safety and security of Cook County by working to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to and recover from all man-made and natural incidents.

Each year, the department conducts hundreds of trainings and exercises for more than 6,000 first responders; deploys personnel and equipment to incidents and events throughout the County’s 134 municipalities and 30 townships; and judiciously manages close to $30 million in federal grant funds.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the executive director of the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management under the leadership of President Preckwinkle,” said Brown. “I look forward to working with a dedicated team of public servants to ensure that all of our municipalities and, most importantly, our residents receive the resources they need to enhance their resiliency and security.

“As the second largest County in the United States, I realize that we have many challenges, but we also have many resources. We must work together to ensure that we meet the needs of our entire community.”

Brown most recently served as the police chief for the 42-member Darien Police Department. Under his leadership the City of Darien saw a significant reduction in motor vehicle and residential burglaries. He utilized data collection in intelligence-led policing, implemented management accountability as well as a community-oriented policing model for the department.

Before joining the Darien Police Department, he was the Deputy Superintendent for the Chicago Police Department. Brown was responsible for the deployment and resource allocation for the department’s 8,000 uniformed officers. He developed and implemented crime reduction strategies and initiated collaborative programs between the department and federal, state and other local agencies to reduce crime.

During his 29-year tenure with CPD, Brown also served as Chief of Organized Crime, Commanding Officer, Assistant Deputy Superintendent and Commander. He has received numerous department commendations and awards for community service.

He is a member of the international Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, Illinois Police Chiefs Association, DuPage County Police Chiefs Association, Illinois Tactical Officers Association and a prior chair of the Illinois Interstate Gun trafficking Task Force.

In addition to a number of law enforcement certifications, Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Chicago State University. He resides in Chicago.

Illinois State Board of Education Announces 2016 Illinois Teacher of the Year

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Kim Thomas of Peoria Public Schools District named 2016 Illinois Teacher of the Year

 

Normal, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education named Kim Thomas, a math teacher at Woodruff Career and Technical Center, the 2016 Illinois Teacher of the Year. One of 10 finalists, Thomas was announced as this year’s top educator during Saturday night’s 41st annual Those Who Excel/Illinois Teacher of the Year banquet in Normal.

“Ms. Thomas uses her energy and dedication to motivate her students to learn and achieve in every lesson she teaches,” said State Superintendent Tony Smith. “She develops creative techniques to teach her students and challenge their attitudes towards math. Her enthusiasm for teaching is inspiring.”

Thomas believes she has a duty to her students to continually develop herself professionally so she can provide them with the best learning experience possible. As a result, she is continuously enrolling in classes, attending professional development opportunities within her district, and performing her own research to stay well-informed of the best teaching practices.

“Ms. Thomas prepares students so they will succeed,” said Thomas Blumer, principal of Woodruff Career and Technical Center. “Her belief in the transformative power of education permeates everything that she does in the classroom.”

Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science in Education at Illinois State University and a Masters of Arts in Education and Teacher Leadership from St. Xavier University.

A former student of Ms. Thomas’ recently graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in special education. She took a moment to describe the impact Ms. Thomas’ teaching had on her education and the way she will teach:

“All throughout my educational journey at ISU to become a teacher, I always looked back to the teachers that have inspired me the most. Kim Thomas is one of them. Her passion for education and for her students fired a passion inside of me. I can only hope that one day when I have a classroom of my own, I can inspire students like Mrs. Thomas.”

As Illinois Teacher of the Year, Thomas will have an opportunity to share her knowledge and expertise outside the classroom. Beginning in the 2016 spring semester, she will be available to speak at teaching workshops, education conferences, and community meetings. Thomas will represent Illinois at the NASA Space Camp in Hunstville, Ala., and the National Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and ING. She will also receive products from SMARTer Kids.

State’s Attorney Alvarez Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently recognized two individuals who have made significant contributions to the Hispanic community through their professional and personal lives.

The Honorable Jorge Luis Alonso, U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of Illinois and Sylvia Puente, Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum received the office’s El Humanitario Award for their professional excellence and community involvement.

Judge Alonso currently presides as a Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois after being nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United Sates Senate in December of 2014. Judge Alonso began his legal career as an attorney in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, where he worked for 12 years before being appointed to the bench as an Associate Judge in Cook County. A highly respected jurist, Judge Alonso has been recognized for his professional leadership and community advocacy.

Sylvia Puente, a long-time advocate, policy analyst and activist for the Latino community, currently serves as the Executive Director for the Latino Policy Forum, a public policy and advocacy organization which serves the Latino community in Chicago. For over 25 years, Ms. Puente has tirelessly worked to empower the lives of others through her staunch activism, outreach and organizational leadership. A well regarded expert on Latino issues, her significant efforts have been widely recognized in Chicago and across the country.

The awards were presented at a ceremony held on Oct. 13th at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

Old and New Dreams: Hothouse Festival Announced

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Second Annual Two-Day Multi-arts Festival Features Array of Top Talent

The second annual, two-day HotHouse Old and New Dreams Festival is a multi-arts event that celebrates the intersection of jazz and “world musics”. Over the past thirty years, HotHouse has consistently been a cultural leader in Chicago, and this premiere showcase will highlight some of the key programming HotHouse has to offer.

The Old and New Dreams Festival will provide a mélange of talent complete with unusual musical pairings and long-overdue popular jazz appearances. The artists range from young up and comers newly emerging on the scene, to seasoned performers worthy of greater recognition. There will even be some sho’ nuff giants that seldom come to town.

“The two-day Festival was launched last year to celebrate our own revival,” said Marguerite Horberg, Executive Director of HotHouse. “Over the course of the festival, we endeavor to tell a comprehensive story that speaks to our own curatorial vision crafted over decades. It is a celebration of our work, the artists we admire and the community we endeavor to serve.”

This year we are thrilled to welcome a range of performers including two projects led by former homeboy Adam Rudolph. During the Saturday performance, Adam’s debut projects – Moving Pictures and the Go: Organic Orchestra – will demonstrate the artful array of global influences that define his compositions.

Greg Burk of LA Weekly wrote, “The music, performed by a large ensemble of wind and percussion players, rose like vines from hand drummer Adam Rudolph’s written instructions and hand signals,” in response to Adam’s performance. “And it truly is organic — a blend of gentle sustained dissonance, heaven-crashing rhythm jams, and individual improvisations. No joke: a startling and involving development in roots music, with more to follow.”

On Saturday afternoon, HotHouse will offer up free matinee educational events in the Logan Center penthouse “room with a view.” Leading jazz critics will play their favorite LP’s and they will offer their “spin” on the music that has moved them over the decades. Additionally, youth from the Black Lives Matter movement will share their insights on how to make art that responds to the moment.

Friday highlights will include the commanding performance of M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ Supreme Love – a tap dance whirlwind interpretation of Coltrane’s eternal hit record “A Love Supreme”. Attendees will also have a rare opportunity to enjoy the performance of the 86-year-old, Philly-based sax man, Odean Pope, who will headline the evening’s program.

The title of this years Festival – Old and New Dreams – pays homage to a cherished musical ensemble that featured many of the side-men in Ornette Coleman’s bands from the 1960’s. These artists interpreted the words Old – and – New – Dreams in a poetic and prosaic way that is representative of the organizational history and rebirth of HotHouse. Old and New Dreams promises to be spectacular multi-arts festival, that will be a heralded entry in every arts and culture fall calendar.

HotHouse, founded in 1987, provides a forum for expression in the arts that extends the milieu of academy, high caliber and international arts innovation to underserved populations throughout the Chicago metropolitan region.

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