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Archive for November 16th, 2015

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus to Hold Press Conference Detailing How the Budget Disproportionally Affects the Black Community

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November 18, 2015 Update: This meeting has been canceled

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus released a telling report detailing how the budget impasse is disproportionally affecting the black community. African-Americans make up nearly 15 percent of the population, yet 30 percent live in poverty. There are four areas of interest that affect the most vulnerable populations in the black community: early childhood education, violence prevention, MAP grant funding and senior concerns. All of these areas of interest result in concentrating economic loss directly in communities where black people reside.

“Media reports have detailed how young black men and women are killed in Chicago almost daily, and that is extremely alarming,” said Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Kimberly A. Lightford. “Perhaps if we were funding violence prevention and after school programs at an adequate level, then our children would have an alternative to the streets.”

The report outlines how the budget impasse is positioning the next generation of potential leaders for failure. Without funding for the MAP grant, thousands of first-generation African-American students won’t have an opportunity to attend or continue their education.

“Minority students are disproportionally low-income,” Representative Will Davis said. “The MAP grant helps close the achievement gap between low-income black and white students.”

Attached is the report that gives details and statistics expounding on the disproportionate effects of the budget impasse.

On Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Thompson Center Press room on the 15th floor, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus will be hosting a press conference with community advocates to discuss how the ongoing budget fight affects the black community.

The ILBC is also calling on Governor Bruce Rauner to end this stalemate and sign the budget elected representatives sent him to end this madness.

Time: 10 a.m.

Date: Wednesday 11.18.15

Location: Thompson Center – 15th Floor press room

Illinois Department Of Insurance Inadvertent Data Release Involving Health Care Providers

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SPRINGFIELD, ILOn November 9, 2015, the Department of Insurance (DOI), through a constituent complaint learned of an inadvertent data disclosure involving health care providers’ Social Security Numbers (SSNs).  DOI provided unredacted filings from Blue Cross Blue Shield to the System for Electronic Rate and Form Filing (SERFF) database which posted the information on its publically available website.  

Upon learning of the disclosure, DOI took immediate action to remove personal information from the publicly available website. The Department also reviewed all other filings similar in nature to the BCBS filings and determined no other personal information was disclosed.

The security of personal information of Illinois health providers is a priority and notification of this disclosure is being furnished to all persons involved. The Department is taking steps to prevent future disclosures, including a review of DOI’s procedure for posting information to publically accessible data bases.

Speaker Madigan Unable to Attend Nov. 18 Leaders Meeting Due to Family Funeral

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement regarding Wednesday’s proposed meeting with legislative leaders and the governor:

“Due to a family funeral out of state, I will be unable to attend Wednesday’s proposed meeting with Governor Rauner and the other legislative leaders. I regret not being able to participate at this time, but my obligations to my family come first.

“State Representative John Bradley, the chairman of the House Revenue and Finance Committee, will attend Wednesday’s meeting on behalf of the House Democratic Caucus. I continue to support an open and public discussion about how the Legislature and the Governor can work together to address the state’s biggest issue: solving the budget deficit.”

Madigan Lawsuit Alleges Immigrant Worker Abuse by Employment Agencies and Chinese Buffet Restaurants

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a lawsuit against three underground employment agencies and two suburban Chinese buffet-style restaurants alleging numerous federal and state civil rights violations, as well as wage violations, in their treatment of immigrant Latino workers.

Madigan’s lawsuit alleges the employment agencies target Latino workers and act as central suppliers for Chinese buffet-style restaurants that seek to profit from illegal and exploitative wages and abysmal working conditions. The lawsuit alleges the restaurants consistently underpay these workers, discriminate against them based on their race and national origin, and house them in substandard conditions.

“My office fights to protect Illinois workers and their most basic rights,” said Madigan. “The employment agencies and restaurants in this lawsuit are exploiting workers through discrimination and inhumane conditions, violating both their civil rights and the state’s wage laws. Their conduct will not be tolerated in this state.”

The lawsuit was filed in federal court against three unlicensed employment agencies based in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood and their owners: Xing Ying, 2228 S. Archer Ave.; Jiao’s Employment Agency, 2276 S. Blue Island Ave.; and Chinatown Agencia de Empleo, 211 W. Alexander St.

Also named in the lawsuit as defendants are two restaurants that worked with the employment agencies to hire Latinoworkers: Hibachi Sushi Buffet, 3035 S. Cicero Ave., Cicero, and Hibachi Grill Buffet, 101 Busse Rd., Elk Grove Village.

Madigan alleges these employment agencies and their restaurant clients collectively set the wage rate as low as $3.50 an hour for each Latino worker referred, far below Illinois’s minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. For every referral of a worker, the agencies charge commissions and fees of $120 to $220, along with fees for lodging and transportation, which the restaurants then typically deducted from a worker’s paycheck ,which workers often wait months for, and then remitted to the agencies. The restaurants exclusively assigned Latino workers “back of the house” job duties, including washing dishes, cleaning the kitchen floor, cutting and preparing vegetables and meats, and maintaining the buffet.

Workers interviewed by Madigan’s office describe long workdays, poor wages, high-pressure work environments, crowded and substandard housing conditions, verbal abuse, discrimination and threats of violence. Employees typically work 12 to 14 hours per day, six days a week, with no official meal breaks. Workers are often housed by the restaurant owners in overcrowded, squalid conditions. In one instance, the lawsuit alleges the Hibachi Grill Buffet crowded as many as 15 employees into a three-bedroom apartment with only one bathroom and no furniture aside from soiled mattresses the workers found from a nearby dumpster.

Madigan’s complaint also alleges the three unlicensed employment agencies unlawfully market their ability to provide Latino workers in newspaper advertisements that make explicit references to workers’ race and national origin. For example, one agency advertised it could supply “a large number of Mexican workers,” and another claimed to be “the base camp for Mexican workers.”

The lawsuit is the result of Madigan’s ongoing investigation into wage violations and discriminatory practices against immigrant workers employed at Chinese buffet-style restaurants in Illinois. It alleges violations of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, Illinois Human Rights Act and the state’s minimum wage law. A copy of the complaint is attached.

Madigan urges any current and former workers of a Chinese buffet-style restaurant in Illinois to immediately contact her office to report wage abuse or discrimination in the workplace. Workers should contact Madigan’s Civil Rights Bureau at 1 (877) 581-3692.

The lawsuit is being handled by Assistant Attorneys General Cara Hendrickson, Karyn Bass Ehler, Jane Flanagan, Manuela Hernandez and Christopher Kim. The lawsuit is a joint effort between Madigan’s Civil Rights Bureau and her newly formed Workplace Rights Bureau. Madigan’s Civil Rights Bureau is committed to the strong and vigorous enforcement of civil rights laws and to protecting the civil rights of all Illinois residents. The mission of the Workplace Rights Bureau is to protect and advance the employment rights of Illinois residents, particularly low and moderate-income and immigrant residents.

Nevada Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Aggravated Identity Theft

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SACRAMENTO, CA—Glenn Litton, 47, resident of Carson City, Nevada, was sentenced by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to two years in prison for aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, on November 19, 2014, Litton submitted an application for a U.S. passport to a passport acceptance officer in Sacramento. In the application, Litton used the identity of another individual, including that individual’s name, birthdate, and Social Security number. Litton also presented supporting documentation such as a birth certificate, a debit card, and employment ID card bearing the name of the individual whose identity he had assumed. As a result of the application, Litton was issued a U.S. passport in a false name.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. Assistant United States Attorney Shelley D. Weger prosecuted the case.

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 12, 2015
  • Southern District of California (619) 557-5610

Chicago Immigrants March & Rally On Anniversary of President’s Executive Actions

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A year after the executive action announcements, Chicago immigrants take to the streets to denounce criminalization of immigrant communities and ongoing detention & deportation crisis.

On the anniversary of the President’s announcement for deferred action, the start of the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), and the new enforcement priorities, Chicago immigrant communities will hold a press conference on Friday and a march Saturday. As a part of the #Not1More National Week of Action on the Anniversary of DAPA, Organized Communities Against Deportations and members of the immigrant community will take to the streets November 20 & 21 to denounce ICE’s tactics and to fight against the criminalization of immigrant  communities.

Press Conference on the anniversary of the immigration administrative action announcement

Friday, November 20th at 10 A.M.

Chicago ICE Offices (101 W. Congress)

March to Immigration and Customs Enforcement:

Saturday, November 21 at 10 A.M.

March will begin at 10:30 A.M., and will arrive at Chicago ICE offices at 12:30 P.M.

On November 20 it will be one year since the President announced the expansion of the deferred action program to cover parents of U.S. citizens and an expanded number of childhood arrivals, as well as the date that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the beginning of the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) and the announcement of the new priorities. While the expansion of deferred action has not gone into effect, the enforcement priorities have continued to target immigrant communities for deportation and detention.

Instead of relief against deportation, immigrant communities are experiencing an alarming increase in ICE’s aggressiveness. ICE is out of control, threatening and detaining immigrants with almost total impunity; in order to continue deportations ICE has even shown itself willing to lie and to break its own rules, as in the case of Manuel Roman.

Journalist, Attorney Respond to Mayor Emanuel’s Comments on Release of Police Shooting Video

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An article (November 13) in the Chicago Tribune reports that Mayor Emanuel commented on why the City of Chicago is still refusing to release police film of an officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald sixteen times in October 2014. The Tribune reports that Mayor Emanuel said that now is not “the appropriate time” because of an alleged on-going FBI investigation.

On May 26, 2015, independent journalist Brandon Smith filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Chicago Police Department, and after the department stonewalled the request for several months, he filed suit, citing the State of Illinois’s FOIA law.  A ruling is expected on November 19, 2015.

Here are comments from Mr. Smith and his attorney, Matt Topic, responding to the mayor’s comments today:

“There is no inappropriate time for transparency, especially when the government takes a young life,” said attorney Matt Topic of Loevy & Loevy. “Information sympathetic to the officer’s account of events has already been released, but when it comes to releasing the objective video evidence that could substantiate a witness’s reported description of the shooting as ‘an execution,’ the City applies a double standard.”

“As many other cities, like Seattle, have recognized, police shooting videos need to be immediately released because that’s what a transparent government does,” said journalist Brandon Smith, who has filed the FOIA request at issue.  “If reforms in police policy, or culture, or education, need to be made following an incident like the one that killed Laquan McDonald, when should they be made? I think most people would say they need to be made immediately. In the order of weeks, not years.”

Folk Nation Gang Member Sentenced to Five Consecutive Terms of Life Imprisonment, Co-Defendant Sentenced to 40 Years of Imprisonment

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Jamal Laurent, a member of a set of the violent street gang Folk Nation operating primarily in the Crown Heights and East Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, was sentenced to five consecutive terms of life imprisonment at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York. Last week, on November 6, 2015, one of Laurent’s co-defendants, Trevelle Merritt, was sentenced to 40 years of imprisonment. On March 18, 2015, both defendants, along with a third defendant, Yasser Ashburn, were convicted, following a jury trial, of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, including as racketeering acts the murders of Courtney Robinson, Brent Duncan, and Dasta James, and related crimes. Ashburn is scheduled to be sentenced on January 8, 2016, and faces a mandatory term of life imprisonment.

The sentence was announced by Robert L. Capers, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Diego G. Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), New York Field Office; and William J. Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD).

“The defendants committed a string of shootings, robberies, and other senseless acts of violence that for years terrorized the law-abiding members of their community,” stated United States Attorney Capers. “We hope that the sentences imposed give a measure of comfort and closure to the victims and their families, and serve as a warning and deterrent to those who would continue to commit crimes in the name of this violent gang.” Mr. Capers expressed his grateful appreciation to the FBI and the NYPD, the agencies that led the government’s investigation.

From approximately 2007 until their arrests, the defendants, all members of the Folk Nation gang, were responsible for numerous acts of gang-related violence, including homicides, non-fatal shootings, and robberies in and around Crown Heights and East Flatbush, as well as elsewhere in the tri-state area.

During the course of the summer of 2010, Laurent committed seven armed robberies and three shootings. On June 19, 2010, Laurent shot and killed 18-year-old Brent Duncan while Duncan sat in his car outside a party in Brooklyn. Laurent subsequently told a friend that he shot Duncan because Duncan was a member of the rival Crips gang, but no evidence ever established that Duncan belonged to, or was even associated with, that gang.

On July 7, 2010, the same day that Laurent robbed three individuals at gunpoint, Laurent also attempted to murder Louis Ivies, who Laurent believed to be a member of the Crips. After greeting Ivies on the street, Laurent removed a gun from his waistband and fired at him eight times, hitting him five times. Ivies was seriously injured but ultimately survived.

During a three-week period in January 2011, Merritt and fellow gang members participated in a robbery spree that culminated in murder. In the first two robberies, Merritt and others robbed two residents of the Ebbets Field Houses of their cell phones. On January 28, 2011, Merritt, Laurent, and another man attempted to rob Dasta James at his residence on McKeever Place in Brooklyn. During the course of the robbery, James was shot in the back and head. He was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he died.

The government’s case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Organized Crime & Gangs Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Darren LaVerne, M. Kristin Mace, and Margaret Lee are in charge of the prosecution.

The Defendants:

JAMAL LAURENT, ALSO KNOWN AS “TAILS”

  • AGE: 25
  • BROOKLYN, NY

TREVELLE MERRITT, ALSO KNOWN AS “TIGER”

  • AGE: 22
  • BROOKLYN, NY
U.S. Attorney’s Office November 10, 2015
  • Eastern District of New York (718) 254-7000

South Side Historic Bar Tour Celebrates the Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition

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Chicago Detours Offers Special Event on December 5

CHICAGO, IL – On the evening of Saturday, December 5, Chicago Detours will celebrate the 82nd anniversary of the repeal of prohibition with a special event of eating, drinking, and learning about neighborhood bar history on the “Big Shoulders Historic Bar and Food Bus Tour.”

Normally offered only to private groups and just launched this past August, the ”Big Shoulders Historic Bar and Food Bus Tour” explores Chicago’s working class roots in Chicago’s oldest neighborhood of Bridgeport. At casual neighborhood bars, including Schaller’s Pump and Shinnick’s, tour guests will hear the history of drinking culture in Chicago and insider stories culled from longtime barkeepers.

The history of the political ties of Bridgeport will be addressed, including the political ties of saloons that resulted in Chicago’s defiance of prohibition. The third bar visited is a “secret bar” attached to a liquor store normally not open to the public.

The luxury 38-passenger coach whisks guests between fascinating experiences, including a classic Chicago hot dog joint stop and a driving tour of the area’s history of industry and stockyards.

The culinary tastings reflect some of the diversity of the neighborhood, historically Lithuanian, German, Polish, Czech and Irish, and later also Chinese and Mexican. Guests try Lithuanian bread from Bruno’s Bakery and eat mother-in-law sandwiches from Johnny O’s. This South-side specialty likely originates from soul food of the Mississippi Delta. The more new-school direction of the neighborhood is reflected with a salty cookie dessert from Pleasant House Bakery.

No book exists to the tell the story of this tour. Instead Executive Director Amanda Scotese collected oral histories and dug through archives to piece together a perceptive insight into working class history and the current culture of the neighborhood.

The driving tour of the neighborhood considers its transition from an industrial past and to a more artistic present. Tour guests see the old Wrigley factory, former warehouses for Spiegel’s Catalog, the Bridgeport Art Center, and the old “Bucket of Blood that is now the Zhou Brothers studio and home. ”Big Shoulders Historic Bar and Food Bus Tour” also dips into the neighborhood of Canaryville to see the massive grounds of the former stock yards, as well as the Union Stock Yards gate from 1875.

Tour is Saturday, December 5, 6pm-9pm. All-inclusive tour tickets are $60 and include tour guide commentary, luxury coach transportation, driving tour, three servings of beer, all food, and also server and bartender gratuities. Culinary tastings comprise an entire meal, with choice of Chicago hot dog or mother-in-law sandwich, french fries, fried veggies, taste of Lithuanian rye bread, chocolate lace oat cookies and sweet cheese kolaczki cookies.

Check-in is at the bottom-level cafe of the Berghoff Restaurant, 17 W. Adams Street. The group will be dropped off there at the end of the tour. Space is limited and reservations are required. These one-off events with Chicago Detours almost always sell-out.

A shortened preview version of this tour was offered this past August to a select group of 80 partners, clients and friends of Chicago Detours for the tour company’s five-year anniversary celebration. This special event will include the entire 3-hour-long tour.

Kenny Rogers Presents “The Toy Shoppe” Starring Alan Thicke at the MAC, December 4th

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Chicagoland’s Todd Rhoades, Liz Loar and COD’s Chamber Singers Featured in Lavish Must-See Holiday Show

GLEN ELLYN, IL – Author, composer and country music star Kenny Rogers presents his original musical “The Toy Shoppe,” starring TV legend Alan Thicke (“Growing Pains”), to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. This marvelous family-friendly adventure blends old-fashioned values with the excitement of an original Broadway-style musical. With gorgeous ballads, singing and dancing toys and a beautiful message of hope and miracles, this holiday musical delights young and old alike.Thicke stars as Hank Longley, owner of Longley’s Toy Shoppe, a place of magic and mystery. Famous for its vast collection of toys, Longley’s shop soon becomes the target of Mr. Baxter, an overzealous entrepreneur who aims to make Longley’s whimsical workshop part of his corporate chain of burger restaurants. As Baxter schemes, it is up to a cast of magical characters to save the day.Says Rogers, “I met Alan Thicke maybe 30 years ago and we became really good friends. Someone brought his name up and I said ‘absolutely, he would be great in this.’ So we played it for him and he liked it so much he agreed to do it that day because it’s really what he’s all about. You know this show was specifically designed for the family and family entertainment. It’s so hard to find that these days.”

Says Thicke, “It’s a thrill for me to be part of this wonderful production, surrounded by this amazing cast. They say an actor shouldn’t work with animals or kids, but everyone in this cast makes everyone else look good. And this incredible sense of ensemble and comradery amplifies the heart and holiday spirit in this show.”

“The Toy Shoppe” debuted in 1998 off-Broadway as an one-act theatrical production of “Christmas from the Heart Featuring the ‘Toy Shoppe’” presented by Hallmark Entertainment at the historic Beacon Theatre in New York City. The show enjoyed a six-week holiday run. Since then, the lavish production has been expanded and has had seven national tours. “The Toy Shoppe” book was published in the fall of 2000 with a companion CD. The original music from the production, featuring 11 new songs co-written by Rogers, can be enjoyed on Dreamcatcher Records, a division of the artist’s Dreamcatcher Entertainment, Inc.

The cast for the Dec. 4 engagement of “The Toy Shoppe” includes Alan Thicke (Hank), Olivia Kay (Katie), Kelsey Lamb (Allison/Jill in the Box), Bailey Laws (Giselle/Toy Doll), Britt Prentice (Patterson/Bruno), Madison Foreman (Foxy/Ballerina), Timothy Oman (Baxter), Chicagoland’s Todd Rhoades (Sarge/Banker) and Liz Loar (Monkey/Banker), Luas Maverick (Luke), Jadyn Collie (Andrea), Dennison Collie (Kurt), Daltyn Collie (Rosemary) and Dave Darmour (Delivery Guy and producer). College of DuPage Chamber Singers, directed by Lee R. Kesselman, are also featured in this production.

“The Toy Shoppe” based on an original story written by Kenny Rogers and Kelly Junkermann, features music and lyrics by Kenny Rogers. The creative team also includes Junkermann (director), Steve Glassmeyer (music composition), Warren Hartman (music direction), Elena Serykh (choreography), Hope Johnstone (associate producer), David Schultz (lighting director), Frank Farrell (sound design), Austin Baldwin (sound tech), Jason Lewis (set design), Gina Le Lewis (merchandise).

Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013, Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide during his illustrious five-plus decades in show business. He was the first country artist to consistently sell-out arenas and quickly became a pop superstar. His 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10’s is fourth-best all-time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Rogers has recorded 12 No. 1 albums and 24 No. 1 hits – “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” “Coward Of The County,” “Through The Years” and “Islands in the Stream” (with Dolly Parton) among them. Junkermann has worked with Kenny Rogers for more than 25 years as a writer, producer and director of award-winning television movies, specials, and live events.

Alan Thicke is a multi-faceted seven-time Emmy nominee well for his seven-year stint as patriarch Jason Seaver on ABC’s “Growing Pains” (1985-1992). He began as a writer for TV series and specials including Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, Fernwood Tonite, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Barry Manilow, Olivia Newton-John, Anne Murray, Mac Davis, and Sammy Davis Jr. and his current labor of love is the sitcom/reality hybrid “Unusually Thicke” (HGTV Canada) which finds the humor in Thicke’s family’s real-life exploits. Thicke has composed more than 40 TV themes, including “Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” which he sang, and his theater credits include Billy Flynn in “Chicago” (Broadway) and “Promises, Promises” and “Mame” (Hollywood Bowl). As an author, he penned “How To Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate You,” the sequel to his amusing “How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father’s Survival Guide.” As an avocation he works diligently for diabetes research and the educational website, procon.org.

Tickets

“Kenny Rogers Presents The Toy Shoppe” starring Alan Thicke at the McAninch Arts Center (425 Fawell Blvd.) Friday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Running time is 2 hours (including a 15 minute intermission). Tickets are $55-$75. For tickets or more information, call 630.942.4000, or visit AtTheMAC.org.

About the MAC

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

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

The MAC’s 2015-2016 Season is made possible in part with support by Arts Midwest, BMO Harris,The DuPage Foundation, Hilton of Lisle/Naperville, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.

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

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