Lisa Madigan, Illinois State's Attorney, May 16, 2012
Updated: June 18, 2012 8:48AM
THE BULLY REPORT: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will host a reception/book party for local author Jodee Blanco whose latest book, Please Stop Laughing at Me, is on the New York Times Bestseller list. Madigan has invited hundreds of Chicago’s movers & shakers to attend the event at Studio Paris on June 4.
Blanco is often referred to as “the voice of America’s bullied students” and her book reveals her personal experiences with bullying during her younger years. I think that VH-1 “Basketball Wives” bullies, Evelyn Lozada and Tami Roman, should be invited to this event. Those two women are in serious need of some anger management sessions. The epidemic of bullying in schools is nationwide and parents of known bullies should seek counseling along with their mean-spirited kids. A bullying kid is probably being bullied at home. Everything starts in the home.
ALSO, Chicago author Kenneth Green will sign his book I’m From Division Street at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Northbrook Community Synagogue.
CONDOLEEZZA RICE, former secretary of state, speaking at the Executives’ Club of Chicago’s luncheon Thursday, at the Hilton Chicago. . . . The Cubs’ Kerry Wood and wife, Sarah, and their Wood Family Foundation contributed $l million to the “Heroes for Life” campaign at the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, which officially opens June 9. The money was used to create a beautiful playroom on the oncology floor. That is so cool!
CONSTRUCTION NEWS: Work will begin this year on the Illinois Tollway’s new $12 billion, 15-year capital program titled “Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.” So in conjunction with that program, the Illinois Tollway office is hosting a “Construction Networking Event” to link construction firms that would like to qualify to be a part of this program. So general contractors, specialty subcontractors, etc., are invited to attend this networking conference 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Friday at the Hilton Oak Lawn.
There will be guest speakers including Kristi LaFleur, the tollway executive director, and for more information go to the Doing Business section of the Illinois Tollway’s website: www.illinoistollway.com
MUSICAL NOTES: The amazing Patti LaBelle, Frankie Beverly & Maze, the O’Jays, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Tank will be at the Charter One Pavilion July 14. . . . Live Latin music every Friday and Saturday at Fiesta Mexicana in Lincoln Park.
BRAVO!: “I just wanted to write you and say thank you! My 12-year-old daughter, Ariana Burks, landed the role of Little Inez in the Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace production of “Hairspray” because of you! My Mother found the audition notice in the Sun-Times paper (Jan. 24) that you listed and I took my daughter and she got the role! It is amazing and my daughter is having the time of her life. Thank you so much!” Elise Burks Ariana is co-starring
with Felicia (“The Color Purple”) Fields and the show runs through June 17.
REALITY star Bill Rancic and his great pal, Sara Lee exec Jon Harris, are happy to report that Harris, who has a great voice, has recorded a song, “We’re Gonna Build A House In Haiti,” to help raise funds for the World Wide Village, an organization that Rancic has been involved with, along with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Harris’ 8-year-old daughter, Alex, contributed the chorus line. The song can now be purchased on iTunes. World Wide’s mission is to transform impoverished communities. Rancic, Harris and a few friends recently built a house in Haiti for a poor family.
SIGHTS: The Hawks John McDonough ate at Harry Caray’s with Comcast SportsNet’s Jim Corno. . . . . The Sox Phil Humber, Robin Ventura, the Red Sox Bobby Valentine, Dutchie Caray, Dusty Baker and Channel 7’s Mark Giangreco were at LaScarola on separate occasions.
BIRTHDAYS: Judge Frank DeBoni and anniversary wishes (43) to Spencer Leak Sr. and Henrietta. And belated birthday wishes to Hazel Gitlitz Ring. On Friday: Tina Fey. On Saturday: WBBM-Channel 2’s Jay Levine and John McDonough. On Sunday: Stan Mikita. On Monday: R. J. Melman, Spike O’Dell, James Feeley III and Rosa Carioscia.