WBEZ | MacArthur Foundation http://www.wbez.org/tags/macarthur-foundation Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois is the nation's latest abortion battleground http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-10/illinois-nations-latest-abortion-battleground-102814 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/abortion_protest.jpg" title="Anti-choice protesters set up a protest across the street from a Northwest Side family planning clinic (Photo by Marcus Gilmer/WBEZ)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story: </strong>Abortion took center stage at times during this election, and thanks in no small part to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/rep-todd-akins-ridiculous-legitimate-rape-comments-101812">the wrong-headed words</a> of U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin, it seems a new battleground for the debate has emerged over the past few weeks: Illinois.&nbsp;Two weeks ago, after 17 years of skirmishes and injunctions, the state&rsquo;s controversial abortion notification law &mdash; requiring patients 17 years old or younger to notify their parents before having an abortion &nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/illinois-abortion-notific_n_1901354.html">went before the Illinois state supreme court</a>. Then, late last week, an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ill-court-backs-pharmacists-on-morning-after-pill-3886082.php">Illinois appellate court ruled</a>&nbsp;that two pharmacists could refuse to fill prescriptions for the Morning-After pill if it interfered with their &ldquo;conscientious convictions,&rdquo; saying the pair were protected by the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act. (<a href="http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/22/14026790-court-illinois-cant-force-pharmacists-to-give-morning-after-pill?lite">An executive order</a>&nbsp;signed in 2005 by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich had forced pharmacists to fill all prescriptions.)</p><p>It was against this backdrop that anti-abortion protesters gathered Monday night at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-planned-parenthood-vigil-20121002,0,1759244.story">for a prayer vigil</a> to mark the five-year anniversary of the clinic&rsquo;s opening. The clinic had been a lightning rod of controversy when it opened and the vigil falls during anti-choice protesters &ldquo;<a href="http://40daysforlife.com/index.cfm">40 Days For Life</a>&rdquo; campaign.&nbsp;Though it&#39;s no question which way the state will go in the upcoming election, the schism between liberal, urban Chicago and more conservative downstate areas will continue to widen over this issue well after the election, setting the groundwork for some interesting local elections down the line.</p><strong>Also: </strong>Monday was a big night for the Bears: The team came away with <a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/gameday/game/2012/regular4/">a 34-18 victory</a> over the Dallas Cowboys, playing in a stadium with so many Bears fans it sometimes felt like a home game. The Bears defense had yet another stout performance, forcing five Cowboys interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns (by Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs). While the offense took a while to get going, it clicked well when it did with Jay Cutler throwing for 275 yards (138 of those to Brandon Marshall) and two touchdowns. At 3-1, the Bears remain tied with the Vikings atop the NFC North division and head to Jacksonville this weekend for their next game.&nbsp;<br /><p><br /><strong>Announced: </strong><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/15492582-421/macarthur-foundation-bestows-23-genius-grants.html">The 23 new MacArthur Foundation &quot;genius&quot; grant recipients</a>,&nbsp;including Northwestern University historian Dylan C. Penningroth, who is researching pre-Civil War slaves who owned land. Other recipients include Claire Chase, flutist and co-founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble in Chicago, Punch Brothers mandolin player extraordinaire Chris Thile and acclaimed writer Junot Diaz.</p><p><br /><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>A Louisiana man became the nation&rsquo;s 300<sup>th</sup> death row prisoner <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-dna-evidence-20121001,0,2977942.story">exonerated by DNA evidence</a>.</li><li>Todd &ldquo;legitimate rape&rdquo; Akin <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/todd-akin-women-pay_n_1928534.html">said he didn&rsquo;t vote for the Ledbetter Bill</a> to secure equal pay for women because, well, freedom.</li><li>The Supreme Court is back in session and is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/10/01/162110683/high-court-takes-up-human-rights-on-first-day-back">taking up a human rights case</a> involving Nigerians seeking asylum.</li><li>Seth MacFarlane <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/seth-macfarlane-is-hosting-the-oscars,85895/">has been tapped to host</a> the 2013 Academy Awards, which should keep the censors busy (hopefully, anyway).</li><li>So an Iranian news agency <a href="http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/iranian-news-agency-claims-onion-report-it-ran-by-mistake-is-essentially-true/?partner=rss&amp;emc=rss&amp;smid=tw-nytimes">ripped off a story from <em>The Onion</em></a>, claimed it was true, then apologized for plagiarism yet still sorta claims it&rsquo;s true. Which makes total sense because, you know, Iran.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking Ahead</strong></p><ul><li>There&rsquo;s <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2012/10/wls-tv_gm_anti-duckworth_ad_still_under_review.html">confusion over whether or not</a> WLS refused to air an anti-Duckworth ad or deemed it unsuitable for airing.</li><li>Now even IDOT <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-idot-asks-for-publics-input-to-map-future-road-projects-20121001,0,435718.story">is asking for public feedback</a> to help them make future plans.</li><li>Chicago Media Baron&trade; Robert Feder <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/chicago-media-blog/15740946/wls-host-don-wade-comes-out-of-surgery-%E2%80%98really-well">has the latest on WLS-AM host Don Wade</a>, who is recovering from surgery to remove a growth from his brain.</li><li>There are <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120929/ISSUE01/309299973/tenants-flee-suburban-office-parks">a lot of empty offices</a> in suburban office parks.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>The White Sox were officially elimanted from the 2012 MLB playoffs Monday night courtesy of <a href="http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=321001107">Detroit&#39;s win</a>, and thus completing the team&#39;s epic collapse.</li><li>Meanwhile, the Cubs <a href="http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=321001116&amp;teams=houston-astros-vs-chicago-cubs">hit the infamous 100-loss mark</a> for the first time in 46 years after losing to the Astros.</li><li>The Bulls have done the right thing and <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nba/story/_/id/8449078/chicago-bulls-tom-thibodeau-agree-four-year-extension">re-upped with Coach Thibs</a> for four years.</li><li>Mayor Rahm Emanuel <a href="http://www.wbez.org/emanuel-mum-where-he-wants-depaul-basketball-team-move-back-city-102800">wants DePaul to play their basketball games</a> in the city proper again but isn&rsquo;t giving any specifics as to where he wants them to play.</li><li>Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8447831/indianapolis-colts-coach-chuck-pagano-leukemia">has been diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia</a> and will take a leave of absence from the team.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Finally</strong><br />Next time your kids ask you why the sky gets dark at night, you can give them a real answer other than what my parents told me, which was that Jesus turned off the sun so we could hide safely from the dragons. That&rsquo;s Alabama for you.</p></div><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gxJ4M7tyLRE" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-10/illinois-nations-latest-abortion-battleground-102814 Two Chicago groups win MacArthur grants http://www.wbez.org/story/two-chicago-groups-win-macarthur-grants-96482 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-16/troubled pic even smaller.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Two Chicago-based non-profits, Community Investment Corporation and Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, have won prestigious MacArthur Foundation grants.&nbsp;<img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-16/troubled pic even smaller.jpg" style="border-width: initial; border-color: initial; margin-right: 15px; margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 400px; " title="Community Investment Corporation buys troubled apartment buildings and sells them to owners who will take better care of them. (Photo/CIC)"></p><p>The MacArthur Foundation is known for giving genius grants to creative people, but the group also makes annual awards to creative institutions.&nbsp; This year’s awards span the globe from Uganda to Mexico to here in Chicago, where the MacArthur Foundation is based.<br> <br> MacArthur President Robert Gallucci says locally, they wanted to focus on housing.<br> <br> "Housing is connected to so many other issues we care about in terms of the condition of people," Gallucci said. "It's connected to the quality of their education, their health, their overall coherence in the family, and in Chicago, housing has been particularly hard-hit."<br> <br> Community Investment Corporation is receiving $2 million. CIC President Jack Markowski says they’ll use the money to create more affordable rental housing in Chicago neighborhoods hard-hit by foreclosures.</p><p>"The whole intention is to buy bad buildings - non-functioning, distressed buildings - and get them into the hands of good owners who will rehab them and manage them well," Markowski said.&nbsp;BPI is getting $750,000, in part to train recent law school and public-policy grads in public interest law and advocacy as part of their Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship Program.</p></p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/two-chicago-groups-win-macarthur-grants-96482 Daily Rehearsal: how do you write about writer's block? http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-29/daily-rehearsal-how-do-you-write-about-writers-block-89813 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-29/TF.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Check out this <a href="http://bombsite.com/issues/104/articles/3148">sort-of scary photo of Will Eno hunting</a></strong></span></span>. Oh, and the accompanying article, which is a thorough, largely unedited, interview done in many different locations. When asked what makes an actor right for a part, Eno replied, "I think you have to be honest. Honest and humble. I think you have to say to yourself, as an actor, as any kind of artist, here are the rules, here are the boundaries, and, within these limits, I will do everything I can to create an effect of infinity."</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-29/unscripted romance.jpg" style="width: 225px; height: 291px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. If you're special, you might <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/chi-macarthur-offers-1-million-for-international-projects-20110729,0,2725068.column">get some dollaz from the MacArthur Foundation</a></strong></span></span>; they're making $1 million available to local Chicago arts groups. The Foundation has a long history of giving arts money in the region, which makes sense -- this is where their headquarters are.</p><p><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14px;">3. <a href="http://www.annoyanceproductions.com/unscriptedromance/index.shtml"><em>An Unscripted Romance</em></a> is up at Annoyance </span></strong></span>for the second time. Just see it for the poster, which is super cute and retro. An improv show that's closing this weekend after it's second run, <em>An Unscripted Romance</em> features a "modern-day couple [that] incorporates the real-life relationships of its audience members into a two-act story that follows the trajectory of a (mostly) typical relationship." Make a reservation and eat dinner there too, as Derrick Aguis and Lindsey Finn entertain you. They've covered this ground before, so you're in good hands -- you may remember <em>Him + Her</em> and <em>A Valentine's Show</em>.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-29/TF.jpg" style="width: 225px; height: 250px; float: right; margin: 7px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. <a href="http://www.redtwist.org/Productions/ThatFace/Production.html"><em>That Face</em></a> is at RedTwist</strong></span></span>, and includes Jacqueline Grandt, who is doing double-duty in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-07/working-weekend-critics-picks-84873"><em>Bug </em></a>as well. That Face was written by British playwright Polly Stenham (19 when she wrote it), and was in New York City at the Manhattan Theatre Club last spring. In his review of the New York rendition, <em>New York Times</em> reviewer <a href="http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/theater/reviews/19that.html">Ben Brantley wrote</a>, "Not since Shelagh Delaney’s 1958 drama,'A Taste of Honey,' another work featuring a mother from hell, had an angry adolescent playwright caused such a stir."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Neofurtist and <em>The Paper Machete</em> performer</strong></span></span><a href="http://www.2amtheatre.com/2011/07/29/writers-block-isnt/"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong> Bilal Dardai</strong></span></span> writes about writer's block</a>, which seems like it couldn't work, right? And he admits that yes, technically, he didn't have writer's block, because he was writing things, just maybe not everything: "I can’t with any credibility refer to it as block. If I assign an arbitrary date of affliction; say, four months past, an honest assessment of my output leaves me with several exhibits of undeniable evidence that indeed, writing has occurred."</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-29/daily-rehearsal-how-do-you-write-about-writers-block-89813 Rahm to mingle with fellow dancers http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-13/rahm-mingle-fellow-dancers-89107 <p><p>Maybe he’ll show off his <em>rond de jambe</em>. Tonight Mayor Rahm Emanuel circulates a bit, then delivers a few remarks at the opening reception of the <a href="http://www.danceusa.org/">Dance USA 2011 Annual Conference</a>, being held in Chicago. Expect reassuring talk; let’s hope he walks the walk. The event, happening at the Harris Theater, is open only to conference registrants… but there’s still time! The conference runs through Saturday, July 16.</p><p>In peripherally related news: <a href="http://audiencearchitects.com/">Audience Architects</a>—the Chicago nonprofit acting as conference administrator (and, full disclosure, paying me a few times a month to review dance for <a href="http://seechicagodance.com/">SeeChicagoDance</a>)—just announced a $225,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation and a $10,000 grant from the Illinois Arts Council to support the creation and implementation of a three-year strategic plan.</p></p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-13/rahm-mingle-fellow-dancers-89107