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Jewel celebrates Black History at South Shore Cultural Center Cliff Kelley, 'The Governor of Talk Radio' WVON and Lorenzo E. Martin, Publisher of Standard News Group and President of Cook County Suburban Publishers take time out before going into the hall where displays were featured at the 'The Taste of Black History gala. Jewel has 182 stores in Iowa, Indiana and Illinois where they awarded $15,000 to three Chicago organizations which included Englewood Food Network, Community Christian Alternative Academy and the Center for Urban Transformation in recognition for their outstanding contributions.

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gReeNSBORO, N.C. (NNPA) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bennett College President Julianne Malveaux and journalists ed gordon and Stephen A. Smith debated leadership and activism Jan. 28 with other participants of a two-part town hall discussion at North Carolina A&T State University, the first of a series of events in honor of the 50th anniversary of the greensboro sitins. Jackson spearheaded the first panel with a heated discussion of what drove activism in the past and what is missing in the current generation. “Youth today don’t appreciate how humiliating segregation was,” Jackson, a 1964 A&T graduate, told the audience of more than 500 people gathered in the Alumni Foundations events Center. “The students at A&T and Bennett couldn’t use a downtown toilet when I was younger. We couldn’t rent a room at the Holiday Inn. Since that time, things have changed and this generation doesn’t remember that.” Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr., chancellor of A&T, was a high school student during the sit-ins. “I’m thankful that I came up in a time where the students pushed the envelope,” Martin chimed in. “Young people, don’t take for granted what you have today.” Malveaux, his counterpart at Bennett, disagreed with her fellow panelists. “I don’t think the students take it for granted,” she said. “I see young women on Bennett’s campus breaking boundaries everyday. The old heads have to make the history come to life for

youth today. Dr. King said when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, ‘I had the audacity to dream.’ What we have to do in our households, in our curriculums, in our day-to-day interactions is reenforce the notion of audacity.” Other participants on the first panel included Kim Saunders, CeO and president of Mechanics & Farmers Bank, and Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., president and CeO of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network. gordon was the moderator of both panels, sponsored by the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, which will open Monday, Feb. 1, the anniversary of the original 1960 sit-in. The museum is located in the F.W. Woolworth building and includes the original stools where the A&T Four sat. The notion of audacity was continued in the second panel, which focused on leadership. A younger group of panelists consisted of Denyqua Rodriguez, a Bennett student; gary Brown, an A&T student; Inga Willis, a Howard University graduate and music industry entrepreneur; Zim Ugochukwu, a student representative of Ignite

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greensboro; Warren Ballentine, political activist and creator of the “Warren Ballentine Show,” a syndicated radio program; and Stephen A. Smith, FOX sports anchor. “everyone is always looking for someone to be a leader,” Ballentine said. “We as a people need to start having ‘geese sense.’ When geese fly, one goose takes the lead out in the front and withstands all the beating from the air that he can stand. When he can’t take anymore, that goose will fall back and another goose will rotate and take his place. What difference does it really make who’s in the lead?” Leadership continued to be a hot topic among the panelists as they discussed the role that rappers and actors play in the younger generation. A&T alumna Jazmyne Cosby came out to the town hall to participate in the discussion and other commemoration activities. “The first panel seemed to be speaking to an older crowd,” Cosby said. “I felt like they were not really grabbing my attention on some of the views that they were talking about. I enjoyed the second panel a lot more, because I could relate to their issues.” greensboro native Celesta Dunston, 52, had a more personal reason for attending the town hall. “The creation of the International Civil Rights museum is an important addition for us in greensboro,” Dunston said. “I was born in 1957, and I grew up knowing about a lot of things that occurred in the black community that were not fair. We have not overcome, and we have not arrived because everyday people get discriminated against. I still remember this; a lot of young people don’t.”

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S outh S uburban Freida Curry Joins the Women’s Business Development Center Freida Curry, of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, has joined the Women’s Business Center Development (WBDC) in Chicago as director of its Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center. In this role, she will assist business owners with the process of finding, bidding for, and winning contracts with local, state and/or federal government agencies. Curry has extensive experience assisting small business owners in the various stages of starting, growing, and funding their business ventures. Previously, she was the entrepreneurship Director at The Chicago Urban League, and Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the previous owner of Freida Curry & Associates, a small business consulting and training firm, and I AM Records, a recording label. Curry received a master’s degree in advertising from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1973, and a bachelor’s degree in business from Northern Illinois University in 1970. established in 1986, the Women’s Business Development Center is the oldest, largest, most comprehensive, and successful women’s business assistance center in the United States. The Center, which has initiated and helped develop women’s business programs in six states, provides counseling, training, loan preparation, certification and procurement assistance for emerging and established women business owners. The WBDC is located at 8 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60603, and can be reached at 312-853-3477 or www.wbdc.org.

rush university medical center teams up with chicago Bulls and comed to Host Virtual Book driv CHICAgO- Rush University Medical Center is teaming up with the Chicago Bulls and Comed to host a virtual book drive from January 20 to February 18 that aims to supply hundreds of math and science books to be donated to Hefferan elementary School. Donated books from Regent Books were pre-selected by teachers and will be used to supplement their current curriculum and before and after school programs that focus on science and math. Selected books include Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi, The Stunning Science of everything, Fabulous Fractions: games and Activities that Make Math easy and Fun, and Nature Power. Hefferan elementary School, located in the West garfield Park neighborhood, is a member of the Science and Math excellent (SAMe) Network, a large-scale community service enterprise operated by the Department of Community Affairs at Rush University Medical Center that was developed in response to the low science, math and reading test scores in Chicago schools located near the hospital on the city’s near west side. Formed in 1990, the SAMe Network provides students in these neighborhoods with the same opportunities to learn math and science as are available to their peers in more affluent areas. Since then, the SAMe Network has grown into a collaborative between Rush University Medical Center and 45 elementary schools, six high schools and many Chicago-area businesses. Mishawna Manning, coordinator of the educator Program and College Preparatory enrichment Program at Rush said, “The book drive is wonderful support for the science and math curriculum that is not as generously funded as other areas of the school curriculum, like english, where biographies or fiction books are the focus.” The event will conclude with a presentation February 23 at Hefferan elementary School, located at 4409 W. Wilcox, Chicago, when the books will be delivered. To donate to the Virtual Book Drive, visit http://www.nba.com/bulls/community/bookdrive_100218.html

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community organizations recently with community grants totaling $15,000 at the “A Taste of Black History” Kick-Off Reception, held at the South Shore Cultural Center. Above, Miguel Alba (right), director of Public Affairs at Jewel-Osco, awards the englewood Food Network Organization with $5,000. Accepting the grant are (left to right) The Rev. Samuel Douglas, president of englewood Food Network; Dennis Ware, executive director of englewood Food Network, and Joyce Brown, project coordinator for englewood Food Network.

African-American Takes No. 2 Post at McDonald’s the U.S. Division, Ralph Alvarez, was subsequently promoted to president and chief operating officer. Alvarez retired last month, citing health concerns. Thompson, age 46, started at McDonald’s as an electrical engineer in 1990. He has been president of the U.S. Division since 2006. The previous president of the U.S. Division, Ralph Alvarez, was subsequently promoted to president and chief operating officer. Alvarez retired last month, citing health concerns.

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American (NNPA) - McDonald’s recently named Don Thompson, head of its U.S. Division, to president and chief operating officer, the second position in the international company. James A. Skinner, the company’s chief executive, said Thompson would oversee operations at McDonald’s nearly 32,000 restaurants in 117 countries. Thompson, age 46, started at McDonald’s as an electrical engineer in 1990. He has been president of the U.S. Division since 2006. The previous president of

Tax Appeals Seminar in Oak Forest Oak Forest, Illinois— In response to historical lows in the housing market Commissioner Brendan Houlihan is organizing taxpayer appeal seminars throughout Cook County. These seminars are opportunities for individual homeowners to seek relief in their property taxes due to a depressed market, and over valuations to their homes. Houlihan said, “I will not stand by as my neighbors are being taxed out of their homes. The Board of Review is an option where people can find serious relief”. On Tuesday, February 16th, Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Brendan Houlihan will be

holding a seminar with Oak Forest Mayor Hank Kuspa on how to appeal your property assessment should you believe you are over assessed in Cook County. The seminar will begin at 7:00 pm. Attendees are asked to bring their property tax bills in order to more effectively file an appeal should they feel their residence is over assessed. There will be a short presentation, and staff from the Board of Review (property tax appeals board) will be on hand to answer questions, and help fill out appeal forms. The only requirement for a review of property assessments is a timely completed appeal form from the Board of

Review. The presentation will explain how to file an appeal, and how an appeal is granted. Please arrive at 7 pm to the Oak Forest Village Hall at 15440 S Central Avenue. Any questions please contact Commissioner Brendan Houlihan’s office at (312) 603-3644. The Board of Review does open on a township basis. Bremen Township is open for appeals until February 22nd. For more information please go to www.CookCountyBoardof Review.com.


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Special to the NNPA from the Insight News (NNPA) - Lavonne Carson knew that she was at risk. With a history of heart disease and diabetes in her family, Carson knew instinctively that if she wanted to maintain a full and healthy lifestyle, she had to be more aware of her health, in particular, her heart health. Carson had good reason to be worried. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Over 300,000 women died from heart disease in 2006. Heart disease is also the leading cause of death among African-American women. In 2007, the Minnesota Department of Health reported that in Minnesota African-American women die from heart disease at a 30 percent higher rate than White women. Because of Carson’s risk of heart disease and diabetes, she enrolled in the SagePlus program offered through the Minnesota Department of Health. SagePlus provides free heart health screening and lifestyle change counseling to eligible women. Carson, a patient at NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center in Minneapolis and a previous participant in Sage, was able to set up a SagePlus appointment at the clinic where a nurse measured her blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol level and body mass index (BMI). SagePlus covered Carson’s screening as well as the office visit she had with a lifestyle coach who reviewed the results from her tests. Carson, an active 56-yearold, was encouraged by what she heard from the lifestyle coach. “My results were okay, but they told me that my blood pressure was higher than it needed to be and I needed to bring it down,” she said. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, prevents the blood from flowing freely to the heart. When blood flow is restricted from entering the heart, heart disease may follow. Other factors including obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, lack of physical activity and high cholesterol can also increase a person’s risk of heart disease and stroke. “SagePlus is a chance for women to significantly impact their health,” said Anne Kukowski, the SagePlus program director. “We educate and empower them to make lifestyle choices.” Making lifestyle choices is an important component of the SagePlus program. Clinical studies done at the National Institute of Health show that people can reduce their risk of heart disease if they simply change their eating and exercise habits and, if they smoke cigarettes, to stop. “environmental factors push women toward having unhealthy habits” said Kukowski. “We try to help [our participants] be aware of the choices they make in their daily lives and to make the changes they need to become healthier.” The SagePlus program offers two Smart Choices! plans to help women reduce their risk for heart disease and improve their overall health – the Steps walking plan and the fruits and vegetables plan. Carson enrolled in both of these SagePlus plans to lower her blood pressure. “For years I tried to stay healthy, do a lot of walking and changing my eating habits,” said Carson. “But these programs really got me interested in wanting to do more and learn more about my health.” Carson added that her lifestyle coach showed her how she could improve her health by creating achievable goals that will fit her lifestyle. “We focus on small measurable steps toward women’s health goals,” said Kukowski in describing the SagePlus program. “That’s how our women can achieve success in creating lasting lifestyle changes.” As part of the Smart Choices! plan Carson received a pedometer and tracking cards to record her steps and the number of fruits and vegetables she ate. She was required to mail the cards to her lifestyle coach. “Filling out those cards kept me motivated,” said Carson who also kept the letters she received from the program that notified her about her progress to reaching her goals. “The program pushed me to be more aware of my health and what I could do even with my age,” said Carson. “After a while we think because of our age, we

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primary election results For U.S. Senate Alexander giannoulias (D) governor Pat Quinn-(D) Lieutenant governor –Scott Lee Cohen (D) Secretary of State Jesse White (D)-Secretary of State Comptroller –David Miller (D) Treasurer – Robin Kelly U.S. Congress – 1st Bobby Rush; 2nd Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.(D) 3rd William Lipinski; 4th Luis V. gutierrez ; 7th Danny K. Davis don’t think we can do much,” she added. Carson also enjoyed having her lifestyle coach check up on her through periodic phone calls. “[My lifestyle coach] gave me motivation to keep going,” said Carson. “She gave me the feeling that there’s someone else with me and that I wasn’t just doing it by myself. Some days you just need that.” With the help of the SagePlus program, Carson succeeded in reaching her goal and walked a million steps within eight months. “I got this lovely SagePlus jacket,” said Carson of the incentive she received to mark her accomplishment. “That was very nice.” Carson doesn’t deny that she worked very hard to improve her eating habits and raise her activity

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County Sheriff , Tom Dart County Assessor, Joe Berrios County Commissioners – 1st Adekunle ‘Ade’ B. Onayemi; 3rd Jerry ‘Ice Man Butler’; 4th William Beavers; 5th Deborah Sims; 6th Joan Patricia Young; 13th Larry Suffreden Appellate Judge – James epstein Committeemen – Bloom Township Terry Mathews; Bremen Maggie Crotty and Robert Rita, Calumet Township Screening Program. Both programs offer free screening services for Minnesotan women age 40 to 64 years old, who are uninsured or underinsured, and whose income does not exceed Sage’s guidelines. A woman must be enrolled in the Sage program to take part in the SagePlus heart health program. To find out if you qualify for Sage and SagePlus, call toll-free at 1-8886HeALTH (1-888-6432584) promo code N24.


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By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist The news media is fascinated with anniversaries, especially those ending in round numbers. Therefore, it came as no surprise that the 50th anniversary of the greensboro lunch counter sit-ins was celebrated this week. On February 1, 1960, four students from North Carolina A&T University – ezell A. Blair, Jr., David L. Richmond, Joseph A. McNeil and Franklin e. McCain – initiated a successful effort to desegregate the lunch counter at the downtown Woolworth’s store. Although the four college students are hailed for taking a seat in order to stand up for their rights, it is important to remember that they were not alone. In fact, after they were refused service, they returned the following day with more than two dozen students. The numbers continued to swell, reaching 300 on February 5, four days after the initial protest. Among the protesters were students from Bennett College, the all-female Black college in greensboro, and Dudley High, the school that African American students attended under segregation. Coming six years after the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of education decision outlawing segregated public schools and five years after the tragic murder of 14-year-old emmett Till near Money, Miss., the greensboro sit-in movement sparked similar movements in other cities, including Durham, Nashville, Atlanta, Little Rock and Miami. This was three years before the March on Washington, five years before the Selma-to-Montgomery March in Alabama, four years before passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and five years before the Voting Rights Act. Today, we don’t think twice about whether we’ll be served if we enter any downtown restaurant. But that hasn’t always been so. In the case of greensboro, African-American shoppers were encouraged to spend their money at such stores as Woolworth’s, a five-anddime discount retail chain. However, they weren’t allowed to try on clothes before taking them home, were relegated to separate toilets and certainly weren’t allowed to sit next to whites at lunch counters. In greensboro, as was the case in other cities across the South, Blacks were not allowed to sit at all. The Woolworth’s store in greensboro had four counter seats for Whites. African Americans, at least prior to the protest, had to eat while standing on their feet. As we begin our annual celebration of Black History Month, it is important to celebrate the thousands of nameless and faceless brave men, women and children who formed the nucleus of the modern civil rights movement yet never received the acclaim of the four students who led the greensboro protest. Their names are not in the history books, they gave no speeches about their dreams and their graves are not enshrined with markers listing their brave accomplishments. Yet, they are at least as important as Dr. Martin Luther King, Roy Wilkins, John Lewis or Whitney Young. It’s great to celebrate the epic moments of the civil rights movement, but it is even greater to realize that Blacks have always struggled against oppression in this country. Many of the protests that are among the most celebrated were predated by similar protests that, for

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some reason, did not capture the national imagination of later movements. For example, before there was a greensboro sit-in protest in 1960, the Congress of Racial equality (CORe) had organized sit-ins in Chicago (1942), St. Louis (1949) and Baltimore (1952). greensboro wasn’t the first sit-in site in North Carolina. On June 23, 1957, seven students were arrested in Durham at the Royal Ice Cream Shop for staging a sit-in, in the “Whites Only” section. They were convicted and the U.S. Supreme Court later refused to take up their appeal. The 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott launched the career of a young Baptist minister named Martin Luther King and made Rosa Parks a household name. Two years earlier, Rev. T.J. Jemison, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, La., had organized a suc-

cessful bus boycott that served as the template for Montgomery. Volunteer drivers, traveling on routes normally traversed by city buses, picked up passengers and drove to their normal bus stop. To avoid being prosecuted for operating as an unlicensed taxi or bus, drivers did not charge riders. The boycott ended June 25, 1953 with Jemison and other Black leaders reaching a compromise with city officials. The settlement called for the first two front seats being reserved for Whites, the long seat in the back of buses reserved for African Americans and all sets in between offered on a firstcome-first-served basis. There are many other instances of early Black protests, including a 1939 sit-in at the Alexandria, Va. library, organized by attorney Samuel Wilbert Tucker, and a successful 1958 drugstore lunch counter sit-in in Oklahoma

City. Perhaps the lesson we should emphasize this Black History Month is that African-American protesters have always made history, even when their efforts were ignored by the media and went unrecognized by their own people. We to need worry less today about whether our work is covered by network television crews and daily newspapers and care more about whether we are being true to the dedicated souls who came before us. george e. Curry, former editor-in-chief of emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge.

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A BOOK TO ReAD: SHOULD AMeRICA PAY? By Dr. Conrad W. Worrill (dr. conrad worrill, national chairman emeritus, national Black united Front (nBuF) located at 1809 east 71st Street, Suite 211, chicago, illinois, 60649, 773-493-0900, Fax# 773-493-9819, e-mail: nbufchic@sbcglobal.net, web site: nbufront.org) A few years ago a new book on the African in America Reparations Movement was released. The title of the book, edited by Dr. Raymond A. Winbush, the Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University is, Should America Pay? In February 2001, Dr. Winbush, who was formerly the Director of Fisk University’s Race Relations Institute, sponsored a two-day conference on slavery and reparations that brought together leading researchers, politicians, historians, and activists from throughout the country to dialogue on the issue of Reparations for African people in America. The conference was so successful that Dr. Winbush suggested that several of the presenters be included in a book he was proposing, which would entail several articles addressing the broad spectrum of the reparations debate in this country. Dr. Winbush has emerged as one of the leading scholar/activists in this country, and throughout the world, and has used his considerable skills as a researcher and writer to become the editor of this newly released book, Should America Pay? What makes this book, perhaps one of the most significant and comprehensive books published on the issue of reparations for African people in America is that it thoroughly covers the broad spectrum of this movement in six sections with more than twenty articles that address: Part I – History and Reparations, Part II – Reparations and the Law, Part III – Voices For and Against Reparations, Part IV – Reparations and grassroots Organizing, Part V – Reparations and Intervention, and Part VI – Historical Documents. The worldwide African Reparations Movement has become unified around the fact that the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, Slavery, and Colonialism were Crimes Against Humanity. This unity impacted the United Nations World Conference Against Racism that was held in Durban, South Africa in August and September 2001, to officially declare in the conference outcome that the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery was a Crime Against Humanity.

The momentum gained by African people who participated in the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, particularly the Durban 400, organized by the December 12th Movement and the National Black United Front, led to “The Call” for the Millions For Reparations Mass Rally held in Washington, D. C. on August 17, 2002. More than fifty thousand African people from thirty-eight states and sixtysix cities participated in this all day rally, whose theme was “THeY OWe US.” Against this backdrop, Should America Pay? has now been published by Amistad: An Imprint of Harper Collins

Publishers. In the introduction chapter Dr. Winbush writes, “As this book goes to press the reparations movement, historically considered a fringe issue in the American Black nationalist community, is now firmly established among various constituencies in the United States as well as in African communities around the world. Its ascendancy as an important social movement— I would argue the most important since Civil Rights— is confirmed by the amount of print space and air time the media devote to it.” Winbush continues by observing, “Though the movement is picking up speed, compensatory measures for Africans have been elusive because of the entrenchment of white supremacy in world politics that provided legal sanction for this crime against humanity.” Perhaps the most significant aspect of, Should America Pay? is the framework Dr. Winbush develops in his introductory chapter for understanding the rise of the Reparations

Movement. Dr. Winbush explains, “A convergence of four groups provides a conceptual framework for understanding the current discussion of reparations: 1) grassroots organizers, 2) legislators, 3) attorneys, and 4) academics. A similar convergence of cooperation occurred during the late 1940s and resulted in what we now call the Civil Rights Movement.” In this context, Dr. Winbush makes the analogy that, “Reparations have a similar history. grassroots organizations such as the December 12th Movement (D12), National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N`COBRA), and the National Black United Front (NBUF) worked closely with legislators in the mid-1980s. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) for example, and collaborated with the Reparations Coordinating Committee (RCC), consisting of attorneys such as Willie gary, Randall Robinson, and Johnnie Cochran and academics such as

FeBruary 4, 2010 Manning Marble and Ron Walters.” Dr. Winbush writes, “These groups conversed long and hard with each other, and as you will see, these discussions were often heated and difficult. What united them, however, was a goal of pressing for reparations on a global level for African people.” I encourage those of you who are interested in learning more about the Reparations Movement to purchase this book. In my judgment, Should America Pay? will be the definitive textbook on the Reparations Movement with contributing chapters from Molefi Asanté, John Conyers Jr., Deadria C. Farmer-Paellmann, Wade Nobles, Adjoa A. Aiyetoro, Roger Wareham, and others. And yes, I even have two chapters in this most outstanding contribution to the continued rise of the Reparations Movement in America.

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N AT I O N A L & I N T E R N AT I O N A L N E W S Ruling expected on Nigeria's Absent President Special to the NNPA from the gIN (gIN) – Nigeria’s cabinet has been ordered to decide within 14 days if the hospitalized President Umaru Yar'Adua is fit to lead the country. President Yar’Adua has been in Saudi Arabia for two months, receiving treatment for a heart condition, but has not officially transferred power to any another official. The order by the Federal High Court came in response to a law suit brought by opposition activist Farouk Adamu Aliyu who asked the judges to remove the president over his failing health and for failing to abide by the provisions of the constitution. His lawyer Bamidele Aturu told the BBC that the judgement was a "victory for democracy". Yar’Adua’s predessor, Olusegun Obasanjo, also urged the national leader to step down. "If you take up a job, elected... and then your health starts to fail you and you will not able to deliver, to satisfy yourself and satisfy the people you are supposed to serve, then there is a path of honour and path of morality," he said in his first comments on Mr Yar'Adua's health. Mr Obasanjo handpicked Mr Yar'Adua to succeed him but the pair have since fallen out. He denied that he had been irresponsible when choosing his successor, AFP news agency reports. On Thursday, more than 1,000 people gathered in Lagos to protest against Mr Yar'Adua's prolonged absence. Some carried signs saying: "enough of the offshore president, and A people's constitution now."

Liberia's President Sirleaf to Seek a Second Term in 2011

Special to the NNPA from the gIN (gIN) - Africa's first democratically elected woman president, Liberian President ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has announced she will run for a second term. "I know where we are today, I know where we ought to be tomorrow and I know how we will get there," she told a joint assembly of MPs gathered this week for her annual message. The news caused loud grumbling among opposition politicians. Charles Brumskine, who came third in the 2005 presidential poll, said he was concerned about Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf's age. “I think she's reached the limit of her capacity," he told the BBC's Network Africa program. Brumskine called the 73 year old President Sirleaf’s government “new wine in old bottles”. Meanwhile, in Miami, Florida, closing arguments are set for Jan. 29 in a suit against the son of former Liberian president Charles Taylor. Charles “Chuckie” Taylor, Jr. has been sued by five torture victims who were set on fire, held in chest-high pits of filthy water and repeatedly sexually assaulted during the years of civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone. The 32-year-old Taylor, a U.S. citizen born in Boston while his father was a student there, is already serving a 97-year prison sentence for violating U.S. anti-torture laws while he commanded an elite paramilitary unit in his father's war-torn government. Finally, 24 Liberians will be deported this month from Columbus, Ohio, including a grandmother who had resided in Columbus for 20 years. Married to a Liberia-born U.S.-citizen, Bernice Bryant leaves behind a 14 year old son, three adult children from an earlier marriage, and a 1-year-old granddaughter. "I'm not bitterly angry at the U.S., but I'm disappointed," said Sunny Bryant, who will accompany his wife to Liberia and remain there until the end of January. "This is not like every immigrant's story," said Bryant's attorney, Ken Robinson, "but it should serve as a signal that our immigration system is fundamentally flawed.” Sadly, an article on the deportation in the online Columbus Dispatch received over 400 responses from readers, mostly unsympathetic. “The law is the law,” “bye bye granny” “enough already” and “the law is the Law,” were typical of the reader postings.

VASILOPITA CeLeBRATeD IN PAPPAS’ OFFICe WITH ORTHODOX CHURCH LeADeRS AND DIgNITARIeS Photo caption: Vasilopita, the Christian Orthodox celebration of a miracle of hope and faith, was observed in the office of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas. Clergy and lay leaders of the Orthodox community of Chicagoland, along with several consuls general, attended the celebration of “Basil’s Bread,” which dates to the Fourth Century when a bishop, St. Basil the greek, had gold coins baked in bread for his poor flock. Those who found a coin in their bread were “lucky,” a tradition which continues today in Orthodox homes worldwide. His eminence Bishop Iakovos, Orthodox Metropolitan of Chicago presents the Treasurer with the first slice of bread. From left: Bishop Iakovos, Treasurer Pappas and State Treasurer Alexi giannoulias.

Rwanda A Model for Haiti, Says U.N. envoy Paul Farmer Special to the NNPA from the gIN

(gIN) – With a distinguished record of service bringing medical care around the world, Paul Farmer, U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti, assessed the current delivery of aid to earthquake victims during a brief radio interview broadcast this week. “Coordination is very difficult, as I'm sure you have seen already. There are so many balkanized, fissured groups trying to do good, that it is very difficult for the government or the U.N. or any organization to coordinate them. And then I said delivery because it seems to me, having worked here a long time, that delivery is always the stumbling point. “In the first couple of days, we tried to focus our efforts on trauma, orthopedics, the acute -- the needs of people who were injured in the event, in the earthquake. But now we're going to have to have rehab medicine, a lot better post-op nursing.

“But the real challenge is going to be rebuilding here in Port-au-Prince and further south. And you are going to have to have a massive rebuilding of public health infrastructure now, hospitals, clinics, health posts. And that's going to require significant investment of capital, human capital, but it's going to create lots of jobs, rebuilding safe hospitals and safe schools… we have to also regard that as a chance to create jobs. That’s what's needed most jobs.” “Now is a time to rethink public infrastructure, rethink the city. I mean, as you have seen, -- you can't have two, three million people living, you know, in such densely packed area.” When asked about a successful example of the kind of rebuilding he's prescribed for Haiti, Dr. Farmer had a ready answer: Rwanda, torn by genocide and civil war, now stable and even sending aid to Haiti. Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health (Haiti), and Inshuti Mu Buzima (Rwanda) is recommending a 10-year rebuilding program for Haiti.

Kenyan Schools to Lose U.S. Funding Special to the NNPA from the gIN

(gIN) - Some $7 million in U.S. aid to primary schools in Kenya has been suspended, pending an investigation into fraud claims, according to the U.S. ambassador. The US move comes a month after the UK government pulled out of the project when $1 million in donated funds to the education Ministry were reported missing. Kenya is ranked as east Africa's most corrupt country by the group Transparency International. "Those culpable for the fraud should not merely be sacked; they should be prosecuted and put behind bars," said U.S. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger, speaking to the American Chamber of Commerce in Kenya. Kenya introduced free primary education in 2003 - and schools were quickly swamped as more than one million children enrolled who had never been to school before. Unicef says the primary school population jumped from 5.9 million in 2002 to 7.6 million in 2005. Most of the funding for primary education comes from government coffers.


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MegA STARS COMMON, DONALD LAWeReNCe, AND MARVIN SAPP JOIN FORCeS WITH POLITICANS, CLeRgY AND OTHeR AWARD WINNINg ReCORDINg ARTISTS FOR “CHICAgO’S HOPe FOR HAITI” CHICAgO, IL – January 29, 2010 – Chicago’s influential and vibrant Hip Hop, poetry, gospel, jazz and R&B music communities will be joined by Mayor Richard M. Daley, governor Pat Quinn and Illinois State Senator Rev. James T. Meeks to raise money for the survivors of the earthquake. The event takes place on February 8th at 7pm at The House of Hope. Charles Jenkins (Pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church) is spearheading this effort and has enlisted grammy-winning recording artist/producer Donald Lawrence to organize the music for the “Chicago’s Hope for Haiti” benefit concert. “I woke up early Tuesday morning and said to myself, I've heard what the NFL is doing, for Haiti,” Jenkins says of the idea to organize the benefit. “I've heard what the NBA is doing. I've heard what the government is doing, but I haven't heard anything about what the church and the community were doing together. I saw the need to have every part of the community come together for this tragedy.” The concert, also a telethon, will be aired live on WJYS from the 10,000 seat, House of Hope at 752 e. 114th Street in Chicago. The confirmed talent includes actor/rapper Common on behalf of the Common ground Foundation, grammy winner Donald Lawrence & Co., the legendary Shirley Caesar, Platinum Recording Artist Marvin Sapp, Comedian george Wilborn, Karen Clark Sheard, poet J. Ivy, Tarrey Torae, Jazz Saxophonist Steve Cole, Byron Cage, and BeT TV gospel personality Dr. Bobby Jones; joined by invited members of the Haitian Community The proceeds of the concert will go directly to Yele Haiti (www.yele.org), Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org) and International Childcare (internationalchildcare.org), which is supported by Senator Kwame Raoul. All organizations are currently on the ground in Haiti, providing immediate relief (ranging from food and water to medical care) to the survivors of this horrific earthquake.

20th Annual Black Heritage Banquet & 4th Annual Community Activist Awards The Temple of Mercy Association is holding its 20th year Black Heritage Banquet on Sat. Feb. 20th 2010 at the Prince Hall grand Lodge Banquet Room, 809 east 42nd Place, Chgo, Ill, 6:00 o’clock p. m. until 10:00 p. m. This years celebration will embrace the theme “From Human Being To Supreme Being !” The Keynote address will be given by Bro. Min. Rahim Chesed Aton. At the Banquet we will also have our 4th Annual Community Activist Awards. The tickets are $45.00 for adults and $15.00 for children from 8 -12 years old. Contact: Rasheed Ansar (773)846-3091

The Cook County Board ON Tuesday, January 26, 2010, passed a death resolution honoring the life and legacy of Robert “Squirrel” Lester of the Chi-Lites. Marshall Thompson, second from left who is a 50-year partner in the Chi-Lites, earlier spoke before the board thanking them for passing the resolution. (left to right) Comm. Deborah Sims, Marshall Thompson, President Todd H. Stroger, Michael Anderson, Chief Security for the Chi-Lites and Road Manager, and Comm. Jerry Butler

“FATHeRS & SONS” BY MICHAeL BRADFORD OPeNS AT eta CHICAgO -- Continuing with its season of plays by African American male playwrights as interpreted by African American female directors, eta Creative Arts Foundation presents “FATHeRS & SONS,” Michael Bradford’s compelling story of three generations of fathers and sons striving to redefine themselves. Directed by Kemati J. Porter, the show opens Thursday, February 11 and runs through April 4, 2010. Show times are 8 pm Thurs-Saturday; 3 & 7pm Sunday at eta Square, 7558 S. South Chicago Avenue. general admission is $30 with reduced rates for groups, seniors and students. “2 for 1” Thursdays at 8 and Sundays at 7 pm are sponsored by Comed, an exelon Company. For more information call 773.752.3955 or visit eta online at www.etacreativearts.org. “Fathers & Sons” explores what it means to be a father, a son, a husband, and a man. Over the course of one fateful night three generations of men confront a history of absence, mistakes, mistrust, and broken promises as they strive to redefine themselves as fathers and sons. “Fathers and Sons delves into a chasm of memories and transgressions shared among three generations of goodwater men. In their world, happiness is a fragile state managed through fast living, abandonment, and hope,” says director Kemati Porter. “Michael Bradford creates a window through which we see and experience unapologetic behaviors, destabilizing consequences of those behaviors and finally a change in behavior that is redemptive and full of promise.” Featured cast members are Olivia Charles (Yvette), Mark Howard (Marcus), Dale Benton (Leon) and george Stalling (Bernard). Michael Bradford (Playwright) is Associate Professor of

Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, where he is Director of the Theatre Studies BA degree program and teaches theatre history, dramatic literature, and playwriting. He has written numerous full length and one-act plays and been produced Off-Broadway at the American Place Theatre, the LARK Developmental Theatre, the ensemble Studio Theatre, the Access and the NADA Theatre. Regionally, his work has been produced at the Hygienic Arts Theatre (New London, Ct) and at eta. He also had a recent World Premiere at A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle. Bradford has received several fellowships and residencies including at the New York Stage and Film Company at Vassar, NY and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Writing Fellowship. His play, “Living in the Wind,” received ten AUDeLCO nominations and extended at the American Place Theatre for four months. His play “Willy's

Cut and Shine” is published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. and can also be found in the anthology, “Seven More Different Plays,” edited by Mac Wellman. Both plays have been produced at eta. His first film script, “A Contemplation of Trees,” was produced by Stonewall Films in the Fall of 2007. “Fathers & Sons” will be published in 2010 by Broadway Play Publishing. Kemati J. Porter (Director) is producing director at eta Creative Arts Foundation. She earned a B.A. in Creative Writing and Advertising from Columbia College of Chicago and received her MFA in Directing from The Theatre School of DePaul University where she was the recipient of the Michael Maggio Directing Scholarship. A recipient of the Theatre Communications group (TCg) New generations Fellowship at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ from 2005-2007, while in residence she assisted on productions of Wintertime, A Christmas Carol., getting Home and My Fair Lady. She was line producer for The Birthday Party, The Brothers Size, Lookingglass Alice, Translations, gem of the Ocean, A Moon for the Misbegotten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Miss Witherspoon. She served as artistic advisor to Princeton University’s Black Arts Company on productions of Fences, Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole entire World and Flyin’ West. Directing credits include My Julliard, Sing Sister Sing, Jumpin’ the Broom, Stepper’s Ball, The Brother and the BAP, Dirt, Dr. Watts and The Saints, Hospice, TopDog UnderDog, A Lesson Before Dying and others. Acting credits include A Candle in the Wind, good Black Don’t Crack and Checkmates.


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PSC’S ANNUAL JAZZ FeSTIVAL CONCeRT SeT FOR FeB.19 The 22nd annual Jazz Fest will be held on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m., in the PSC auditorium. The college is located at 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. general admission is $12; students and senior citizens tickets are $8. Tickets are available in advance in the PSC Business Office. Hours for the Business Office are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets also are available at the door. The concert will showcase the talents of Chicago trumpeter Orbert Davis and New Orleans saxophonist ed Petersen as well as Larry gray on bass, PSC’s own professor of music Valerie Nicholson on piano, and Dana Hall on drums. Hall was recently recognized by the Chicago Tribune as one of the Top Chicagoans of the Year for his achievements in arts and culture, the only professional musician selected for this honor. To honor a long time supporter of the Jazz Festival and music education, the inaugural Howard Luckey excellence in Jazz Leadership Award will be bestowed on a person in the community with the same spirit and dedication as Luckey. Luckey was a long time social science faculty member who recently passed away. “Howard was a true arts patron; he understood the importance of the arts in people’s lives and the impact they have on intellectual, creative, and emotional growth,” said Nicholson. “This award is meant to give recognition to a person or group of people who have provided extensive and consistent support of jazz in our region through teaching, performing, or organizing in a spirit of humility and community-mindedness that Howard demonstrated.” The PSC Jazz Festival also brings together local junior high and high school jazz musicians for two days of instrumental clinics led by the featured artists. The clinicians offer the students their expertise and instruction in technique and performance. Those who attend the evening concert can also enjoy the current Christopher Art gallery exhibit, “We the People Who Are Blacker than Blue.” The gallery will be open before the concert through intermission. For more information on the Jazz Festival, or to purchase tickets to Friday’s concert, call the College at (708) 709-3500.

South Suburban College readies for 12th Annual Jazz Festival SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–South Suburban College will be hosting their 12th Annual Jazz Festival on February 12th and 13th from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Kindig Performing Arts Center. This year’s guest artists are trumpet player Art Hoyle, from gary, Indiana, and saxophonist Rob Lussier, from Booth Harbor, Maine. In addition to the school bands, the SSC Jazz ensemble will perform at 11:40 a.m. on Friday, February 12th with the guest artists, and the SSC Jazz Orchestra will play with the guest artists on Saturday, February 13th at 11:40 a.m. Both groups are under the direction of Andrew Hoefle. “It’s an honor for us to have the festival running for 12 consecutive years,” said Andrew Hoefle, SSC Director of Bands. “It is a tribute to South Suburban College, the attending schools and our guest artists to continue to keep our musical heritage alive and thriving.” The SSC Jazz Festival is a non-competitive festival that features Jr. High, Middle and High School bands. Area high schools meet for a two day festival of jazz music. each band plays for 15 to 20 minutes followed by a clinic with the special guest artists on stage. At the end of the festival, the awards are presented at the evening concert. The following high school and junior high bands from the area will perform at this year's festival: * Middle Schools: Brooks Middle School, Lansing Memorial Jr. High School, Dirksen Middle School, Hart Middle School and Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School * High Schools: Tinley Park, Merrilville, Richards, Oak Forest, emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Thornton Fractional North, Jones College Prep, eisenhower, Homewood Flossmoor, Crete-Monee, Providence Catholic, Reavis, Crown Point and Bloom High Schools. A complete schedule can be found at the Festival website: http://learn.southsuburbancollege.edu/band/festindex.html Admission to the two-day event is free of charge. South Suburban College is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL. For more information, contact the SSC Music Department at 708-596-2000, x2299.

Jewel-Osco Supports Black History Month -- Keith Nielsen (second from left), president of Jewel-Osco, poses with Ambassador Carol Moseley-Braun (second from right) at Jewel-Osco’s recent 11th Annual “A Taste of Black History” Kick-Off Reception, held at the South Shore Cultural Center. Moseley-Braun’s product line – Ambassador Organics – were prominently featured at the reception event, along with more than 25 other Jewel-Osco African-American vendors. Moseley-Braun is the founder and president of Ambassador Organics, a line of organic teas, and Ambassador Organics is a part of Ambassador Braun’s good Food Organics holding company. Pictured with Nielsen and Moseley-Braun are Miguel Alba (right) director of Public Affairs at Jewel-Osco, and Karen May (left), manager of Public Affairs at Jewel-Osco.

Former gang Members Offer Tours of South Central L.A. By Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from the Final Call LOS ANgeLeS (NNPA) Former gang-members have teamed up with a non-profit outreach organization to offer a look at the inner city by conducting gang tours in South Central Los Angeles. L.A. gang Tours are designed to raise awareness about the lifestyle of inner city gangs and address the urgent public safety issue presented by gang violence, according to creator Alfred Lomas. The tour costs $65 (down from $100) per adult to get on the bus. Creators of the tours say they want to use the money to create jobs and investment opportunities for microlending in some neighborhoods. The tour has already created 10 jobs and organizers say their immediate strategy is to hire youth from four gangs participating in a cease fire that allows the tours. The groups agreed to no shootings or retaliation shootings between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. when the busses pass through, said tour organizers. “Public safety is paramount because without freedom from violence, no other freedoms can exist. ... We've taken rival kids that would never have an opportunity to see each other outside of probably jail or a gang shooting and this is balanced out with two Hispanics, two Blacks and so on, and so forth,” project coordinator Lomas told The Final Call. Tour guides Lomas and Fred “Scorpio” Smith gave a brief history of the origination of some of L.A.'s gangs, including the Crips, Bloods and Florencia 13, during a recent tour for reporters. They also highlighted their personal experiences with gangs, and how they entered into intervention and prevention. Lomas pointed out historical sites in Los Angeles, as well as notable government facilities.

The bus cruised the outskirts of the L.A. River Bed, which was heavily graffiti-tagged, the L.A. County Jail, Olvera Street (considered the birthplace of Los Angeles, Chinatown, Skid Row (which has the largest concentration of homeless population in the U.S.), the Metropolitan Detention Center, several housing projects, and Florence & Normandie, the flash-point intersection of the 1992 rebellion after the acquittal of officers involved in beating motorist Rodney King. Before stops at the New Life Church of god in Christ and the Pico Union graffiti Lab, Mr. Lomas explained the different types of graffiti tags and offered a partial viewing of the documentary “Crips and Bloods: Made in America.” The media route was mostly industrial explained Lomas, saying tour organizers wanted to maintain the dignity of the residents. The tour has been criticized by those who feel it will negatively display Black and Brown youth and their communities like animals in a zoo. “It's going to be nothing like that,” said Smith, a gang intervention worker in the Jordan Downs Housing area in Watts. “A lot of people have a different view about Watts, South Central, echo Park, that if you go over there, they are just animals, but we will show it's nothing like that.” Rather, he said, tour guides will show the Watts Towers, where the Black Panther Party started, and where the Crips and Bloods street gangs started. During tours people will not be allowed to exit busses at all and no cameras or video/audio recorders will be allowed, according to Lomas. According to Kim Mcgill, an organizer with the Youth Justice Coalition, an advocacy group for incarcerated youth and their families, some youth expressed concerns that these poor com-

munities will serve as field trips for researchers, suburbanites, and Whites. They argue the tours should provide an understanding of urban complexities and a critical analysis of racism. “Also, it leads to a lot of exaggerations of communities so that you kind of glorify or beef up people's already preconceived notions about how violent communities are and how everyone's kind of gangster. As opposed to a situation where you're really holding wealthier communities accountable for the fact that conditions exist because wealth is not shared, because resources are not equal, because there's racism in the system, etc.,” Mcgill told The Final Call. Vicky Lindsey, founder of Project Cry No More, a support group for mothers and families who have lost loved ones to gang violence, believes the project is an opportunity for employment and exploitation. Such tours should bring youth contemplating joining gangs up close and personal with the pain involved in the activity, like crying mothers and rehabilitation centers for gunshot victims, said Lindsay. “Are they going to go into actual war zones ... or gang funerals where family members and people are hurting? In which way is this tour going to impact a youth to say, ‘Oh no, I don't want to follow gang violence?'” she asked. “Anything that will help our young people get out of a negative situation is always good, however, on the streets of L.A., you must have a license to operate (LTO) ...without the LTO it will be hard to have a successful gang tour. But if the tour creates some form of economics for the hoods that the tour will impact, this is a good thing,” said Ansar Stan Muhammad, co-founder of the gang intervention and prevention Venice 2000/H.e.L.P.e.R. Foundation.


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A s k gwendolyn Baines My Fiancé is Cheating, But I Will Marry Him! Dear gwendolyn: I am in the process of making preparations for my wedding in June. We have dated for six years. During those years I have caught him cheating on me at least 15 times or more. This is the problem: We have never lived together, but he often spends nights with me. His main place of stay is at his mother’s house. He doesn’t have a

they usually change when married.” Let me tell you this: You are in for a rude awakening. Men who cheat before marriage do change once they become married.Dear Louise: Congratulations on your -- They get worse. upcoming wedding. I do think you should give great Do you have a son or attention to the character of grandson age 10-17? Help your fiancé. First of all, I him to choose college not find it difficult to believe he jail. Order DeCISIONS In could not find a job within The Life Of A growing six years. Secondly, when a Male Youth. For ordering write to man lives with his mom too information long, you don’t know his gwendolyn Baines at: P. O. strength when it comes to Box 10066, Raleigh, NC being financially stable. 27605-0066 (to receive a None of this, however, even reply send a self-addressed touches the problem of his stamped envelope) or email ‘cheating’ – a serious prob- her at: gwenbaines@hotlem you seem to turn away. mail.com or visit her webat: Louise, you made the state- site ment that “when men court www.gwenbaines.com while engaged or involved, usually change when married. I look forward to happiness with him. Louise

job because he was laid off six years ago. I do not have children by him. gwendolyn, I caught him cheating on me just two months ago – six months after he proposed to me. I know that I should let him go, but I have decided to go ahead with the marriage. When men court while engaged or involved, they

2 0 1 0 M a z d a 3 g e t s M y Vo t e About That Car By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist DeTROIT (NNPA) -- It’s easy to see why the 2010 Mazda3 was a finalist in the recent Internet Car and Truck of the year contest. The compact sedan was stylish, easy to drive, comfortable fore and aft and it was fairly fuel efficient. For 2010, designers gave the Mazda3 a new grille, new front and rear lamp treatments, and deep creases in the front fender design. All that translated into a car that looked like it was moving while parked. That’s what you need in automotive design to have a sporty image. And Mazda with its Zoom Zoom advertising tag line keeps refining and enhancing that brand image with each new generation of its product line. In fact, the Mazda3 has a dominant face that uses design cues from the Mazda6 and RX8 and that’s not a bad thing. Still, today’s automobiles, except for the truly exotic, are more than looks. In a phrase, in today’s world it’s about value for the dollar. And I think the Mazda3 delivered. First of all, the driving attributes of the Mazda3 were exemplary. Though it was a compact design, my test car rode like a midsize car. It smoothed out the rough and tumble city streets here. And the car was not overwhelmed by the size of other vehicles. The wheel base and track width remains the same but the overall length of the Mazda3 has been increased by three-inches. That lengthening improved the sedan’s drag coefficient and it increased fuel capacity. But I think it also improved the car’s ride. I had the 2.5 liter four-cylinder model with a six speed

manual transmission. I would have preferred an automatic gearbox but the manual did not disappoint. Shifts were easy, cross gates were literally unnoticeable and acceleration wasn’t bad. The Mazda3 with the 2.5-liter engine and a manual transmission had an ePA rating of 21 mpg in city driving and 29 on the HWY. The five-speed automatic loses one mile per gallon in the city. Although front seat passengers would probably have to slide forward a bit, I found a fair amount of room in the back seats. Leg room was snug but there was plenty of head room. I think two normal sized adults could ride in the Mazda3’s back seats for a good amount of time and not be uncomfortable. Mazda says, “The new MAZDA3's cockpit is configured to support the driver in a more dedicated manner than any sport-compact competitor. Two large instrument clusters are carefully positioned and clearly marked to deliver engine and road speed information. “Key controls are located in

the steering wheel spokes where they can be reached with minimum distraction. A new Multi-Information Display screen containing navigation, audio, and trip information is positioned high on the instrument panel to avoid the need for the driver to refocus vision off the road ahead. A second screen slightly to the right provides station frequency and climate control setting information.” In some instances, creature comforts were surprising. There was a navigation system, satellite radio, a CD changer with MP3 capability and heated front seats with five settings. There was also Bluetooth, a moonroof, a tilttelescoping steering wheel, rain sensing wipers, Xenon headlights, and on it went. But I was particularly pleased and surprised by two features. My test vehicle had adjustable headlights a feature that I normally find on upper end luxury sedans. It also had push button start and stop which is making its way into lower priced product lines. But the vehicle also had push button open and lock doors. Just push

the button on the driver’s door and I could lock or unlock that door. For my money, that wasn’t bad. And given the $24,760 sticker of my 2010 Mazda3 sedan test vehicle, it got my vote for Internet Car of the Year. Frank S. Washington is managing partner/editor of AboutThatCar.com and AboutThatCarBlog.com.

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Houses For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. a i n t i f f , P l v . JOHN WRIGHT A/K/A JOHN GEORGE WRIGHT, et al e f e n d a n t D CH 25153 09 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 30, 2009, an agent of The Judicial Sales Corporation will at 10:30 AM on March 4, 2010, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 1329 SCHILLING AVENUE, CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL 60411 Property Index No. 32-20-116-013-0000 The real estate is improved with a frame, single-family house with two-car, attached garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the auction;. The balance, in certified funds, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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 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. For information: Visit our website at http:\\service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number PA0920708. 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. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 Attorney File No.: PA0920708 Attorney Code. 91220 Case # 09 CH 25153 I238090

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE MANHATTAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION a i n t i f f , P l v . SANDERS, et al SIOBHAN D e f e n d a n t 09 CH 022464 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 12, 2009, an agent of The Judicial Sales Corporation will at 10:30 AM on February 16, 2010, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate:Commonly known as 1512 5TH AVENUE, CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL 60411 Property Index No. 32-21-408-019 The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the auction;. The balance, in certified funds, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. 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 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. For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: The Sale Clerk, CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. , 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 between the hours of 1 and 3 PM only and ask for the sales department.. Please refer to file number 14-09-18998. 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) 794-9876 Attorney File No.: 14-09-18998 ARDC# 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case # 09 CH 022464 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. I237396 020410


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY OXFORD BANK & TRUST DIVISION a i n t i f f , P l v . 270 E. 12TH STREET, LLC, AN ILLINOIS LIMITED COMPANY, et al LIABILITY e f e n d a n t D CH 21805 09 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on January 14, 2010, an agent of The Judicial Sales Corporation will at 10:30 AM on February 19, 2010, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 270 E. 12TH STREET, Chicago Heights, IL 60411 Property Index No. 32-21-204-030-0000 and 32-21-204-044-0000 The real estate is improved with a commercial property. The judgment amount was $942,896.96. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the auction;. The balance, in certified funds, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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 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. For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: FREEBORN & PETERS LLP , 311 SOUTH WACKER DRIVE, SUITE 3000, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 360-6000 . 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. FREEBORN & PETERS LLP 311 SOUTH WACKER DRIVE, SUITE 3000 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 360-6000 Attorney Code. Case # 09 CH 21805 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. I241290

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY I V I S I O N D U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE RASC 2005KS11 FOR a i n t i f f , P l v . CHRISTOPHER HIGGINS, et al D e f e n d a n t 09 CH 007079 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 19, 2009, an agent of The Judicial Sales Corporation will at 10:30 AM on February 23, 2010, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 261 PARK TERRACE, SOUTH CHICAGO HEIGHT, IL 60411 Property Index No. 32-32-113-015 The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the auction;. The balance, in certified funds, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. 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 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. For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: The Sale Clerk, CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. , 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 between the hours of 1 and 3 PM only and ask for the sales department.. Please refer to file number 14-09-04630. 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) 794-9876 Attorney File No.: 14-09-04630 ARDC# 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case # 09 CH 007079 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. I238468

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY I V I S I O N D BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION a i n t i f f , P l v . DAVID KING A/K/A DAVID B. KING, et al D e f e n d a n t 09 CH 017525 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 20, 2009, an agent of The Judicial Sales Corporation will at 10:30 AM on February 22, 2010, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate:Commonly known as 20140 CYPRESS AVENUE, LYNWOOD, IL 60411 Property Index No. 33-07-413-018 The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the auction;. The balance, in certified funds, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. 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 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. For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: The Sale Clerk, CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. , 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 between the hours of 1 and 3 PM only and ask for the sales department.. Please refer to file number 14-09-12405. 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) 794-9876 Attorney File No.: 14-09-12405 ARDC# 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case # 09 CH 017525 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. I238515

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY D I V I S I O N HSBC BANK USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION P l a i n t i f f , v . MICHAEL POE, et al D e f e n d a n t 09 CH 024164 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 16, 2009, an agent of The Judicial Sales Corporation will at 10:30 AM on February 23, 2010, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 20625 BENSLEY AVENUE, LYNWOOD, IL 60411 Property Index No. 32-13-401-070 The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the auction;. The balance, in certified funds, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. 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 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. For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: The Sale Clerk, CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. , 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 between the hours of 1 and 3 PM only and ask for the sales department.. Please refer to file number 14-09-19842. 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) 794-9876 Attorney File No.: 14-09-19842 ARDC# 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case # 09 CH 024164 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. I238439

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY ONEWEST BANK FSB DIVISION a i n t i f f , P l v . KOUTSOPANAGOS, et al PETROS D e f e n d a n t 09 CH 022869 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on December 1, 2009, an agent of The Judicial Sales Corporation will at 10:30 AM on March 3, 2010, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate:Commonly known as 1668 BUENA VISTA CIRCLE, CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL 60411 Property Index No. 32-20-323-011 The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the auction;. The balance, in certified funds, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. 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 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. For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: The Sale Clerk, CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. , 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 between the hours of 1 and 3 PM only and ask for the sales department.. Please refer to file number 14-09-18326. 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) 794-9876 Attorney File No.: 14-09-18326 ARDC# 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case # 09 CH 022869 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. I240757 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE F O R CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON HEAT 2005-2; P l a i n t i f f , v s . LESHAWN RIDLEY; HOPE RIDLEY; HSBC M O R T G A G E SERVICES; Defendants, 07 CH 28003 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause on January 22, 2008 Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Monday, March 8, 2010 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. 32-19-311-007. Commonly known as 560 West 15th Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. 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 Kara Findlay at Plaintiff's Attorney, Freedman Anselmo Lindberg & Rappe, LLC, 1807 West Diehl Road, Naperville, Illinois 60563-1890. (866) 402-8661. For Bidding instructions call (630) 453-6713 24 hours prior to sale. W0709076 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I240856 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION AURORA BANK, F.S.B. AS SUCCESSOR AND I N T E R E S T TO LEHMAN BROTHERS BANK, FSB P l a i n t i f f , v s . BEVERLY LEE; THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; Defendants, 09 CH 25908 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause on November 6, 2009 Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 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. 32-08-218-010-0000. Commonly known as 73 Judith Lane, Chicago Heights, IL 6 0 4 1 1 . The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. 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 Kara Findlay at Plaintiff's Attorney, Freedman Anselmo Lindberg & Rappe, LLC, 1807 West Diehl Road, Naperville, Illinois 60563-1890. (866) 402-8661. For Bidding instructions call (630) 453-6713 24 hours prior to sale. W09070044 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I239508

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC a i n t i f f , P l v . TINA MARTELLO A/K/A TINA M. JORDAN A/K/A TINA M. MARTELLO, et al D e f e n d a n t 09 CH 718 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on December 16, 2009, an agent of The Judicial Sales Corporation will at 10:30 AM on March 18, 2010, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 1133 GRANT AVENUE, CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL 60411 Property Index No. 32-20-204-014 The real estate is improved with a two-story, two-unit apartment building with white vinyl siding; no garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the auction;. The balance, in certified funds, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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 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. For Visit our website at information: http:\\service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file SALES number PA0831059. THE JUDICIAL 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. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 Attorney File No.: PA0831059 Attorney Code. 91220 Case # 09 CH 718 I241208 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST COMPANY AMERICAS AS TRUSTEE FOR RALI 2007QA3 a i n t i f f , P l v . BECKER, et al TODD e f e n d a n t D 09 CH 013429 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 18, 2009, an agent of The Judicial Sales Corporation will at 10:30 AM on February 22, 2010, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate:Commonly known as 701 CAMPBELL AVENUE, CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL 60411 Property Index No. 32-17-312-004 The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the auction;. The balance, in certified funds, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. 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 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. For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: The Sale Clerk, CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. , 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 between the hours of 1 and 3 PM only and ask for the sales department.. Please refer to file number 14-09-08742. 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) 794-9876 Attorney File No.: 14-09-08742 ARDC# 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case # 09 CH 013429 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. I238139

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, L L I N O I S I COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION CITIMORTGAGE, INC., ASSIGNEE OF MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR FIDELITY MORTGAGE OF NY, P l a i n t i f f , v s . CLARISSA LANGFORD, Defendants, 09 CH 25911 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause on November 16, 2009 Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 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. 32-20-101-019. Commonly known as 163 Elder Avenue, Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property NOT be open for inspection. will For information call Sales Clerk at Law Offices of Ira T. Nevel, 175 North Franklin Street, Chicago, Illinois 60606. (312) 357-1125. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I239509 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY I V I S I O N D U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE JPALT 2006-S2 FOR a i n t i f f , P l v . OCHOA JR, et al PABLO e f e n d a n t D CH 3828 09 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on December 3, 2009, an agent of The Judicial Sales Corporation will at 10:30 AM on March 5, 2010, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 1204 PARK AVENUE, CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL 60411 Property Index No. 32-20-208-021 The real estate is improved with a single-family, two-story, two-unit, brown brick house with two-car, detached garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the auction;. The balance, in certified funds, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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 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. For Visit our website at information: http:\\service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number PA0901058. 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. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 Attorney File No.: PA0901058 Attorney Code. 91220 Case # 09 CH 3828 I238111 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S COUNTY DEPARTMENT, CHANCERY DIVISION HSBC BANK USA, N.A., AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF ACE SECURITIES CORP. HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST AND FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS OF ACE SECURITIES CORP. HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2007-HE2, ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, P l a i n t i f f V . JAMES CHANEY, III; STEPHANIE CHANEY, D e f e n d a n t s 08 CH 44538 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Fisher and Shapiro file # 08-12621 (It is advised that interested parties consult with their own attorneys before bidding at mortgage foreclosure s a l e s . ) PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered on May 27, 2009, Kallen Realty Services, Inc., as Selling Official will at 12:30 p.m. on March 4, 2010, at 205 W. Randolph Street, Suite 1020, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described real property: Commonly known as 854 Macarthur Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411 Permanent Index No.: 32-18-407-013 The mortgaged real estate is improved with a dwelling. The property will NOT be open for inspection. The judgment amount was $156,175.06. Sale terms: 10% of successful bid immediately at conclusion of auction, balance by 12:30 p.m. the next business day, both by cashier's checks; and no refunds. The sale shall be subject to general real estate taxes, special taxes, special assessments, special taxes levied, and superior liens, if any. The property is offered "as is," with no express or implied warranties and without any representation as to the quality of title or recourse to Plaintiff. Prospective bidders are admonished to review the court file to verify all information. For information: Sale Clerk, Fisher and Shapiro, 4201 Lake Cook Rd., 1st floor, Northbrook, Illinois 60062, (847) 498-9990, between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. weekdays only. I236685


A RI eS A par ty or gathering with f r ien ds f r om th e pas t g iv es yo u the o ppo rtun ity to s tr u t yo ur s t u f f a b i t . Yo u ' v e tremendous made strides and accomp lis h ed much in y ou r life, so be pleased with yourself this w eek . P as s s ome of your wisdom along to other s . Affirmation: Soul All that I need is w ith in me. Lu cky N umber s : 18 , 42, 47

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Yo u r m i n d is busy this week w ith tho ug h ts o f n ew projects and the things you want to get done. Best course of action is to clear up pen d in g and overdue items. You ' ll h av e a clean des k in n o time an d will feel genuinely conten t an d r elax ed f or th e w eek . S o u l A ff i r m a t i o n : I TA U RU S w ill actually w r ite a love letter to the Yo u s h o u l d un iver s e th is w eek . k now by n ow Lu cky N u mber s : 1 4 , that tr y in g to be in 35 , 3 8 tw o p laces at once is v er y taxin g to yo ur LeO n er v es ! S low do w n a bit and trust that Lots of you'll get what o p p o r t u n i needs to be done ties are swirling accomplished. give around you, and it you r s elf a h ead s tar t w i l l r e q u i r e s o m e o n all r oad tr ip s s o d i l i g e n c e o n y o u r that you have time part to make the to en joy th e v iew. most of some of Soul Affirmation: them. Yo u ' l l be Seeing my past happy you put in clearly this week some extra effort g i v e s m e a c l e a r th is w eek ! vis ion o f my f u tur e. S o u l A ff i r m a t i o n : I o pen up to th e u n iLucky N u mb er s : 11 , v er s e. Th e u n iv er s e 30, 4 0 o pen s u p to me. Lu cky N u mb er s : 2 2 , g eM I N I 3 6, 4 9

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en jo y ! Lu ck y N u mb er s : 18 , 28, 46 S A g I T TA R IUS Cr eate a map in your mind to chart a course through unfamiliar w ater s . You ’ ll be as h ap p y as y ou mak e u p y o ur mind to b e. Becau s e y o u ar e s o wise, you’ll be at p eace w ith all ou tco mes . S o u l A ff i r m a t i o n : I g iv e th an k s f or w h o I am this w eek. Lu ck y N u mber s : 11 , 52, 53

F ind a w ay to lo ve th e w o r k y ou do th is w eek . U s e your creativity and wonderful sense of h umor an d y o u’ ll b e f inis h ed w ith cho r es early enough to relax. Use your energy w is ely. S o u l A ff i r m a t i o n : I let w o r r y f ly aw ay. Lucky Numbers: 3, 12 , 2 1 P I S CeS

A romantic p a r t n e r r etu r ns an d w an ts to pick u p th e p as t and s t a r t o v e r. F r i e n d s ar e g oo d to h av e, b ut th is par ticu lar f r iend w ill be bes t kep t as just that . . . a friend! enjoy your CA P RI CO RN ability to choose w h at’s b es t f o r yo u. I t ’s a g o o d Soul Affirmation: week to M y s pir it g iv es me r ef lect o n yo u r limitless possibilipersonal netw o r k of f r iend s and ties . co - w o r ker s . Yo u ar e s u r r o u n d e d b y s u p - Lucky N u mb er s : 2 , p o r t i v e v i b r a t i o n s , 18 , 4 2 an d y o u’ ll b e co un ting your blessings by the end of this b u s y w eek ! Soul Affirmation: I t’s b ad on ly if I s ee it th at w ay. Lu ck y N u mber s : 1, 6, 29

V I Rg O St a y f o c u s e d on the tasks b ef o r e yo u this w eek and f in d a w ay to d o y our w or k w ith lov e. The pace will pick u p s oo n en o u g h , an d the vibrations will be mor e to y o u r liking . enjoy a s o ciab le w eek. S o u l A ff i r m a t i o n : I let imaginatio n lig h t u p my w o rk . Luck y N u mb er s : 3 , 11 , 2 2

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Chicago State University celebrates Black History Month with events/activities for the week of February 8 – 12, 2010 National Black HIV/AIDS Day commemoration featuring international author Princess Kasune Zulu (a native of Zambia, she is a world-renowned HIV/AIDS advocate, educator and activist), the HIV/AIDS Youth Prevention education program ( H.Y.P.e.) AIM Poetry Performance Troupe and Rapper Young Tez on Monday, February 8, 2010 from 5-8 p.m. in the Cordell Reed Student Union Rotunda. Free HIV testing will be available along with music, food and entertainment. For more information, please call 773-995-4440. Hear teacher/scholar Dr. greg e. Carr, associate professor of Africana Studies and chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University, give a keynote speech on Black History Month on the heritages and horizons, the AfricanAmerican legacy and the challenges of the 21st Century. This event will take place on Monday, February 8, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the library auditorium. For more information, please call 773-995-3876. Meet Herman Roberts on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the library auditorium. According to the HistoryMakers Web Site, Roberts, an entrepreneur from an early age, “Roberts became the nation's foremost African American hotel and motel owner. He is known best for the sixth Roberts Motel, a Chicago institution.” For more information, please call 773-995-4412. Artist Robert “Bobby” Sengstacke art exhibition: "The Fierce Urgency of Now", photographs from the new world of the 1960s and 1970s exhibition on display now until February 26, 2010 in the Cook Administration Building, President’s gallery, 3rd floor, Monday- Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 773-995-3905. Misc: All events take place at 9501 S. King Drive and are free and open to the public.

FRee February drop-in programs at The Cancer Support Center

The Cancer Support Center in Homewood and Mokena offer the following FRee drop-in sessions in February. For more information about ongoing programs, such as yoga, meditation and support groups or individual counseling, please visit www.CancerSupportCenter.org. All programs are made possible by donations from the community. WeeKLY DROP-IN PROgRAMS: All are FRee and open to anyone affected by cancer: the patient, his/her family, caregivers, children, loved ones and bereaved. Yoga for (Healing) Cancer Mondays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22: 4 to 5 p.m., The Cancer Support Center , 2028 elm Road in Homewood . Tuesdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23: 4 to 5 p.m., The Cancer Support Center, 19250 everett Lane in Mokena. Wednesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24: 10 to 11 a.m., The Cancer Support Center , 19250 everett Lane in Mokena. This gentle yoga class uses the ancient teachings of yoga to address stress and the physical side-effects of cancer. This class uses seated and standing poses. All ability levels welcome. Breathing and deep relaxation are key components of this class. No registration is required. Call (708) 478-3529 for more info. Mindfulness Meditation, Facilitated by Valerie Piazza, RN, MA, LPC Wednesdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24: 12 to 1 p.m. The Cancer Support Center , 2028 elm Road in Homewood . (Optional Tai Chi class precedes Mindfulness Meditation at 11:30 a.m., at The Cancer Support Center, 2028 elm Road in Homewood .) Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25: 10 – 11 a.m. The Cancer Support Center , 19250 everett Lane in Mokena. Practice meditation and discuss how to effectively live in the present moment. Breathing and deep relaxation are key components of this class. This free program is designed to benefit people with cancer and their families. No registration is required. For more information call (708) 798-9171. Knit/Crochet Circle at The Cancer Support Center , 2028 elm Road in Homewood Fridays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26: 10-11:30 a.m. All skill levels are welcome to attend. If cancer has touched your life, come meet others who are putting that experience into creating crocheted or knitted works for others. This free program is designed to benefit people with cancer and their families. No registration is required. Held at The Cancer Support Center , 2028 elm Road in Homewood . For more information call (708) 798-9171.

(left) Lionel Jean Baptist addresses the Cook County Board after passage of a resolution that extends sympathy to the more than 200,000 who died during Haiti’s recent earthquake and recognition of President Todd H. Stroger’s fundraising efforts to aid the survivors. Baptist gave the board a lesson in the history of Haiti and praised Haitians for being so "resilient" through their many natural and man-made challenges. Looking on was Pastor Wallace Saint Louis, pastor of the Bethlehem French Seven Day Adventist Church, who gave the invocation, and President Todd H. Stroger who has appealed to Cook County employees to donate to the Haitian relief effort.

Women’s Conference coming to SSC in March SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Business and Career Institute of South Suburban College recognizes the needs and pressures that women of all ages, professional and ethnic backgrounds face. BCI takes a proactive stance in assisting women with juggling their numerous demands and obligations. On March 12, 2010, BCI will host the 2nd Annual Women’s Conference & expo at the college’s main campus in South Holland, Illinois. Over 25 speakers will provide attendees with the latest information on personal well-

ness, business & finance, parenting & family and much more. Robin Kelly, Chief of Staff to State Treasurer Alexi giannoulias will serve as the keynote speaker this year. Additionally, more than 55 exhibitors will be on hand to promote goods and services including jewelry and accessories, nutritional supplements, hand-crafted items, apparel, cosmetics, financial, health & wellness and family service providers. BCI and the Women’s Conference Committee invite all women who would like to share a one-of-a-kind confer-

ence experience with hundreds of others. The cost is just $15 per person, which includes a complimentary continental breakfast, lunch, and the conference admission featuring all of the exciting break-out sessions and wonderful shopping opportunities with a wide-range of products and services. To find out more or to register please call (708) 596-2000 ext. 2455 or visit www.TheChicagoWomensCo nference.org. SSC is located at 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, IL.

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