Friday, June 27, 2014

Contact Governor Quinn, Veto SB 2664 - You Still Have Time To Protect your Community Association From Increased Fees

While SB 2664 passed the House of Representatives due to strong lobbying efforts by a coalition of proponents, including the Realtors, State Bar Association, Illinois Bankers Association, Community Bankers Association, and the Illinois Credit Union Association; CAI members and homeowners efforts in opposing the bill won 47 "nay" votes. Although this is not a true success by definition, it is an example of our potential when homeowners assemble with a single message and why every single call and email made is important.

So far the Governor has received nearly 2,000 emails from concerned CAI members. We must continue to come together and ask Governor Quinn to veto this SB 2664. Why? Because the bill will create more problems and is a fee increase for homeowners in associations.
Here is what the misguided legislation does and how it will effect you and your community:
1.     SB 2664 would prohibit condominium associations from including special assessments, chargebacks, and limit a condominium association's ability to collect late fees, attorney's fees or court costs, from third-party purchasers following a foreclosure. While these fees and costs may be collected, the total amount that can be collected may never exceed 9 months of regular assessments. The end results in most cases would have associations receiving less repayment than under the current statutory scheme. Less repayment means more fees for unit owners.
2.     SB 2664 is incomplete legislation that impacts condominium associations by creating a new scheme for collecting under super lien rights, but it does nothing to impact townhome, homeowner or master associations. This bill would create a double standard forcing condos to play by one set of rules while all other community associations play by another.
3.     SB 2664 is being passed without any recognition or understanding of its impact upon community associations and the overwhelming majority of owners who pay their assessments in a timely fashion. This bill seeks to protect a very small group of people: attorneys who represent buyers at a real estate closing. This bill is a detriment to all of our communities and could ultimately result in difficult decisions for boards in determining how to allocate their already limited resources, and would likely lead to increased assessments for the balance of the owners. The interests of community associations and the owners that live in those community associations have been completely ignored in SB 2664.
4.     Finally, SB 2664 reduces the days an association (or its management company) has to respond to a request from a purchaser for information from 30 days to 14 days, if the association is managed. If the association is self-managed it has 21 days. This reduced time-frame creates an unnecessary burden on community association managers and homeowners that are already required to reply to purchaser requests in a timely fashion. 

Please contact Governor Quinn's office immediately and often and ask that he VETO SB 2664.

Governor Pat Quinn
(217) 782-0244

Email his office by following this link or pasting this link ( into your browser. 
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you and other members in your community act. Send this message to your community and ask that they too contact Governor Quinn and ask to veto SB 2664.
The CAI Illinois LAC will update you on any action it receives. Thank you for protecting your community!
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates 50 Years!



OCTOBER 9 – 23

2014 Festival to Present More Than 150 Narrative Feature, Documentary and Short Films
From Around the World

  Celebrating 50 years of making Chicago an international destination for acclaimed filmmakers, bold new directors and lovers of cinema, the Chicago International Film Festival returns October 9 – 23, 2014. The anniversary celebration will kick off with an Opening Night Gala presentation at the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph St.), followed by a Golden Anniversary celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center. All other Festival screenings will be held at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.) Programming and ticket information will be announced at a future date.

On November 9, 1965, a 22-year-old Michael Kutza launched the Chicago International Film Festival at the Carnegie Theatre on Rush Street. A mere eight films competed in the feature category, but, even in its inaugural year, celebrated figures including King Vidor, Bette Davis and Stanley Kramer attended to support what would become North America’s oldest competitive international film festival. Fifty years later, the Festival has earned an international reputation for discovering groundbreaking directors, including Martin Scorsese, John Carpenter, Wim Wenders, Liv Ullmann, Peter Weir, Mike Leigh, Margarethe von Trotta, and Chicago’s own William Friedkin and Joe Swanberg, who are but a few of the hundreds of world-renowned filmmakers recognized early on in their careers by the Festival.

“Since its founding, the singular goal of the Chicago International Film Festival has been to introduce Chicago and the world to new filmmakers, new stories and new perspectives,” said Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza. “Five decades later, the Festival has grown to become a highly respected annual event, showcasing films from more than 50 countries, with filmmakers from around the world in attendance. Each year we rigorously pursue the best in international cinema as well as the cutting-edge work of new talents in our steadfast commitment to share the most innovative and ambitious cinematic art with our audiences.”

One of the Festival’s most notable features is the vast diversity of offerings, with numerous competitive categories and several highlight programs such as Black Perspectives, Cinema of the Americas, ReelWomen, Out-Look, After Dark, and the City & State program, showcasing films made in Chicago and throughout Illinois.  In 2014, the Festival will shine a spotlight on Scandinavian cinema.

“As we mark this great milestone, we also celebrate the Chicago International Film Festival’s position as one of the city’s most vibrant arts organizations,” said Film Festival Managing Director Vivian Teng. “Drawing people from all walks of life from across Chicago and beyond, the Festival is a place where audiences come together in their common love of film to share in the art of visual storytelling and expand their worldview.”

The complete Festival schedule will be announced at a future date. Individual tickets ($7 - $20) and Special Event tickets ($30 - $150) will go on sale in August. Discounted parking is available at AMC River East 21(322 E. Illinois Street). For more information, visit
or call 312-683-0121.   

Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is one of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards CineYouth Festival, INTERCOM Competition, International Screenings Program, and Education Outreach.


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Rockit Ranch Productions>Everything you need to enjoy the 4th of July weekend (Chicago)

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In celebration of July 4th, we wanted to share all of the parties, brunches and celebrations from across Rockit Ranch's award-winning concepts. Check out some of our events below!

4th of July Brunches
Rockit Bar & Grill and Rockit Burger Bar are both open for Chicago's favorite brunch on Friday, July 4th. 
Doors open at 10am in River North and 10:30am in Wrigley. Start your holiday off right with our full brunch menu, bloody mary bars and custom mimosa kits!
Make a reservation:

Ghosthouse performing live at Rockit on July 3
Rockit Bar & Grill is opening the lounge at 5pm for a live concert from Ghosthouse, who UR Chicago said "is gonna give Chromeo a run for their money". 
You don't have to work the next day so you have no excuses. Join us for $15 Bud/Bud Light and $8 22oz Green Line drafts on Thursday, July 3. 

Hot Dogs are taking over
Rockit Burger Bar!!!
Join us from July 3 - 6th at Rockit Burger Bar (4700 N Clark) for Hot Dog Takeover, where we are serving up six gourmet, footlong dogs, each inspired by one of our award-winning burgers. 
Wash them down with our freshly tapped Crunkle Sam beer from Clown Shoes Brewing. They only produced 8 kegs and we got 4 of them! 

Loco 4th of July at AY CHIWOWA
Nothing is more patriotic than a 56oz margarita. Celebrate Independence Day the right way at Loco Libre. Doors open at 5pm, DJ starts at 9pm and we are serving up the Loco-rita at only $35 (normally $50).
The patio is open...Let's get loco! 

All-American Brunch
July 5 at Bottlefork  
Sheridan Road Magazine declared that they "can't recommend brunch enough" in their recent review, and on Saturday July 5 we are celebrating the holiday weekend with our All American items and a complimentary sample* or special $4 glass of Temperance Beer Co's Freedive. 
Try the Housemade Donuts and Old Fashioned Jam, Cast Iron French Toast, or "Spam" Benedict, then wash it down with our innovative "Improved Mimosa" or a bloody mary. 
*One per person. Sample is 1 ounce.  

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Garden Apothecary: Luxurious Beauty and Spa Products for Personal Relaxation

Check out these amazing products from Garden Apothecary designed to relax and renew you from the inside out!  

Garden Apothecary offers organic and handmade products for the most indulgent body care regiment.  See their website
to see more about what they have to offer! 
Founder, Jennifer Lee Segale, has a back ground in professional botany.  She started farming on the California coast in 1999 and started a landscape design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In addition to her company Garden Apothecary, she does plant research for her product line in Central America.  Jennifer’s plant research mostly focuses on healing botanicals that are incorporated into the product line.
 Rose Leaf Bath Tea - rose hips oils, pink rose powder, petals and Epsom salts are perfect for an indulgent hot soak. Packaged in a lovely recycled glass bottle and top; after use the bottle can be used to hold precious items or used as a decorative vase!
Citrus Peel Bath Tea: the organic tangerine, bitter orange peel and lemon scent is subtle and great for the skin and hydrating.  A perfect gift for the fitness loving girl. Epsom salts are great to soak in after tiring out muscles.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts July 18th!

A sneak peek at some of the must-have steals and deals hitting stores July 18h
Their biggest nationwide sale event of the year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, runs from July 18th-August 3rd!

The Anniversary Sale isn’t a clearance sale, though – it’s a unique opportunity to shop brand new merchandise at amazing prices (and to stock up on fall must-haves before the season even starts). This year customers will get the chance to shop brands like rag & bone, Rebecca Minkoff, Vince, Frye, Diane von Furstenberg, Hugo Boss, The Honest Company, Alexis Bittar, J Brand, Tumi, Michael Kors and more. Prices only last for two weeks, and all Anniversary Sale merchandise will return to full price on August 4th.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

7 Days Left to IPA Submission Deadline!


Lucy Snowe Henry

Submit your work to the world's most prestigious photography competition: The International Photography Awards.

Be recognized by receiving a coveted Lucie statue at the
2014 Lucie Awards gala!

Win the Title of the International Photographer of the Year and receive a $10,000 cash prize
(sponsored by AtEdge)

Win the Title of Discovery of the Year and receive a
$5,000 cash prize

Win the Title of Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year and receive a $5,000 cash prize

Win the Title of Moving Images Photographer of the Year and receive a $2,500 cash prize

Be published in the 2014 IPA Annual Book and show
your work in the IPA Touring Best of Show Exhibition

Over $175,000.00 in cash prizes have been awarded
to date.

Submit your images now
and be part of the most recognized event in photography!

Jurors Include: Anna Alexander, Dwell - Susan Baraz, Photography Consultant - Lucy Bell, Lucy Bell Fine Art Photography Gallery & Agency - Michael Bilbrey, Leo Burnett - Brenna Britton, People Magazine - Stephen Bulger, Stephen Bulger Gallery - Marilyn Cadenbach, Marilyn Cadenbach & Associates - Julie Castellano, Edwynn Houk Gallery - Alison Castle, Taschen - David Clarke, Tate Britain - Peter Coeln, WestLight - Phil Coomes, BBC - Juan Curto, Camara Oscura - Celia Davies, Photoworks - Alexis Fabry + Olivier Andreotti, Toluca Editions - Jon Feinstein, Humble Arts Foundation - Amy Feitelberg, Los Angeles Magazine - Roy Flukinger, Harry Ransom Center - Michael Foley, Foley Gallery - Stephen B. Freligh, Nature’s Best Photography - Ken Geiger, National Geographic - Susan Getzendanner, Bon Appetit - Howard Greenberg, Howard Greenberg Gallery - Sabine Guedamour, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff - Ed Han, Walton Issacson - Cynthia Held, Held + Associates - Reinier Hill, Witzenhausen Gallery - Claudia Hinterseer, Independent Photography Professional - Caroline Hirsch, The New York Times - Michael Itkoff, Daylight Magazine - Russell Joslin, Shots Magazine - Marla Kennedy, Hamburg Kennedy Photographs - Simone Klein, Sotheby’s - Kiran Koshy, The Richards Group - Vanessa Kramer Hallett, Phillips - Benoit Lagarde, Splashlight Studios - Sofia Lahti, The Finish Museum of Photography - Frank Meo, Photo Closer - Hugh Merrell, Merrell Publishers - Leah Mitchell, Leo Burnett - Paul Moakley, Time Magazine - Mick Moore, British Journal of Photography - Michiel Munneke, World Press Photo - Sara Namias, Zoom Magazine - Cheryl Newman, The Telegraph Magazine UK - Kevin O’Connor, London Photographic Association - Stephen Perloff, The Photo Review & The Photograph Collector - Michael Pritchard, The Royal Photographic Society - Karen Probasco, Magnum Photo - Carlyn Rauch, Newsweek - Nigel Roberts, Leagas Delaney - Brett Rogers, The Photographers’ Gallery - Dana Salvo, Clark Gallery - William Snyder, Photojournalism, RIT - David Spivak, Focus Magazine - Tiffany Sprague, Yale University Press - Dawn Whitmore, International League of Conservation Photographers - Donald R. Winslow, News Photographer Magazine, National Press Photographers Association - Amy Wolff, PDN - John Wood, 21st Editions - Bryan Yedinak, Modernbook Editions & Gallery - Susan Zadeh, Eyemazing - Michael Zajakowski, Chicago Tribune Magazine - Kenneth Zane, Digitas Health - XuXin Zhao, International Photography Association, International Photography Institute Limited Company

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Rayko Photo Center News>Artists-in-Residence Show opens June 25th and Call for Entries - Deadline June 26th! (San Francisco,CA)


Hello RayKo Community!


RayKo's spring resident artists are prepared to unveil their work after 6 intensive months! They are pursuing everything from cliché verre prints and sublime chromogenic prints to building giant site-specific cameras that a grown man can fit inside (because that man also happens to be a human shutter). This exhibition features new work by Carlos ChavarriaAdam Donnelly & David JaneskoRon Moultrie Saunders, and Wenxin Zhang. Come meet these talented and innovative artists on the opening night of June 25th between 6-8pm!

And June 26th is the deadline to enter our current competition of contemporary travel photography:

Send us your best! Judy Walgren of the San Francisco Chronicle and I are looking forward to seeing where and what you've explored!


Looking forward to seeing you!


Ann Jastrab

Gallery Director

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