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    Holiday Party + Dr. James DeFrancesco, "Investigating Clandestine Drug Laboratories"

    December 09, 2016
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Fountain Blue
    2300 Mannheim Rd.
    Des Plaines, IL 60018

    Please join the Chicago ACS for our holiday party, featuring a food and toy drive, raffle, door prizes, and a fascinating talk on clandestine drug laboratories by Loyola lecturer Dr. DeFrancesco.


    The business of controlled substance distribution begins in a chemistry laboratory of some type with manufacturing of the street drug. Forensic chemists assist special agents and officers in identifying this type of illegal activity and are called to the scene of these clandestine drug laboratories to assist in the collection of evidence and the dismantling of the operation. The same investigative skills we learned in school as chemists can be employed in navigating this “Wild, Wild, West” environment of the clandestine drug laboratory. I will discuss the lab raids in which I have assisted and the growing problem of opiate abuse in our society.


    • 5:00 - 6:30  Registration & Social Hour with cash bar
    • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner 
    • 7:30 - 7:45  Introductory remarks by Mary Jo Boldingh, Chicago Section Chair, presentation of the Chair's gavel to 2017 Chair Fran Kravitz.
    • 7:45 - 8:30  Lecture by Dr. DeFrancesco
    • 8:30 - 9:30  Networking


      • Garden salad with a variety of dressings
      • Entrée choice of either a 
        • Chicken piciatta
        • Broiled whitefish
        • Vegetarian pasta primavera with alfredo sauce
      • Sides included with chicken and fish entrees: potatoes and a medly of peas, carrots, and mushrooms
      • Chocolate sundae for dessert


    Raffle gifts will be numbered randomly and placed on side tables in the dining room. Each attendee will draw a number when they register that evening for the meeting.

    Gifts will be handed out throughout the evening by calling up groups of individuals having a series of numbers. Meeting attendees are asked to claim their gift only during the time their numbers have been announced. Those individuals who do not claim their gift will have another opportunity to claim them at the end of the evening. Individuals must present their number in order to pick up their gift.

    Door prizes of wine will only be handed out to those 21 or older. A substitute prize will be handed out to students under the age of 21. As always, please do not open your wine at the table.


    We will be collecting nonperishable food items (no glass containers) for charity at the December Holiday Party again. The food will be donated to the local Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry for distribution. Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry is a community-based, non-profit organization established to provide food and personal care essentials to residents in need. CHECKS ARE WELCOME TOO!

    We will also continue our toy drive to collect children’s toys for toddlers to 12 year olds. The toys will be donated to a local Silent Santa program.

    Please open your heart to these two programs and bring a nonperishable food item and a new toy to the holiday party.

    Please, do NOT donate any clothing -- Thanks


    Dinner reservations are required and should be received by

    Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Tuesday December 6, 2016

    PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all dinner orders.  No-shows will be billed.   Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ([email protected]) if you have any questions


    From the Southwest, South, and Indiana
    From the North
    From Hyde Park and downtown

    - Get to I-294 North
    - Take I-294 North
    - Proceed past I-90/94, I-190
    - Take the Touhy Ave. exit, staying left.
    - Take the left-hand Touhy Ave WEST exit
    - Proceed 0.8 miles on Touhy
    - Turn Right on Mannheim Rd, immediately after crossing the railroad tracks
    - Proceed approximately 300 feet
    - Fountain Blue will be on your left

    - Take I-294 South
    - Take exit #45 to Golf Rd / IL-58
    - From the offramp, turn Left on East River Rd for about 200 feet
    - Turn Right on Golf Rd / IL-58 (the first intersection)
    - Proceed 1.0 miles on Golf Rd, past Oakton Community College
    - Turn Left on S. River Rd.
    - Proceed 3.3 miles on S. River Rd
    - Turn Right on Touhy Ave.
    - Proceed 0.8 miles on Touhy
    - Turn Right on Mannheim Rd, immediately after crossing the railroad tracks
    - Proceed approximately 300 feet
    - Fountain Blue will be on your left

    - Take I-90 West
    - Exit to I-294 North
    - Take the Touhy Ave. exit (the first exit), staying left.
    - Take the left-hand Touhy Ave WEST exit
    - Proceed 0.8 miles on Touhy
    - Turn Right on Mannheim Rd, immediately after crossing the railroad tracks
    - Proceed approximately 300 feet
    - Fountain Blue will be on your left

    From Evanston, Skokie, Morton Grove, Des Plaines:
    - Take PACE bus #250 from Davis St. toward O'Hare
    - Proceed ~1 hr 15 min
    - Get off at Touhy/Mannheim
    - Walk ~300 feet North on Mannheim

    - Take the Blue Line CTA toward O'Hare
    - Exit at the Rosemont station
    - Take PACE bus #221 toward Wolf/Piper
    - Get off at Touhy/Mannheim
    - Walk ~300 feet North on Mannheim

    - Take Metra North Central line
    - Get off at the O'Hare Transfer station
    - Take the PACS bus #250 North (toward Davis St.)
    - Get off at Touhy/ Mannheim
    - Walk ~300 feet North on Mannheim

    PARKING: Free


    James V. DeFrancesco is a Senior Lecturer at Loyola University Chicago in the Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry and the Forensic Science Program. Since the beginning of his dual appointment beginning in 2015, he has taught courses in Drug Chemistry, Forensic Toxicology, Quantitative Chemical Analysis, and Environmental Science.

    He earned a BS in Chemistry/Business Management from Elmhurst College in 1983 and Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry in 1992 from Michigan State University. He spent the early portion of his career in the private sector as a product development chemist for Mobil Oil (now Exxon Mobil) and a drug chemist at Fujisawa Pharmaceuticals, in addition to teaching courses at Northwestern, DePaul, and National Lewis Universities.

    He is also a retired Senior Forensic Chemist from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s North Central Laboratory in Chicago. In his 18 years with the DEA, he analyzed over 4500 drug exhibits, participated in over 15 clandestine drug lab raids, trained chemists, special agents, and attorneys and is recognized as a national expert in the chemical analysis of GHB, GBL, and BD (gamma-hydroxybutyrate, gamma-butyrolactone, and 1,4-butanediol, respectively). He has testified as an expert witness in 51 federal and state drug prosecutions, many involving conspiracy trials resulting in the establishment of legal precedence in the emerging area of drug analogues. He has been awarded for his work by Mobil Oil, DEA, US Attorney’s Office, and the Chicago Police Department.


    $35.00 Member

    $37.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue

    $0.00 Lecture only