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December 3, 2019 by JESSICA SUSS Chicago is famous for plenty of reasons — it’s home to some of the country’s best pizza, beautiful Lake Michigan, ludicrously sub-zero temperatures … and the list goes on and on. What you might not know about our fair city, though, is that Chicago...

Coming Up Aces at Z Center

  • December 12, 2019|

by Bill McLean • April 5, 2019 Ali Barnett. ILLUSTRATION BY BARRY BLITT. The condition of the three tennis courts dismayed Ali Barnett. She drove past them in New York, some 10 years ago. She was a sophomore in high school and already a veteran varsity...

Ali Barnett, Director of Development at Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center Raeven Grant, ZCenter advocate and a survivor April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. ZCenter has two locations (Gurnee and Skokie): 4275 Old Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031          847.244.1187 4232 Dempster Street, Skokie, IL 60076        847.972.1790 We staff a 24/7 Support...

Participants run along a shoreline path during the seventh-annual Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center Race to Zero on April 14, 2019 at Independence Grove in Libertyville. (Karie Angell Luc/News-Sun)

The seventh- annual Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center Race to Zero stepped off Sunday under heavy snow flurries at 35 degrees in Libertyville. “Let’s melt some snow,” said an announcer via megaphone, asking participants to assemble at the start line shortly after 9 a.m. “I’d rather have snow than rain. I...

Project World Impact

  • April 1, 2019|

ZCenter is proud to be featured by Project World Impact alongside the most innovative nonprofits making a difference in our global community....

Former competitive gymnast Sarah Klein to speak at ZCenter fundraising event

GURNEE – The Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center will host its fourth annual Taste of the Town to support the center Nov. 6. The event will feature guest speaker Sarah Klein. Klein is an attorney and an advocate for victims of sexual abuse. She is a former competitive gymnast and the...

Mix Matters: Public Affairs Podcast

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Mix Matters: Public Affairs Podcast

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Protestors stand in silence for sexual assault survivors

WAUKEGAN – Shoulders hunched, people hurried up the walkway to the Lake County courthouse, eager to seek the warmth waiting behind the automatic glass doors during the unexpected snowfall April 9. Few of them slowed their pace long enough to acknowledge the 14 silent individuals lining the walkway. Even fewer...

Ashley Dawson of Wauconda, foreground, is among those participating in a Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center demonstration Monday to draw attention to sexual assault survivors as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. (Jim Newton / Lake County News-Sun)

Wintry weather, including snow, didn't deter about 15 demonstrators from "standing silent witness" outside of the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan Monday morning to honor sexual assault survivors. Borrowing a tradition initially established by a Chicago rape victim advocacy group, the demonstrators — workers, volunteers and friends with the Gurnee-based...

A client and counselor hold a session at the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in 2014. This year, students at Highland Park High School will raise money for the organization. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

Highland Park High School students have selected a Gurnee-based rape crisis center as the beneficiary of the school's 2017 Charity Drive. Funds raised during the 23rd annual Charity Drive will support the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center, referred to as the ZCenter. For the past 34 years, the organization has helped...

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