You’ve gotten square with Uncle Sam, and now it’s time to party. Local peace-and-justice organizations host a Tax Day fundraiser to benefit the Springfield Peace Camp for Kids. The event starts at 6 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 745 Woodside Rd. Music is provided by elevator shoe unaffected. The suggested donation, $15, covers hors d’oeuvres and nonalcoholic drinks, and a cash bar will be offered for peaceniks who need to drown their sorrows.


Here’s a rare opportunity to get rid of household hazardous waste materials: From 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, take your dangerous wastes to a collection site at the Illinois State Fairgrounds (enter gate 11). Used motor oil and antifreeze, old gasoline, pesticides, insecticides, garden and hobby chemicals, spent household batteries and fluorescent bulbs, paint thinner, and similar wastes will be accepted.


The Marcus Garvey book and record sale, which was scheduled to end today, will continue through this Saturday, April 16, in Building L on the UIS campus. The hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Bruce Iglaur, founder of Alligator Records in Chicago, has donated 50 blues tapes for the sale. They’re available for $3 each on a first-come, first-serve basis. The sale, which benefits the Marcus Garvey School of Human Rights, includes movies, computer games, cassette tapes, and nearly 1,000 LPs.


Jon Lieberman, Sinclair Broadcast’s worst nightmare, gets a nod from his peers for speaking out. Lieberman, former Washington bureau chief (seen locally on Sinclair’s WICS, Channel 20), was fired after publicly criticizing his company’s decision to air an anti-John Kerry documentary. He later blasted the company for dictating stories: “I felt like I was part of a propaganda arm” [see Paul Schmelzer, “Puppet masters,” March 10]. He’ll pick up a special professional citation when the 2005 Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism are handed out next month by the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

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