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Archive for November 13th, 2015

Ohio Man Arrested for Soliciting the Murder of Members of the U.S. Military

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WASHINGTON, DC —An Akron, Ohio, man was arrested today on federal charges that he solicited the murder of members of the U.S. military.

Terrence J. McNeil, 25, appeared in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Ohio after being charged with one count of solicitation of a crime of violence.

The charge was announced by Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach of the Northern District of Ohio and Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony of the FBI’s Cleveland Division.

“According to the allegations in the complaint, Terrence McNeil solicited the murder of members of our military by disseminating ISIL’s violent rhetoric, circulating detailed U.S. military personnel information, and explicitly calling for the killing of American service members in their homes and communities,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “ISIL and its followers continue to use social media in an attempt to incite violence around the world, including in the United States. The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism and we will use all of our tools to disrupt threats and acts of violence against our military members and their families.”

“As this nation honors our veterans, we must make clear that we will not tolerate threats of violence against our service members,” said U.S. Attorney Dettelbach. “This defendant is charged with urging harm to our men and women in uniform and will now answer for those threats.”

“While we aggressively defend First Amendment rights, the individual arrested went far beyond free speech by reposting names and addresses of 100 U.S. service members, all with the intent to have them killed,” said Special Agent in Charge Anthony. “We will remain vigilant in our efforts to stop those who wish to support these despicable acts.”

According to an affidavit filed in the case:

McNeil professed his support on social media on numerous occasions for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

On or about Sept. 24, 2015, using a Tumblr account, McNeil reblogged a file with the banner “Islamic State Hacking Division,” followed by “Target: United States Military” and “Leak: Addresses of 100 U.S. Military Personnel.”

The file type is a .gif file, which allows multiple still images to be looped in one file, with a timed delay between each image. The text of the first file reads “O Brothers in America, know that the jihad against the crusaders is not limited to the lands of the Khilafah, it is a world-wide jihad and their war is not just a war against the Islamic State, it is a war against Islam…Know that it is wajib (translated to “necessary”) for you to kill these kuffar! and now we have made it easy for you by giving you addresses, all you need to do is take the final step, so what are you waiting for? Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe…”

The file then loops several dozen photographs, purportedly of U.S. military personnel, along with their respective name, address and military branch.

The final image looped is a picture of a handgun and a knife with text that reads “…and kill them wherever you find them…”

A charge is not evidence of guilt. It is the government’s burden to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, and a defendant is presumed innocent until that time.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Cleveland. This case is being prosecuted by U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Ohio and the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

U.S. Department of Justice November 12, 2015
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GEO Reentry Services Holds Transition Ceremony for Returning Citizens

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By Chinta Strausberg

A number of returning citizens recently received certificates of successful completion from the GEO Reentry Services program that helped transform their minds from a life of crime to one of productive citizenry.

The ceremony was held at the Willow Chicago Ministry Center, 418 South Wabash, headed by Pastor Jon Klinepeter who recently visited the Angola Supermax prison in Louisiana, nicknamed the “Alcatraz of the South.” He said those inmates would love to be reentered into society. “Most of the men have been there for about 30-years and have no chance of that,” he said referring to GEO’s reentry program. “I hope they do some day and that they handle it the with the same character and diligence that you have done…,”said Klinepeter.


GEO officials were on hand to praise their clients including Kim Zajicek, Area Manager, Emanuel Barr, Outreach and Operations Manager, Janet Szyzelko, Program Manager for the Chatham GEO Reentry Service Center (RSC) and Sonya Davis, Program Manager for the West Fulton RSC.

State Representative, LaShawn Ford (D-8th) was also present. He praised the program that showcased their best and brightest clients who vowed to stay on track.
During the program, a video was played featuring Rev. Robin Hood, a former gang leader, now inspirational speaker to troubled adolescent youth. Rev. Hood cautioned students against identifying themselves with the 2 letters representing a gang affiliation. Hood warned “Those 2 letters can change your life. Those 2 letters can hurt you.”

Barr said he could relate to the video having grown up in the Englewood community. “I saw a lot of that type of stuff happen in my childhood where one by one, neighborhood kids were disappearing. They were either going to jail or I was going to their funerals,” stated Barr. “Our job was to assist you in putting the train of your lives back on track, but at the end of the day, it wasn’t on us to do that work, it was on you. Each of you made mistakes in life but it is not our mistakes that define us, but our character of heart! You showed that you can make that change which is why we are here to honor you today!”

Daniel Stanford, Client Service Specialist for the Chatham office, sang “I Believe I Can Fly” which set the tone for keynote speaker, Calvin Hoarde, 59, who is a prime example of the program’s success record. Ten-years ago Hoarde was enrolled in the GEO Reentry program having spent two-years in prison for retail theft and drug related charges. Hoarde said the program helped transform his mind and he is now an inspiration and a mentor to others who are returning from prison.

He told the graduates, “You can all be successful. It’s just a matter of wanting it…coming to the realization that you are responsible for what you do and understanding that change can turn around but it won’t happen overnight.”


Hoarde claimed, “I did not want any part of day reporting. I finished my time and just wanted to move on. I had to report daily for alcohol Breathalyzer tests and be ready to perform random drug screenings…. I was resistant and thought that it was a waste of my time.” As he went through the program, Hoarde slowly made significant strides towards his success. He received his Bachelor’s degree from DeVry University and is currently working on his Masters’ degree.

Kim Zajicek, Area Manager of GEO Reentry Services, was elated to see so many participants and families. “It’s exciting because it’s an opportunity to celebrate with these men and women who have accomplished some important steps towards having a better life in the community and a chance for the staff to join with them. “We want to encourage them to do all they can do to achieve their hopes, dreams or aspirations…to live up to their potential that is what this is about…changing their lives in a positive way,” said Zajicek.


Janet Szyzelko, Program Manager for the Chatham Reentry Service Center, said she is extremely proud of the clients personal growth during their time in this program. She was referring to the client’s entering the program six or seven months ago, “they make better choices, are more engaged, and they start to laugh and enjoy life more. I am extremely proud of every one of them.”

GEO Reentry Services has offices at 8007 S. Cottage Grove community and 2650 W. Fulton. Working in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Corrections, GEO Reentry Services is a “one stop shop” of research based programs for men and women on parole designed to reduce recidivism.

“We have an Employment/Education coordinator at each of our sites to help them enroll in school, fill out financial aid paperwork, develop employment soft skills, and connect them to relevant employment opportunities,” said Szyzelko.

When asked about the 6,000 inmates soon to be released from federal prison, she said, “Our office can serve about 110 participants per day…. Chatham and Englewood are one of the largest returning areas for state parolees in District 1 (Chicago). We’re here to assist where we can,” she said.

Those clients who graduated were: Antoinette Avant, Paul Ayers, Justin Baugh, Naeem Cannon; Charles Evans; Style Gray; Bobby Lee; Jimmy Olive (2 certificates); Zenus Singleton (2 certificates); Anthony Dye; Dushawn Gandy; Mario Burley; Jordan Julius; Al Carlos McDonald; Jimmy Olive; Lavelle Butler; Devorak Hiley, Andre Murphy; Toney Williams; Donte Grant; Dangelo Webb; Willie Reeves; Christian Gonzalez; Christopher Malone and Devon Davis.

IDOC Parole Agents William Butler and Robert Long also received recognition for Outstanding Community Corrections through their demonstrated commitment to treatment centered case management.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

President Obama Announces a Presidential Emergency Board, Names Members

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order creating a second Presidential Emergency Board to help resolve an ongoing dispute between the New Jersey Transit Rail and some of its employees.

The Presidential Emergency Board will provide a structure that allows the two sides to attempt to resolve their disagreements.  In the 60 days following its establishment, the Presidential Emergency Board will obtain final offers for settlement of the dispute from each side, and then produce a report to the President that selects the offer that the Board finds to be the most reasonable.  The Board’s report is not binding, but the party whose offer is not selected would be prohibited by law from receiving certain benefits if a work stoppage subsequently occurs.

President Obama also announced that he intends to appoint the following members to Presidential Emergency Board No. 249:

  • Joshua Javits – Chair, Presidential Emergency Board No. 249
  • Elizabeth Neumeier – Member, Presidential Emergency Board No. 249
  • Nancy E. Peace – Member, Presidential Emergency Board No. 249

President Obama said, “I appreciate that these dedicated individuals have agreed to devote their talent and years of experience working on labor-management disputes to help reach a swift and smooth resolution of this issue.”

Joshua Javits, Appointee for Chair, Presidential Emergency Board No. 249

Joshua Javits is the founder of Dispute Resolution Services and has been a mediator and arbitrator since 1985.  Mr. Javits served on Presidential Emergency Boards in 2007,  2011, and 2014.  From 2007 to 2011, he served as Grievance Committee Chairman of the International Monetary Fund, and Partner at Ford & Harrison LLP from 1993 to 2001.  In 1988, Mr. Javits was appointed to be a member and Chairman of the National Mediation Board, where he served until 1993.  He also worked as a labor-management arbitrator from 1985 to 1988, an associate attorney at Mulholland & Hickey from 1983 to 1985, and a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board from 1978 to 1983.  Mr. Javits served as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center from 1990 to 2002.  He is on the rosters of the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and the National Mediation Board.  He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Mr. Javits received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Elizabeth Neumeier, Appointee for Member, Presidential Emergency Board No. 249

Elizabeth Neumeier has been a self-employed arbitrator since 1983.  In 1994, Ms. Neumeier served as a member on Presidential Emergency Board No. 225 and currently serves as a member of the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board.  From 1980 to 1982, she was Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Chief Counsel at the Federal Labor Relations Authority.  Ms. Neumeier served as Counsel for the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO from 1975 to 1979.  She is on the rosters of the National Mediation Board and the American Arbitration Association and is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Ms. Neumeier received a B.A. from New York University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Nancy E. Peace, Appointee for Member, Presidential Emergency Board No. 249

Nancy E. Peace has been an arbitrator, mediator, and consultant since 1993.  From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Peace served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Education Partnership.  From 1999 to 2010, she was a part-time instructor at various colleges, first at Emerson College from 1993 to 1996 and then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1999 to 2010.  From 1983 to 1993, she served as a mediator and arbitrator for the Massachusetts Board of Conciliation and Arbitration.  Prior to this role, she was an associate professor at Simmons College from 1977 to 1983. She received a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University, an M.A. from University of Michigan, and a D.L.S. from Columbia University.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and Amara Enyia to Hold Joint Press Conference on Future of 7th District

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CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and Amara Enyia will hold a joint press conference to announce a new community leadership and talent development initiative for Chicago’s African American community.

The press conference will be held Sunday, Nov.15,  3:00 P.M., at the Northwest Austin Council, 5730 W. Division St., in Chicago.

“Many organizations train people to become politicians, but few teach the leadership and community bond required to become effective public servants,’’ said Enyia. “Communities, especially communities of color, require engaged members to be groomed for leadership in the public sector and beyond.’’


The program to be unveiled will address comprehensive leadership development that includes building stronger community relationships, understanding a wide spectrum of issues, studying policy and politics, and learning the best practices for issue advocacy. It will also establish a bridge between subject matter experts and elected officials to ensure elected officials are able to make independent decisions based on the latest data and research.


“I’m concerned about building better public servants and stronger advocates from our neighborhoods,” she said.


The program will be valuable to all members of the community, such as entrepreneurs, not just for those planning to work in the public sector. Learning how to best serve the values and needs of a community will help create businesses, jobs and many other opportunities.


Rep. Davis noted that he and Amara may be from different generations, but the two leaders share a vision for the future for our communities, a passion for public service, for the West Side and for all of Chicago, and for African American leadership. By creating an vehicle to share institutional and generational knowledge, he said, we can build a greater collective wisdom to serve the public interest.’’


“Hours of insightful, one-on-one conversations with the Congressman” led to his enthusiastic support for the initiative, which will launch with the support and endorsement of Davis’ office, Enyia said. “He was very receptive to the new ideas I discussed with him and his staff so there are a lot of opportunities to do some great things in partnership.’’


Davis said he is energized by new ideas he and his team discussed with Enyia about how the District can move forward. “She brings a wealth of knowledge, energy and talent to the table. She’s the kind of authentic leadership we need in our community.”


Enyia is a noted organizer on the West Side and around Chicago who heads the Austin Chamber of Commerce, is a former City Hall policy analyst, and currently a public policy consultant. She holds multiple degrees, including one in law and a Ph.D. in Education Policy.


Davis has served as the 7th District Congressional Rep since 1996 and has been in public service most of his life, including time in the Chicago City Council.

For more information, contact Tony Boylan



Settlement Reached in Case of Professor Fired for “Uncivil” Tweets

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CHICAGO, IL – – The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel Loevy & Loevy announced the settlement of Professor Steven Salaita’s case against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for firing him from his tenured position over his personal tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s assault on Gaza in 2014. Professor Salaita sued UIUC, the university Board of Trustees and high-level administrators for violating his First Amendment right to free speech and for breach of contract. Salaita’s firing became a flashpoint for debates over academic freedom, free speech, and the repression of Palestinian rights advocacy. In exchange for Professor Salaita’s agreement to release his claims, the university has agreed to pay $875,000.

“This settlement is a vindication for me, but more importantly, it is a victory for academic freedom and the First Amendment,” said Professor Salaita. “The petitions, demonstrations, and investigations, as well as the legal case, have reinvigorated American higher education as a place of critical thinking and rigorous debate, and I am deeply grateful to all who have spoken out.”

Professor Salaita’s firing prompted student walkouts; the cancellation of more than three dozen scheduled talks and conferences at the school; further pledges to boycott UIUC by more than 5,000 academics; a vote of no confidence in the university administration by 16 UIUC academic departments; and public condemnation by prominent academic organizations, including the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the Modern Language Association, and the Society of American Law Teachers. In April, the AAUP released a scathing report on Salaita’s termination and, in June, voted to censure the UIUC for its actions. In August, a federal judge rejected the university’s argument that Professor Salaita had not actually been hired, despite a contract and his impending family move to the university, writing, “If the Court accepts the University’s argument, the entire American academic hiring process as it now operates would cease to exist.”

Within hours of the court’s decision, Chancellor Phyllis Wise, who sent Professor Salaita the letter notifying him of his termination a year prior, resigned from the UIUC. The following day, the university revealed that administrators had been using personal email accounts in an attempt to avoid publicly releasing their correspondence. In one email released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Chancellor Wise admitted that she was not only using her private email because of the litigation, but was deleting her messages after sending. Provost Ilesanmi Adesida resigned a few weeks later. Prior FOIA productions had revealed that wealthy UIUC donors had threatened to withhold funding unless Professor Salaita was terminated.

“Professor Salaita’s case galvanized champions of academic freedom and Palestinian rights activists alike, making clear that punishing speech―even speech that dares to criticize Israeli government atrocities―will not be tolerated. It resulted in widespread condemnation of the university’s actions and a federal court decision finding he had a contract and his tweets were protected by the First Amendment. Professor Salaita has in fact won―and this settlement permits him to move on and refocus on his work as a premier scholar and an excellent teacher,” said Center for Constitutional Rights Deputy Legal Director Maria LaHood.

In July 2014, after his contract with the university had been signed, Professor Salaita tweeted a number of strongly worded messages from his private account expressing his outrage and dismay at the Israeli government’s attacks in Gaza, which killed more than 500 children. Professor Salaita’s firing is part of a broader crackdown on activism for Palestinian rights that includes event cancellations, baseless legal complaints such as the ongoing case in Washington against Olympia Food Co-op board members for boycotting Israeli goods, administrative disciplinary actions, false and inflammatory accusations of terrorism and antisemitism, and legislation to prohibit boycotts of Israeli goods and institutions. The Center for Constitutional Rights co-authored a report this fall with the organization Palestine Legal on the widespread attempts to silence U.S. activists critical of Israel’s policies, called “The Palestine Exception to Free Speech”.

“Make no mistake: the size of this settlement is an implicit admission of the strength of Professor Salaita’s constitutional and contractual claims,” said Anand Swaminathan of Loevy & Loevy. “He has scored a major victory for those who care about free speech and academic freedom. In the future, university administrators will have to think twice before they choose the interests of wealthy donors and alumni over upholding their constitutional obligations. This legal victory could not have been possible without the support of a large and committed movement of activists and academics.”

For more information on the case, visit CCR’s Salaita v. Kennedy case page.

Loevy & Loevy is one of the nation’s largest and most successful civil rights law firms, dedicated to seeking justice for those whose civil rights have been violated and for whistleblowers. Our willingness to take hard cases to trial and win them has yielded a nationally recognized reputation for success in the courtroom. We only take cases we passionately believe in, we forge close bonds with our clients, and we are proud to have achieved outstanding results for them with truly uncommon consistency. Visit us at http://www.loevy.com


The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. Visit www.ccrjustice.org and follow @theCCR.

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Claims Victory for Child Care Funding Rule Reversal

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In January, Senator Emil Jones III and Representative LaShawn Ford filed Senate Bill 105, which would have appropriated funds to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Since the legislation was introduced, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus has been leading the charge to ensure child care funding is available for families throughout Illinois. CCAP provides access to affordable child care for more than 179,000 children throughout the state, giving working parents a hand with the exorbitant, ever-increasing cost of child care.
Recently, Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth and Senator Toi Hutchinson struck a deal with the governor to roll back his emergency rule to allow families who previously qualified to be eligible again. On July 1st governor used an emergency rule making process to establish new eligibility requirements that left out an estimated 90 percent of new applicants
Below is a statement from Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Kimberly A. Lightford who applauded the consistency and steadfastness of members in the Black Caucus who laid the groundwork for this compromise:
“I applaud all the members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus who stood with working families throughout Illinois and fought tirelessly so we could get funding for CCAP restored. Today, we celebrate a victory for 70,000 children who were displaced, the working parents who were left with few options and countless providers who were forced to lay off staff and in some cases shut down operations. Senator Hutchinson and Representative Gordon-Booth spearheaded the effort and compromised in a very contentious political environment. They didn’t let anything stop them and kept the promises they made to concerned parents and providers – they delivered. The compromise will potentially save the lives of children who were forcibly left unsupervised. I would also like to apologize to the affected families. The Illinois legislative Black Caucus made your issue a top priority and we never walked away for the bargaining table, which led us to getting funding restored. Our collective voices were heard, and we look forward to continue fighting for underrepresented populations.”

Attorneys Organize to Protect the Rights of Arrestees Free of Charge

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First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA, First Defense) will report back on its recent experience with Homan Square and other Chicago police facilities where youth and adults are held incommunicado. Chicago made international news for “Homan Square,” record numbers of false confessions, police shootings, torture, and a department-wide code of silence on police crimes and misconduct, all disproportionately affecting African Americans. Chicago can be known for a unique solution! FDLA will make specific calls to action for getting volunteer attorneys into the police stations.

The nonprofit charitable organization First Defense Legal Aid is the only way people in Chicago police custody can access their right to an attorney free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, when someone calls 1(800) LAW-REP-4 to alert our volunteer attorneys.

The Chicago Police Department reported that only .3% of their arrestees had a lawyer at any police station last year. The other 99.7% had the right to a lawyer too, but the public defender can’t be appointed until much later, police do not allow arrestees to use the phones until the end of the process, and the legal aid number is not provided. So, First Defense relies on 3rd parties to deploy their free services.

“I was told personally that no one can make phone calls from Homan Square. It’s a problem department-wide that means no one gets a lawyer when it matters most. Providing real access to our rights is part of creating a peaceful city.” -Charles Jones, panelist

“Jurisdictions that ensure real access to legal aid for all arrestees see a reduction in violent crime. Miranda rights are not real if there’s no way to contact a lawyer.” -Eliza Solowiej, moderator

DETAILS: Flint Taylor, Charles Jones, April Kentala, Jarrett Adams, and Eliza Solowiej will speak. Taylor is a renowned attorney who recently represented people tortured by Chicago police under the direction of former Commander Jon Burge. Jones is a Know Your Rights Organizer for FDLA who has specific policy solutions to present. Kentala is an FDLA attorney with many experiences representing clients held at Homan Square. Adams is a recent law school graduate and a Public Interest Fellow at the US Court of Appeals who was wrongfully convicted at the age of 17 and exonerated after serving for nearly 10 years in prison. Solowiej is the Executive Director of FDLA.

A Report Back was held November 12th at the Westside Justice Center, 601 S. California


OCAD Responds to 5th Circuit Decision on Immigration, Announces March on November 21st in Chicago: The President Can Do More to Stop Deportations

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CHICAGO, IL – In response to the news that the 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans upheld the injunction to delay DAPA and the expansion of DACA, OCAD issued the following statement.


“Our communities waited for nearly a year to receive the news that once again relief  is delayed. While Obama’s executive actions are on their way to the Supreme Court, one thing is clear for the undocumented community: deportations continue and so does our organizing.”


“We have never won anything by waiting, and in Chicago we will not wait as our families continue to be separated, our homes raided, and as the collaboration between police and ICE continues.”


“Cases like that of Manuel Roman, who is scheduled to be deported this week, are the reality many undocumented people are living post November 20, 2014. While there is still no relief from deportation for the undocumented community across the nation, we have seen how ICE manipulates DHS’s guidelines to further criminalize, and lock-up members of our community to eventually deport them.”


“The President doesn’t need the courts  to give relief from deportations to the 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S.. Obama can start by ending immigrant detention and programs like P.E.P., C.A.R.I., and any other program that ultimately ends in the criminalization, detention and deportation of our communities.”


“The crisis our community faces continues, we will not celebrate symbolic actions, we will organize and we will fight the criminalization of our communities.”


“On November 21, 2015 we will meet at Harrison Park in Pilsen at 10 am to march to the local ICE offices demanding an end to deportations.”

Interviews available upon request, including with community members who would and wouldn’t qualify for deferred action.

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is a Chicago-based, undocumented led, community group organizing against immigration detention and deportation.

City of Chicago Hosts Last ‘Small Business Center On The Road’ Expo for 2015

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Dual keynote speakers, free professional headshots and over 40 exhibitors

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) today announced the fifth and final ‘Small Business Center on the Road’ business expo to be held on Saturday, November 14 at Wilbur Wright College, from 10A.M. to 2P.M. For the first time in the series there will be two keynote speakers, Tim Smithe and Kathleen Henson. The expo will offer entrepreneurs and business owners the opportunity to consult, network and gather information from more than 40 government and non-profit agencies including the City of Chicago Department of Public Health, the Better Business Bureau, and the City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office. The goal is to provide expert advice to small business owners on topics such as licensing, financing and business planning. To date, about 1,500 small business owners and entrepreneurs have attended the 2015 expo series.

“We want to end the series strong, so we have maximized our resources to ensure each attendee learns something that will help grow or start their business,” said BACP Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek. “The two keynote speakers offer success stories that many can relate to, so I encourage anyone contemplating opening a small business or current owner to come out and check out the plethora of tools the expo will offer.”

The two keynote speakers, Tim Smithe and Kathleen Henson, will take the stage at 10:30 a.m. with a fun banter on their road to business success. Smithe is the marketing mastermind behind iconic family furniture brand Walter E. Smithe; and Henson is the Founder and CEO of Henson Consulting, a public relations powerhouse with offices in Chicago and Cleveland.

Immediately following the keynote speeches there will be three free workshops that begin at noon and end at 1 p.m.

  • How to Start A Business in Chicago Presented by Illinois SBDC at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Doing Business with the City of Chicago Presented by The City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS)
  • Opening Your Own Venue: How to Navigate City Licensing Presented by Dylan Rice, Director of Creative Industries-Music, Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE)


The ‘Small Business Center on the Road’ is a series of five free expos in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. The series is a partnership between the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), the Office of New Americans (ONA) and Western Union.

Business consultants from the City of Chicago Small Business Center (SBC) will be on hand to help attendees apply or renew for a business license and make an appointment for additional counseling at City Hall. In addition, the Center for Economic Progress will provide a free tax clinic and The Law Project will provide a free legal clinic with representatives offering 20-minute consultations. A professional photographer will be on hand to take free headshots for attendees to use on their social media sites and marketing materials. Lastly, Ulta Beauty will offer free mini makeovers for the perfect headshot.

For more information or to register for the City of Chicago’s SBC and the Small Business on the Road expo series, visit www.cityofchicago.org/sbc.

Two-Time Tony Award Winners Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole Star in War Paint, a New Musical About Two Business Titans – And Their Infamous Rivalry

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Will be at the Goodman Theatre, Starting June 28, 2016


War Paint is a World Premiere Production From the Creators of Grey Gardens: Music by Scott Frankel, Lyrics by Michael Korie, Book by Doug Wright, Directed by Micael Greif


CHICAGO, IL  – They were the brand name on every woman’s lips. Goodman Theatre announces it will produce the world premiere of War Paint, a new musical that charts the ascent and arch-rivalry of cosmetics entrepreneurs Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Patti LuPone, who “generates more raw excitement than any other performer on Broadway” (The New York Times), and Christine Ebersole, a “first-class, revitalizing master of period style” (The New York Times), respectively star as Rubinstein and Arden, the brilliant innovators with humble roots who shrewdly navigated the 1930s male-dominated business world to forever change the business of beauty. Directed by Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then, Grey Gardens), War Paint reunites Scott Frankel and Michael Korie—the acclaimed composer and lyricist team of Grey Gardens and Far From Heaven—with Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (Grey Gardens, I Am My Own Wife, The Little Mermaid). The musical is inspired by the book, War Paint, by Lindy Woodhead and the documentary film, The Powder & the Glory, by Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman.

War Paint appears in the Goodman’s 856-seat Albert Theatre beginning June 28, 2016; tickets available now by subscription and to groups only. To subscribe, call 312.443.3800 or visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Subscribe. Group savings are available for 15+; call 312.443.3820 or email Groups@GoodmanTheatre.org. The Goodman is grateful for the generosity of its sponsors: Allstate Insurance Company and JPMorgan Chase are Major Corporate Sponsors and ComEd is the Official Lighting Sponsor.


“We are proud to produce the world premiere of War Paint, a bold and exciting new musical about two fearless women who broke new ground in luxury beauty, starring the incomparable musical theater titans Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “It’s particularly thrilling to collaborate with this enormously talented creative team. I consider Grey Gardens to be one of the most beautiful musicals to emerge in the past years, and I’m delighted to welcome these artists to the Goodman and Chicago.”


Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country’s first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their remarkable rivalry was ruthless, relentless and legendary—pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men.


Patti LuPone (Helena Rubinstein) most recently starred in Douglas Carter Beane’s Shows for Days, directed by Jerry Zaks, at Lincoln Center Theater. Her New York stage credits include Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins (guest soloist with the NY City Ballet); Joanne in Company (NY Philharmonic); David Mamet’s The Anarchist; Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Gypsy (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards); John Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Passion; Candide; Can Can; Noises Off; Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic); The Old Neighborhood; Master Class; Patti LuPone on Broadway (Outer Critics Circle Award); Pal Joey; Anything Goes (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award); Oliver!; Accidental Death of An Anarchist; The Woods;  Edmond; The Cradle Will Rock; Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards); Working; The Water Engine; and The Robber Bridegroom (Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations). London credits include Matters of the Heart, Master Class, Sunset Boulevard (Olivier Award nomination) and Les Misérables (Royal Shakespeare Company world premiere production) and The Cradle Will Rock (Olivier Award for both productions). Opera credits include Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back (San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, for the Los Angeles Opera), John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and Brecht-Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (LA  Opera debut) and Marc Blitzstein’s Regina (Kennedy Center). Films include Parker, Union Square, City by the Sea, David Mamet’s Heist and State and Main, Just Looking, Summer of Sam, Driving Miss Daisy and Witness. TV credits include Penny Dreadful, Girls, American Horror Story: Coven, Ugly Betty, Will & Grace, Passion, and Sweeney Todd, Oz, Monday Night Mayhem, Evening At the Pops with John Williams and Yo Yo Ma,  Frasier (Emmy Award nomination), Law & Order, The Water Engine, L.B.J. and Life Goes On. Recordings, in addition to original cast recordings include Patti LuPone Live, Matters of the Heart, The Lady With The Torch, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches and Far Away Places. LuPone is a founding member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School and of John Houseman’s The Acting Company. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller, Patti LuPone: A Memoir.


Christine Ebersole (Elizabeth Arden), a native of Winnetka, received virtually every off-Broadway award and her second Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for her dual performance as Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens. Other Broadway credits include her Tony Award-winning performance as Dorothy Brock in the smash hit revival 42nd StreetDinner at Eight (Tony and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Steel Magnolias, On the Twentieth Century, I Love My Wife, Angel Street, Oklahoma, Camelot opposite Richard Burton, The Best Man and the recent revival of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, co-starring with Dame Angela Lansbury. She has starred in five City Center Encores! productions, and received an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.  Ebersole has appeared in over 20 feature films including The Wolf Of Wall StreetAmadeus, Tootsie, Richie Rich, Black Sheep, My Favorite Martian, Dead Again, Folks!, True Crime, My Girl 2 and The Big Wedding, which also features an original composition that she wrote and sang for the end credits of the film. Her television credits include being a regular cast member of Saturday Night Live‘s 1981-82 season, the First Lady on the CBS hit show Madame Secretary, Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtAmerican Horror Story: Coven, Royal Pains, three seasons of Sullivan and Son for TBS, Ugly Betty, Law and Order: SVU, Boston Legal, Will & Grace, and she starred as Tessie Tura  in the TV movie Gypsy with Bette Midler. Ebersole has performed in the concert version of the opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall, and she appeared with the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall in a tribute to Leonard Bernstein. She performed at Boston’s Symphony Hall and Tanglewood starring as Desiree Armfeldt in a concert version of A Little Night Music with the Boston Pops. In televised concerts, she has often appeared on PBS, including her star turns in Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall and The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty. She has performed on the Kennedy Center Honors, for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jerry Herman. As a recording artist, she has released several albums including Live at the Cinegrill, Sunday in New York, In Your Dreams,Christine Ebersole Sings Noel Coward and Strings Attached. christineebersole.com

About the Creative Team


Director Michael Greif’s Broadway credits include Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Next to Normal and If/Then, as well as Never Gonna Dance, Grey Gardens and Rent. Recent work includes Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson’s musical Dear Evan Hansen at Arena Stage (also upcoming at off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre), Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho and Angels in America at New York’s Signature Theater, the premiere of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… at The Public Theater, and The Tempest, Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet at The Public’s Delacorte Theater.  Regional work includes premieres and revivals at Williamstown Theatre Festival (10 seasons), La Jolla Playhouse (Artistic Director 1995-99), Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Dallas Theatre Center and Trinity Repertory Theatre. Work off-Broadway includes plays and musicals at The Public Theater, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theater Compay, Manhattan Theatre Club, MCC, Signature and the New York Theater Workshop, where he is an artistic associate.  Education: B.S. Northwestern; M.F.A. UCSD.

Michael Korie (lyrics) was nominated for a Tony Award and received an Outer Critics Circle Award for his lyrics to Grey Gardens, created with composer Scott Frankel, book by Doug Wright, directed by Michael Greif, produced at Playwrights Horizons, and subsequently on Broadway, nationally and abroad. Grey Gardens premieres in January at London’s Southwark Playhouse. He wrote the lyrics to Far From Heaven with composer Frankel and playwright Richard Greenberg produced at Williamstown Festival, Playwrights Horizons and at Chicago’s Porchlight Theater later this season. Also with Frankel, lyrics to Happiness at Lincoln Center Theater, Meet Mister Future at Cardiff Festival, and Doll presented at Ravinia Festival. He co-wrote lyrics with Amy Powers to Doctor Zhivago produced internationally and on Broadway, and is currently collaborating on a new show with Tom Kitt and Donald Marguiles for Disney Theatricals. For opera, Korie adapted John Steinbeck’s novel for the libretto to The Grapes of Wrath, with composer Ricky Ian Gordon, and created original librettos to operas with composer Stewart Wallace including Harvey Milk, Hopper’s Wife, Where’s Dick? and Kabbalah. Their operas have been produced at San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, BAM Next Wave Festival, Carnegie Hall and Disney Los Angeles Symphony Hall. Korie’s lyrics have received the Edward Kleban Prize, Jonathan Larson Award and the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award. His songs with composer Frankel were featured at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Broadway Today. He serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild and moderates the Dramatist Guild Musical Theater Fellows Program. MichaelKorie.com.

Scott Frankel (music) was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his work on Grey Gardens, which ran at Playwrights Horizons before moving to Broadway. Since then, the show has been performed regularly across the country as well as internationally. He has also written the music for Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Finding Neverland (UK premiere, 2012), Happiness (Lincoln Center Theater), Doll (Ravinia Festival, Richard Rodgers Award) and Meet Mister Future (winner, Global Search for New Musicals), all with lyricist Michael Korie. Frankel is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and the Frederick Loewe Award. He was the 2011-2012 Frances & William Schuman Fellow at The MacDowell Colony and is a graduate of Yale University.

Doug Wright (book) earned the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his play I Am My Own Wife. Other stage works include Grey Gardens (Tony Award nomination), The Little Mermaid and Hands on a Hardbody. Film credits include Quills, based on his Obie Award-winning play, nominated for three Academy Awards. Television credits include Tony Bennett: An American Classic, directed by Rob Marshall. Honors include the Benjamin Dank Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Tolerance Prize, Kulturforum Europa and the Paul Selvin Award, Writers Guild of America. Professional affiliations include president of the Dramatists Guild; member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers; board of the New York Theatre Workshop. Wright is married to singer/songwriter David Clement.


Called America’s “Best Regional Theatre” by Time magazine, Goodman Theatre has won international recognition for its artists, productions and programs, and is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago. Founded in 1925 by William O. Goodman and his family in honor of their son Kenneth (an important figure in Chicago’s cultural renaissance in the early 1900s), Goodman Theatre has garnered hundreds of awards for artistic achievement and community engagement, including: two Pulitzer Prizes, 22 Tony Awards (including “Outstanding Regional Theatre” in 1992), nearly 160 Joseph Jefferson Awards and more. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the Goodman’s artistic priorities include new plays (more than 150 world or American premieres in the past 30 years), reimagined classics (including Falls’ nationally and internationally celebrated productions of Death of a Salesman, Long’s Day’s Journey into Night, King Lear and The Iceman Cometh, many in collaboration with actor Brian Dennehy), culturally specific work, musical theater (26 major productions in 20 years, including 10 world premieres) and international collaborations. Diversity and inclusion have been primary cornerstones of the Goodman’s mission for 30 years; over the past decade, 68% of the Goodman’s 35 world premieres were authored by women and/or playwrights of color, and the Goodman was the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle.” Each year the Goodman’s education and community engagement programs serve thousands of students, teachers and life-long learners. In addition, for nearly four decades A Christmas Carol has led to the creation of a new generation of theatergoers in Chicago. Goodman Theatre’s leadership includes the Artistic Collective: Brian Dennehy, Rebecca Gilman, Henry Godinez, Steve Scott, Chuck Smith, Regina Taylor, Henry Wishcamper and Mary Zimmerman. Joan Clifford is Chair of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees, Swati Mehta is Women’s Board President and Gordon C.C. Liao is President of the Scenemakers Board for young professionals. Visit the Goodman virtually at GoodmanTheatre.org—including OnStage+ for insider information—and on Twitter (@GoodmanTheatre), Facebook and Instagram.

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