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Northwestern Grad Headlines National Tour Of ‘Les Miserables’

CHICAGO (CBS) — Tony Crane always knew he wanted to be an actor, especially after his mother took him to see ‘Le Miserables’ in London more than 30 years ago. “I wept like a baby. I completely loved it,” said Crane, who graduated from Northwestern University in 1993.
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Tony Crane. (Photo: Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

Majoring in theater at Northwestern, he says his training has given him opportunities both on the stage as well as on the screen. “As you move from your drama classes, you realize 15 years later, those essentials start to come back. I really feel Northwestern qualifies. Not only is there great acting training, it’s sort of a literary, academic tour through theater. You appreciate it as a medium. A lot of people come out of that program as writers, producers and adapters of fiction,” Crane said. He plays Monsieur Thénardier, who is the villain of the show. “It’s great to finally get to do the weirdos, the crazy, sort of scandalous scoundrels. It’s super fun.” The California native says he loves returning to Chicago to perform before a familiar audience.
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“I’ve been lucky to come back here almost every year for the last 3-4 years. A couple of years ago, I did a play a the Goodman. Last year, I got to come back and do “Chicago PD,” and so it’s great to feel comfortable in a city like Chicago,” said Crane. He has performed in four Broadway shows so far, most recently ‘The Country House.’ He was also Scar’s replacement in the 2002 national tour of ‘The Lion King,’ but says performing in ‘Les Miserables’ is a long-time dream. “It’s been around long enough to affect a new generation. I never thought I’d do this show and I’m thrilled.” Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, the musical tells a story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption — a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
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‘Les Miserables’ is at the Cadillac Palace through Oct. 29th. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, ‘Les Miserables’ is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.

Chicago Ranks At The Top Of The ‘Rattiest Cities’ List

CHICAGO (CBS) — Just in time for Halloween, the rats are out wandering the city. For the third consecutive year, Chicago ranks at the “rattiest city” on Orkin’s ‘Top 50 Rattiest Cities’ list. In fact, service calls in Chicago are up 32 percent. “It does surprise me. Chicago has quiet a number of conducive conditions of its own and a lot of opportunity for improvement,” said Orkin Entomologist and Technical Director of Orkin’s Midwest Region, John Kane. “Chicago certainly has a lot of mice and rat pressure. We have a lot of square mileage spread out and we also have quiet a lot of alleys in which we put our garbage.” New York is a close second, followed by Los Angeles and San Francisco, he said. Kane said as the weather gets colder, unwanted pests like mice and rats look for food, water and shelter to survive the winter. “Rats and mice begin looking for warmer, more insulated places to get through the winter, and these too often happen to be our homes or businesses,” Kane said. “Rodents like to chew on wood and electrical wires, increasing the fire danger behind your walls and potentially damage to your home. “Rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter, while mice can fit through a hole the size of a dime. Even if they can’t find an opening, they can often chew their way in.” Mayor Emanuel has proposed spending an additional $1.5 million next year to get rid of rats. The rankings are based on the number of rodent treatments the company performed from Sept. 15, 2016 – Sept. 15, 2017, including both residential and commercial treatments. Orkin’s full list of the Top 50 Rattiest Cities include:
1. Chicago
2. New York
3. Los Angeles
4. San Francisco – Oakland
5. Washington, DC
6. Philadelphia
7. Detroit
8. Baltimore
9. Seattle – Tacoma
10. Dallas – Ft. Worth
11. Denver
12. Minneapolis – St. Paul
13. Cleveland – Akron
14. Atlanta
15. Boston
16. Hartford – New Haven
17. Portland, OR
18. Miami – Ft. Lauderdale
19. Indianapolis
20. Houston
21. Milwaukee
22. Pittsburgh
23. New Orleans
24. Cincinnati
25. Richmond – Petersburg
26. Sacramento – Stockton
27. Kansas City
28. Charlotte
29. Norfolk – Portsmouth – Newport News
30. Buffalo
31. Columbus, OH
32. St. Louis
33. Raleigh – Durham
34. Grand Rapids – Kalamazoo
35. San Diego
36. Albany – Schenectady
37. San Antonio
38. Tampa – St. Petersburg
39. Rochester, NY
40. Nashville
41. Champaign – Springfield – Decatur
42. Greenville – Spartanburg
43. Memphis
44. Phoenix
45. Syracuse
46. West Palm Beach
47. Orlando – Daytona Beach
48. Madison
49. Flint – Saginaw
50. Green Bay – Appleton

Nurses, Classroom Aides, Other School Support Staff On Strike In Palatine

CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 450 support staff workers at one of the largest school districts in the state walked off the job Monday morning, but classes were still in session at elementary schools and grade schools in Palatine Community Consolidated School District 15. The Educational Support Personnel Association in Palatine announced the strike shortly after 5 a.m. Monday. The district said it wanted to continue contract negotiations, but the 454-member union said it was time for action. Dozens of support staff lined Palatine Road early Monday, carrying signs protesting what they say is a raw deal offered by the district. Teachers at District 15 are not on strike; but school nurses, secretaries, sign language interpreters, occupational and physical therapists, training assistants, and other support staff have walked off the job. They work at 15 grade schools, 4 junior high schools, and one preschool in Palatine, Rolling Meadows, and Hoffman Estates.
The walkout marks the first time support staff represented by ESPA have gone on strike in District 15. Union members said they have been negotiating since February, with little to no progress. “I think 2.5 percent for a group that largely starts out with making $11 an hour, that’s less than $12,000 a year, I think that’s a very humble request,” special education classroom aide Jennifer Elkins said. The last round of talks between the two sides began at 5 p.m. Sunday, and wrapped up at 5 a.m. Monday with no agreement. ESPA Palatine officials immediately decided to call their first strike. “We very much value the ESPA, and we will continue to work in good faith to reach a fair and equitable agreement for all parties,” District 15 Supt. Matt Barbini said. “That being said, we also value our students and families in the district, who are counting on our schools to be open. Our schools will be open today, as well as throughout any labor stoppage.” Parents in District 15 were informed of the strike Monday morning.

Clinical Breast Cancer Trials Underway At Northwestern, Promising Drug To Treat Early Stages

CHICAGO (CBS) — Clinical trials are underway to test a medication that is already approved for menopausal symptoms but it also may prevent and better treat early stages of breast cancer.
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“I’m working on breast cancer prevention and I recently opened this new clinical trail where I am studying a medication that is already approved for menopausal symptoms, so it already helps women with hot flashes, sleeping and osteoporosis, so it’s already readily available,” said Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Surgical Oncologist, Northwestern. “But one of the things we’ve learned about this medication is that it also may prevent breast cancer.” Kulkarni said if the medication reverses or slows the changes in the development of breast cancer, it could mean women could avoid surgery and radiation and most importantly prevent later stage breast cancer. “This is exciting because we have a medication that makes you feel better, but it may prevent breast cancer.” Kalkarni is studying this medication in women who have noninvasive cancer, DCIS or ductal carcinoma in situ.
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A woman receives a mammogram to check for breast cancer. (CBS File Photo)

“What we’re doing is that when women are diagnosed we ask them to participate in this study. They’ll take the medication for three to five weeks before they have surgery. They’ll be randomly put in the treatment group or the placebo group. We’re going to enroll 160 women across the country and we’re going to compare changes in their breast cancer before they take the medication and after they take the medication,” she said. Researchers will then analyze a small piece of their breast tissue and try to determine if this medication reverses or slows the changes in the breast that are associated with the development of invasive breast cancer. “The great potential of it is if we find that this medication reverses or slows these changes, we may have an alternative in the future to our current treatment for noninvasive cancer with this surgery and sometimes radiation,” she said. DCIS affects about 20 percent of breast cancer patients. “It’s pretty common. It usually shows up on screening mammogram. It’s considered stage zero breast cancer. They are abnormal cells in the milk ducts for the breasts. When we worry about cancer, we worry about cancer escaping from the breast and spreading to other parts of the body. DCIS usually don’t have the potential to spread. It’s really a precancerous lesion. About 30 percent of women can turn into an invasive breast cancer,” Kalkarni said. The trials opened in January and the hospital has been recruiting patients since January. “We have good data from animal studies and shows that this is very promising.” she said. Northwestern is the lead site for these clinical trials. The hospital is looking for postmenopausal women willing to take part in the study. Anyone with questions about cancer clinical trials at Northwestern Memorial Hospital should please call 312.695.1102 to talk with our clinical trial nurse specialist.

Cubs Fans Experience Stress, Anxiety During Postseason

CHICAGO (CBS) — Feeling tired? Anxious? You’re not alone. The struggle is real for Cubs fans after a thrilling 9-8 victory against the Nationals in Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Thursday night. “They probably stayed up to long, they probably had too much to drink, they rode the roller coaster of emotions,” said Dr. Michael Ziffra, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Northwestern University. From four-plus hour games to up-and-down scores to rain delays, Cubs fans have lived them all over the last couple of years and there’s likely more to come. “People are very excited and happy and it’s a communal experience and it’s something all of us in the city can enjoy, but it can be very exhausting, it can be very stressful,” he said. gettyimages 492535720 Cubs Fans Experience Stress, Anxiety During Postseason “The first thing to do is to realize at the end of the day, it’s a sport, it’s a game and it’s not a life or death situation. It’s important to have the proper perspective. We don’t want to have our emotional and physical state tied to it.” Stress eating, drinking more than normal, even spending more money than usual for “fear of missing out” are all common things. Dr. Ziffar said in the end, it’s about self care. “If you stay up late watching a game, for instance, the following day, make sure to get to bed early, take care of yourself,” he said. “Don’t go overboard in terms of things like drinking or eating a lot of unhealthy food that we can do when we watch games, it’s about finding a healthy balance.” 77214005 Cubs Fans Experience Stress, Anxiety During Postseason Dr. Ziffar said the “FOMO” phenomenon also plays a part for many sports fans. “This ‘fear of missing out’ phenomenon is something that is really talked about more and more nowadays,” he said. “I would say approaching it with a sense of balance. In essence, say you want to go to a game or a couple of games, so maybe don’t go to every single game, that’s going to cost a lot of money. Go to a game and watch the rest on TV. Maybe you don’t need to watch every single game.” Dr. Ziffra said make sure this isn’t the only thing going in your life and unplug a bit.
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“Go out without alcohol, exercise and spend time away from the television,” he said. “That all can relieve stress.” Ziffra said his patients tend to talk about this kind of stress, particularly last year. “It was worse last year since it was a such a big occasion with the Cubs not winning in more than a 100 years, people were really on edge,” he said. “It’s a little more subdued this year since they already one.”

Lathrop Mixed Income Development Underway

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s been nearly 20 years in the making, but construction is finally underway for more than 1,100 new and rehabbed housing units near the Chicago River. “We never thought this day would come,” said Gene Jones, CEO of Chicago Housing Authority. “CHA kept the promise, did we not?” he laughed. “A lot of people said we wouldn’t be here. It was quite a process to get where we are today. We could not be more proud. Lathrop is a reflection of everyone’s input, including Lathrop residents, community members, preservation agencies, area homeowners, business owners and the CHA — and City of Chicago,” Jones said.
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Chicago’s Lathrop Homes renovation plan is finally on its way to becoming a reality. (Photo: Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

Many of the buildings have been abandoned and boarded up for years. It’s welcome news for neighbors, nearby business owners and housing activists who have been fighting for months for the redevelopment project. Deputy Mayor Andrea Zopp says the Lathrop project has been a long time coming. “Housing is foundational for us to have strong communities and neighborhoods. And without our strong neighborhoods and communities, we cannot be, and will not be, the world class city that we strive to be. This is so important — what’s happening here. The work that has been done, the perseverance,” said Zopp.
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The new housing project will replace the Lathrop Homes. (Photo: Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

The first phase of the project will include 414 new or rehabbed housing units, including 151 public housing units, 101 affordable and 162 market rate rental units. The work includes the preservation of 16 existing buildings, the construction of one new building, the installation of a new river walk and the renewal of Lathrop’s iconic “Great Lawn.” The Julia C. Lathrop Homes project will see the demolition of existing buildings and new construction on the site south of Diversey Parkway. 16 original buildings north of Diversey will be preserved and renovated. In all, the project will bring a total of 1,116 housing units to the historic Riverfront neighborhood. “This is a major step forward for all the folks at Lathrop. We are excited and we consider it a real milestone, and we know it’s just the beginning,” said Audra Hamernik, Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
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“We never thought this day would come.” (Photo: Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

“This will offer homes with new opportunities for every kind of household. Whether it’s former residents of Lathrop, or those who qualify for affordable rents or for those families renting at market rents.” Hamernik said. When the Lathrop Homes were built in 1938, there were more than 900 public housing units across 32 acres bordered by the North Branch of the Chicago River, Clybourn, Diversey Parkway, and Damen avenues. It was the one of the first Chicago housing projects, and the largest complex on the city’s North Side. Lathrop Homes was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. In July 2006, the Chicago Housing Authority announced its intention to demolish the Lathrop Homes and redevelop the site.
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This has been nearly 20 years of discussions and delays in the making. (Photo: Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

In early 2011, the authority cleared residents from the North end of the development. In Oct. 2012, the Chicago Housing Authority approved the demolition of 1,800 units, including some from Lathrop Homes. The redevelopment project will be completed in phases over several years.

Chicago Hosts 53rd International Film Fest This Week

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s America’s longest running, competitive film festival and this year, festival organizers are promising something for everyone. WBBM’s Lisa Fielding has a preview of the 53rd Chicago International Film Fest. “We have 150 films over the course of 2 weeks,” said Michael Kutza, Founder, CEO, President, Chicago International Film Fest. “Seventy-five directors from 50 countries will be here showcasing and talking about their work.”
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150 films will be shown over the two weeks at the 53rd Chicago International Film Fest. (WBBM/Lisa Fielding)

Kutza and his staff works year-round to bring the best and most diverse films to the screen. “You’ve got the winning films of Cannes, Berlin, Venice, things like that, then we have a lot of our own discoveries and then you sprinkle in the Hollywood blockbusters that won’t be coming up until Christmas, so at a festival like Chicago, you get to see everything before the rest of the world,” he said. It is also an opportunity to see and discover films that may be Oscar contenders or others that will never be released locally.
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Michael Kutza, Founder, CEO, President, Chicago International Film Fest and Vivian Teng, managing director. (WBBM/Lisa Fielding)

“In the past, we’ve shown many films that went on to win the Oscar. “The Artist,” “La La Land” to name a few,” he said. The film industry has taken a hit with the evolution of Netflix, cable and streaming, but Kutza said the festival offers something the other options cannot. “Even though there’s a definite change in film going attitudes, and the freedom and ease, but you can’t see our films until much later, maybe even a year later when Netflix grabs them up. The other unique this is that you get to see that new film from Poland, Italy and France and the director is there or the star is there. It’s more than seeing a movie, it’s the real deal,” Kutza said.
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The festival opens Thursday with the screening of “Marshall.” The event runs at the AMC River East Theaters through Oct. 26. (WBBM/Lisa Fielding)

This year, Patrick Stewart will be honored. Actresses Alfre Woodard and Vanessa Redgrave will also be on hand promoting their films. The festival opens Thursday with the screening of “Marshall.” The event runs at the AMC River East Theaters through Oct. 26.

Wrigley Field “Message Walls” Return

CHICAGO (CBS) — A familiar site along Sheffield Avenue as the chalk messages have already begun to appear on the East Wall of Wrigley Field. “I love this. I’m so glad it’s starting again,” said Christine Cutrone, Chicago.
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“Go Cubs. Let Baez be Baez” was one large message written on the message walls. (WBBM/Shannon Blum)

Cutrone said she wrote on the wall last year after the Cubs beat the Dodgers to advance to the World Series.
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#Repeat written on the wall at Wrigley Field. (WBBM/Lisa Fielding)

“We wrote on the wall, Go Cubs Go. We’ll write another message after today’s game.” Many in line for the bleachers got a chance to read some of the new messages written to loved ones and to those who passed in the last year. #Repeat, Go Cubs 2017, In Memory of Papa Bill 1930-2017 were just some of the messages already written. “I love it. I think it’s one of the most unique rations for the new Cubs,” said Will Byington of Chicago. “Now that we are creating new memories as Cubs fans, we’re not the lovable losers anymore. I love that this is back,” he said.
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A message read: In Memory of Papa Bill 1930-2017 (WBBM/Shannon Blum)

“I’m a die hard fan from Iowa. I saw the wall last year. It was super inspiring I think mostly for other people who were putting their grandfathers, and their father’s fathers on there for people who had long lineages of Cubs fans,” said Amy Sweet.
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“Go Grandma Go” written on the message wall at Wrigley Field. (WBBM/Lisa Fielding)

The Cubs organization left the messages up throughout the post season as a tribute to their fans and the 2016 World Series Championship. They stretched the length of Sheffield and around the corner down Waveland, reached to the top of the bricks and spread to the sidewalks, ticket booths and memorial bricks. Last season, the wall took on a deeper meaning as it was used as a memorial for Cubs fans who never got the chance to see the beloved team win it all. This year, fans say its about loyalty and camaraderie.
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The Cubs message walls return to the Friendly Confines. (WBBM/Shannon Blum)

“I love that this is back. This is such a unique thing. I’m not sure if it’ll match the uniqueness of last year and how truly special it was last year, but I hope it does,” Byington said.

Oak Park Native In National Tour Of “Motown The Musical”

 CHICAGO (CBS) —Justin Reynolds knew from a young age he was born for the theater, as both of his parents are in the entertainment business. “When I was 12, I got a lead role in a show in downtown Chicago,” he said. The Oak Park River Forest High School graduate plays Smokey Robinson in “Motown the Musical.” “I knew a few songs that Smokey had written,” he said. “I knew he’d been a songwriter for The Miracles. I knew “Cruisin” and “You Really Got A Hold On Me” but I had to do some research to dig deeper and figure out his tone and his voice. He’s got such a unique voice,” said Reynolds. He says the story of Berry Gordy and Motown Records is so historical. “Motown music is iconic, it’s timeless. The sound they created is a sound that white America, it introduced them to black culture. It’s been incredible. To be able to do that music is amazing,” said Reynolds. “To be traveling around the U.S and to tell this story. Most people don’t know who Berry Gordy is, what Motown is. It’s a show but it’s also such a good history lesson and how it changed the world,” said Jasmine Maslanova-Brown, who plays Suzanne de Pass and Florence Ballard, one of the Supremes. “I looked up a lot of videos of Suzanne de Pass. I’m hoping she’ll come to the show. It’s interesting playing a character who’s still alive and putting a little bit of yourself into it,” she said. Reynolds says it’s great to perform for a hometown audience. “It’s really exciting. It’s great to be back home. I love Chicago. I think there are about 300 people coming to see me throughout the week,” he laughed. Motown the Musical is at the Cadillac Palace Theater through Sunday, October 8th. “I’ve always said if I could do a Motown show every night, I’d be set. That’s a dream come true. To be able to pay tribute to Motown music and to Berry Gordy and his life and legacy, it’s an honor.” he said.

‘Nowhere People’ Brings Attention To The Stateless At Roosevelt University

CHICAGO (CBS) — “Nowhere People” tells the story of children and adults who have no citizenship. “Stateless is by definition someone who really doesn’t have citizenship to any country in the world today,” said Photographer Greg Constantine. “They are not recognized as a citizen in that country and in so many ways they’ve been thrown out of society in the way that it’s organized and how we live it today.” Thirty-nine black and white photographs of people without a secure identity make up the exhibit.
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A new photo exhibit at Roosevelt University brings to life the stateless and undocumented from around the world. (WBBM/Lisa Fielding)

“When I started work on this project, I found there was little attention given to statelessness. It started out as a one year project in Asia, but it ballooned into this 10 year odyssey of what does it look like to be a stateless person in this world in 2017,” he said. Constantine traveled the world to tell their stories, relevant now more than ever with the United State’s debate about so called dreamers. “This is a real timely exhibition to have here right now. It’s not just about the technical documents that allow you to have citizenship. It’s all about belonging, identity and how people see themselves belonging in the place they call home and on the reverse side, its’ societies rejecting them, and rejecting the potential they actually have in contributing something to larger society,” Constantine said.
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Photographer Greg Constantine with one of his “Nowhere People” images. (WBBM/Lisa Fielding)

“These Dreamers and all the people in DACA right now are people that see themselves as Americans. They are people who identify themselves a part of the fabric of this country. They have so many amazing things to contribute and at the same time that’s in jeopardy by policies and guess you could say racism and discrimination and intolerance manifested into policy unfortunately.” Constantine spent 10 years photographing thousands of stateless people in Bangladesh, Myranmar, Malaysai, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Dominican Republic, Ukraine, Serbia, Italy, the Netherlands, Iraq, Kuwait and Lebanon.
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Constantine spent 10 years photographing thousands of stateless people. (WBBM/Lisa Fielding)

“I think that part of this project is trying to help make people be challenging in rethinking what is citizenship today in 2017, what is belonging in that sense. We need to rethink some things and it’s very relevant to the way things are going in the United States today,” he said. The United Nations has estimated 10 million people around the world are stateless.
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Thirty-nine black and white photographs of people without a secure identity make up the exhibit. (WBBM/Lisa Fielding)

“All ages, all religious, on every single continent you’re going to find stateless people and stateless communities. Its’ inherited from one generation to the next,” Constantine said. Constantine’s next project is entitled “7 doors” which explores the impact that immigration and detention has on asylum seekers and refugees around the world. “Nowhere People” is on display in the Gage Gallery through Dec. 2.