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Archive for February 3rd, 2017

CONSUMER ALERT, Attorney General Madigan: Hang Up on Phony Computer Tech Support Scams

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Madigan Issues Alert After Increase in Scam Calls to Illinois Residents & Attorney General’s Office Employees


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan alerted Illinois residents to a current wave of phone scams in which callers pose as computer security experts in an attempt to gain access to computer networks to download software that may contain viruses.


Madigan’s office has seen a recent increase in complaints about these scam calls from Illinois residents and employees in her office.


Callers inform people that they have identified a problem on their computer and direct people to call a toll-free number for assistance. If people call the toll-free number, they will likely be prompted to unknowingly allow remote access to their computer. This allows scammers to access personal information and allows them to install malware, viruses or keylogging software to record personal information.


“If you receive a call claiming your computer has a problem, hang up immediately,” Madigan said. “I encourage people to contact my office if they want to determine whether a call or message they received is a scam.”


Contact Attorney General Madigan’s office by visiting her website or by calling her Consumer Fraud Hotline:


1-800-386-5438 (Chicago)
1-800-243-0618 (Springfield)
1-800-243-0607 (Carbondale)



Rep. Harper Proposes Official Holiday to Honor President Obama

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – In an effort to commemorate President Barack Obama’s historic accomplishments as President of the United States, State Rep. Sonya Harper ( D-Chicago)  is proposing a state holiday in his name. The proposed holiday date is the former president’s birthday, August 4th.


“Barack Obama accomplished major goals he set out to do eight years ago when he was inaugurated president in 2009, and I want us to remember those accomplishments,” said Harper. “His presidency has opened more doors for minorities across the country and hopefully inspired them to engage in their local communities more than ever before. His message of ‘Yes we can’ is a tribute to anyone who truly believes they can create positive change for their own community.”

Harper is the chief sponsor of House Bill 503, which designates August 4th as a state holiday for Illinois. The bill would amend the Commemorative Dates Act and have the day be one for the state to hold appropriate ceremonies to commemorate Barack Obama. Harper wants the holiday to serve as a call to action for those who are ready to step forth and be active in their own community.


“Future generations who may not have witnessed his presidency should understand what he fought for his time in office,” said Harper. “He even did great work for the state of Illinois, and I want to do my part in preserving that history. With that in mind, I would encourage people to engage with their communities to continue the legacy that he left.”


Harper represents the 6th District which includes all or portions of Armour Square, Bridgeport, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Back of the Yards, Canaryville, New City, West Englewood, and Marquette Park in the city of Chicago.

Slaughter Urges Residents to Recognize Black History Month

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CHICAGO, IL – Recognizing the rich history of African American activists, athletes and political figures from Illinois, State Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, is urging Illinois residents to attend local events and participate in Black History Month activities.


“Illinois has an extended list of influential figures from the Black community who have greatly impacted our state and this country,” Slaughter said. “Growing up in Chicago, it was inspirational to see men and women who looked like me serving in public service or on television living out their dreams. I hope that all residents take the time to attend a local program or learn more about the historical figures who came from our great state.”


Black History Month aims to give residents an opportunity to reflect on the contributions that the African American community has made to America. Each week during the month of February, the Illinois General Assembly will recognize a historical member of the African American community who is originally from Illinois.


Locally, the Chicago Public Library will be hosting events all month long highlighting many people from different eras.  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit https://www.chipublib.org/


“Black History Month deserves to be an essential part of the education of our children,” Slaughter said. “Our past made us who we are today, and by recognizing that past we can build a better present and a better future.”


For more information, please contact Slaughter’s constituent service office at 773-445-9700 slaughterj@ilga.gov.

440 Historical Documents Including a Recently Discovered Letter of George Washington Selling off 90 Slaves to be Auctioned in New York

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George Washington

Yonkers, NY (BlackNews.com) –A long-lost letter of George Washington, reporting on an auction he held of ninety Virginia slaves, will appear in a New York sale on his birthday, February 22, 2017. It is only the letters second appearance on the market since it was penned in 1774. Written by Washington on the very day that Thomas Paine arrived in America, the auction lasted ten days, including two good blacksmiths, two carpenters, and an exceeding trusty and skillful wagoner.

Selling the slaves for a friend who had served under him in the French & Indian War, Washingtons auction became a tortuous situation, occupying him for decades. The two-page letter shows Washingtons character and provoked his stark conflict between Americas fight for freedom, and the evils of slavery. The very next day, Congress vowed to discontinue the slave trade.

From Washingtons experience in this letter, through his encounters with free black soldiers, the Revolution just months away, and to his legacy, his views on slavery changed. He ultimately ordered emancipation of all of his slaves. (Preauction estimate $32,000-40,000) Lot 5-1; images and full description at www.cohascodpc.com/cat66/cat66-auction.html

Offered separately: an 1848 reward poster for three black sisters escaped from slavery in the nations capital. Fleeing bondage in Georgetown, D.C., the women, aged 13, 20, and 25, were servants of the owner of a factory making cloth for the U.S. government.

The three sisters, Harriet, Maria, and Susan Johnson, were evidently caught, and again enslaved, despite its abolition by then in Washington. In 1864, their liberty was paid for by Lincoln. (Preauction estimate $6,500-9,000) Lot 1-2; images and full description at www.cohascodpc.com/cat66/cat66-auction.html

Among 440 other historical documents and collectibles in 30 categories:

* Two consecutive 1849 issues of the rare Philadelphia anti-slavery newspaper, The Pennsylvania Freeman: The District of Columbia, which is entirely under the control of the U.S. Congress, has upon its statute books some of the most barbarous laws that can be found against the colored people…A law in D.C., made by Congress, grants to any person that may wish for it, for…$400 per annum, the right to trade in human flesh under the very eyes of the Capitol…. ($325-475) …

* Pay document for a recently-identified black soldier in the Revolutionary War, Kay Cambridge, signed with His X Mark. Also signing is William Lawrence, involved in Americas first spy ring, his wife once engaged to Nathan Hale. ($1600-2000) …

* Exceptionally rare document paying an American Indian for fighting in the Revolution – under the leader of the fabled Green Mountain Boys. A Mohegan, Simon Georjoy fought at the historic Battle of Trenton, on Christmas Day 1776. ($950-1450) …

* Unusual Revolutinary War bill of sale for a Negro wench captured aboard a British privateer. The young girls seller, Capt. Samuel Lockwood, appears in a modern book on the attempted abduction of George Washington. ($450-600) …

* Long 1837 letter of crusader against slavery in Africa, America and India, Sir Thomas Buxton. The leader of the abolitionist movement in Parliament, despite poor health, he will not resign as long as the slave trade question remains unsettled. ($125-175) …

* Reconstruction-era marriage certificate for Frank and Easter, two free blacks in Georgia with a twist: it permits any Jewish Minister to join them in matrimony. ($160-200) …

* Astonishing 23-page letter of Democrat James Denver, adventurer and founder of the Colorado city, on national politics in 1884: …The corrupt practices that have been carried into the elections of the country exceed anything of the kind ever heard of before in America. ($350-425) …

* Very rare broadside of the Declaration of Independence, capturing its appearance before its ink faded from a previous printers mishandling. Until this broadside was printed on rice paper in 1843 by Peter Force, the physical appearance of the Declaration had remained a mystery to the American public. Also introducing America to John Hancocks signature, this never-folded, never-trimmed printing is considered the most faithful form in which our founding document can be beheld. ($18,000-23,000).

Bids will be accepted up to February 22, 2017, 8:00 P.M. E.D.S.T. All items are fully described at www.cohascodpc.com. A 144-page printed catalogue is available by mail.
About Cohasco, Inc.:
Established 71 years, Cohasco is a dealer in and auctioneer of historical documents, manuscripts, books, antiquarian materials and collectibles. Over the years they have handled the sale of numerous prominent collections, in a range of fields, from colonial to Confederate, mediaeval to modern. Past highlights included the lamps that illuminated Lincolns wedding, an archive of Americas first mass-produced automobile, the Duryea, and the Bible owned by Martin Luther King, Jr.s mother, setting a world record price for a twentieth-century Bible.



Illinois Water Protectors Rally and March in the Eleventh Hour of the Standing Rock Crisis

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CHICAGO, IL – Native Water Protectors and their allies will move in prayer and unity on Saturday as they answer a call for solidarity from the frontlines of Standing Rock, where the struggle to stop the Dakota Access pipeline has entered its eleventh hour.

Water protectors and supporters will gather at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 4th downtown in Daley Plaza, at 50 W Washington St.

The indigenous resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline has called for emergency solidarity actions across the world. From the threat that the Army Corps will approve the DAPL easement, to the attack on indigenous sovereignty, to ongoing ecocide and climate crisis, we recognize this is a time of great urgency as we respond to this call.

They will assemble in Power and push back against the Trump regime, the fossil fuel industry and big finance.

The City of Seattle stands poised to pull $3 billion out of Wells-Fargo on Monday, as part of the larger #DivestDAPL campaign. We call on cities around the country — including Chicago — to divest from this pipeline, and others like it. Illinois Water Protectors reject the reckless conduct of the Trump administration, and will fight to uphold native sovereignty, self-determination and treaty rights, and to dismantle colonially-imposed borders.

For updates and further information, see this event’s Facebook Page, and follow #NoDAPLchi on Twitter.

Nearly one thousand people are interested in the Saturday #NoDAPL demo and nearly 200 have RSVP’d on the event’s Facebook page.


67k Petition Signatures to Be Delivered Asking ACGME to Reject Dangerous 28-Hour Shifts for New Doctors

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Today, Care2, Public Citizen, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), and Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU Healthcare) will deliver more than 67,000 Care2 petition signatures at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) board meeting in Chicago, urging the board to reject a proposal that would endanger medical residents and their patients by allowing new doctors to work 28-hour shifts.



Kelsey Bourgeois, Care2 Campaign Writer and spouse of a first-year resident; Care2 petition supporters; AMSA members will deliver the petitions  today, Friday, February 3, 2017 at 9 a.m. CDT, to ACGME headquarters, 401 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.


The ACGME is considering a proposal to eliminate the current 16-hour shift cap for first-year medical residents and to allow them to work 28 consecutive hours with no sleep. This proposal is opposed by the vast majority of the American public as shown in a poll commissioned by Public Citizen and conducted by Lake Research Partners last summer.


The ACGME board is expected to vote on the proposal within the next few weeks. The new requirements would take effect at the beginning of the next residency academic year (July 2017).


The groups that gathered the petition signatures are Public Citizen, Care2, and AMSA.

See a video of former resident Stephanie Waggel, MD, talking about her experience working dangerously long shifts.


VIEW THE CARE2 PETITION HERE: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/271/377/950/ 


Care2 (www.Care2.com) is a community of 38 million standing together for good. People are making world-changing impact with Care2, starting petitions and supporting each other’s campaigns to help individuals, animals and the environment. A pioneer of online advocacy since 1998, Care2 is a B Corporation, or social enterprise, using the power of business as a force for good.


Jamaican National Indicted in Federal Drug Case for Allegedly Supplying Flight Attendant With Nearly 60 Pounds of Cocaine

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LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury has named a Jamaican man in an indictment that accuses him of supplying a Jet Blue flight attendant with nearly 60 pounds of cocaine that she attempted to smuggle on to a plane at Los Angeles International Airport.

Gaston Brown, 39, of Jamaica, was charged yesterday with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Brown is currently serving a one-year-and-one-day federal prison sentence after being convicted in the Southern District of Florida of illegal re-entry after deportation. A federal judge yesterday issued a writ directing that Brown be brought to Los Angeles for an arraignment, which will likely be in mid-February.

Brown allegedly supplied the narcotics to Marsha Gay Reynolds, a former JetBlue flight attendant, who pleaded guilty last month to federal drug charges and admitted she attempted to bring the narcotics through a security checkpoint at LAX by using her “known crewmember” credentials.

“This case demonstrates law enforcement’s commitment to disrupting dangerous drug trafficking networks,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “After making the large seizure of narcotics at LAX, investigators continued to look into this matter, which resulted in the indictment of a defendant who was trafficking a significant amount of cocaine.”

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

If Brown is convicted of the drug trafficking charges, he would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum possible sentence of life.

This investigation is being conducted by the Los Angeles International Airport Criminal Enterprise Task Force (LAACETF), an inter-agency task force based at LAX. The Task Force, which includes representatives of the FBI, the DEA, United States Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration, the Los Angeles International Airport Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. The LAACETF provides a coordinated law enforcement effort to target airport/airline internal criminal enterprises that use the aviation system to transport large amounts of illicit drugs throughout the United States and various international destinations.

This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Reema M. El-Amamy of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Source: FBI

The Gene Siskel Film Center Rolls Out the Red Carpet for “Hollywood on State” Academy Awards® Viewing Party February 26

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Local Chicago Filmmakers Lonnie Edwards, Lori Felker, Jennifer Reeder and Michael Smith Honored by The GSFC

CHICAGO, IL — Chicago gets a taste of “La La Land” on Sunday, February 26 when the Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) hosts Chicago’s longest-running awards show viewing party, “Hollywood on State: Where You’re the Star.” Guests are invited to celebrate the 89th Academy Awards® as they dress in their finest Oscar fashions, enjoy delicious food and festive drinks, all while watching the star-studded event on the Film Center’s state-of-the-art big screens. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for VIP tickets ($200) and 6:30 p.m. for general admission ($100). The 89th Academy Awards® HD Telecast begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at siskelfilmcenter.org/hollywoodonstate2017 or by calling 312.846.2072.The star-studded event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a VIP reception at the GSFC (164 N. State St.). VIP Guests are invited for early admission with food and drink, and access to the VIP Lounge. The party continues at 6:30 p.m. where all guests are invited to walk the red carpet with hosts Tommy Walton (SAIC Fashion Design Department, MasterChef) and NK Gutiérrez (Filmmaker, Actress and Host of The Soul Salon). Walton and Gutiérrez will welcome guests to the red carpet to ask predictions for the evening and discuss their fashions of the night. Before settling into the theater, party-goers will be treated to a delicious assortment of food from some of the city’s top restaurants and decadent desserts by Eli’s Cheesecake. Guests will also be able to have their “close-up” with FotoFavors fun-filled photo booth.Not only will Hollywood stars walk away with a golden souvenir on Oscar night, but the GSFC will also honor Chicago filmmakers for their outstanding contributions in film. This year’s honorees include Lonnie Edwards, Lori Felker, Jennifer Reeder and Michael Smith. All honorees represent the thriving and diverse film community in Chicago, which the Film Center mirrors through its inclusive film programming.

Hollywood on State is co-chaired by GSFC Advisory Board members Mary Walker Kilwien and Chuck Droege. The event is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and The Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Foundation. Additional sponsors include Eli’s Cheesecake, Good For You Events & Consulting, Half Acre Chicago, Southwest Airlines and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Partners include Abacus Coffee, Argo Tea, FotoFavors, Luminaire, Morlen Sinoway, Oscar Isberian, Sony/ABT, Thomas Interiors and Troy Larsen Ambience Design.

This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

About the Gene Siskel Film Center

Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of 80,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,600 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, Jeff Koons and LeRoy Neiman. www.saic.edu

The Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC are part of The Art Institute of Chicago. For more information about the Art Institute please visit www.artic.edu

Team PETAL et al Creates Two Video Games During Global Game Jam’s Annual Event in North Carolina

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Team PETAL et al. Global Game Jam 2017Team PETAL et al. completed another Global Game Jam successfully during this year’s annual event in North Carolina
PETAL et al’s team jammed the weekend (January 20 – 22, 2017) at the UNC Chapel Hill site in North Carolina. The team of three with one guest team member presented two video games (one being a simulation) within 48 hours.
The first project, “Inchworm Simulator”, was created using GameMaker Environment Art (Young Huer), GML coding by
PMac (Pamela McMillan).and CMac (Clarence McMillan) designed & animated the character for the Inchworm simulator. Hard coding by team member 651 (Michele McMillan) in Javascript produced the second game. 651 started out with a game engine, but determined it would be quicker and would allow for more flexibility and customization if she hard coded the “Surf Your Wave!” game instead. She completed that task in less than twenty four hours, after working on the Inchworm Simulator.
In addition to GML (Gamemaker Markup Language), PMac provided for Inchworm, she also contributed background vocals to a third game during the jam known as “Wet Willie” for one of the other teams.
Global Game Jam is an annual event held toward the end of January whereas developers all over the world come together and develop games within 48 hours during the weekend at different sites across the globe. It is not a competition, but a collaboration where people work together to get games completed.
There were 68 participants at this year’s Global Game Jam’s Chapel Hill site.
Global Game Jam 2017

Who Owns Antiquity? The National Hellenic Museum Brings Famed Attorneys to Face Off on March 16 at The Art Institute

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CHICAGO, IL  – On March 16, 2017, the public will decide one of the most highly anticipated international cases, The Trial of the Parthenon Marbles.  Following the extraordinary success of The Trials of Socrates, Orestes, and Antigone, The National Hellenic Museum will conduct this latest Trial at the Rubloff Auditorium and The Art Institute. There, in a court filled with nationally renowned judges and attorneys, The Trial of the Parthenon Marbles will decide whether these classical Greek marble sculptures should return to Greece or remain in the British Museum.

The Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, originally formed much of the exterior decoration of the Parthenon. In the early 1800s, the Ottoman governor of Greece allegedly permitted Lord Elgin to ship them to England. They have been on display at the British Museum for nearly 200 years. Since obtaining independence from the Ottoman Empire, Greece has pressed the United Kingdom for the Marbles’ return, a request that has been refused on the grounds that ownership was properly acquired.

Presiding over the proceedings will be Judges Richard A. Posner and William J. Bauer from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke, US District Judge Charles P. Kocoras and Cook County Circuit Judge Anna H. Demacopoulos.

Greece, looking to regain control of the Parthenon Marbles, will be represented by Daniel K. Webb and Robert A. Clifford, who are expected to argue in court that Lord Elgin obtained the Parthenon Marbles without proper permission and thus lacked title.  Supporting their efforts will be Sam Adam, Jr., who will present an expert witness on behalf of Greece.  Mr. Adam will also cross examine the British expert.

The British will take issue with the Greek argument. Representing the United Kingdom and the British Museum, Patrick M. Collins and Patrick J. Fitzgerald, are expected to argue not only the validity of Lord Elgin’s possession of the Marbles, but the equity of British Museum’s continued ownership insofar is it came into possession of the Marbles in good faith. Tinos Diamantatos will present an expert witness on behalf of the British side and will cross examine the Greek expert.

Cast your vote for whether the Marbles should return or remain at The Trial of the Parthenon Marbles on March 16 at The Art Institute – Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL 60603. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the trial begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $100 per person and are available for purchase at http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/the-trial, contact Francesca Peppiatt at (312) 655-1234, ext. 21, or purchase in person at the National Hellenic Museum’s gift shop.


  • The Honorable William J. Bauer, Judge for the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • The Honorable Richard A. Posner, Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • The Honorable Anna H. Demacopoulos, Circuit Court of Cook County
  • The Honorable Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court.
  • The Honorable Charles P. Kocoras, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois


  • Robert A. Clifford, Founder & Senior Partner, of Clifford Law Offices and past president of the Chicago Bar Association
  • Patrick M. Collins, Partner, Perkins Coie, former First Assistant U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Litigation Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, former U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Dan K. Webb, Chairman, Winston & Strawn, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Sam Adam Jr., founder Sam Adam Junior Law Group
  • Tinos Diamantatos, partner, Morgan Lewis


About the National Hellenic Museum


The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) portrays and celebrates Greek heritage and the Hellenic legacy. With a rich depository of over 20,000 artifacts, the Museum highlights the contributions of Greeks and Greek-Americans to the American mosaic and inspires curiosity about visitors’ own family journeys though cultural expression, oral history and experiential education. Located in Chicago’s Greektown, the Museum provides lifelong learning for the whole community through classes, exhibitions and programs that spark inquiry and discussion about the broader issues in our lives.

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

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