“Illinois Issues: Does The ADA Work?”

Twenty-five years after the landmark federal law, people with disabilities in Illinois still have trouble getting hired.

Bob Peterson wants to work in the community rather than in a sheltered workshop for people with disabilities. In that Aurora program, he spends five hours a day putting components for gutters into plastic bags. Rather than a set wage, he is paid by the piece.


WUIS September 3, 2015

“Your comprehensive guide to the 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival”

Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians turned 50 in 2015, and celebrations of this influential collective have been popping off worldwide all year—here in town, exhibits honoring the AACM’s impact have opened at the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival marks this auspicious anniverary with performances by four AACM-related groups: Douglas Ewart & Inventions, the Jeff Parker Trio, Steve & Iqua Colson, and Muhal Richard Abrams’s Experimental Band. The Experimental Band set—Sunday’s marquee event and the capstone of the festival—features most of the AACM’s greatest living figures, including Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis, Wadada Leo Smith, and Amina Claudine Myers.


Chicago Reader September 2, 2015

“37th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, September 3-6”

The 37th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival will take place in Millennium Park and at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street), September 3-6, showcasing the very best of jazz music from noon to 9:30 pm daily. This free admission festival is produced by Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC). Culminating on Labor Day Weekend, the festival’s programming celebrates both the mainstream of the national jazz scene as well as Chicago’s unique contributions to the art form. The Chicago Jazz Festival has historically made a special point of placing its own distinctly Chicago artistic stamp on the musical proceedings.


Jazz Police September 2, 2015

“The ADA at 25 – A Legal Tool for Social Change”

In 1990, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide comprehensive civil rights protection to people with disabilities in all aspects of life, including employment, state and local government services, public transportation and private businesses.


CBA Record July/August 2015

“Henry Butler presses on after Katrina and a bout with cancer”

Ten years ago this week, the colossal New Orleans singer-pianist Henry Butler saw his life very nearly wrecked by Hurricane Katrina and its disastrous aftermath.


Chicago Tribune August 25, 2015

“Robie House celebrates ADA with new aids for tours”

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is offering free tours catered to those with vision or hearing impairments at four Wright sites across Chicago, including the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. Other participating houses include the Emil Bach House and the Rookery Building, which are both in the city, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, located west of the city, in Oak Park.


Hyde Park Herald August 19, 2015

“Chicago’s Harris Theater Make Programmatic and Structural Changes in Conjunction with ADA25”

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 25th birthday this July, during which the ADA Legacy Project has been teaming up with organizations and community leaders throughout the Chicago area to create discussion on the role ADA has had on thousands of lives since it’s start in 1990. The Harris Theater, one of many businesses working in conjunction with ADA25, plans to embark on a campaign over the next five years to raise funds for program expansion and structural updates to the theater.


AARP Illinois August 12, 2015

“How Chicago theaters, museums enhance entertainment for blind, deaf”

When the lights dim and a play starts, all eyes are on the stage. But what if you can’t see it?

How do people who are blind experience a live theater show? A museum exhibit?


Chicago Tribune August 9, 2015

“Chicago groups chip in as ADA marks 25 years”

In Chicago, a network of more than 160 civic organizations, government agencies and businesses have come together to commemorate the American With Disabilities Act’s 25th anniversary by committing to new programs and initiatives within their organizations.


Windy City Times July 29, 2015

“Which Funders Will Get Behind Chicago’s New Disabilities Initiative?”

A quarter-century after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, adults with disabilities still find it difficult to find employment, succeed in school, and rise above poverty. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, a new local initiative has emerged in Chicago to take the law’s successes a few steps further.


Inside Philanthropy July 28, 2015