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Archive for March 25th, 2016

Honor the Martyrs of Selma by Fighting for a New Voting Rights Act

Posted by Admin On March - 25 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

By Marc H. Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

 

This week marks the 51st anniversary of the historic Freedom March from Selma to Montgomery, a seminal moment that struck a blow against institutionalized disenfranchisement and led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 

The impetus for the march was the February murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a young African-American demonstrator shot to death by an Alabama state trooper. The first attempt, on March 7, would become known as Bloody Sunday as troopers wielding whips, nightsticks and tear gas set upon the 600 marchers at the Edmund Pettis Bridge and beat them back to Selma.

Troopers again blocked the second attempt, on March 9, led by Martin Luther King himself. Later that night, segregationists beat white minister James Reeb to death.

The third march, begun March 21 under the protection of federalized National Guard troops, was successful, and the protestors reached Montgomery on March 25 after walking 12 hours a day and sleeping in fields.

That would not be an end to the bloody violence, however. Viola Liuzzo, a 39-year-old mother of five, was shot and killed by Klansmen as she helped drive protestors to the Montgomery airport at the conclusion of the march. Months later, Episcopal seminarian Jonathan Daniels, who’d come to Selma after Bloody Sunday and stayed to register voters in Alabama, was killed by a bullet meant for a teenage girl he pushed out of harm’s way.

As President Obama remarked on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, “What a solemn debt we owe. Which leads us to ask, just how might we repay that
debt?”

We must honor the memory of these martyrs by working to pass a new voting rights bill. The 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby v. Holder effectively voter protection for African-Americans, and states rushed in Shelby’s wake to pass dicriminatory voter restrictions. They cann’t be allowed to stand.

As President Lyndon B. Johnson said as he signed the Voting Rights Act, “Those who are equal before God shall now also be equal in the polling booths.”

Madigan: Get Smart About Smart Meters

Posted by Admin On March - 25 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
 
Attorney General Urges Consumers to Understand Smart Meter Data,
its Benefits and Potential Pitfalls

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today issued a consumer alert urging Illinois residents to do their homework on smart meters – how they work, what type of data they collect, how the data can be used and if you authorize it, who can access it. Smart meters may help households lower electricity bills if the data is monitored and used properly, but Madigan warned that special packages that utility companies market don’t always result in savings.

 

Madigan urged consumers to make sure they understand and monitor their smart meter data before sharing it with any third parties or signing up for new electricity plans. Consumers should also be aware that sharing smart meter data may open them up to a deluge of advertising and special offers from alternative electricity suppliers. Alternative electricity suppliers – companies that sell electricity to ComEd and Ameren customers – have begun efforts to persuade consumers to share this data with them. If a consumer agrees to share their smart meter data, the alternative supplier will likely use it to send frequent advertising and special offers for programs that may not actually save consumers money.

 

“Smart meters are new and many people are unaccustomed to using them,” Madigan said. “Learning how to read and monitor the data to change your energy usage habits is the only sure way to lower electricity bills. Providing smart meter data to an alternative electricity supplier will not guarantee savings, but it will expose you to relentless advertising and marketing pitches.”

 

Smart meters are being installed at homes across Illinois to modernize how the state’s electricity utilities, including ComEd and Ameren, measure electricity usage. These meters digitally record information that may help consumers better understand their energy usage habits. In turn, the utility companies can use the data to offer special pricing programs to those customers who are able to closely monitor their usage and change their energy habits.

 

Madigan offers a few important points about smart meters:

 

 

  • A “smart meter” is a wireless device that digitally records how much electricity you use in short intervals, providing a precise look at your energy usage habits.
  • Having a smart meter does not – on its own – lower your electricity usage or lower your electricity bill.
  • The data provided by a smart meter can only lower your electricity costs if you first learn how to read the data, then take the time to monitor your electricity usage and ultimately change your energy usage habits.
  • ComEd and Ameren are not allowed to share your smart meter data with alternative electricity suppliers or other third parties unless you sign an authorization allowing them to do so. 
  • If you have a smart meter, an alternative electricity supplier may contact you by phone, by mail, or in person to persuade you to sign an authorization form and share your smart meter data for the previous two years, and for the next two years.
  • Beware that signing an authorization to provide smart meter data may lead to solicitations from alternative electricity suppliers about programs that may or may not reduce your electricity bill.
  • It is entirely up to you whether you share any smart meter data with any third party. 
  • If you decide to share your smart meter data, an alternative electricity supplier will have access to it until your service ends or for six months after you sign the authorization, whichever occurs later.
If you are thinking of sharing smart meter data with an alternative electricity supplier, consider the following:
  • Smart meter data can reveal details about your life. Spikes in electricity use may indicate when you are home, while low use may indicate you are not home.
  • Only sign an authorization form if you are comfortable sharing your name, account number, and electricity data. Be sure you understand how to terminate your authorization if you change your mind.
  • You may revoke your authorization at any time.
For more information on smart meters and other public utility matters, please visit Attorney General Madigan’s Public Utilities Resources page at http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/public_utilities.html or call Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau:
Chicago
1-800-386-5438
1-800-964-3013 (TTY)
Springfield
1-800-243-0618
1-877-844-5461 (TTY)
Carbondale
1-800-243-0607
1-877-675-9339 (TTY)
Spanish Language Toll-Free Hotline: 1-866-310-8398

 

Illinois Adds 18,100 Jobs; Growth Rate Remains Significantly Below National Average

Posted by Admin On March - 25 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent

 

CHICAGO, IL–The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that Illinois’ unemployment rate in February rose 0.1 percentage points to 6.4 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by +18,100 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.  Nonfarm payrolls recovered from the 2007-2009 recession in February; however Illinois’ average job growth since employment recovery began in January 2010 remains well below the national average.

“Illinois remains one of only three states that have not recovered jobs lost from the 2001 recession,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said. “While Illinois grew in jobs it took us twice as long compared to the rest of the country. When determining the overall growth, it is also important to take into account the volatility of the monthly employment numbers.”

The state’s unemployment rate is higher than the national unemployment rate reported for February 2016, which held at 4.9 percent.  The unemployment rate stood 0.4 percentage points above the unemployment rate a year ago when it was 6.0 percent. Illinois surpassed the January 2008 payroll peak by +1,300 jobs, but remains 61,300 jobs short of its peak employment level reached in September 2000 while the nation currently stands 3.7 percent above its prior peak level of employment. 

 

“As improvements in the national economy motivate more people to seek employment, Illinois’ lagging job creation rate continues to be a cause for concern,” Illinois Department of Commerce Director Jim Schultz said.  “We are not creating enough jobs, we continue to lose critical middle-class manufacturing jobs, and unemployment in Illinois continues to rise, keeping our state from achieving full economic recovery. Illinois needs structural reforms that will stimulate growth and create jobs for hardworking Illinois families.”

The number of unemployed workers increased +1.9 percent from the prior month to 420,300 and was up +8.7 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force grew by 1.8 percent in February over the prior year.  The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

 

The unemployment rate is increasing in Illinois primarily because more workers are entering the labor force and are not immediately able to find work. In February, the two industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Professional and Business Services (+6,600); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+4,500) and Leisure and Hospitality (+4,200). The two industry sectors with the largest declines in employment were: Construction (-2,400); and Education and Health Services (-2,000).

 

Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +65,700 jobs with the largest gains in Leisure and Hospitality (+21,100); Educational and Health Services (+17,800); and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+14,100).  Industry sectors with over-the-year declines in February include: Manufacturing (-2,700) and Information (-1,700).

 

To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engine IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL). IJL recently showed that 63,273 resumes were posted and 174,983 help-wanted ads were available.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates


Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Jobs – by Major Industry


Notes:

  • Monthly 2011 – 2015 labor force data for Illinois, and all other states, have been revised as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The monthly historical revisions to state labor force estimates reflect new national benchmark controls, state working-age population controls, seasonal factors, as well as updated total nonfarm jobs and unemployment benefits claims inputs.  Illinois labor force data were also smoothed to eliminate large monthly changes as a result of volatility in the monthly Census Population Survey (CPS) and national benchmarking.  For these reasons, comments and tables citing unemployment rates in previous state news releases/materials might no longer be valid.

  • Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metropolitan Division are available here: Illinois & Chicago Metropolitan Area Unemployment Rates

  • Monthly 1994 – 2014 unadjusted and seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll data for Illinois have been revised. To control for potential survey error, the estimates are benchmarked annually to universal counts derived primarily from unemployment insurance tax reports.

  • Not seasonally adjusted jobs data with industry detail are available at Not Seasonally Adjusted Jobs Data. “Other Services” include activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations.  Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available.

     

About IDES – IDES encourages employment by connecting employers to jobseekers, provides unemployment insurance benefits to eligible individuals, produces labor market data and protects taxpayers from unemployment insurance fraud. Visit the Department’s website at www.ides.illinois.gov for more information and join IDES on Facebook.

The Secrets of the World’s First Computer by Dr. John Seiradakis

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The World’s First Computer: The Antikythera Mechanism

Astronomer John Seiradakis shares the secrets of the ancient analog computer

 

CHICAGO, IL – Learn the astronomical secrets of the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient analog computer with more than 30 hand-cut bronze gears discovered more than 100 years ago by sponge divers near the Greek island of Antikythera.

Researchers say the device, which predates any other known clockwork mechanisms of similar complexity by more than 1,000 years, was designed to predict astronomical positions and the cycles of the ancient Olympics.

On Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Hellenic Museum, a discussion with Dr. John Seiradakis, Radio Astronomer and Physics Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, will take place. You’ll learn how state-of-the-art technology was used to decode the truth behind the world’s first computer.

Admission: $15 for the general public, $10 for members, and $5 for students.

The National Hellenic Museum’s Celebrating the Greeks program series is made possible by a generous donation from Grecian Delight Foods and the Parthenis Families.

Other generous sponsors of this program include the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation, Hellenic Link – Midwest, Hellenic American Women’s Council, and Dr. Thanasis Economou.

Located in Chicago’s Greektown, the sleek 40,000-square-foot National Hellenic Museum at 333. S. Halsted St. is both contemporary and timeless, connecting all generations—past, present and future—to the rich heritage of Greek history, culture, art and the Greek American experience. The National Hellenic Museum, previously known as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, has been fulfilling this mission since 1983.

 

For more information, visit http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org or call 312-655-1234.

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Second Man Pleads Guilty to Tying Rope Around Neck of James Meredith Statue on Ole Miss Campus

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A second man pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights crime for tying a rope and Confederate flag around the neck of the James Meredith Statue at the University of Mississippi.  Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams of the Northern District of Mississippi and Special Agent in Charge Donald Alway of the FBI’s Jackson, Mississippi, Division made the announcement.

Austin Reed Edenfield, of Kennesaw, Georgia, pleaded guilty to one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students and employees because of their race or color.  Edenfield was charged by information shortly before the plea.  His sentencing date has not yet been set.

A second defendant, Graeme Phillip Harris, of Alpharetta, Georgia, pleaded guilty to the same charge in June 2015 and was sentenced to six months in prison.

“The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that our universities and our workplaces are free from threats of racial violence,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Gupta.  “We will hold accountable those who attempt to turn places of learning into places of intimidation and fear.”

Edenfield and Harris acknowledged that they used the cover of darkness to tie the rope and an outdated version of the Georgia state flag – which prominently depicts the Confederate battle flag – around the neck of the statue in the early morning hours of Feb. 16, 2014.  The statue honors Meredith’s role as the University of Mississippi’s first African-American student after its contentious 1962 integration.  At the time of the incident, both men were students at the University of Mississippi.

Edenfield admitted as part of his plea that he knew the appearance of the rope and flag would be threatening and intimidating to African-American students.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Jackson Division’s Oxford Resident Agency and the University of Mississippi Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Mississippi.

Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Hack Into U.S. Defense Contractors’ Systems to Steal Sensitive Military Information

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A Chinese national pleaded guilty to participating in a years-long conspiracy to hack into the computer networks of major U.S. defense contractors, steal sensitive military and export-controlled data and send the stolen data to China.

Su Bin, also known as Stephen Su and Stephen Subin, 50, a citizen and resident of the People’s Republic of China, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder of the Central District of California.

The guilty plea was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker of the Central District of California, Assistant Director Jim Trainor of the FBI’s Cyber Division and Assistant Director in Charge David Bowdich of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division.

A criminal complaint filed in 2014 and subsequent indictments filed in Los Angeles charged Su, a China-based businessman in the aviation and aerospace fields, for his role in the criminal conspiracy to steal military technical data, including data relating to the C-17 strategic transport aircraft and certain fighter jets produced for the U.S. military.  Su was initially arrested in Canada in July 2014 on a warrant issued in relation to this case.  Su ultimately waived extradition and consented to be conveyed to the United States in February 2016.

“Su Bin admitted to playing an important role in a conspiracy, originating in China, to illegally access sensitive military data, including data relating to military aircraft that are indispensable in keeping our military personnel safe,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.  “This plea sends a strong message that stealing from the United States and our companies has a significant cost; we can and will find these criminals and bring them to justice.  The National Security Division remains sharply focused on disrupting cyber threats to the national security, and we will continue to be relentless in our pursuit of those who seek to undermine our security.”

“Protecting our national security is the highest priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and cybercrime represents one of the most serious threats to our national security,” said U.S. Attorney Decker.  “The innovative and tireless work of the prosecutors and investigators in this case is a testament to our collective commitment to protecting our nation’s security from all threats. Today’s guilty plea and conviction demonstrate that these criminals can be held accountable no matter where they are located in the world and that we are deeply committed to protecting our sensitive data in order to keep our nation safe.”

“Cyber security is a top priority not only for the FBI but the entire U.S. government,” said Assistant Director Trainor.  “Our greatest strength is when we harness our capabilities to work together, and today’s guilty plea demonstrates this.  Our adversaries’ capabilities are constantly evolving, and we will remain vigilant in combating the cyber threat.”

“This investigation demonstrates the FBI’s resolve in holding foreign cyber actors accountable regardless of where they reside,” said Assistant Director in Charge Bowdich.  “Cybercrime investigators in Los Angeles are among the finest and their efforts toward preserving America’s national security in this case should be commended.”

In the plea agreement filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, Su admitted to conspiring with two persons in China from October 2008 to March 2014 to gain unauthorized access to protected computer networks in the United States, including computers belonging to the Boeing Company in Orange County, California, to obtain sensitive military information and to export that information illegally from the United States to China.

As part of the conspiracy, Su would e-mail the co-conspirators with guidance regarding what persons, companies and technologies to target during their computer intrusions.  One of Su’s co-conspirators would then gain access to information residing on computers of U.S. companies and email Su directory file listings and folders showing the data that the co-conspirator had been able to access.  Su then directed his co-conspirator as to which files and folders his co-conspirator should steal.  Once the co-conspirator stole the data, including by using techniques to avoid detection when hacking the victim computers, Su translated the contents of certain stolen data from English into Chinese.  In addition, Su and his co-conspirators each wrote, revised and emailed reports about the information and technology they had acquired by their hacking activities, including its value, to the final beneficiaries of their hacking activities.

Su’s plea agreement makes clear that the information he and his co-conspirators intentionally stole included data listed on the U.S. Munitions List contained in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Su also admitted that he engaged in the crime for the purpose of financial gain and specifically sought to profit from selling the data the he and his co-conspirators illegally acquired.

Su faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offense, whichever is greatest.  Judge Snyder is scheduled to sentence Su on July 13, 2016.

The case is being investigated by the FBI Los Angeles Field Office’s Cyber Division with assistance from the U.S. Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony J. Lewis of the Central District of California and Trial Attorney Casey Arrowood and Senior Trial Attorney Robert E. Wallace of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, with support from Lisa Roberts of the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs.

Source: Office of U.S. Attorney General

Politics and Culture Collides in “Carlyle” at Goodman Theatre

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Thomas Bradshaw hits hot-button racial and political topics in Carlyle, a world premiere at Goodman Theatre, directed by Benjamin Kamine, April 2 – May 1

Just Added: “Cocktails With Carlyle” special event on April 8 – A $25 ticket including the performance, signature cocktails and “All-American” Bites

 

CHICAGO, IL –  Just in time for election seasonCarlyle, a comic clash of politics and culture by Thomas Bradshaw, directed by Benjamin Kamine, makes its world premiere April 2 – May 1.  Praised by The New York Times as “an original playwright who refuses to embrace easy or consoling answers to the puzzles called human beings,” Bradshaw returns to the Goodman with his latest work, a play that was commissioned by the Goodman and developed during the 2014 New Stages Festival, under Kamine’s direction. James Earl Jones II portrays Carlyle Meyers, a young African American backroom lawyer for the Republican Party who takes the stage to recount how and why he became a member of the GOP. With the help of family and friends, he evokes pivotal moments from his own life, resulting in an uncensored examination of the effects of party alliance, affirmative action and the state of race in America.  Carlyle appears in the Goodman’s 350 flexible-seat Owen Theatre, April 2 – May 1, 2016. Tickets ($10-$40, as well as special $10 student tickets) are on sale now; visit GoodmanTheatre.org, call 312.443.3800 or purchase in person at the Box Office at 170 N. Dearborn. Rehearsal Photos now available for download in the Press Room.

Carlyle will undoubtedly provoke discussion, a great deal of thought and perhaps some argument—and will do so with the energetic wit, unabashed passion and the distinctive point of view that only Thomas Bradshaw can bring,”  said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “This production of Carlyle reunites some of the artists who made the 2014 developmental production such a success, particularly the inventive stage director Kamine and the enormously gifted actor James Earl Jones II, whose portrayal of the title character is both hilarious and offhandedly wise.”

James Earl Jones II originated the title role, as did cast members Tiffany Scott as Janice, Carlyle’s Wife; Levenix Riddle as Omar, Carlyle’s friend; and ensemble member Nate Whelden. The all-Chicago cast also includes Tim Rhoze (Carlyle’s Father), and ensemble members Jess BerryPatrick Clear, Maureen GallagherCharlette Speigner and Don Tieri. The design team includes Kevin Depinet (Sets), Rachel Healy (Costumes), Heather Gilbert (Lights) and Christopher Kriz (Sound). Tanya Palmer is the dramaturg and Donald E. Claxon is the production stage manager.

 

Bradshaw returns to the Goodman, where his play Mary made its world premiere in the 2010/2011 season. His other plays include Fulfillment (American Theater Company and The Flea Theater); Intimacy and Burning (The New Group);  Job and Dawn (The Flea Theater); The Bereaved (Crowded Fire, Partial Comfort and the State Theater of Bielefeld in Germany); Southern Promises (PS122) and more. He has received fellowships from the Lark Play Development Center, Soho Rep (Streslin Fellow) and New York Theater Workshop. Bradshaw was the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2010 Prince Prize and the 2012 Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Bradshaw was the Playwright-in-Residence at The Soho Theatre in London in February 2009. His plays are published by TCG, Samuel French and Dramatic Publishing. Bradshaw received his MFA from Mac Wellman’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College and is an associate professor at Northwestern University. He is currently under commission from The Royal National Theatre in London, Marin Theatre Company and The Foundry Theatre.

 

Kamine returns to Goodman Theatre, where he directed the 2014 New Stages Festival production of  Carlyle. Recent credits include the New York premiere of Washer/Dryer by Nandita Shenoy (Ma-Yi Theater Company) and world premieres of Bradshaw’s Job and christopher oscar peña’s a cautionary tail (The Flea Theater); The Dum Dums by Joshua Conkel (Glass Mind Theatre); Pied! by Julia Meinwald and Gordon Leary (Polyphone Festival, University of the Arts); and Samsara by Lauren Yee (Chance Theater). Kamine is an associate artist at The Flea Theater and a Resident Director at the Jewish Plays Project. He has developed new plays with Ars Nova, Brooklyn College, Cape Cod Theatre Project, EST/Youngblood, The New Group and PlayPenn, among many others. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, was a member of the 2014/2015 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and was a 2014/2015 LABA Fellow. He is a member of the 2015/2016 Civilians R&D Group.

 

The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation is the Major Foundation Supporter of Carlyle; the Time Warner Foundation is the Lead Supporter of New Play Development; the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation is the Major Supporter of New Play Development; the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation is the Major Supporter of New Work Development; the Glasser and Rosenthal Family and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust are the Supporters of New Work Development.

 

Events and Accessibility at Goodman Theatre

April 7, Politics and Pinot – 6pm; a pre-show reception hosted by the Scenemakers Board, followed by a 7:30pm performance and post-show party with cast; tickets are $65 with promo code PINOT (all proceeds go towards New Play Development at the Goodman)

April 8, Cocktails with Carlyle – 8pm performance, followed by a post-show event with signature cocktails and all-American food; tickets are $25 with promo code COCKTAILS

April 10, Artist Encounter – 4:30pm; a conversation with Thomas Bradshaw and Benjamin Kamine

April 13, College Night – 6pm; Pre-show reception and artistic presentation with promo code COLLEGE. Student ID needed.

April 24, Touch Tour Presentation – 12:30pm; a presentation detailing the set, costume and character elements; Audio Described Performance – 2pm; the action/text is audibly enhanced for patrons via headset.

May 1, Open Captioned Performance – 2pm; an LED sign presents dialogue in sync with the performance.

Visit Goodman Theatre.org/Access for more information about Goodman Theatre’s accessibility efforts.

 

Tickets & Discounts

Tickets ($10-$40)Goodmantheatre.org/Carlyle; 312.443.3800; Fax: 312.443.3825; TTY/TDD: 312.443.3829

MezzTix – Half-price day-of-performance mezzanine tickets available at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX)
$10Tix – Student $10 advance performance tickets; limit four, with valid student ID (promo code 10TIX)

Group Sales – Discounted tickets for parties of 10 – 312.443.3820
Gift Certificates – Available in any amount (GoodmanTheatre.org/GiftCertificates)

Box Office Hours –12noon – 5pm; on performance days, the office remains open until 30 minutes past curtain)

About Goodman Theatre

 

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 numerous education and community engagement programs—including the innovative Student Subscription Series, now in its 30th year—serve thousands of students, teachers, life-long learners and special constituencies. In addition, for nearly four decades the annual holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol has led to the creation of a new generation of theatergoers in Chicago.

Goodman Theatre’s leadership includes the distinguished members of 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, and on Twitter (@GoodmanTheatre), Facebook and Instagram.

Statement by the President on the Sixth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

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President Barack Obama: Just six years ago, the reality in our country was that millions of Americans were locked out of our health care system because they couldn’t afford insurance or because they had pre-existing conditions. Women were charged more than men simply because they were women. People who needed coverage the most were too often denied it.

At the same time, rising health care costs posed a significant threat to our economy, eroding workers’ paychecks and adding to our deficits. And while costs were high, the quality of care often wasn’t.

The good news is, we’ve taken significant strides to change that. Tomorrow marks six years since I signed the Affordable Care Act into law. Thanks to this law, 20 million more Americans now know the security of having health insurance, and our uninsured rate is below ten percent for the first time on record. As many as 129 million people with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage or charged more as a result. Those with private insurance got an upgrade as well: now almost 140 million Americans are guaranteed free preventive care, like certain cancer screenings and vaccines, and improvements in the quality of care in hospitals have averted 87,000 deaths since 2010.

We’re also making historic investments to make sure our health care system puts patients first. We’re paying doctors for what works, improving the safety and effectiveness of health care that patients receive. We’re helping doctors and hospitals coordinate with each other by unlocking health data. And we’re giving patients more information and tools to stay healthy.

Critics said this law would destroy jobs and cripple the economy, but in fact just the opposite has happened. Our businesses have added jobs every single month since I signed it into law. The unemployment rate has dropped from almost 10 percent to 4.9 percent. Thanks in part to this law, health care prices have risen at the lowest rate in 50 years. Medicare is continuing a period of slow spending growth, saving taxpayers more than $470 billion from 2009 to 2014 alone. And premiums for a family with job-based coverage are almost $2,600 lower than if trends from the decade before the law had continued.

We’ve made good progress in the last six years. But we still have more work to do. We’ll keep working to get more Americans covered and help the millions of people who remain uninsured in states that rejected the Medicaid expansion option. We’ll keep working to make insurance and prescription drugs more affordable. And we’ll keep working to reduce costs and improve the quality of care throughout our health system.

But the facts are clear: America is on a stronger footing because of the Affordable Care Act. Six years later, this is no longer just about a law. It’s not about politics. It’s about the recent college graduate who can stay on his parents’ health insurance until he’s 26. It’s about the working mom who has coverage because her state expanded Medicaid. It’s about the entrepreneur who has the freedom to pursue her dream and start that new business. After nearly a century of effort, and thanks to the thousands of people who fought so hard to pass and implement this law, we have at last succeeded in leaving our kids and grandkids a country where pre-existing conditions exclusions are a thing of the past, affordable options are within our reach, and health care is no longer a privilege, but a right.

North Lawndale Stakeholders Plan for the Future: A Community-Driven Planning Process to Revive North Lawndale

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CHICAGO, IL – The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC) will kick off the second phase of its comprehensive community planning process by hosting its first Annual North Lawndale Community Planning Conference on Saturday, April 16, at DRW College Preparatory High School, 931 S. Homan Avenue, Chicago. The conference will start at 11 am and go until 3 pm.  Over 200 community stakeholders are expected to participate, including elected officials, heads of public agencies, local residents, leaders of community-based organizations, students and educators, business owners and faith-based leaders.

This is the first comprehensive planning effort for the North Lawndale in over 50 years, and the community’s very first planning conference ever.  The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will provide an overview of the comprehensive planning process as it relates to the physical environment, and then will facilitate a workshop to guide the community through a discussion of strengths, weaknesses and opportunities that the planning process could bring. Members of NLCCC will facilitate breakout sessions to identify community needs and develop very high level goals and objectives within various quality of life sectors.  There will be activities for children ages 3-12; youth ages 13-18 and adults.  Admission is free event and lunch will be provided.

To register or for more information, visit nlcccplanning.org/register, or call Dorine Poole at 773-826-1636.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Statement on President Obama’s Nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

Posted by Admin On March - 25 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement regarding the President’s nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court:

“I commend President Obama on his nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland as an associate justice on the Supreme Court.  In all of his prior work – from his time at the Department of Justice, where he prosecuted terrorists like Ted Kaczynski and Timothy McVeigh, to his 19-year service on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit – Judge Garland has earned a reputation for fairness and the respect of colleagues across the ideological spectrum.  His impeccable credentials, steadfast fidelity to the law and firm devotion to the public interest make him an outstanding choice to sit on our nation’s highest court, where I am certain he will serve with integrity and wisdom.  I strongly support the President’s choice and I urge Congress to approve Judge Garland’s nomination and fill this important position without delay.”

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