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Archive for January 5th, 2017

Chicago Youth Organize Delegation to Attend Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington

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CHICAGO, IL —As part of a national and statewide movement, the Women’s March on Washington – Illinois Youth Chapter will join tens of thousands of people in Washington, D.C. Jan. 21, the day after the presidential inauguration, to stand in solidarity against the hateful rhetoric of this past election cycle.

Chicago teenagers Chloe Wagner and Morenike Fabiyi, who are juniors at Francis W. Parker High School, have been working along with the Women’s March on Washington – Illinois Chapter and Chicago Women Take Action to coordinate a group of teens from the Chicago area to travel to Washington to attend the march. Their efforts include raising funds to subsidize the cost for the teens and raising awareness among their peers.

“The 2016 election left me feeling confused and vulnerable. Knowing that many youth felt the same way, Chloe and I created the Illinois Youth Chapter in order to let our peers know that their voices are valuable,” Fabiyi said. “It is critical to us that youth are involved in this movement and we are excited to lead a group of a peers that will be politically engaged in the future.”

“The Illinois Youth Chapter, which consists of a diverse group of teens, will be marching along with thousands of other people in Washington, D.C. to take a stand for the causes that they believe in. The inability to vote for youth under 18 in this past election has left many feeling powerless in our schools and communities. We hope to give rise to a new group of teens who are engaged and active in political communities despite the fact that we are unable to vote,” said Chloe Wagner.

About The Women’s March on Washington:
The Women’s March on Washington began in response to the divisive rhetoric of the past election cycle, which demonized and threatened the rights of women, immigrants, the LGBTQIA community, survivors of sexual assault, and various other religious and ethnic minorities. This is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state and local level. The effort is helmed by four National Co-chairs and a National Committee of organizers who are working around the clock to make this march a success and send a bold message to the new administration on their first day in office.

The Women’s March on Washington will start at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the United States Capitol, at 10 a.m. Jan. 21, 2017. There will be a march (with a route that will be released in the upcoming weeks) followed by a rally. A program featuring nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and others will be announced in the coming weeks, as well.

The hashtags for social media are: #wmwillinois #womensmarch, #whyIMarch, #hearourvoice. 


On Twitter go to: @WMW_IL_Youth  Download flyers for printing here: goo.gl/10wuqw .


For more information on the Illinois Youth Chapter, find the official Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/WMW.IL.Youth/about/?ref=page_internal.
For more information on Illinois-specific efforts, find the official Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/wmwillinois/ .


For more information about the Women’s March on Washington itself and the national efforts, go to:www.womensmarch.com .

Photo Caption: (left to right) Karoli Esparza, Natalie Braye, Morenike Fabiyi, Chloe Wagner and Priscilla Roman

Madigan Urges Department of Education to Forgive Loans of Former Illinois Westwood & Everest College Students

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Attorney General Madigan Seeks Immediate Relief for Illinois Students Defrauded by Westwood and Everest Colleges

 

CHICAGO, IL – As part of her continued crackdown on fraudulent practices in the for-profit college industry, Attorney General Lisa Madigan today renewed her call to the U.S. Department of Education to forgive the federal student loans of thousands of former Illinois students who attended the criminal justice program at Westwood College. Madigan also has previously urged the Department to discharge the loans of former Illinois students who attended Everest Colleges and enrolled in academic programs where the Department found fraud.

 

“For-profit Westwood and Everest Colleges fraudulently lured students to enroll in poorly or non-accredited programs that resulted in students taking out millions of dollars in federal student loans,” Madigan said. “The Department of Education has evidence of the schools’ fraudulent conduct, and it should immediately provide relief to these former students by discharging their federal loans.”

 

Madigan has repeatedly called on the Department to immediately forgive federal loans of students who attended fraudulent for-profit schools. The Department has previously announced an overall plan to forgive the federal loan debt of students who have a defense to repayment, such as students who attended Westwood and Everest Colleges, but only a fraction of those students have seen relief.

 

Madigan reached a $15 million settlement with Westwood College in 2015 that forgave private debt owed by students of Westwood’s criminal justice program, after which the college announced its closure. More than 3,600 former Westwood College students in Illinois received an average of more than $4,200 in relief under the settlement, in addition to the potential federal loan relief called for today.

 

Madigan’s investigation into Everest, which is operated by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., revealed widespread misrepresentations to prospective students, supporting the Department’s findings. Madigan’s office has found that at least 3,300 and as many as 6,700 Illinois students are eligible for relief under the Department’s findings. Her office has independently verified data for nearly 1,200 former students who are entitled to federal loan forgiveness.

 

Attorney General Madigan is a national leader in investigating and enforcing consumer protection violations in the higher education field. Madigan is currently leading an investigation into Navient, formerly Sallie Mae, which is the largest servicer of student loan debt in the country. Madigan has testified before Congress and urged the U.S. Department of Education to crack down on the many abuses and scams facing student borrowers.

 

In addition to her settlement with Westwood College, Madigan reached a settlement with Education Management Corporation (EDMC), which operates five Illinois Institute of Art and Argosy University campuses in Illinois. Madigan was also the first attorney general in the country to take action against a new industry of student loan debt relief scams, which seek out student loan borrowers who are desperate for help to avoid their loans and scam them into paying money to help with their debt. In reality, once these scams take upfront fees from borrowers, they do little work to help them with their payments.

 

Madigan also created a free Student Loan Helpline to provide student borrowers with free resources about repayment options, avoiding default or to file a complaint about loan servicing at (800) 455-2456 (TTY: 1-800-964-3013). More information can also be found on her website.

 

Former Police Station Now Home for Kids Theater Classes/Camps

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Education at the station: Register now for classes and camps in Theater, Hip Hop, circus arts and more starting February 6 at Chicago Children’s Theatre’s New West Loop home
 

 

  

CHICAGO, IL – Starting in January, what was the former 12th District police station in Chicago’s West Loop will reopen as a newly transformed, centrally located, inclusive destination for Chicago children to free their minds, explore their creativity and become the artists of the future.

Registration is now open for a rich, diverse roster of live performing arts classes to be offered at the new home of Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station,
100 S. Racine Avenue. Be among the first to sign your child up at chicagochildrenstheatre.com/education for courses in theater, storytelling, film making, craft, modern movement, hip hop, craft, aerial circus arts and vocal instruction at Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station. Classes begin Monday, February 6. The first eight-week session runs through April 1.

 

With five brand new classrooms devoted to performing arts instruction, it’s clear education and community engagement are the heart and soul of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s first-ever permanent home.

 

What’s more, CCT will finally have its own dedicated, year-round space at The Station for Red Kite programming for children with autism. This spring, children on the autism spectrum will participate in a brand new Red Kite Adventure, a multi-sensory theatrical experience tailored to the needs and whims unique to each child who attends. The Station will also be the new home of Camp Red Kite, the only summer arts camp of its kind in Chicago for children on the autism spectrum.

 

Frank Maugeri, Community Programs Artistic Director, Chicago Children’s Theatre, leads all curricula, teaching artists and community partnerships at The Station.

“This former police station will now be used to amplify hope, explore personal identity and promote creative expression,” said Maugeri. “Our intention is that
The Station’s educational programming be as diverse as our city and as unique as its children.”

Under his guidance, Chicago Children’s Theatre has assembled a deep roster of classes for toddlers to teens, plus innovative camps, dynamic family experiences and public participatory opportunities, all staffed by Chicago’s finest teaching artists.

Weekday morning courses target the still-at-home, stroller set, with “Baby Stages” classes for parents and children ages 0 to 3 to enjoy together. These include:

 

Baby Boogie, a special dance party for babies to practice fine motor skills and experience delightful songs with their parent or caregiver.

Teeny Tales, a class full of fairy tales, myths and legends told by master storytellers, with magical elements like puppets and more to bring the stories to life.

 

Mr. Nick’s Planet of Song, where tots and their caregivers join in on the jams by singing, strumming and drumming away, exploring songs from around the globe and beyond with noted Chicago musical theater artist Nicholas Davio.

 

Morning “Growing Stage” classes for ages 3 to 5 include:

 

Hip Hop for Tots, taught by Chicago’s own Yuri “The Human Beatbox” Lane, in which children interact with stories, riddles and fairytales through beatboxing: making sounds through voice and body.


Campfire Songs
, where children gather around and enjoy the fun of sing-alongs and classic campfire stories.

 

Kid Craft, an art class designed to introduce small children to the magical world of making, painting and play.

In addition, Koga – Kid Yoga, is an all-ages class offered Wednesday and Friday over the lunch hour, from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy the experience of mindfulness and stretching with your child in this class focusing on motor-skill development, body awareness and interactive play between parent (or caregiver) and child.

The Station is sure to be a top new destination for older kids ages 6 through 14 on afternoons after school and weekends as well. “Younger Stages” classes for ages 6 to 9 and “Later Stages” classes for ages 10 to 14 include:

 

Circus & Aerial Arts, an energetic introduction to circus and aerial arts presented with Evanston’s acclaimed Actors Gymnasium, including basic and intermediate instruction in silks, trapeze and lyra.

 

West Loop Story, a celebratory new exploration of the Broadway classic West Side Story in partnership with the local youth dance company Move Me Soul, in which children will expand their musical theater singing and dance skills, concluding with a showcase presentation for parents and caregivers.

 

Taking the Stage, for young performers interested in learning how to bravely take the stage by performing text, exploring movement and using objects to illustrate stories.

 

MOVE IT! MOVE IT!, for kids who want to bust the latest dance moves in this fun, all-inclusive dance party.

 

S.T.E.A.M TV, a hands-on multimedia experience guided by experienced filmmakers in which children will produce their own epic videos, in a class emphasizing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) principles, concluding with a red carpet premiere of the shows.

 

Saturday mornings at The Station promise to be busy as well, with Baby Boogie, Taking the Stage and Circus & Aerial Arts courses, along with even more, all-ages special educational events such as:

Homemade Plays, the first Saturday of each month. With cardboard, tape and imagination, participants will collaborate to cut, fold, construct, design and devise completely original 3-5 minute plays. Parents are encouraged to join the fun.

Open Build, the second Saturday of each month. Sew a costume, create a prop, build a set and get your hands dirty as a vital part of the CCT community. Work alongside family members, neighbors and professional artists to create scenery for professional productions staged at The Station.


Master Classes
, the third Saturday of each month. During the run of select CCT productions, artists from the show will share their knowledge and experience in a one-time-only workshop.

 

In addition to being a lot of fun, Chicago Children’s Theatre’s classes help kids build confidence, overcome fears, solve problems, boost creativity, think fast on their feet, be better team players and, ultimately, gain a competitive edge.

The first eight-week class session at The Station runs February 6-April 1. Go to chicagochildrenstheatre.com/education for prices, times, to learn more about CCT’s teacher community, and to register online. Scholarship and tuition assistance is available.

 

Plan ahead: Registration for spring break and summer camps is already open

In addition to classes, The Station will also be home to the Make a Scene Camp over CPS spring break, April 10-14, 2017. Kids ages 5 to 14 will work together to find a story they want to tell, conceive a set, rehearse and prepare to perform their workshop presentations at the end of the week.

 

Smart moms and dads know it’s not too early to make summer camp plans for kids. In response, Chicago Children’s Theatre will offer six different intensive and immersive camps this summer, each offering an amazing opportunity to bring their imagination to life while creating innovative theater arts experiences throughout the Chicago community.

CCT Summer Camps run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with before and after care included to help working parents, starting at 8:30 a.m. through final pick up at 5:30 p.m. Most camps group sections by age range: Section 1 (ages 3 to 5), Section 2 (ages 6 to 9) and Section 3 (ages 10 to 14).

Tuition is $300 per week for ages 3 to 5, and $475 per week for most other camps. Some scholarship assistance is available. Registration is already open and complete details about CCT Summer Camps are now posted at

chicagochildrenstheatre.com/education

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The six different CCT Summer Camp sessions, June 26-August 25, are:

 

Musical Theater Camp
June 26 – June 30 (week one); July 3-July 7 (week two)

A fun introduction to musical theatre style vocal and dance training for your budding thespian culminating in a “revue” style performance for parents and caregivers at the end of each week.

Make a Show Intensive

July 10-July 21 (two weeks)
An immersive, two-week camp where your child creates a show top to bottom, concluding with a final performance of a miniature musical.


Parade and Performance Camp
July 24-July 28 (week one); July 31-August 4 (week two)

Campers explore, create, and spread joy through parade and performance in this hands-on camp. Campers craft objects and learn song and dance that help represent their delight in a final parade-style performance through the West Loop.


Camp Red Kite
August 7-25 (three weeks, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm daily)
A summer arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of children on the autism spectrum. The program is led by a team of artists, administrators, and special education teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children. Campers share arts experiences that encourages self-expression, social engagement, creative exploration, and above all, fun. Note: Camp Red Kite is $825 for the full three-week engagement.

 

Young Filmmakers Camp
August 7-11 (one week)

Young filmmakers have the opportunity to channel their inner Spielberg conceiving, writing, storyboarding, and filming mini-movies in small groups, exploring technique and collaborative storytelling. Ages 9 to 14 only.

Improv & Comedy Camp
August 21-25 (one week)
Campers are introduced to improvisation games, stock characters, and sketch comedy –  a great way for children to build confidence before heading back to school. Ages 9 to 14 only.

 

About Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station
 
Click here for renderings of Chicago Children’s Theatre’s new West Loop home, The Station.
“After a decade of staging awe-inducing productions and educational programs at museums, theaters and other venues throughout the city and suburbs, Chicago Children’s Theatre is beginning a new chapter,” said Jacqueline Russell, Co-Founder and Artistic Director.”At last we are moving into a space of our own, where we will create a centrally located, dynamic new family destination for all of Chicago’s children and families, regardless of their circumstances or ability to pay.”

Set to open in late January, the adaptive reuse of the former police station at
100 S. Racine, aka The Station, is Phase One of what will eventually be the new, expanded footprint for Chicago Children’s Theatre. Phase Two will be completed in 2020, and will boast an all-new addition to the building, anchored by a second, 299-seat theater for the company’s mainstage programming.

Chicago Children’s Theatre is calling its new home The Station in homage to its history as a former police station, and to underscore the building’s focus on education and community engagement. In addition to spaces devoted to education, The Station boasts a lobby with box office and concessions, and Chicago’s newest theater space, the flexible, 149-seat Pritzker Family Studio Theatre.

Magic City, created by Chicago’s internationally acclaimed shadow puppet theater Manual Cinema, will inaugurate CCT’s new studio theater, January 27-February 19, 2017. Loosely based on the 1910 novel by Edith Nesbit about a girl who builds a miniature city that comes to life in her attic, Manual Cinema’s new adaptation will update the story for a contemporary audience using overhead projectors, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, miniature toy theater and live musical accompaniment.

On stage in the spring in the Pritzker Family Studio Theatre is a new staging of Pinocchio, presented with Chicago’s Neverbird Project. This production, which originated at Chicago’s Bell Elementary School in 2016, will feature young hearing and Deaf actors in a signed and voice performance of this all-new take on the classic fairy tale. Performances are April 20-May 7.

Wheeler Kearns Architects, a Chicago firm led by Larry Kearns, principal, has been collaborating with associate architect Melissa Neel, Working Group One Architects, to create a new facility for Chicago Children’s Theatre that emphasizes accessibility and transparency to the community. Theater planning is by Schuler Shook. Pepper Construction is the general contractor.

While Chicago Children’s Theatre is offering courses, camps, family experiences and more inside The Station, the company’s 2016-17 mainstage productions will continue to be presented at CCT’s current performance home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago.

For more information, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (773) 227-0180.

 

BBB Top Ten Scams of 2016: Tax Scam Still #1 Despite Raid in India

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New emerging trends, as online purchase scams and phishing
are new to the national list
 

Chicago – (January 04,2017) – Reports to the Chicago and Northern Illinois Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker almost identically match those being reported nationally.

In 2016 BBB Scam Tracker confirmed that tax scams still are at the top of the list, despite a huge drop in reports after a September police raid in Mumbai, India.
While the raids have had a huge impact on the reduction of fake IRS calls, the BBB will   keep close watch for any resurgence with a new tax season soon approaching.
Chicago and Northern Illinois BBB president and CEO, Steve Bernas says, “These scams continue because they are successful enough to make it worthwhile for these thieves to keep trying to con people out of money. There is a science to scams, and it may surprise you to know that scammers use many of the same techniques as legitimate sales professionals. The difference, of course, is that their pitch could cost you a fortune.” 
 
The top three scams on the 2016 list – tax scams, debt collection scams, and sweepstakes/prizes/gifts scams – were the same as in 2015. New to the top ten are online purchase scams (#4) and phishing scams (#10). Online purchase scams were common in 2015 as well, but this scam type was not added as a BBB Scam Tracker category until 2016. Employment scams (#5) are also new to the top ten, but only because work-from-home scams, previously a separate category, were included. Another change was the drop of tech support scams from #4 last year to #7 this year.
The list was compiled based on more than 30,000 scam reports filed by consumers on bbb.org/scamtracker, a free interactive online tool launched last year by the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust. Not all of those consumers lost money, as many recognized the scam before being victimized but reported it anyway to help warn others.
 
 
Scam Type
Scam Reports
Percentage
Last Year
Tax Scams (IRS and CRA)
7,530
25.0
24.0
Debt Collections
2,456
8.2
8.3
Sweepstakes/Prizes/Gifts
2,102
7.0
8.0
Online Purchase
1,891
6.3
Employment
1,773
5.9
Government Grant
1,453
4.8
5.7
Tech Support
1,382
4.6
6.0
Advance Fee Loan
965
3.2
3.8
Fake Check/Money Order
872
2.9
2.4
Phishing
776
2.6
 
BBB encourages consumers to learn how to recognize scams and to avoid them by following these ten simple steps: bbb.org/avoidscams
An emerging local trend seen in the Chicago and Northern Illinois Scam Tracker in 2016 are scammers posing as fake utility workers or security system workers. The BBB continues to keep a close watch of weekly information, especially after reports by some utility companies that counterfeit vests were being sold at Chicago summer festivals.

North Royalton Woman Charged With Stealing $2 Million From Catholic Charities

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A North Royalton woman was charged in federal court for embezzling approximately $2 million from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Cleveland, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Office.

Michelle Medrick, 58, was charged via criminal information with bank fraud.

The information alleges that Medrick embezzled approximately $2 million from Catholic Charities in a scheme to defraud Fifth Third Bank and to obtain money under the custody and control of Fifth Third Bank by means of false and fraudulent pretenses and representations from in or around 2008 to March 2016.

At various times, Medrick was employed as the Comptroller and the Business Manager of Catholic Charities. The information alleges that as part of the scheme, Medrick converted proceeds of client-agency and donor checks to cash, which she used for her own benefit.

The information further alleges that Medrick altered copies of the checks, which she then placed into Catholic Charities’ records.

“The Diocese uncovered the fraud and came forward to federal authorities,” Rendon said. “They are cooperating fully. The defendant will now be held accountable for her criminal activity.”

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentences will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases they will be less than the maximum.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Kendra Klump following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: FBI

‘Sanctuary Restaurants’ Movement Launches to Promote Hate – and Discrimination-Free Workplaces

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ROC United, Presente.org, COLORS Restaurants, and Other Restaurants Announce the Sanctuary Restaurants Movement To Resist Hate And Harassment In Restaurant Industry

 

NEW YORK – A joint project of ROC United and Presente.org, with participation by COLORS Restaurants and dozens of others around the nation, the Sanctuary Restaurants movement offers support and resources to restaurant workers, employers and consumers impacted by hostile policies and actions, including immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQI people and others.

 

Sanctuary Restaurants:

– Do not allow any harassment of any individual based on immigrant/refugee status, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation to occur in their restaurant

– Place a prominent “SANCTUARY RESTAURANTS: A Place At the Table for Everyone” sign in the establishment

– Offer or obtain informational support through ROC United

– Participate in a peer network to exchange ideas and strategies for protecting targeted workers

– Experience increased patronage and support through a outreach partnership between ROC United and Presente.org

 

“In full partnership with Presente.org, we are launching Sanctuary Restaurants because restaurant workers are on the front lines of discrimination and hate in America. While the restaurant industry suffers from a labor shortage, anti-immigrant and sexist rhetoric is now commonplace. Sanctuary Restaurants seeks to create the world we want – establishments free from hate and discrimination, where everyone has a seat at the table,” says ROC United Co-founder and Co-director Saru Jayaraman.

 

“The stakes have never been higher and wherever others normalize white supremacy and hate, we will organize and resist,” explains Matt Nelson, Executive Director, Presente.org. “The Sanctuary Restaurant Movement will provide protections for targeted workers and elevate and celebrate restaurants that commit to resist the draconian, anti-immigration efforts of the incoming administration. Presente.org is excited to partner with ROC United on this ambitious plan to organize and empower Latinxs to take a stand against xenophobia and hate across the country.”

 

Read the open letter to President-elect Trump from ROC’s restaurant industry peer group RAISE and signed by restaurant owners and industry leaders at http://rocunited.org/2016/11/restaurant-owners-support-immigrants/

More about the Sanctuary Restaurants movement:

 

Dozens of restaurants have signed on to be a safe space, with a zero tolerance policy for racism, sexism or xenophobia. Sanctuary Restaurants believe that there is a place at the table for everyone. Found online at www.sanctuaryrestaurants.org, a sample of inaugural Sanctuary Restaurants are as follows:

 

Birchwood Cafe  3311 East 25th Street Minneapolis MN 55406 http://birchwoodcafe.com
Black Star Coop  7020 Easy Wind Dr, Austin, TX 78752 http://www.blackstar.coop
Bob’s Clam Hut  315 US-1 Kittery ME 03904 http://www.bobsclamhut.com
Bon Me  @bonme http://www.bonmetruck.com
Bread & Salt Hospitality  Boston, MA @breadandsalthospitality
Butter Bakery Cafe  3700 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409 http://butterbakerycafe.com
COLORS – Michigan Detroit 311 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 http://www.colorsrestaurantdet.com
COLORS – New York Relocated to 178 Stanton Street in January, 2017 http://www.colorsrestaurantnyc.com
Diner NYC  5 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11249 http://dinernyc.com

 

Duzan Mediterranean Grill 2411 Steinway Street Long Island City, New York 11103

Gyst  25 E. 26th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404 http://gystmpls.com
Honey Butter Fried Chicken  3361 N. Elston Ave.Chicago, IL 60618 http://www.honeybutter.com
La Palapa  77 Saint Marks Place New York, NY 10003  http://lapalapa.com

 

L’Oca d’Oro 1900 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723 http://locadoroaustin.com

Lil’s Cafe  7 Wallingford Square, #106 Kittery, ME 03904 http://www.lilscafe.com
Russell Street Deli  2465 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207 http://russellstreetdeli.com
South Philly Barbacoa  703 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148 http://www.southphillybarbacoa.com
Table Green Cafe  The Battery, Lower Manhattan http://www.cleaverco.com/table-green
The Green Table  Chelsea Market, Main Concourse 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011 http://www.cleaverco.com/green-table
Zingerman’s Deli  422 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 http://zingermansdeli.com
Zingerman’s Bakehouse  3711 Plaza Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 http://zingermansbakehouse.com
Zingerman’s Cornman Farms  8540 Island Lake Rd, Dexter, MI 48130 https://www.zingermanscornmanfarms.com
Zingerman’s Creamery  3723 Plaza Drive Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108 https://www.zingermanscreamery.com
Zingerman’s Roadhouse  2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 http://zingermansroadhouse.com

 

 

Co-founded by leading workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman (“One of the top 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry” – Nation’s Restaurant News), ROC United has 18,000 worker-members, 200 restaurant employer members, and several thousand consumer members in 15 states in the U.S., winning 15 worker-led campaigns, recovering $10 million in stolen tips and wages. Read more about Saru Jayaraman’s new book Forked: A New Standard for American Dining at forkedthebook.com

 

Presente.org is the largest national Latinx online organization advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.

A Pathway to Licensure: Changes to Law for Health Care Workers with Criminal Convictions

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Advances Gov. Rauner, Legislative efforts to remove unnecessary barriers to licensure

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Effective January 2017, previously barred health care workers and applicants with criminal convictions may once again become eligible for licensure in Illinois. Under a new law, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) will implement a review process for impacted health care workers.  Health care workers include doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and more.  This new law partially rescinds a 2011 law that automatically and permanently revoked or denied licensure for health care workers with certain felony convictions in their past. The new measure is part of ongoing efforts by Governor Rauner and legislators to remove unnecessary barriers to professional licensure while ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Health care workers who qualify for review under the new law will have the opportunity to present information proving they have been rehabilitated from their conviction.  Health care workers with certain felony convictions that have met the timing requirements under the new law may file a Petition for Review to determine whether their conviction is still a barrier to licensure. The new law sets forth the factors IDFPR may consider in determining whether a health care worker has been rehabilitated. Factors include, but are not limited to, the seriousness of the offense, prior disciplinary history, and voluntary remedial actions.

 

Healthcare workers who have been permanently revoked or denied licensure may immediately file a Petition for Review to prove rehabilitation. First-time applicants must submit an initial application for licensure prior to filing a Petition for Review. If a Petition for Review is granted, the conviction is no longer a barrier to licensure. The previously barred health care worker or first-time applicant must still meet all licensure requirements. This may include submitting licensing forms, fingerprinting, and proving competency to practice.

 

For more information on IDFPR and the Petition for Review process, please visit our website at www.idfpr.com.  There you will find answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and application information pertaining to each profession. To stay current on the latest from IDFPR, also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Alleged Confidence Man Charged With Luring Victims Through Matchmaking And Networking Sites To Commit Fraud And Identity Theft

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 John Edward Taylor allegedly masqueraded as a millionaire and businessman to romance victims, steal their identifying information and use their bank accounts and credit to fund his daily expenses.

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Timothy Gallagher, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Newark Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced that JOHN EDWARD TAYLOR, a/k/a “Jay Taylor,” a/k/a “Josie Reeser,” was charged in a five-count indictment today.  TAYLOR had previously been charged by complaint, and first appeared in this district on December 21, 2016.  The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain. TAYLOR is expected to be arraigned later this week before Judge Swain.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said:  “John Edward Taylor allegedly trolled dating websites to find unsuspecting women for his ‘romance’ scam, designed to steal their money.  While masquerading as a millionaire businessman with romantic and professional interest in his victims, Taylor was in reality an alleged con artist.  When confronted by some of his victims for looting their bank accounts, Taylor took his insidious crime another step further, allegedly threatening to release sexually explicit photos of them.”

FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Timothy Gallagher said:  “Today’s charges illustrate the FBI’s commitment to combating the growing threat of online dating scams and financial fraud. Our job is to protect victims and ensure those who commit these egregious crimes are held accountable.”

According to the allegations in the Complaint and Indictment filed in federal court:[1]

JOHN EDWARD TAYLOR, a/k/a “Jay Taylor,” a/k/a “Josie Reeser,” stole, or attempted to steal, money, credit, and personal information from more than a dozen women (the “Victims”) in cities across the country, including New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.

TAYLOR contacted Victims using online matchmaking and networking websites, such as Match.com, eHarmony, Craigslist, and Seeking Arrangement.  TAYLOR typically introduced himself as “Jay” and often falsely described himself as a wealthy businessman with oil and land interests in North Dakota.  To some Victims, TAYLOR feigned interest in hiring the Victims to work on a new business TAYLOR purported to be creating.  To other Victims, TAYLOR expressed an interest in a romantic and personal relationship.  To most Victims, TAYLOR purported to be interested in both a personal and a professional relationship.

Using a variety of false pretenses, TAYLOR obtained the Victims’ personal identifying information, often including birthdates, addresses, and bank and credit account numbers.  TAYLOR used the Victims’ personal identifying information to purchase goods, transfer funds, and open new accounts – all without authorization.  In certain circumstances, TAYLOR opened accounts without the Victims’ knowledge.  In other circumstances, TAYLOR opened accounts that he assured Victims were business accounts, but were, in fact, personal accounts in the Victims’ names, over which TAYLOR maintained exclusive control.

Often within a matter of months, Victims would discover thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges and transfers in their existing accounts, receive bills for accounts they had never created, or learn their existing accounts had been closed due to delinquency.

Independent of each other, multiple Victims confronted TAYLOR about his activities.  To some, TAYLOR responded with insults.  To others, TAYLOR responded with promises to repay the losses – and on at least one occasion attempted to repay one Victim with funds unlawfully obtained from another Victim.  On multiple occasions, TAYLOR threatened to transmit sexually explicit images of the Victims – which he had obtained as part of his purported romantic relationships with them – to the Victims’ employers if the Victims tried to collect their debts.

TAYLOR’s fraud and attempted fraud totaled hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.

TAYLOR, 47, has been charged with one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense; one count of bank fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense; one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison; and two counts of threatening communications, each of which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentences for the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding work of the FBI for their investigative efforts and ongoing support and assistance with the case.

The prosecution of this case is being overseen by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan Rebold and Andrew Thomas are in charge of the case.

The charges contained in the Complaint and Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint and Indictment and the descriptions of the Complaint and Indictment set forth below constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Source: FBI

Hyde Park Art Center Presents Rhonda Wheatley “A Modern Day Shaman’s Hybrid Devices, Power Objects, and Cure Books”

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February 12 – May 7, 2017 Cleve Carney Gallery

CHICAGO, IL – In her first solo exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center, “A Modern Day Shaman’s Hybrid Devices, Power Objects, and Cure Books,” artist Rhonda Wheatley showcases sculptures created using vintage and found materials engage with the viewers subconcious to act as tools of healing and transformation.   The exhibit will be on view in the Cleve Carney Gallery at Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell Ave.) from February 12, 2017 through May 7, 2017. A public reception with the artist will take place in the gallery on Sunday, February 26 from 3 to 5 p.m.

“Welcoming Rhonda Wheatley for her first solo-exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center is an honor,” said Director of Exhibitions Allison Peters Quinn. “ Rhonda has shown multiple times here in group shows and is an active and sought after teacher in the Art Center’s classes. Seeing her growth as an artist reminds us of the unique and necessary role the Art Center plays in the lives and progression of Chicago artists.”

Wheatley’s assemblage-based sculptures repurpose vintage electronics and other objects to release trauma, translate messages from one’s subconscious and tap resources from past and future lifetimes.  Vintage clocks, radios, and TV antennas do not “turn on” in the ways they were originally intended, rather, they are powered by energies from unseen realms; their functionality occurs within the user’s awareness.The artist incorporates natural materials including quartz crystals to amplify intention, fossils which carry the energy of millions of years, and barnacle clusters to enhance one’s ability to adhere to intended personal changes, as well as snakeskin sheddings, cicada wings and moss. She also uses handmade elements, such as sacred geometry drawings and ceramics.  Additionally, unstretched canvas works and altered books, in which Wheatley records experiences, dreams, and ideas, provide a glimpse into the mind of the creator while also highlighting her spirituality and work as a healer.

“My sculptures are imbued with healing intent and energy,” states Rhonda Wheatley.  “Each object is also attuned to the combined symbolic meanings of my materials.  I use titles to address the function of the works as contemporary artifacts, rather than ‘art objects,’ revealing how they may be used in spiritual and healing practices and by whom. My work is inspired by my dreams and mystical experiences and informed by metaphysics and spiritual traditions across African, African diasporic, Native American, and other cultures.”

Wheatley will offer several public events at Hyde Park Art Center during the exhibition, including a Second Sunday family art activity on February 12, 2016, 1-4 p.m.; “Write It Out: A Journaling Workshop,” on Wednesday March 15, 6-8 p.m., ages 15 and up; and “Excavating Myself & Eavesdropping on Your Future,” a performance in which Wheatley will give tarot card readings to audience members in between readings from a selection of personal journal entries, on Friday, April 24, 2-4 p.m.

About Rhonda Wheatley

Rhonda Wheatley is a Chicago based artist whose sculptures, paintings, and written works explore consciousness, the metaphysical, and personal transformation.Wheatley has exhibited throughout Chicago, in solo shows at David Weinberg Gallery and FLATFILEgalleries and group shows at Glass Curtain Gallery, Gallery 400, the Koehnline Museum of Art, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago Artists Coalition, and more.  Wheatley’s work has also been exhibited at the Black Fine Art Show in New York City, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery in Detroit, and in art fairs and exhibitions in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Nashville.  She’s been featured in publications from the Chicago Reader and Chicago Tribune to Timeout Chicago Magazine and the Detroit Free Press.  In 2007 Wheatley was a Ragdale Foundation Chicago Connection Fellow, in 2008 she was a featured lecturer as part of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Artists Connect Series, and from 2003 to 2007 she was a Board Member of Woman Made Gallery.

Wheatley received an MA in Writing from DePaul University, Chicago and a BA in English Literature and African American Studies (Minor) from Loyola University of Chicago.  She currently has a studio residency and is a teaching artist at Hyde Park Art Center.

Hyde Park Art Center is a unique resource that advances contemporary visual art in Chicago by connecting artists and communities in unexpected ways. As an open forum for exploring the artistic process, the Art Center fosters creativity through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art—all under one roof. The Art Center is funded in part by: Allstate Insurance Company; Alphawood Foundation; Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts; Bank of America; Bloomberg Philanthropies; a CityArts grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Crown Family Philanthropies; David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation; Field Foundation of Illinois; Harper Court Arts Council; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Irving Harris Foundation; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; The Joyce Foundation; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; National Endowment for the Arts; Polk Bros. Foundation; The Reva and David Logan Foundation; Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust; and the generosity of its members and people like you.

NAACP Opposes Senator Jeff Sessions’ Nomination to Serve as US Attorney General

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On November 18, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced the nomination of Senator Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III (AL) to serve as U.S. Attorney General. Throughout his careers as the Attorney General for the State of Alabama, the US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, and the Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Jeff Sessions was accused of demonstrating, through his words and his actions, a deeply concerning disregard for civil, human, and voting rights and the needs of the people he served and represented. Furthermore, as a U.S. Senator, he has consistently opposed many of the very crucial laws and programs for which he will be responsible for enforcing at the US Department of Justice.

To learn more about his troubling record, please see the attached Action Alert as well as the Action Item which was passed by the Executive Committee of the Board formally opposing the nomination.

 

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Hilary

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