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Citizen Week of March 13, 2019

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The seventh annual April Food Day is in full swing from now until April 18th. The annual food collection event addresses food insecurity in the south-southwest suburbs. Photo Credit: United Way of Metro Chicago/Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau

SEVENTH ANNUAL APRIL FOOD DAY RESTOCKS SOUTH SUBURBAN FOOD PANTRIES FOR SUMMER

The seventh annual April Food Day food drive in Chicago’s south suburbs is taking place now and will run through April 18. The food drive is hosted by the United Way of Metro Chicago’s South-Southwest Suburban Regional Office and includes several leading partners from the Chicago Southland hospitality industry. SEE PAGE 3

ART SCENE

Exhibition features Flash Forward special interest category winners PAGE 2

TRAVEL

POLITISCOPE

Flexibility and value offered to skiers and riders PAGE 2

3 reasons why people fall for politicians’ lies about statistics PAGE 4

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ART SCENE

Exhibition features Flash Forward special interest category winners This spring, the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) is partnering with the nonprofit arts publishing house the Magenta Foundation to present the winners of the organization’s international photography competition, Flash Forward. Established in Toronto in 2004, the Magenta Foundation showcases the work of promising young artists worldwide, providing learning and outreach opportunities, creating digital and print publications, and collaborating with community partners. This exhibition will feature the Flash Forward special interest category winners: l In the Female-Identifying Photographers category, Nina Röder’s biographical images blend the uncanny with the everyday through whimsical photographs of her family as they cleaned out her grandparents’ home of 60 years. l Representing the Racial Issues category, Luisa Dörr’s images follow Maysa, a black Brazilian girl, as she prepares to take part in the Young Miss Brazil Black Beauty Competition and sheds light on issues of racism, privilege, and segregation in contemporary Brazil. l Kenyan artist Nichole Sobecki’s work represents the Climate and Environment category, documenting the plight of climate refugees in the Horn of Africa as they face desertification, overfishing, droughts, and migration.

l In collaboration with fashion designer Duran Lantink and the activist collective SistaazHood, Dutch photographer Jan Hoek—winner of the LGBTQ category—spotlights the lives and dreams of trans sex workers living on the streets of Cape Town, South Africa. Concurrent with the Flash Forward exhibition, LUMA is also exhibiting David Lee Csicsko: Parade of Saints; Arrupe College: Bring It; and Yollocalli Arts Reach: Portraits of Little Village. In Parade of Saints, David Lee Csicsko invites viewers of all faiths, ages, and backgrounds to investigate the lives and legends of Catholic saints. Bring It marks Arrupe College’s second collaboration with the Loyola University Museum of Art and will feature student projects individually developed alongside photographs and 2D work from Arrupe’s inaugural Foundation Studio/2D-Design class. Portraits of Little Village, presented in partnership with Yollocalli Arts Reach, presents selected youth artwork. The collection of photos portrays the people and stories of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. From friends and families to issues of immigration and identity, each work reflects a unique piece of the neighborhood through the perspective and style of youth artists.

Public Programming The following events take place at LUMA, 820 N. Michigan Avenue. Visit LUC.edu/luma for an updated schedule. Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception Friday, March 22, 5:30–7:30 p.m., free to the public Join LUMA members and staff to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibitions: Flash Forward, Parade of Saints, Bring It, and Portraits of Little Village. Flash Forward Tour with MaryAnn Camilleri Saturday, March 23, 1-2 p.m., free to the public MaryAnn Camilleri, founder and director of the nonprofit arts publishing house the Magenta Foundation, will lead a tour of the Flash Forward exhibition featuring photographs by Luisa Dörr, Nina Röder, Nichole Sobecki, Jan Hoek, and Duran Lantink with SistaazHood. Loyola University Student Dance Performance Saturday, March 30, 1-2 p.m., free to the public This event includes a dance performance inspired by the Flash Forward photography exhibition. Student dancers from Loyola’s Department of Fine Arts will perform new dance work in the galleries.

TRAVEL Mountain Resort Operator offers flexibility and value to skiers and riders Eleven years ago, the Epic Pass transformed the ski industry by offering guests unlimited skiing at the best resorts in the world, for a previously unheard of low price, making skiing and riding more accessible and affordable. Today, with the introduction of "Epic for Everyone," Vail Resorts continues that history of innovation by offering the same flexibility and value to all skiers and riders, whether they want to ski or ride just one day – or every day – of the season. As part of Epic for Everyone, Vail Resorts recently announced the introduction of the new Epic Day Pass, a customizable pass for those skiers and riders who may not need the unlimited skiing offered by traditional season passes. Guests can create their own pass by selecting the number of days they plan to ski or ride – from one day to seven days – and whether or not to add holiday access. Guests can use their customized Epic Day Pass anytime throughout the season at any of the Company's North American owned resorts, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Whistler Blackcomb, Keystone, Crested Butte, Park City, and more. Those purchasing four or more days will also get access to Telluride, Sun Valley, Snowbasin, and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. With the Epic Day Pass, guests can ski worldclass resorts for an unmatched price, according to a press release. Offering a discount of up to 50

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percent off of lift ticket window prices, the Epic Day Pass starts as low as $106 for one day of skiing at any of the Company's North American resorts. Guests can also lower their cost per day by adding more days and can lock in the lowest prices by purchasing this spring. "With Epic for Everyone, we are excited to provide all of our guests with the value, flexibility and convenience that come with being a pass holder," said Kirsten Lynch, chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. "The launch of the Epic Day Pass transforms both season pass and lift ticket pricing and allows our guests to decide where, when and how frequently they want to ski or ride, which is exactly what made our Epic Pass so popular when we first introduced it over a decade ago." For guests looking to ski more days in a season, the Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass continue to offer value and variety for unlimited skiing and riding.

Launching at $939 for the 2019-20 winter season, the Epic Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted access to all of the Company's owned resorts and additional access to partner resorts around the world. For skiers and riders willing to navigate around a few peak dates, the Epic Local Pass offers value with access to many of the same destinations, starting at only $699. Those who purchase the Epic Pass or Epic Local Pass this spring, by paying just $49 down and the remainder in September, will also get ten Buddy Tickets (up from six last year) and six Ski With a Friend Tickets. Vail Resorts will also be extending the Military Epic Pass program into the 2019-20 season. The 2019-20 Military Epic Pass is priced at $129 for Active and Retired Military and their dependents, and $529 for Veteran Military and their dependents.

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Guests who purchase a day lift ticket this season also have the opportunity to apply the value of their ticket toward the price of an eligible 2019-20 pass, including an Epic Day Pass with four or more days. Guests can visit www.epicpass.com for more details on this offer and other incentives. The Company stated that in Fiscal 2018, 47% of lift revenue came from guests using a season pass; however, those guests using a daily lift ticket skied, on average, an estimated 2.3 days during the season. "Epic for Everyone provides those skiers and all of our guests the opportunity to participate in season pass discounts, and provides first time and occasional skiers greater access to our resorts, giving us an opportunity to grow the entire industry," said Lynch. The Vail Resorts company website is www. vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.


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Seventh Annual April Food Day Restocks South Suburban Food Pantries For Summer Continued from page 1 BY KATHERINE NEWMAN

The seventh annual April Food Day food drive in Chicago’s south suburbs is taking place now and will run through April 18. The food drive is hosted by the United Way of Metro Chicago’s South-Southwest Suburban Regional Office and includes several leading partners from the Chicago Southland hospitality industry. The purpose of the April Food Day food drive is to help south suburban food pantries, some who are funded by the United Way of Metro Chicago and some who are not, to rebuild their inventory after the holiday season in preparation for summer. “The one thing that has been consistent is that after the holiday season, many organizations really do need help restocking the pantries and getting ready for the summer when kids are typically going to be out of school and looking for meals. It’s important that we help them do that because we are not just a grantor, we are also partners and we help provide

resources for our partner agencies,” said Maya Hardy, chief professional officer for the United Way of Metro Chicago’s South-Southwest Suburban Regional Office. There are several pantries that receive food from the April Food Day food drive that are not United Way partners but they are included because “it’s important that we take care of the entire region,” Hardy said. This years event will support food pantries in Ford Heights, Blue Island, Harvey, Richton Park, Park Forest, Tinley Park, Chicago Heights, and Orland Park. “During the recent government shut down when federal employees weren’t getting paid, a lot of our food pantries saw a huge increase in need because of that so you just never know what’s going to happen and it’s really important that we keep these pantries stocked. After April Food Day, I don’t know when they will get their next big push until the holidays,” said Hardy. As partners for April Food Day, the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with many hotels, park districts, and

municipalities throughout Chicago’s south suburban region, will be collecting donations on site until April 18. “If everyone just took 15 minutes to drop off one or two items, think of the difference that could make in the lives of people all over the Chicago Southland,” said Jim Garrett, president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We truly care about the community and the Chicago Southland hospitality industry has much to be proud of in the efforts to combat hunger around the region.” During last years April Food Day event, over 128,000 pounds of food was donated and distributed to area pantries. This year they are hoping to have an even greater impact and are looking for donations of canned fruits, canned vegetables, cereal, oatmeal, cookies, crackers, canned meats, infant supplies, laundry detergent, and toiletries. For the latest up-to-date information on drop off locations, visit https://uw-mc.org/ event/april-food-day-2019/.

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Illinois Department of Human Services launches WeKnowtheFeeling.org for individuals with gambling disorder The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) recently announced the launch of a statewide website to provide access to treatment and recovery for those impacted by gambling disorder. The website, WeKnowtheFeeling. org, will accompany 1-800-GAMBLER and provide another outlet for individuals experiencing gambling disorder and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Individuals can also text ILGAMB to 53342 to find treatment options. Support specialists who operate the helpline and website are trained in evidence-based approaches to help connect callers and web users with treatment and recovery support services. The gaming industry is expanding and evolving at unprecedented rates. The global online gambling market alone is forecasted to grow to more than $59 billion by 2020.

A recent National Survey of Problem Gambling Services reported that more than 2% of adults in Illinois may have a problem with gambling. Treatment needs vary with each individual, but often stigma and shame prevent individuals with gambling disorder from asking for help. “This website will provide another way for Illinoisans struggling with gambling disorder to access resources, treatment options and the support they need,” said Deputy Governor Sol Flores. “We receive thousands of calls to the 24-Hour hotline each month and we hope to see a large number of people utilize our website the same way. Our focus is providing support and treatment to individuals so they can get back on the right track and out of financial hardship.” The website helps individuals with gambling disorder find the

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) recently announced the launch of a statewide website to provide access to treatment and recovery for those impacted by gambling disorder.

best treatment options available. Individuals can take a quiz to help determine if they have a gambling problem, click to chat with a live specialists for advice about responsible gambling and get connected to local treatment providers. The news of the website launch comes during Problem Gambling Awareness Month, held annually to help individuals have the conversation about problem gambling and to raise awareness for the services that are available. IDHS gambling www.thechicagocitizen.com

treatment programs also participate in this National Council on Problem Gambling campaign. “It is important for people struggling with problem gambling to know that they are not alone,” IDHS Assistant Secretary of Programs Dr. Maria Bruni said. “The website not only serves as an important tool to connect individuals with gambling disorder to treatment, but it also provides a place for people to share their stories of hope and recovery.” The gambling website is funded

by the State of Illinois. IDHS Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery partnered with Morneau Shepell, a human resources consulting and technology company that provides clinically driven, award-winning and customizable solutions in responsible gambling, to launch WeKnowtheFeeling.org. If you or someone you know has a gambling disorder, call the state’s hotline at 1-800-GAMBLER, text ILGAMB to 53342 or visit WeKnowtheFeeling.org.


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POLITISCOPE

Three reasons why people fall for politicians’ lies about statistics BY MACK CLAYTON SHELLEY, II

Why do people make such poor decisions about politics? Why are they so often distracted by lies, irrelevant alternatives and specious arguments? Politicians use and abuse statistics and fabricate when it suits their purposes. Contemporary examples of either deliberate or inadvertent misuse of data are easy to find on all sides of the political divide, from the Trump administration’s claim that U.S. border officials detained “nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists” last year at the Mexican border to U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s December tweet asserting that “66 percent of Medicare for All could have been funded already” with the money spent on the Pentagon’s accounting errors. The notion of politically related lying with numbers has been around a long time, back at least to Mark Twain in a 1906 book in which he attributed the phrase “lies, damn lies and statistics” to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. Lots of others claim parentage of the phrase or are given credit for coining it. I have spent 40 years teaching and publishing in political science and statistics, focused on helping students become critical thinkers. I believe that politicians can get away

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with lies so easily because the public is not trained to critically consume statistical information or to defend against other (dis)information that is deliberately designed to mislead. 1. Lack of statistical skills It’s difficult to be a critical consumer of statistical information, because that requires the ability to process numeric data in context. Many Americans do not do well with processing information about numbers and consequently may make poor decisions. People who are more numerate are less susceptible to being led to a false conclusion, are less affected by their mood, and are more aware of the levels of risk associated with actions

and decisions. For example, if you flip four coins in a row, what’s the probability of getting two heads? Most people guess 50 percent. Figuring out that the answer is actually 37.5 percent takes some work and is not intuitive. So is understanding that a run of nine consecutive tails does not mean that the tenth coin flip is likely to be a head. In the same way, it’s easy for people to believe the tweet from President Donald Trump, based on outdated information from the Texas secretary of state that “58,000 non-citizens voted in Texas, with 95,000 non-citizens registered to vote. These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg. All over the country, especially in California, voter fraud is rampant. Must be stopped. Strong voter ID! @foxandfriends.” In reality, proven cases of voter fraud are rare and voter lists often are inaccurate about current citizenship status. A scary-sounding statement that “58,000 non-citizens voted” should trigger immediate head-scratching and fact-checking; as it has turned out, most of the alleged illegal votes were cast by people who subsequently had become citizens and eligible to vote. 2. Letting emotions get the better of you It’s easy for politicians to take

advantage of what Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon calls “bounded rationality.” “Bounded rationality” is about being influenced by emotions, preconceived notions and things I may think I know but really don’t. What’s more, political figures can get away with saying things that don’t square with the facts, because it would take too much effort for the average person to fact-check everything for accuracy. Coupled with this is the psychological process of “confirmation bias.” If you hear or read or someone tells you something that sounds wrong to you, you tend to block out ideas, facts or data that don’t jibe with your current beliefs. Confirmation bias can apply to a wide array of issues, including gun control, sexual double standards and more. 3. Overestimating your own knowledge This brings us to the Dunning– Kruger effect. People with lesser abilities tend to overstate their level of knowledge and understanding. If I see a bad call by a football referee, my first reaction might be to say that I could have gotten that call right, but I’m totally not trained as a referee and wouldn’t have a clue about

what call to make on most plays. This perception of illusory superiority comes from people not being equipped to realize that they don’t know what they don’t know. That in turn makes it all the more difficult to separate out “fake news” from reality. In a 2017 study, researchers Chris Vargo at the University of Colorado and Lei Guo and Michelle Amazeen at Boston University showed that false reports are instrumental in setting the news agenda for partisan media, despite fact-checkers’ efforts. Other research shows that most Americans who see fake news believe it. Combined with a general lack of knowledge about political processes, these mental processes make it tough for anyone to understand the facts about major issues. Elected public officials are hired by the electorate precisely because they are good at saying things you like to hear. They are rewarded for what they say – rather than for doing the right thing. Mack Clayton Shelley, II is University Professor of Political Science, Statistics, and School of Education at Iowa State University, where he has been a faculty member since 1979. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Political Science.

NEWS

Majority of Primary Care Providers Recognize Importance of Family Caregivers in Patient Outcomes Primary care providers agree, almost unanimously, that family caregivers play a vital role in patient care and in better patient outcomes, according to a new survey by AARP Research. However, providers say that time constraints and not knowing who or if there is a family caregiver, prevent them from working with family caregivers for more of their patients. “Today, forty million Americans are caring for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones, and close to half of them are responsible for medical tasks like injections and wound care,” said AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. “Delivering more treatment on an outpatient basis means that family

caregivers are critical members of patient care teams. The entire health care system – from providers to hospitals to insurers – must recognize family caregivers’ critical role and understand that teaming up with them can improve health outcomes and quality of life for both patients and family caregivers.” AARP Research conducted a survey of 400 primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to understand their perceptions and interactions with family caregivers, their knowledge of available caregiver resources and potential barriers to working with them. Key Findings Nearly all primary care providers (97 percent)

said that family caregivers play an important part in patient care. They reported that sharing patient information with caregivers leads to better patient outcomes, higher patient and caregiver satisfaction and lower hospital readmission rates. The survey found that most provider-family caregiver discussions involve instructions on managing medications, performing medical and nursing tasks, and arranging transportation, meals and other services. Barriers to Family Caregiver Interaction Health care providers gave the following top reasons for not interacting with more family caregivers: l Patients had multiple caregivers

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Not aware of caregiver identity Fluctuations in caregiver involvement l Too time consuming Providers said that lack of time is also a key barrier for nurses and receptionists in working with family caregivers. “Primary Care Providers Experiences with Family Caregivers Survey” is available at www. aarp.org/caregivinghealthprovidersurvey. l l

Additional Resources: l AARP's Prepare to Care: A Resource Guide for Families available for free at www.aarp.org/ caregiving/prepare-to-care-planning-guide l AARP Family Caregiving Resource Center at www.aarp.org/caregiving


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Southern Environmental Law Center Releases Explainer Video on Federal Proposal to Gut Clean Water Act

Is Making Election Day a Federal Holiday a ‘Democratic Power Grab?’ Yes, But ...

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently opened the public comment period for citizens to provide feedback on a proposal to gut the Clean Water Act by redefining what waters are protected. This proposal threatens to strip longstanding safeguards for streams, wetlands, and smaller waterways that feed drinking water sources for millions of people across the country, according to a Southern Environmental Law Center press release. In response, the Southern Environmental Law Center released a video to explain what’s at risk if this proposal is allowed to move forward and encourages the public to submit comments over the next 60 days. The 60-day comment period will be open until mid-April and will be the only chance for the public to take action. For more information, visit southernenvironment.org.

BY THOMAS L. KNAPP

Johnson & Johnson Announces Agreement to Acquire Auris Health, Inc. Focused on creating the next frontier of surgery, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), recently announced that Ethicon, Inc., entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Auris Health, Inc. for approximately $3.4 billion in cash. Additional contingent payments of up to $2.35 billion, in the aggregate, may be payable upon reaching certain predetermined milestones. Auris Health is a privately held developer of robotic technologies, initially focused in lung cancer, with an FDA-cleared platform currently used in bronchoscopic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. This acquisition will accelerate Johnson & Johnson's entry into robotics with potential for growth and expansion into other interventional applications.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) opposes a Democratic bill that would make election day a federal holiday. He calls it a Democratic "power grab." Is he right? The New York Times reports, without questioning the premise, that the bill is "intended to increase voter turnout." McConnell says that its real purpose is to allow federal employees, who skew 1) politically active and 2) Democratic, to get paid to spend Election Day working for their party instead of for the taxpayers. Former Senator Barbara Boxer best summarized the Democratic response to McConnell's claim: "What is Mitch afraid of? Answer: the people." They're both right. Boxer is spot-on in noting that Republicans do everything they can to make it difficult for people who probably won't vote Republican to vote at all by opposing early voting, purging voter lists, closing registration offices in poor and/or black areas, etc. But McConnell is right about the intent of this specific provision. Its purpose is to let the Democratic Party mobilize a new army of federal employees to staff its volunteer operations on Election Day. How do I arrive at the conclusion about intent? By observing what the actual effect of the bill would be. The people in America who have trouble voting don't

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work for employers who just automatically say "oh, Congress declared it a holiday? Have it off, with pay!" Some of them are lucky to get Christmas or Thanksgiving off, and if they do it may or may not be paid. They work at Walmart. They work at McDonald's. They work in factories. They work in retail establishments that are open seven days a week and sometimes 24 hours a day. And many of them rely on their feet, on a bicycle, or on navigating government mass transit to get here and there. The only effect on their lives of "Election Day as a federal holiday" is that some of those federal employees might wander into their working establishments for a snack. If Democrats want to increase voter turnout among the working class, communities of color, etc., they need to be fighting to expand early voting periods, and perhaps to make "Election Day" a 48-hour period, from midnight Friday night to midnight Sunday night. They need to be fighting against voter list purges and voter registration office shutdowns. I'm shocked -- shocked! -- that they're just trying to tap taxpayer money for their own party's political benefit instead. Thomas L. Knapp (Twitter: @thomaslknapp) is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism (thegarrisoncenter. org). He lives and works in north central Florida.


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NEWS

Debate over income tax plan to start soon, but ad battle’s already begun BY CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS STAFF

Springfield – Just three months removed from the most expensive gubernatorial campaign in the nation’s history, divisive political ads could soon begin populating Illinois residents’ screens once again, this time relating to a “fair tax” – or a “jobs tax” – depending on whose ad is being seen. At issue is Illinois’ income tax structure. The state Constitution allows lawmakers to set only a single, flat income tax rate regardless of income. It currently sits at 4.95 percent. But Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to adopt a “graduated” income tax structure which charges higher rates to higher income earners, an effort staunchly opposed by Republican lawmakers. This change would require a constitutional amendment, a process in which the governor plays no formal role. Instead, three-fifths of both the Illinois Senate (36 votes) and House (71 votes) would have to approve the placement of the constitutional amendment on the 2020 general election ballot, and voters would have to approve it for ratification. State Sen. Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat who is carrying the amendment in the Senate, said he expects the Legislature to begin its role in the process soon – and he expects a fight. “I’m hoping to start talking about this in earnest when we’re back in Springfield next week,” Harmon said Monday, Feb. 25. “This is

certainly going to require a full-fledged campaign to convince voters to ratify the amendment. I expect we’ll be joined on both sides of the debate with vigor and resources.” Detractors, including a handful of Republicans and one Democrat who have signed onto a non-binding resolution opposing the amendment, are calling it a “jobs tax.” Republican legislative leaders in the House and Senate have pledged to fight the amendment. Drug Prices Democrats in the Illinois House unveiled a package of bills Wednesday, Feb. 27, they say would help control the spiraling cost of prescription drugs. Republicans, however, are arguing that the entire issue of prescription drug costs is beyond the scope of state government, and that some of the Democrats’ proposals could actually end up costing taxpayers and making life-saving medications less available to people in the state. The package of bills is largely based on recommendations from Families USA, a national consumer health advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., which has been working with lawmakers to develop the bills. Those bills call for regulating some drug prices in much the same way the state regulates utility rates; taxing drug price increases that

exceed the rate of inflation; requiring drug companies to disclose more information about their prices; and creating a mechanism for the state to become a licensed wholesaler of cheaper imported drugs from Canada. “People in Illinois are being crushed by the high cost of essential medicines,” Rep. Will Guzzardi, a Chicago Democrat and sponsor of one of the bills, said during a news conference announcing the bills. Guzzardi chairs the House Prescription Drug Affordability and Accessibility Committee, which had an informational hearing earlier in the day on the subject of prescription drug pricing and how it works. The only person to testify at that hearing was Families USA’s Justin Mendoza, who heads that organization’s “state partnerships” program. Marijuana Demand A fully-matured adult-use marijuana program in Illinois could produce between $440 million and $676 million in annual revenue, and the expected demand would be far greater than the state’s current supply, according to a demand study released Friday, March 1. The study was conducted by Freedman and Koski, a Colorado consulting firm which advises local governments on the implementation of marijuana legalization. It was commissioned by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy and state Sen. Heather Steans,

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both Chicago Democrats who have been working on legalization efforts for the past two years. Illinois would have to produce 350,000 to 550,000 pounds in dried cannabis plants each year to meet the expected demand, the study said. The state’s existing industry could supply between only 35 percent and 54 percent of that number. The bill’s sponsors said the expansion of the industry will help increase minority-owned business inclusion. “We’re contemplating additional license categories such as craft cultivation, transportation and processing to ensure that everyone is at the table,” Cassidy said. “These will create space for more innovation and entrepreneurship in the industry, but more importantly, provide opportunity for more diversity in an industry with a pressing need for it.” The revenue and usage estimates were determined by using other states with legalized marijuana as a baseline, while factoring in Illinois’ usage and tourism rates among other demographic factors. Illinois would become the second-largest of the 11 states to legalize adultuse cannabis and the third-largest jurisdiction in the world after Canada and California. The tax revenue estimates were based on a total mature-market marijuana industry revenue number of $1.69 billion to $2.58 billion, which was determined by medicinal prices and the usage estimates. These revenues, taxed at an assumed rate of 26.5 percent, would produce between $443,690,100 and $676,481,400 annually.


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Classifieds REAL ESTATES AC 2-27-2019 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, NOT INDIVIDUALLY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR BLUEWATER INVESTMENT TRUST 20171 Plaintiff, -v.- LADONNA S. GALLON, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF MILDRED LAWS, MIDLAND FUNDING, LLC, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, THOMAS P. QUINN, AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR MILDRED LAWS (DECEASED) Defendants 2018 CH 02733 214 N GAY CT GLENWOOD, IL 60425 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on January 7, 2019, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on April 9, 2019, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 214 N GAY CT, GLENWOOD, IL 60425 Property Index No. 32-04-101-002-0000. The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-18-02073. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-18-02073 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 2018 CH 02733 TJSC#: 39-223 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3113030 __________________________________ AC 3-13-2019 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION CITIZENS BANK NA F/K/A RBS CITIZENS, N.A. Plaintiff, -v.- VERONICA BUCKLEY, VILLAGE OF PARK FOREST, CITY OF CHICAGO, DBR VENTURES, LLC Defendants 17 CH 007411 335 EARLY ST PARK FOREST, IL 60466 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on September 20, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on April 23,

2019, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 335 EARLY ST, PARK FOREST, IL 60466 Property Index No. 31-24-436-002-0000. The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-17-06449. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-17-06449 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 17 CH 007411 TJSC#: 39-1245 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3114489 _________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION FIFTH THIRD BANK, AN OHIO BANKING CORPORATION Plaintiff, vs. MAUREEN B. MADDAMMA; UNKNOWN HEIRS OF ARMANDO J. MADDAMMA AKA ARMANDO MADDAMMA; MAUREEN E. MADDAMMA; THOMAS P. QUINN, AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE; UNKNOWN TENANTS; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; Defendants, 18 CH 5796 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real estate: P.I.N. 32-29-409-067-0000. Commonly known as 191 W. 28TH ST, CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL 60411. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. For information call Mr. Ira T. Nevel at Plaintiff's Attorney, Law Offices of Ira T. Nevel, 175 North Franklin Street, Chicago, Illinois 60606. (312) 3571125. 18-01098 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3114512 _________________________________

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION CARRINGTON MORTGAGE SERVICES, LLC Plaintiff, -v.- YOULANDA HUGHES A/K/A YOULANDA JEAN HUGHES, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, UNKNOWN OCCUPANTS Defendants 18 CH 8499 488 WEST 13TH STREET Chicago Heights, IL 60411 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on January 17, 2019, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on April 18, 2019, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 488 WEST 13TH STREET, Chicago Heights, IL 60411 Property Index No. 32-19-221-004-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $152,733.38. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twentyfour (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 151701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact The sales clerk, SHAPIRO KREISMAN & ASSOCIATES, LLC, 2121 WAUKEGAN RD., SUITE 301, Bannockburn, IL 60015, (847) 2911717 For information call between the hours of 1pm - 3pm. Please refer to file number 18-086906. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. SHAPIRO KREISMAN & ASSOCIATES, LLC 2121 WAUKEGAN RD., SUITE 301 Bannockburn, IL 60015 (847) 291-1717 EMail: ILNotices@logs.com Attorney File No. 18-086906 Attorney Code. 42168 Case Number: 18 CH 8499 TJSC#: 39-558 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3114576 ___________________________________ IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION CARRINGTON MORTGAGE SERVICE, LLC Plaintiff, v.- JOANNE PARSON A/K/A JOANNE A. PARSON, RYAN O. YOUNG A/K/A RYAN YOUNG Defendants 18 CH 2262 356 WEST 17TH STREET Chicago Heights, IL 60411 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on January 16, 2019, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on April 17, 2019, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 356 WEST 17TH STREET, Chicago Heights, IL 60411 Property Index No. 32-19-423-037-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $101,464.17. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of

the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial Sale fee for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twentyfour (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to

quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than

a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 151701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact The sales clerk, SHAPIRO KREISMAN & ASSOCIATES, LLC, 2121 WAUKEGAN RD., SUITE 301, Bannockburn, IL 60015, (847) 291-

1717 For information call between the hours of 1pm - 3pm. Please refer to file number 18-085716. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. SHAPIRO KREISMAN & ASSOCIATES, LLC 2121 WAUKEGAN RD., SUITE 301 Bannockburn, IL 60015 (847) 291-1717 EMail: ILNotices@logs.com Attorney File No. 18-085716 Attorney Code. 42168 Case Number: 18 CH 2262 TJSC#: 39-547 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I3114577 ___________________________________


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