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Thu, 11/02/2017 - 16:28

SAG-AFTRA Members in Illinois:

Many of you may recall that in 2015-2016 attempts were made to create so-called Right-to-Work “zones” around the state of Illinois. Fortunately, activists and unions around the state mobilized to fight these measures and none were successful. Anticipating a new round of such attempts, legislation was introduced earlier this year which would prohibit Right-to-Work zones in Illinois. Both houses of the legislature passed the bill (SB1905), then Governor Rauner vetoed it.

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:19

We have been deeply struck by the magnitude of the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and have been thinking about what we can do to help. SAG-AFTRA Chicago Local is proud to partner with Creative Relief, a group made up of Chicago’s creative agencies, in a united effort to raise funds for this cause. 

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:00

In July, the Chicago Local hosted a captivating seminar led by actor and director Dawn Arnold to teach members the Michael Chekhov acting technique. Chekhov’s method is a way for actors to express personality and to find an inner life for a character before a performance. Actors tap into their creativity to create a character’s identity, including imagination, intellect and emotions.

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 17:15

On Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, the ballot tabulation of the Chicago Local election was conducted. Please note that some candidates ran unopposed and were declared elected without the necessity of a membership vote. Following are the results of the election. Those positions that required a balloted election are listed with an asterisk*. For complete balloted election results, click here.

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 06:45

Celebrating the Legacy of Ruth Louise Ratny

The SAG-AFTRA Chicago Local celebrates the life of Ruth Louise Ratny, founder and editor of Screen Magazine and ReelChicago, who passed away Feb. 21.

After an accomplished career working as an advertiser, producer and scriptwriter for non-theatrical films, Ratny created Screen Magazine and ReelChicago to showcase Chicago visual media and the business behind it.

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 15:09

Pictured above: Singers Committee members congratulate fellow member Suzanne Petri for her guest starring role on the Jan. 16 episode of the CBS network comedy Kevin Can Wait.

All Together Now
The Singers Committee is planning some events for this year, so stay in tuned. 
Send your contact info to staff liaison Jolene Jones at jolene.jones@sagaftra.org.

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 17:27



Please share this information with all your filmmaker friends! 
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is now accepting submissions from filmmakers residing in all states west of the Mississippi for its April 2017 Los Angeles Short Film Showcase. SUBMISSION DEADLINE is Monday, February 6, 2017. No deadline waiver.