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January 11 - 17, 2017

Legends in Profile Kim Nash Turns Her Passion Into a Career

Obama’s Farewell Address

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Martin Luther King Jr.: A Past Letter Reflects a Current Movement

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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. started a movement that led to major changes in civil rights. (Defender file photo) By Mary L. Datcher Defender Senior Staff Writer The dawn of the New Year is a time for renewal and the welcome of a “brand new” start. The first month of the year is also a vibrant reminder of the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we celebrate his birthday as a national holiday in less than a week. The father of the Civil Rights movement will be recognized for his contribution and sacrifice for the fight for African-Americans and others who had no voice of freedom. His historic march in Selma, Alabama — leading nearly 50,000 people — has Hollywood repeatedly reminding us of his greatness. Decades of groundbreaking laws and mandates from the Voting Rights Act, Brown v. Board of Education to Roe v. Wade were influenced by the model of Dr. King’s Civil Rights led-movement, igniting other advocate groups to mobilize their rights.

Dr. King would make several trips to Chicago, lighting a fire under the Black community and influencing the mobilization of others such as the Black Panthers. There has been a great group of thenyoung leaders who have had the honor of working diligently beside Dr. King through some of America’s most horrific moments — facing the brutality of racism and hate in our backyard. Rev. Jesse Jackson — one of the more familiar figures — built Operation Breadbasket to fight for justice and provide resources for economic strength for people of color. The organization was one of several in Chicago whose mission was to provide programs to Black people in job training and essentials-of-living needs. Over the last four decades, Operation Breadbasket has developed into Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, still a wavering

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voice in the African-American community, but the energy of younger activism has overshadowed our elders. As groups such as Black Lives Matters, Hands Up and Mothers of the Movement have sprouted up throughout our country — protesting modern-day lynchings committed by police officers from small to major cities — deja vu rears its familiar head.

Letter from Birmingham Jail As a young pastor and the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), King wrote a powercontinued on page 03

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The teachings of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking in 1965, are just as relevant in today’s political and racial environment. (Defender file photo) King, continued from, Page 02

ful letter from a Birmingham city jail cell. He was arrested and held after protesting segregation and discrimination laws, along with groups that sat-in at counters where Blacks were refused service. Dated April 16, 1963, the letter is about the importance of demonstrations and preserving people’s rights to live as human beings. “In any nonviolent campaign, there are four basic steps: (1) collection of the facts to determine whether injustice is alive; (2) negotiation; (3) self-purification; and (4) direct action,” the Atlanta pastor wrote. In the present, we use similar tactics with the flick of our fingertips with just a swipe across our mobile devices. The results can be empowering, but it can also be dangerous, as wrong or fake information can easily be believed and interpreted for self-gain. The strength of technology has played in our favor with the power of video, and now, live streaming. The police dashcam of the Chicago 17-year-old Laquan McDonald — brutally shot 16 times by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke — was compared to the murder of Emmett Till in 1955. www.chicagodefender.com

Dr. King continues in his letter, “We have gone through all of these steps in Birmingham. There can be no gainsaying of the fact that racial injustice engulfs this community. Birmingham is probably the most segregated city in the United States.” Unfortunately, King’s journey to Chicago in August 1966 would challenge his findings as segregation was and still is a “tale of two cities.“ His attempt to show that if he can temporarily move to the northern city to break the racial barrier, he could influence a grassroots reach across communities in other cities. The historic march in Cicero and Marquette Park would reveal to many outsiders how disturbingly racist many white residents from these areas were toward Black people. He would make several trips to Chicago, lighting a fire under the Black community and influencing the mobilization of others such as the Black Panthers. His methods of non-violence and peaceful interaction were challenged by adversaries such as Malcolm X, but both men later engaged in a mutual respect and admiration for each other. In 1964, Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, shutting down a viable economic vein throughout the city.

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed,” said King. Over 50 years since King’s death, we have felt a level of gradual tensions that were shadowed by the presence of having the nation’s first Black president. Although Barack Obama was not the first Black candidate to run for the highest office in the land, his presence represented an overdue shift of change and power.

ald Trump. There is nothing ”old school” or dated about the depth of this letter. In fact, it is a blueprint that is powerful for productive activism today. The generation disconnect is more evident today than the days

of King and his peers. As working-class Blacks crossed over railroad tracks to clean white folks’ homes, work as nannies, cooks, landscapers and other labored jobs, their hard work was the catcontinued on page 08

Fruit of His Labors The Civil Rights Act of 1964, fought for by King and other civil rights groups to register millions of Black voters, was just as strong as President Bill Clinton’s influence on the community. The laws that are put in place to benefit every U.S. citizen across the nation have since been applied to advocates of immigration reform — protecting children of immigrants born here; gay marriage — allowing same-sex spouses to have the same rights as heterosexual couples; and health care rights — passing the Affordable Care Act. Reading the words from King’s letter is eerily ”here and now” with key civil rights laws being threatened by the incoming administration of President-elect DonTHE CHICAGO DEFENDER • January 11 - 17, 2017 03


LOCAL

Demolition Denied on Historic Pilgrim Church By Erick Johnson Defender Staff Writer The walls will stay up – at least for now. However, the future of historic Pilgrim Baptist Church remains uncertain for the original birthplace of gospel music. During the holidays, the Chicago Landmarks Commission temporarily voted to reject a demolition permit to knock down what’s left of the 126-year-old structure. The decision was an affirmation to Pilgrim Baptist Church members, who had been under pressure by neighbors to demolish the structure. While the move was a temporary reprieve for the structure, questions remain about the future use of the hollow walls that have been left standing for over a decade. The building was gutted Jan. 5, 2006, from a fire on the roof as workers made repairs during a $500,000 restoration. The fire spread throughout the building, destroying historic artifacts and records inside the Adler and Sullivan-designed building, which is at 3301 S. Indiana Ave. For 11 years, massive braces held the walls up as neighbors complained about the scaffolding taking up most of the sidewalk. Pressure mounted as community leaders and residents stepped up demands for Pilgrim to demolish a piece of history that was once a symbol of pride to members. In September 2015, church leaders said the building would not be restored because it would be too expensive, but nothing was done to tear the wall down. Meanwhile, the congregation continued holding its worship services across the street from the building. The city recently took the church to housing court, hoping to get the church to decide on the fate of the building.

The scaffolding will remain at Pilgrim Baptist until the congregation decides what to do with what’s left of the building. Despite heavy support from Preservation Chicago, Pilgrim Baptist Church members applied for a permit to demolish everything but the arch doorway that served as the front entrance. However, the commission on Nov. 3 agreed with a historian that everything is still worth saving. The church’s attorney, Sheila Prendergast, declined to comment for this story. She said a church representative would get back to the Defender, but no one re-

sponded as of press time Tuesday. According to news reports, the church had been trying to sell the building and the adjoining parking lot. There was also talk about turning the site into a neighborhood park. Built in 1891, the building was a Jewish Synagogue before the Pilgrim Baptist Church congregation moved into the building in 1922. Here, the “Father of Gospel Music,” Thomas A. Dorsey, the church mu-

sic director, blended blues with traditional gospel songs, giving birth to a genre that became a significant part of worship services in Black churches across America. Dorsey wrote the famous hymn “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Some of the famous singers who have sung at the church include Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin Albertina Walker and James Cleveland. In 2016, the church celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Justice Department Rushes to Complete Probe of CPD By Erick Johnson Defender Staff Writer The U.S. Justice Department is rushing to wrap up its yearlong civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, according to news reports. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch launched the investigation in December 2015 after a videotape that showed Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. The investigation aimed to find a “pattern of practice” of alleged civil rights violations as Chicago Police used deadly force on civilians. Federal officials are expected to release a “findings letter,” according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times. With Trump’s inauguration fast approaching, the newspaper reported that the city and Justice Department are expected to sign an “agreement in principle” instead of a consent decree, which is a

settlement agreement approved by a federal judge. At least 16 police departments in various cities are currently working under a consent decree. U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated to be the next attorney general, has publicly said he opposes consent decrees. Mayor Rahm Emanuel told NBC 5 Chicago that he‘s determined to implement any reforms recommended by the Justice Department whether or not Trump and Sessions pursue a consent decree. “From the moment I put the task force [on police accountability] together, I have made the changes and continue to make changes in training, technology and transparency that I think are important to giving our officers the certainty they need to do what’s important,” Emanuel said. While the “finding letters” may not be as tough as a consent decree, Emanuel still must find a way to rebuild trust between the police and the communities they serve. Since the McDonald video, he has walked

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a tightrope as Chicago police struggle to balance community policing with diplomacy while the city remains in the national spotlight for its high number of shootings and murders.

Reforms at Local Level As part of Emanuel’s own attempts to reform the police force, the Independent Police Review Authority will soon be replaced with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). The city has also released video that contains audio of police-involved shootings while acting swiftly on stripping officers of their police powers after questionable shootings. The news of the Justice Department probe came after Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said he met with Sessions, who reportedly said he wasn’t prepared to commit to enforcing implementing whatever findings the Justice Department will release. Sessions reportedly said that he wanted to study the findings more and “understand

it better.” With the Republican majority in the Senate, Session stands a good chance of getting confirmed as attorney general. But many Black leaders are concerned that the ultraconservative Sessions will “clean house” at the Justice Department. Session is a staunch supporter of law enforcement and has conservative views on criminal justice reform. Since he was nominated by Trump last month, Sessions has come under fire for his past racial remarks against Blacks and civil rights leaders. On Jan. 3, NAACP President Cornell Williams and five other civil right leaders were arrested during a sit-in at Sessions’ office. The leaders demanded that Sessions withdraw his name for consideration for attorney general. Over a thousand law school professors in the country sent lawmakers in Congress a letter asking them to reject Sessions’ confirmation. Despite the outcry, Sessions remains determined to become the nation’s most powerful attorney. www.chicagodefender.com


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CITY DESK

Chicago Announces Pilot Program to Develop Vacant Homes

The Garfield Green Line station is set for improvements, including an extension of platform canopies.

CTA Receives $25 million in Federal Funding to Improve Garfield Green Line Station Over the weekend, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval R. Carter Jr. were joined by Congressmen Danny Davis and Bobby Rush to announce the Garfield Gateway project — a plan to make major improvements to the Garfield Green Line station to create a strong community focal point on Chicago’s South Side and an iconic gateway to the Washington Park community, while providing an improved commuting experience for CTA customers. The Garfield Gateway project will improve the environment for commuters in a number of ways, including extending the platform canopies to provide more shelter; upgrading platform accessibility, including elevator and escalator improvements; and installing public art and landscaping to make the daily customer experience more pleasant. In 2016, CTA received $25 million in federal funding for the project through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. “The Garfield Gateway Project will better serve the nearly 475,000 passengers who rely on this Green Line station each year. I was proud to support this important project as it competed for TIGER grant funding with others across the nation. These upgrades will improve CTA accessibility and preserve the rich history of the Washington Park neighborhood,” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said. Davis says this grant is just the latest in a long list of grants and loans provided to the CTA under President Obama, including (among others) a $20 million TIGER grant to complete the Blue Line track re-

“The Green Line is a critical link between my constituents in South Side neighborhoods and downtown Chicago.” — Rep. Bobby Rush pair and expand the bike share program, a $20 million TIGER grant for improvements to the CTA 95th Street terminal, a $79 million TIFIA loan for the CTA 95th Street Bus and Rail Project, $1.25 million FTA Transit-Oriented Development Pilot Planning Program for improvements to the Red and Purple lines, and a $255 million USDOT TIFIA loan to purchase 490 rail cars for the CTA — nearly one third of the CTA rail fleet. He said, “Public transit improvements and modernization has been a hallmark of this administration, and Chicago has benefited and will continue to benefit in the coming years from this critical public investment.” “The Green Line is a critical link between my constituents in South Side neighborhoods and downtown Chicago, connecting people to employment centers and educational institutions and providing access to essential services. In addition, the upgrades and beautification plans for the station support the larger community’s revitalization efforts that spur economic growth, and improve quality of life for those residing nearby,” said Rush.

Station House Rehab

The project will also rehabilitate the original Garfield station house on the south side of Garfield Boulevard that is no longer in use by customers, but still owned

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by CTA. The historic station house, which earned City of Chicago landmark status in 2001, will be restored to its original turnof-the century look, and will receive improvements to allow it to serve a public purpose, such as a community space. Additionally, the project will restore the original section of elevated track structure spanning Garfield Boulevard, which dates back to 1892. The steel structure will receive new paint and LED lighting to illuminate the structure’s design. The Garfield Gateway project complements a larger neighborhood revitalization effort that is now underway by community groups, property owners and the University of Chicago along Garfield Boulevard. The Garfield Gateway station is also a key component of the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life Initiative’s Arts Block project, led by renowned Chicago artist Theaster Gates. The project aims to boost Garfield Boulevard through cultural, civic and commercial spaces and programs. A $1.8 million Arts Incubator was constructed in 2013 adjacent to the historic station house in an abandoned, historic two-story terra cotta building. The CTA expects work on the Garfield Gateway project to begin in 2018, and will continue its dialogue with the community about project updates and impacts. The total project cost is estimated at $50 million. The Garfield ‘L’ station serves nearly 475,000 riders each year and provides connections with the No. 55 Garfield bus, serving more than 3 million riders annually with direct connections to the University of Chicago and Midway International Airport.

On Sunday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new pilot program to acquire and rehabilitate vacant homes in Chicago neighborhoods that need investment and jobs. The program will create opportunities for local businesses while supporting affordable homeownership. “This pilot program is a win-win-win. It creates employment opportunities for atrisk youth, supports community stability and turns vacant homes from community burdens into neighborhood strengths,” Emanuel said. “By working with local contractors and developers, the pilot initiative will help support community improvement and homeownership, while driving neighborhood economic development.” Through the pilot program, the city is investing $2 million in a capital fund for neighborhood contractors, investors and developers to rehab vacant homes in designated communities. Support for the program will come from surplus funds initially designated for the property tax rebate program. The program will work with community partners to facilitate acquisition of the properties, finance the renovations, and generate employment opportunities for at-risk youth to maintain the homes until they are rehabilitated and sold. The network of partners will ensure the program generates economic opportunities for local contractors, developers and investors. Partners will include the Emerson Collective and Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF). “Our police officers cannot reduce the gun violence in Chicago on their own,” said Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education and managing partner at Emerson Collective. “This initiative will reduce blight while creating jobs that will provide opportunities to make a living and build a future. By working together, we can rebuild homes, rebuild neighborhoods and rebuild lives.” The pilot project is expected to create about 200 jobs renovating an estimated 50 single-family or two-flat homes in target areas. Additional details will be announced when the program is introduced to the City Council in the coming months. “Affordable homeownership and jobs are the keys to strengthening a community,” said Calvin Holmes, President of CCLF. “This program will bring together a broad coalition to rebuild homes and neighborhoods.” The program builds on existing city programs like the Forfeiture Program, which allows the city to file a petition in the Circuit Court of Cook County based on dangerous and hazardous conditions that have not been addressed, and request that the property be forfeited to an eligible third party, such as a non-profit group or new owner that has demonstrated financial means to rehabilitate the property. Nearly 75 buildings that once stood vacant and abandoned are now revitalized and are again part of Chicago’s housing stock. www.chicagodefender.com


EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT

Kim Nash Turns Her Passion Into a Career

Kim Nash By Tiana Pigford Defender Contributing Writer At a young age, Kim Nash knew she held a passion for marketing and promotion, but never imagined that passion would lead her to become the Illinois marketing manager for Rémy Cointreau USA, the only Black woman in the company to hold such title, and one of few in the spirit industry. Last November, Nash celebrated her tenth anniversary with the French alcoholic beverage brand specializing in cognac, liqueurs and fine spirits. She currently has her hands in many facets of the brand’s marketing and sales promotion. In her role, Nash manages several high-volume accounts such as with restaurants, hotels and venues. She also oversees sales by the company’s distributor and manages the national program for which Rémy Martin recently produced a video series as part of a Midwest tour. She spends one day a week in her office, while the rest of her time is spent out in the field working with account managers and selling their portfolio. www.chicagodefender.com

Kim Nash manages several high-volume accounts such as with restaurants, hotels and venues. “I love our portfolio. People think that it’s just Rémy Martin, but we have a host of brands that make up our luxury portfolio,” Nash said, noting Cointreau, Mount Gay rum, and Passao passion fruit liqueur to name a few. Along the way, Nash was met with some challenges working her way up in a predominantly male industry, but was able to gain the respect of her colleagues and be a role model to young women in her field. “It’s not that I was proving myself to anyone, I was proving myself to let them know that I am just as confident and capable, if not more than some of the men in the industry. So, I just allowed my actions and my business to speak for itself,” Nash said. Growing up in Chicago, Nash would spend her free time outside school in her father’s office at Coca-Cola learning the ins-and-outs of brand promotion. In high school, she began working in the promo-

tions and marketing department there. “I was kind of grandfathered into working for Coca-Cola, so I fell in love with the whole idea of marketing and promotions and working with product launches,” Nash said.

Credits Father She attributes much of her knowledge and inspiration to her late father, Don Nash, who was the first African-American branch manager for Coca-Cola and later became the first African-American vice president of a major soft drink company in Chicagoland. “Whenever I had a free day, I was right there sitting in my father’s office, soaking up his knowledge and his wisdom. It’s amazing now because some of his friends who are still alive say how much I remind them of my father, not just by the way I look, but by my overall business savvy and how I handle my

business,” Nash said. “He hands-down was and has always been my mentor.” Outside of her loaded work schedule, Nash places her large family as a priority. As one of five children, Nash finds herself being the recipient of the “best aunt” and “best great aunt of the year” awards each year. She also enjoys traveling with her best friend and stylist and trying new restaurants. With Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaching, Nash believes it is important to remember Dr. King’s exhibition of peace and to convey that in today’s world and in the community. “I am very active in my church working with the youth, because I am a fervent believer of ‘training-up’ a child. Now is the time that we need to implement positivity and peace into these young adults when they’re growing up.” While she doesn’t believe in setting New Year’s goals, Nash makes it a point to start off every day in the right mindset. “I wake up every morning first and foremost giving all praise and glory to God, and then I just pray and ask that he makes me a better woman than I was the day before.”

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COVER JUMP

Martin Luther King with wife Coretta and their children — (left to right) Dexter Scott, Yolanda Denise, Bernice Albertine and Martin — in 1966. (Defender file photo) King, continued from, Page 03

alyst to send their children to college. Their children were able to send their children to college or provide a better life, but as time passed, the reality of racism was shielded. Executing the possibilities of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the march on Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963, rocked the country to the core and rippled throughout the most rural parts of the world. As in his address engaging hundreds of

thousands of people from various cultural backgrounds and race, “The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.” In his letter, Dr. King says, “I guess it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say ‘wait.’ But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policeman

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curse, kick, brutalize, and even kill your Black brothers and sisters with impunity; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an air-tight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society . . .” How far have we come since this letter was written from the jail cell in Birmingham? We fight through an unbalanced criminal justice system built on the growing platform of privatization with about 1 million African-American males out of 2.3 million occupying prisons, according to an NAACP Criminal Justice report. Families with single parents or grandparents are laden with the responsibilities of raising their grandchildren. We reflect on the words of Dr. King as well as his accomplishments because, aside from the uphill battles we face, the fight of our ancestors has shown significant opportunities for African-Americans. From the determination and confidence of Rev. Jesse Jackson to run in 1984 for president to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama being elected in 2008, the journey is a reflection of many “firsts” along the way. The first Black Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall; Maynard Jackson, the first Black Atlanta mayor; Carol Moseley Braun, the first African-American female U.S. senator; Guion Bluford, the first Black astronaut launched in space, to Halle Berry becoming the first African-American

Oscar winner for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. For many Black Chicagoans, our biggest “first” was the election of Harold Washington, the first African-American mayor of Chicago, an era in politics that many following generations have felt is hard to duplicate. For many political and community leaders who reminiscence about the Washington era, it’s a reminder to them what once was impossible to reach. The civil rights movement provided an opening for opportunities that were denied for Blacks, and as we bid farewell to the first African-American president to usher in a new one on Jan. 20, we will witness a new wave of movement to maintain these rights. As we move into celebrating the legacy of Dr. King’s great sacrifice and his 88th birthday, we reflect on the hard work that was laid, opening up so many doors. But as we witness the prospective appointment of Alabama U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions as our nation’s next U.S. attorney general, the threats of going backward are imminently at our door. “Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not-too-distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all of their scintillating beauty.” www.chicagodefender.com


LOCAL

President Obama Says Farewell But Not Goodbye By Mary L. Datcher Defender Senior Staff Writer On Tuesday, the world set eyes on Chicago, and this time it wasn’t about the discussion of the latest homicide stats or a family member being lost violently to gunfire. This time is all about President Barack Obama returning to the town where his political career was birthed nearly 20 years ago. The moment the announcement was made public of the president’s farewell speech, taking place in his hometown, the race was on and popping to snag a ticket to McCormick Place. In a packed-out audience of 18,000, supporters waited as patiently as they did on Saturday, to again be a part of history. As he addressed a much smaller crowd than that fateful historical night of his presidential win on Nov. 4, 2008, in Grant Park, Tuesday night’s address drew hordes of media outlets from around the world. Showing his stance on the importance of standing on our nation’s democracy, Obama said, “For 240 years, our nation’s call to citizenship has given work and purpose to each new generation. It’s what led patriots to choose republic over tyranny, pioneers to trek west, slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom. It’s what pulled immigrants and refugees across oceans and the Rio Grande, pushed women to reach for the ballot, powered workers to organize,” he said. “It’s why GIs gave their lives at Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima; Iraq and Afghanistan – and why men and women from Selma to Stonewall were prepared to give theirs as well.”

President Barack Obama speaks in Chicago on Tuesday night.

Economic Revival

Not losing a beat, Obama drives home the reboot of the economy under his administration as the nation teetered on the worst recession since the Great Depression upon entering the Oval office. “If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history. . . If I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, and take out the mastermind of 9/11. . . . If I had told you that we would win marriage equality, and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens – you might have said our sights were set a little too high.” The audience cheers and a quiet calm looms over the audience, waiting for his next words. “But we’re not where we need to be. All of us have more work to do. After all, if every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hardworking white middle class and undeserving minorities, then workers of all shades will be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves. If we decline to invest in the children of immigrants, just because they don’t look like us, we diminish the prospects of our own children – because those brown kids will represent a www.chicagodefender.com

Left to right: Vice President Joe Biden, wife Jill Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia Obama and Marian Shields Robinson. (Photos by Tito Garcia) larger share of America’s workforce. And our economy doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game. Last year, incomes rose for all races, all age groups, for men and for women.” For Blacks and other minorities, it means tying our own struggles for justice to the challenges that a lot of people in this country face – the refugee, the immigrant, the rural poor, the transgender American, and also the middle-aged white man who from the outside may seem like he’s got all the advantages, but who’s seen his world upended by economic, cultural and technological change. “For white Americans, it means acknowledging that the effects of slavery and Jim Crow didn’t suddenly vanish in the ‘60s; that when minority groups voice discontent, they’re not just engaging in reverse racism or practicing political correctness; that when they wage peaceful protest, they’re not demanding special treatment, but the equal treatment our founders promised.”

“But protecting our way of life requires more than our military. Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are. That’s why, for the past eight years, I’ve worked to put the fight against terrorism on a firm legal footing. That’s why we’ve ended torture, worked to close Gitmo, and reform our laws governing surveillance to protect privacy and civil liberties. “That’s why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans.” A deafening applause turns up the volume, as many citizens are fearful for the next administration’s public disdain for Muslims Americans.

Honors Family, Staff

Sitting in the front row, next to Vice President Joe Biden, is his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, with admiration and utmost respect.

“Michelle – for the past 25 years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor.” The room lights up with electric applause. Obama pauses and continued. “You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You’ve made the country proud.” As die-hard supporters stand and recite “four-more” years, the reality begins to set in. “Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.” “To Joe Biden . . . ” Obama wipes a tear away as he begins to show his appreciation. “The scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favorite son: You were the first choice I made as a nominee, and the best. Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother. We love you and Jill like family, and your friendship has been one of the great joys of our life.” The man who is affectionately called “Barry” among childhood friends throughout his professional law and Illinois State Senate term acknowledges his White House staff over the past eight years. He mentions, “I’ve watched you grow up, get married, have kids, and start incredible new journeys of your own. Even when times got tough and frustrating, you never let Washington get the better of you. The only thing that makes me prouder than all the good we’ve done is the thought of all the remarkable things you’ll achieve from here.” As the 44th president of the United States wraps up, he concludes: “I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written: Yes, We Can. Yes, We Did. Yes, We Can.” The crowd chants “four more years,” and he stands soaking in the audience — his family, the vice president and Jill Biden join him onstage as they say their final goodbyes. South Side native and First Lady Michelle Obama hugs their oldest daughter, Malia, smiling — knowing that this will be a new chapter, re-entering life as civilians. The speech ends, but Chicagoans and visitors making the special journey know: They have been a part of history and exercised the true meaning of democracy when they elected Barack Hussein Obama as the first African-American United States president.

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MLK

A Tribute Fit for King: Civil Rights Legend Leads the Crusade

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. greets Defender President John Sengstacke. (Defender file photos)

A crowd shouts “Our King is here” in 1965.

King with the Rev. Jesse Jackson (center) and an unidentified third man.

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MLK

In Life and Death, King Honored by Millions

In a historic moment from “King: A Filmed Record . . . Montgomery to Memphis,” a mule train carries the body of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. (Defender file photos)

This march in Chicago in 1965 was led by Dr. King.

The Rev. W.C. Smith leads the prayer at King’s tomb during the celebration of his 45th birthday in 1974. At front is King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, surrounded by her children.

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ON THE SCENE

WVON ‘Be the Change’ Event

From left: Robin Robinson, WVON’s Matt McGill, Perri Small and Ken Bedford of ABC-7. (Photos Courtesy of Brown Farmer Group)

Public servants come out for the “Be the Change” event.

Phi Beta Sigma Celebrates pre-Founder’s Day

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. men celebrate pre-Founders’ Day at Renaissance Bronzeville as one of many celebrations since the fraternity was founded on Jan. 9, 1914. The event was organized by Bro. Randy Crompton. (Photos by Jay Douglas)

Co-star of “Queen Sugar,” Timon Kyle Durrett and member of Left to righ: Attorney Randy Crumpton, Actress Diandra Lyle, Terisa Griffin and Timon Kyle Phi Beta Sigma, and R&B sensation Terisa Griffin, a member of Durrett. Zeta Phi Beta, share a moment. 12 January 11 - 17, 2017 • THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

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ENTERTAINMENT

The Golden Globes: Black Hollywood Reigns

The cast and crew of “Moonlight” pose with the award for best motion picture-drama at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards. Left to right are Trevante Rhodes, Naomie Harris, Barry Jenkins, Ashton Sanders, Janelle Monae and Mahershala Ali. (Photo by AP) By Mary L. Datcher Defender Arts & Entertainment Editor

Viola Davis with the award for best supporting actress in a motion picture for “Fences.” She recently got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo by AP)

Kerry Washington, star of the hit TV drama, “Scandal,” kills it on the red carpet. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Millions of viewers tuned in to the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday evening as Hollywood’s finest graced the red carpet leading into the Beverly Hills Hilton. After last year’s lack of diversity between both the Golden Globes and the Oscars with a social media movement of hashtag #OscarsSoWhite blazing the internet, both organizations opened the dialogue for more diversity among their members. Ballots are submitted by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press and counted, leading to the biggest film night of the year — the Oscars on Feb. 26. For those disappointed by the lack of African-American nominees, Sunday’s award show made up for it. Black Hollywood reigned as television shows such as Atlanta, Black-ish, Insecure and This is Us had nominations. Critically acclaimed films Hidden Figures, Fences, Loving and Moonlight held their ground as well as La La Land, which featured a co-starring role by Executive Producer John Legend. The shutter disappointment by many fans of Fences can honestly say Denzel Washington should have walked out with the Golden Globe in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture category. But Casey Affleck won in Manchester by the Sea. The women ruled as we cheered for Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Naomie Harris (Moonlight) and Viola Davis, who won for Best Performance by an

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Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Fences. This is the time of Mahershala Ali. Up for Best Supporting Performance for Moonlight, he was edged out by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals). His performance in the indie film added to his extraordinary repertoire of work — Hidden Figures, Luke Cage and House of Cards — has garnered him a solid following crossing over cultural lines. Barry Jenkins, screenwriter and director of Moonlight, was all smiles throughout the night, nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture. The musical La La Land swept both categories, but Jenkins and the cast of Moonlight got the last word when they took away the award for Best Motion Picture. Now take that. . . . New faces on the small screen made multiple trips to the stage, such as Donald Glover, a k a Childish Gambino, for the hit FX comedy Atlanta. The hip hop star won for Best Male in a Television Series and Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy. Tracee Ellis Ross looked surprised when her name was called for Best Female in a Television Musical or Comedy series. The daughter of Diana Ross has carved out a niche as one of the best comedic actresses in Hollywood, starring in ABC’s Black-ish for a third season. Although we felt Angela Bassett cringe when her husband, the talented Courtney B. Vance, was not called to accept the Best Actor in a Limited Series for his stellar performance in The People v. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story, the ensemble cast won for Best Television Limited Series or

Tracee Ellis Ross wins for Best Motion Picture Made for Televi- Actress TV series/musical/ sion. We cheered for Scandal’s comedy for “Black-ish.” (Photo Kerry Washington, who lost to by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) for Best Actress in the same category. New shows at the pre-Oscar barometer included Netflix favorite The Crown, HBO television thriller WestWorld and NBC’s breakout drama, This is Us.

Recognizing Black Talent One thing that the Hollywood Foreign Press was able to accomplish was the fact in recognizing that Black talent matters. The wonderful work in front of the camera and behind the camera must look and relate to those who buy and support the film and television economy. For the first time in a very long time, social media timelines were filled by engagement on Black Twitter and Facebook as categories were announced, names were called and acceptance speeches were spoken. Between Jimmy Fallon’s best “homeboy” accent and the soulful musical selections from DJ Questlove, the influence of African-American culture was sprinkled throughout the show. More importantly, it must be more than just “sprinkled.” It must be a “shower” of our influence, talent and work recognized and celebrated. To see the beautiful Black and brown faces flash across our screens from Issa Rae, Pharrell, Anthony Anderson, Naomi Campbell, Sterling K. Brown, Zoe Saldana to Janelle Monae, it felt more than ”inspiring.” It felt good to see.

Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett, best dressed couple on the red carpet. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, wins for Best Actor in TV series/musical/comedy. (Photo by AP)

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR January 2017 JANUARY 13

JANUARY 21 — MARCH 4

The Black Catholic Initiative (BCI) will host its second annual Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement. Archbishop Quigley Pastoral Center St. James Chapel 835 N. Rust St. The commemoration will be headlined by guest speaker Jacquelyn D. Grimshaw, VP for Policy at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Open to the public. RSVP: www. eventbrite.com/e/civil-rights-tickets-28945704381. Follow the Black Catholic Initiative on Facebook. Liberian presidential candidate Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan will host a fundraiser at the downtown Chicago Tower Building, 105 W. Madison St., 17th Floor, Chicago, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, go online to www.eventbrite.com/e/reception-for-liberias-top-presidential-candidate-augustine-kpehe-ngafuan-tickets-30015760949?aff=es2.

JANUARY 16 PUSH Excel 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago. Tickets: $125/person and $1,250/ Table of 10. For more information, call (773) 256-2731 or go to www.rainbowpush. org 2nd Annual DuSable Museum King Day Membership Drive The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Place, Chicago. In honor of the DuSable Museum’s Centennial celebration of Founder Dr. Margaret Burroughs, on King Day only, DuSable Family memberships will be available for half price cost of $30. •The day-long event will also include: •Youth and Family “Make & Take” art project workshops. •Family-friendly films dedicated to Dr. King’s legacy. Live broadcasts by 106.3 Chicago’s R&B midday host “Sundance” and WVON AM 1690 — Cliff Kelly and so much more. For more info: 773-420-2738 Chicago Sinfonietta 2017 Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, at 7:30 p.m. A cherished Sinfonietta tradition since its founding in 1987 by Dr. Paul Freeman, the 2017 MLK tribute concert celebrates the life, legacy and vision of Dr. King. This year’s Annual MLK Tribute concert led by Sinfo-

Chicago Sinfonietta 2017 Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. nietta Music Director Mei-Ann Chen includes young musicians from Roosevelt University Conservatory Choir, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, The People’s Music School, Merit School of Music and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra playing and singing side by side with Sinfonietta members. For tickets and info: www.cso.org/ ticketsandevents/

JANUARY 16 – FEBRUARY 16 Black Creativity Program at the Museum of Science and Industry The annual Juried Art Exhibition and an Innovation Studio experience. The program, which is centered around Black History Month, invites students, teachers, families and the public to explore the legacy of rich contributions and achievements made by African-Americans, while encouraging deeper interest in science and technology among youths. Family Day opens at noon. Join us for the Black Creativity Family Day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16, a free day for Illinois residents. Guests can participate in a collaborative art project, led by art educator Anayansi Ricketts. They can choose designs that represent science, technology and arts depicted in African culture that will be stamped onto one large group piece. This will be displayed in the Innovation Studio throughout the run of Black Creativity.

JANUARY 16 – FEBRUARY 28 Juried Art Exhibition The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition opens Jan. 16 and features more than 100 dynamic works – including paintings, sculpture and mixed-media – from African-American artists across the country, chosen by a panel of five jurors. This longest-running exhibition of African-American art has been displayed annually at MSI since 1970.

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From the exhibition, the panel selects first, second and third place overall show winners, as well as a winner in each medium category and overall in the youth category. The winners are recognized at a Juried Art Reception, held on Feb. 15 from 6-8:30 p.m.

JANUARY 18 Community Awareness Day Seminar Series. South Shore Hospital, 8012 S. Crandon Ave., Chicago, at noon. For more information, contact Tanya D. Anderson email: tdanderson@ sshcorp.org or 773-356-5148

JANUARY 20 Angel of God Resource Center’s “Mix and Mingle,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pacific Garden Mission, 1458 S. Canal Street, Chicago. We are looking for employers and other agencies with resources that will help the homeless. Contact: Jacqueline Maddox Augusta at (219) 680-9088 Governor’s State Uni/GSU’s Second Annual Inclusive Leadership Conference: “Stop the Violence: Listen, Learn, Lead” Event will address how violence impacts multiple identities of diversity and demonstrates the value of education and how it can empower participants with knowledge to help them recognize the significance of their background. Registration is free to GSU students and open to community members and students at other institutions for $15. Breakfast and lunch will be included. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/inclusive2016 For more information, call 708-5344551 or email diversity@govst.edu or visit http://www.govst.edu/Diversity/

Black Creativity Program Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Innovation Studio The Innovation Studio, which provides a creative space to inspire young inventors about future possibilities and opportunities in STEM, is another element of Black Creativity. Powered by guests’ own curiosity and inspired by science-related challenges, guests will have access to a variety of materials and tools to create and prototype their solutions to issues in space travel, sleep and more. A gallery highlighting past and current African-American innovators serves as inspiration. School and community groups may contact MSI’s Group Center at 773-6841414 to reserve a workshop. The Innovation Studio is included in Museum Entry.

NOW – JANUARY 22 East Texas Hot Links at Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. In the woods of East Texas, the Top o’ the Hill Cafe offers comfort, solace and companionship for the regulars who come in each night. However, it is the summer of 1955, and times are changing. In the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws, seven strong-willed locals join forces to protect one of their own — until the unthinkable catches them by surprise, changing life at Top o’ the Hill forever. For tickets contact the box office at 847-242-6000 or www.writerstheatre. org/box-office. *Special offer for DuSable Museum members only! Discounted ticket prices of $30.

JANUARY 28 34th Annual Black Creativity Gala Museum of Science and Industry. Reception at 6:30 p.m. Elegant Dinner at 8 p.m. Featured entertainment: Dante Hall, Chicago Children’s Choir and DJ Nonstop For more information on tickets, visit: www.msichicago.org/blackcreativity Contact: Tiffany Malone at (773) 753-3898 or tiffany.malone@msichicago.org The Next Generation of Blues Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park. Showtime at 8 p.m. Featuring Jamiah Rogers and guest vocalist Babidoll, a tribute to guitar’s finest including Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Prince and more. For more information about on stage events, visit www.Govst.edu/onstage. Tickets: $28, seniors 65+ $23, students $10. Contact number: 708-2352222. Parking is free. www.chicagodefender.com


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Salad Toppers Better Than Croutons

By Lisa Lillien, a.k.a. Hungry Girl Verywell.com Like Elaine from Seinfeld, I love a BIG salad. There are so many ways to change it up and keep things interesting! But be wary of duds like croutons, which bring no nutritional value to the table. You can still get that crunch, though. I’m Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien, and I’ve got eight salad toppers that beat the stuffing out of boring croutons! Real Crumbled Bacon Surprised? Take bacon off the no-no list, because it can have a place in a healthy diet. Brands like Oscar Mayer and Hormel sell real bacon bits that are precooked and crumbled. A full tablespoon has only about 25 calories and 1.5g of fat. Bonus? Bacon gives your salad an added boost of protein. Baked Tortilla Chips If you’re dining out, I recommend skipping tortilla strips on your salad, since they’re usually fried. But if you’re making your own salad (possibly in a mason jar), buy baked tortilla chips, and crush ‘em up! There are tons of these chips on the market. The line by Guiltless Gourmet even features fun flavors, like chili lime and black bean. Those will really pump up your salad experience. Apples Apples are some of the crunchiest fruits around, and they add a sweet touch to your salad. Pick your favorite kind (mine’s Fuji), chop it up and throw it on top of your greens. Apples are super nutritious; they’re full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Studies have even shown they can help ward off diseases and prevent obesity. Plus, the fiber they contain will make your salad even more filling. P.S. Apples make great emergency snacks. Sliced Almonds Almonds are a total superfood. They contain protein, healthy fats and many other beneficial nutrients. www.chicagodefender.com

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By Donna Battle Pierce Syndicated Columnist

Following several requests for cold-weather berry pie recipes, we tested several in our test kitchen to add a few tips. Here’s what we discovered: Not only are fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries available in most supermarket produce sections year round, they’re often on sale. Another resource for off-season berries include those packaged in the freezer section, but don’t defrost them before baking. Instead, add frozen blackberries to a small bowl of flour and use your fingers to lightly coat them to keep them from bleeding.

However, the calories can add up quickly if you’re mindlessly munching on almonds by the handful. That’s why sliced almonds are awesome on salads — a small amount goes a long way. Sprinkle on a tablespoon for around 40 calories and 3.5g of fat. You can sometimes find these in the produce section. If not, look for them with the other nuts. Roasted Garbanzo Beans If you’ve never had roasted chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans), then you are missing out. I enjoy these crispy beans as both a snack and a salad topper. They provide protein, fiber and major crunch. Biena makes flavored garbanzos that I just can’t resist. Pick up a pack, and elevate your salad. Try ‘em in Rockin’ Ranch, Barbeque, Habanero, Sea Salt, Honey Roasted or Cinnamon Crunch! Pistachios When it comes to nuts, I like pistachios because they give you the most bang for your buck, meaning you can have the largest amount of nuts for the least amount of calories. Look for raw or dry-roasted pistachios, and toss ‘em on your salad. A tablespoon of the shelled nuts has around 43 calories and 3.5g fat. Tip: Pistachios compliment a fruity salad really well! Jicama This veggie has flown under the radar for way too long! If you haven’t experienced one, it looks like a round potato but tastes like an apple that isn’t sweet. For convenience, you can buy them pre-cut in the produce section. Jicama is seriously low in calories (43 for an entire cup), which means you can eat a lot of it. Woohoo! Seaweed Sheets If you crave something salty, go for seaweed! You can buy sheets of it in the chip/snack section, and then crumble them up for a unique salad addition. These are really low in calories, but they bring major flavor. Next time you make an Asian-style salad, try seaweed on top. That’s one of six ways to elevate your salad!

Blue Country Blackberry Pie 4 cups fresh or frozen blackberries 2 tablespoons flour, if using frozen berries 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons each: brown sugar, cornstarch, flour Juice and zest of 1/2 small lemon 2 unbaked 9-inch pie crusts 1 egg 1 tablespoon milk Heat oven to 400 degrees. Position rack in the lowest third of the oven. Place the blackberries in a small bowl. If using frozen berries place in a medium bowl. Add flour; toss gently to coat frozen berries; set aside. Stir together white and brown sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and zest in a large bowl. Add fresh or frozen blackberries; toss with your hands to coat blackberries with sugar mixture. Set aside. Line a pie pan with 1 crust, pressing edges to lightly flute; prick holes in the bottom crust with fork tines; set aside. Drain fresh or frozen blackberries of any excess liquid. Spread over prepared crust. Form a lattice crust with 1/2-inch strips of the second pie crust; whisk together the egg and milk in a small bowl; brush lightly over strips with a pastry brush. Bake 30 minutes; check pie crust to see if the edges are browning too quickly. Add strips of foil to cover edges, if desired. Bake until crust browns evenly and filling bubbles, about 20-25 minutes. Send questions or share your favorite original recipe to dpierce@BlackAmericaCooks.com or Donna Pierce 535 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 3105, Chicago, Ill. 60611. (Include your name and telephone number) If we print your recipe in this column, you will win a new cookbook. Find more recipes and information by joining Donna on BlackAmericaCooks.com and FamilyReunion Cooks.com

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BUSINESS

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2017 Men of Courage Forum By Alisha Dixon Michigan Chronicle

How to Turn Prospects into Customers By Dr. Sakira Jackson

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Men of Courage will hold its 2017 forum in Chicago on Jan. 16, MLK Day, for 65 Black men to come together to change how they view themselves and how others see them. The forum “connects a diverse group of Black men from local communities with a growing list of renowned advocates and celebrities. Together, these groups seek to support one another and align to build relationships in an effort to help improve the perception of African-American men in society. Participants are involved in numerous storytelling, design thinking, commitment and action-mapping activities.” Many notable Black men will be in attendance at the Chicago forum to include former Detroit mayor Dave Bing, Detroit Lions player DeAndre Levy, New York Times best-selling author and activist Shaka Senghor, founder of Global Automotive Group Bill Packard and Michigan State Rep. Jewell Jones. Men of Courage, founded in 2014, was created as a collaboration between the Ford Motor Company Fund, Big Sean and former mayor Bing to change the narrative about Black men. The manager of multicultural and community engagement for the Ford Motor Company Fund, Shawn Wilson, believes the organization is a great opportunity for dialogue among African-American men who often have diverse backgrounds and experiences. “Black men are very diverse, which is why Big Sean and Mayor Bing are seen as generational bookends that could bring a bright group of Black men together. We bring them together and we take them through a three-part process of, one, storytelling and vision boarding where they create the vision of who they and Black men actually are and what success looks like,” Wilson said. “We wanted to help challenge and ultimately advance the narrative of African-American men in the United States, primarily using storytelling as a powerful tool because we know that storytelling helps to invoke empathy. It changes the way you view and think about African-American men, which then changes the way you act towards them. The second piece was to find solutions and publish solutions to help. And then, action mapping, and that’s where they focus on solutions and make commitments to carry out those solutions.” In addition to hosting the Chicago forum, the organization has created a virtual toolkit that can be downloaded on the organization’s website. For those unable to attend, MOC wants them to register and host gatherings in their homes, churches or schools on MLK Day to launch the Men of Courage ToolKit. Nationally, MOC expects thousands of Black men to come together virtually as part of the forum. MOC national ambassadors have been working tirelessly around the country to get men to participate. They include Van Jones, Hill Harper, Troy Carter and Jerome Bettis. Wilson said the ToolKit will walk men through the three steps of storytelling, execution and vision boarding in order for them to tell what they want the true narrative of Black men and success to be. “We really want to take over media, social media and digital media and really bombard the airwaves and the digital media with positive images of Black men working together and creating strategies, laughing, crying and having fun. Showing Black men coming together for solutions. That’s the first step,” Wilson said. “The second step is to really help to better reflect Martin Luther King and what he was all about on his day. If you think about it, those three pieces are what he embodied. He was a great storyteller, a man of vision and, more importantly, he was a man of action, and that’s what we’re hoping to replicate. Finally, we’re hoping to come up with solutions nationally and really empower Black men to take control of their narrative and their future.” The 2017 Men of Courage Forum is full, but to participate virtually, visit menofcourge.com/toolkit. www.chicagodefender.com


SPORTS

High School Basketball Schedules game vs. Juarez at 5 p.m. The Riverside-Brookfield Bulldogs girls have a home conference game vs. Aurora Central Catholic at 7 p.m. The Chicago Hope Academy girls have a home conference game vs. Christ the King at 7 p.m.

The Harlan Falcons girls have a home conference game vs. Simeon at 5 p.m. The Curie Condors girls have a home conference game vs. King at 5 p.m. The Crane Medical Cougars girls have a home conference game vs. Collins at 5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 13

Saturday, Jan. 14 MATCH-UP The Simeon Wolverines have a neutral non-conference game vs. Gary West Side at 7:30 p.m. MLK Showcase @ Bowman HS (IN) For a complete schedule of games, visit: www.maxpreps.com

Illinois Boys Basketball Stat Leaders Name Whitney Young Basketball player. (Photo by Worsom Robinson) Illinois Boys Basketball SchedThe Clemente Wildcats have a ule home conference game vs. Collins at 5 p.m. Random Team Schedules The Plainfield South Cougars have a home conference game vs. Wednesday, Jan. 11 Joliet West at 6:30 p.m. Boys Basketball Division The Bolingbrook Raiders have a home conference game vs. HomeThe Farragut Admirals have a wood-Flossmoor at 7 p.m. home conference game vs. North The Boonville Pioneers have Lawndale at 4:30 p.m. a home conference game vs. Mt. The Westinghouse Warriors Carmel at 7:15 p.m. have a home conference game vs. Orr at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 The Von Steuben Panthers MATCH-UP have a home conference game vs. The Jefferson J-Hawks have a Prosser at 4:30 p.m. home non-conference game vs. The Perspectives-IIT/Joslin Chicago Vocational on Saturday, Wolves have a home conference January 14. game vs. Clemente at 4:30 p.m. The Chicago Marshall ComMLK Shootout mandos have a home conference game vs. Whitney Young at 4:30 Illinois Girls Basketball Schedp.m. ule Random Team Schedules Thursday, Jan. 12 Boys Basketball Division Wednesday, Jan. 11 The Robeson Raiders have a The Farragut Admirals girls home conference game vs. Phillips have a home conference game vs. at 4:30 p.m. Crane Medical at 5 p.m. The Carver Challengers have a The Jones Eagles girls have a home conference game vs. Urban home conference game vs. Hyde Prep-Englewood at 4:30 p.m. Park at 4:30 p.m. The King Jaguars have a home The DuSable Panthers girls non-conference game vs. Harper have a home conference game vs. at 5 p.m. King at 5 p.m. The Maine South Hawks have a The Bogan Bengals girls have a home conference game vs. Evan- home conference game vs. Kenston at 7:30 p.m. wood at 7 p.m. The Belvidere Bucs have a The South Shore International home conference game vs. Boylan Tars girls have a home conference Catholic at 7 p.m. game vs. Harlan at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 Boys Basketball Division

Thursday, Jan. 12 The Lane Tech Indians girls have a home conference game vs. The Schurz Bulldogs have a rival school Taft at 5 p.m. The Westinghouse Warriors home conference game vs. Foregirls have a home conference man at 5 p.m. www.chicagodefender.com

GP

Pts

PPG

FGM

FGA

FG%

3PM

10 5 17

772 381 1253

77.2 76.2 73.7

288 155 453

586 298 1015

49 52 45

81 38 142

40 39 32

15 15 12 14

1065 1031 817 945

71.0 68.7 68.1 67.5

423 348 330 345

825 920 688 760

51 38 48 45

55 110 57 97

51 27 34 35

164 225 100 158

65 70 55 58

12 11

810 739

67.5 67.2

313 283

613 580

51 49

40 78

38 38

144 95

58 65

10. Crete-Monee (Crete) 14

940

67.1

355

804

44

72

30

158

61

11. Chicago Hope Aca. 14 (Chicago) 12. Rockford East 15 (Rockford) 13. Newark 14

939

67.1

351

738

48

76

371

61

59

995

66.3

376

861

44

80

35

163

56

921

65.8

345

736

47

64

33

167

67

14. Watseka 15. Mt. Zion

394 838

65.7 64.5

158 322

330 636

48 51

37 62

32 34

41 132

61 61

1. Uplift (Chicago) 2. Butler (Chicago) 3. Harvest Christian Academy (Elgin) 4. East St. Louis 5. Dwight 6. St. Anne 7. Kankakee Trinity Academy (Kankakee) 8. Schurz (Chicago) 9. Jacobs (Algonquin)

6 13

3P% FTM FT% 115 33 205

77 49 67

Illinois Girls Basketball Stat Leaders Name

GP

Pts

PPG

FGM

FGA

FG%

3PM

3P% FTM FT%

1. North Lawndale (Chicago)

15

1016

67.7

385

844

46

100

32

137

62

2. Geneva

11

733

66.6

279

584

48

78

46

97

74

3. Civic Memorial 15 (Bethalto) 4. Kenwood (Chicago) 16 5. Charleston 17 6. Boylan Catholic 14 (Rockford)

968

64.5

360

764

47

97

40

151

69

1011 1056 852

63.2 62.1 60.9

380 397 316

932 1002 705

41 40 45

69 82 50

31 35 31

182 180 170

59 71 64

7. Lebanon

14

836

59.7

322

687

47

53

40

141

64

8. Simeon (Chicago)

8

477

59.6

173

494

35

29

29

102

59

9. West Central co-op 17 1000 [Winchester-Bluffs] (Winchester) 10. Danville 15 882 11. Rockford East (Rockford) 15

58.8

349

904

39

102

27

200

62

58.8 877

329 58.5

839 355

39

73 45

30

151 122

57 46

12. Hillsboro

18

1051

58.4

354

920

38

94

33

249

72

13. Illiana Christian (Lansing) 14. Rochester 15. Chicago Hope Academy (Chicago)

18

1051

58.4

416

178

63

16 9

931 521

58.2 57.9

372 213

144 66

72 52

41 772 482

48 44

43 29

30 26

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IN THE MIXX

Names and Faces You Might Want to Know on Chicago Scene In the long tradition of celebrating people’s achievements, milestones, birthdays, anniversaries and other life-altering recognitions, the Chicago Defender is launching In the Mixx. The column will be dedicated to various announcements around the Chicago scene, keeping our readers up to date on the latest news on familiar and not-so-familiar people you should know. With November’s general election behind us, some working in government have been shifted out of a job, remaining in their current role or promoted to more responsibilities. Former Illinois State Comptroller and Republican appointee Leslie Munger has returned to the private sector being defeated by Susana Mendoza. Fortunately, Munger’s loss is Gov. Bruce Rauner’s gain. Former outreach director for the former Illinois state comptroller Vince Bass has transitioned in his new role as the new public engagement director for Rauner’s office.

Birthdays This week’s crazy birthday shout-outs include past birthdays, comedian Damon Williams on Jan. 9, Bronzeville’s The Connection Owner, Michelle Thibodeaux, and

Damon WIlliams Judge Arnette Hubbard Jan. 11, Fashionista and favorite host, PHLI Founder Dave Jeff; Natural Hair Stylist and Owner of Amazon Natural Look Academy, Amazon Smiley; Talent Manager Allison Jordan making the big ‘50’ Jan. 12 and WGCI/V103 Operations Manager for iheartmedia, Derrick Brown, celebrates his birthday Jan. 13.

Stomp the Yard Last week, two Greek-lettered organizations kicked off their new year going into the first week with Kappa Alpha Psi

Syleena Johnson Fraternity Inc. (Robert Sengstacke Abbott, Smokie Norful, Tavis Smiley, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White) celebrating Founders’ Day on Jan. 5, and the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. (Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Rev. Al Sharpton, Blair Underwood, CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson) on Jan. 9. Much love to the nupes around the city rocking the red and white and G.O.M.A.B. proudly wearing the colors or royal blue and white. As we prepare for MLK celebrations, a BIG SHOUT OUT to the awesome ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. (Carol

Moseley Braun, Andrea Zopp, Kim Foxx, Loretta Lynch, Clerk Dorothy Brown) who celebrate Founders’ Day Jan. 13. On Monday, Jan. 16, the beautiful pearls of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. (Zora Neale Hurston, Sarah Vaughn, Gwendolyn Brooks, Minnie Riperton, Syleena Johnson) will commemorate their Founders’ Day with a day of community service — along with thousands of Greek-lettered members of the Divine 9 around the country. Got a cool scoop or mention? Drop us a line via email: editorial@chicagodefender. com.

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African-American Arts Alliance MLK Celebration

Anita Hill

Anita Hill Among Zeta Phi Beta Inductees WASHINGTON — Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, a 96-yearold women’s service organization, inducted Dr. Anita Hill, Cynthia James and Rhona Bennett as honorary members on Saturday. A reception in their honor was held following their induction, which occurred during the sorority’s national executive board meeting in Dallas. During the reception, International President Mary Breaux Wright officially launched the sorority’s Global Year of Service with a pledge to provide 20 million hours of community service by the organization’s centennial year in 2020. “As Zetas, we take service seriously, which can be seen through our partnerships with the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Dr. Wright. “It is my honor to welcome women of such prominence who are ready to roll up their sleeves, and help us fulfill our mission as a community-conscious, action-oriented organization,” Wright added. Natalie Dillard Brannon and Shonté Fuller, National

Co-Chairs of Honorary Membership, formally presented the inductees to attendees: •Dr. Anita Hill is a pioneer of women’s equality in the workplace. The Yale School of Law graduate is currently a Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University, and author of “Speaking Truth to Power and Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home.” •Cynthia James is a multiple-award winning author of “What Will Set You Free” and “Revealing Your Extraordinary Essence,” and an international life coach. In 2014, her Extraordinary Living Project was selected to be a Commitment Maker by the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. • Rhona Bennett is a singer, songwriter and actress who appeared on popular television comedies such as Living Single and Martin, with a reoccurring role on the Jamie Foxx Show. She is a member of R&B group EnVogue and a “Personal Power” life coach.

Black Film Institute to Honor Bassett HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Academy Award nominated actress Angela Bassett will be honored with the “Reel Icon” award by the American Black Film Institute at its annual “New, Next, Now Legend” Oscar Week gala for her iconic roles and career achievement as one of cinema’s all-time favorite actors, in a poll conducted by American Black Film Institute. The event will be held at the fabulous Prestons-over-Hollywood at the Hollywood Loews Hotel, on Friday, Feb. 24, and once again brings together actors, producers, writer/directors and top executives, as they celebrate and highlight the year’s accomplishments amid the backdrop of Hollywood’s most glamorous weekend. ABFI’s theme for the evening, “New, Next, Now, Legend,” reflects its mission to preserve the cinematic legacy of African-American films and films of the global Black experience, while nurturing its current crop of emerging talented writers, directors and artists who give voice to the continued enhancement of the Black experience on film. “We are excited to bring the excitement and camaraderie of our previous Oscar festivities among industry www.chicagodefender.com

professionals to Prestons-over-Hollywood, where we can pay well-deserved tribute to an iconic and well respected artist such as Angela Bassett, while fortifying partnerships, old and new, which is always the order of the day at the ABFI gala,” said American Black Film Institute Executive Director Gordon Kenney. The ultra-chic venue, which boasts a glass-enclosed wall-to-wall view of the iconic Hollywood sign and the Hollywood Hills, says it’s delighted to host Hollywood’s elite in such an exclusive and elegant space, where the venue’s festivities at this time of year are normally reserved strictly for the Academy and its events. Other artists receiving awards include rising star of Survivor’s Remorse and Independence Day 2 Jessie T. Usher, HBO breakout star Issa Rae, creator and executive producer of HBO’s hit Insecure, Golden Globe-nominated director Barry Jenkins, Moonlight’s Naomie Harris, and emerging screen talent Janelle Monae, whose turns in both Hidden Figures and Moonlight have been garnering critical praise, as a rising screen talent worth watching.

The African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, in association with Black Ensemble Theater, announces the 6th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration, “And A Child Shall Lead Them,” on Monday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. at Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Directed by Jackie Taylor and curated by Sydney Chatman, the evening will be filled with outstanding youth talent, as well as performances by stars of the Black Ensemble Theater, including Shari Addison, Rhonda Preston, Andre Teamer and Yahdina Udeen. The jubilant celebration of the philosophy of Dr. King will feature dance, music, spoken word and excerpts from some of Dr. King’s most potent speeches. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or by calling Kevin Holt at 773-754-3923. The event this year will highlight youth and their cultural contributions in keeping Dr. King’s dream alive. Youth performances include: The Rebirth Reborn Ensemble (Spoken Word) The youth poets represent elementary and high schools from across Chicago. The Rebirth Reborn Ensemble is the winner of the 2016 Louder Than a Bomb high school competition and the Half Pint Poetics elementary school competition. M.A.D.D. Rhythms (Tap Dance) M.A.D.D. Rhythms will feature youth from its Tap Dance Collective whose “SOLE” purpose is to spread the Love and Joy of TAP worldwide. M.A.D.D. Rhythms’ mission is to preserve, promote and contribute to this art form called tap, making a difference in the under-served communities of this world by connecting and caring for the youth of this world. PTDYA Professional Theater and Dance Youth Academy (Dance) Michael Jones is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Professional Theatre and Dance Youth Academy (PTDYA), which is a nonprofit created to keep music and arts education alive in Chicago Public Schools. Professional Theatre and Dance Youth Academy believes all youth deserve a positive and safe space to grow and express themselves through the performing arts. C Major 7 Music of Chicago (Music) Chicago School C Major 7 Music Center Hosted its first concert as a tribute to Black History on Feb. 28, 2015, at the St. Joachim Church in Chicago. Since then it has performed in numerous venues across the city of Chicago. The Tofu Chitlin’ Circuit (Theater) The mission of The Tofu Chitlin’ Circuit is to strengthen the connection between the artist and audience through monthly dialogues, actor training, interviews with theater practitioners and innovative performances. The Red Clay Dance Youth Ensemble (Dance) The Red Clay Dance Youth Ensemble develops young artists through a rigorous technique training schedule and a full performance season. This training produces dancers committed to artistic excellence, self-advocacy and collaboration. This teen ensemble also serves as an incubator space for young artists to experience the creative process with professional choreographers. Red Clay Dance Youth Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble open to teens ages 14-18 that meets at Hamilton Park Cultural Center. The mission of the African American Arts Alliance is to serve as a resource that helps to strengthen and develop African-American artists and arts organizations while providing marketing, networking and promotional opportunities. It is also our purpose to serve as an advocate on behalf of our membership, providing a voice at the table that testifies to the strong economic and educational contributions made by our membership to the cultural development of Chicago. THE CHICAGO DEFENDER • January 11 - 17, 2017 21


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REED Christina Reed…..Memorial was held: Saturday, January 07, 2017; 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. AMOS Aaron Amos…..Memorial was held: Saturday, January 07, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. GRIFFIS, JR. Richard Griffis, Jr…..Wake was held: Saturday, January 07, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Mt. Calvary, 1259 W. 111th St. Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Interment: Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. NEWELL Demetrius Newell…..Wake was held: Saturday, January 07, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Restvale Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HASKIN Lanette Haskin…..Wake was held: Saturday, January 07, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ House of Hope, 752 E. 114th St. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Washington Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. TAYLOR, SR. Andrew Taylor, Sr…..Wake was held: Saturday, January 07, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. WRIGHT Beatrice Wright…..Wake was held: Saturday, January 07, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Cosmopolitan Church, 5249 S. Wabash Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Restvale Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. LEWIS Delena Lewis…..Wake was held: Saturday, January 07, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Life Center Church, 5500 S. Indiana Ave. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. BRICE Sylvia Brice…..Wake was held: Saturday, January 07, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Oakdale Covenant Church, 9440 S. Vincennes Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Washington Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. DOZIER, JR. Willie Dozier, Jr…..Wake was held: Saturday, January 07, 2017; 10:30 a.m. @ Chapel Lunford Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Glenwood South Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HAWKINS Harold Hawkins…..Wake was held: Saturday, January 07, 2017; 1:00 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 2:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

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AGOBERT Mabel Agobert…..Wake was held: Saturday, January 07, 2017; 1:00 p.m. @ Grant A.M.E., 4017 S. Drexel Funeral: 2:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. WILLIAMS Kevin Williams…..Wake was held: Saturday, January 07, 2017; 5:00 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 6:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. BERRY Melvena Berry…..Wake was held: Monday, January 09, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. REEVES Robert Reeves…..Wake was held: Monday, January 09, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Abe Lincoln National Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. TRIGG Darlene Trigg…..Wake was held: Monday, January 09, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Oak Woods Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. SANDERS Bessie Sanders…..Wake was held: Monday, January 09, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Salem Baptist Church, 11800 S. Indiana Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Evergreen Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

TYLER Zeta Tyler…..Wake was held: Tuesday, January 10, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Salem BC, 10909 S. Cottage Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

PARKER Audrey Parker…..Wake: Friday, January 13, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Salem B.C. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Abe Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

ALDROW Forest Aldrow…..Wake was held: Tuesday, January 10, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

LARK Corey Lark…..Wake: Friday, January 13, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

CAPLES, JR. William Caples, Jr…..Wake was held: Tuesday, January 10, 2017; 5:00 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 6:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. GIDDINGS Roberta Giddings…..Wake: Wednesday, January 11, 2017; 9:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 10:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. ROSS Robert Ross…..Wake: Wednesday, January 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Washington Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. WILSON Earl Wilson…..Wake: Wednesday, January 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Glenwood South Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

NUTTALL Earlene Nuttall…..Wake was held: Monday, January 09, 2017; 1:00 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

RANDLE Reynold Randle…..Wake: Wednesday, January 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Monument of Faith Church, 2750 West Columbus Ave. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

WRIGHT Milton Wright…..Wake was held: Monday, January 09, 2017; 1:00 p.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Interment: Burr Oak Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

HUNTER Larry Hunter…..Wake: Wednesday, January 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Burr Oak Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

WATKINS Christine Watkins…..Wake was held: Monday, January 09, 2017; 1:00 p.m. @ Chapel Lunford Funeral: 2:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. ELLIS Janice Ellis…..Wake was held: Monday, January 09, 2017; 5:00 p.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 6:00 p.m. Interment: Tuesday, January 10, 2016; 10:00 a.m. @ Burr Oak Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HUDSPETH, JR. Donald Hudspeth, Jr…..Memorial was held: Tuesday, January 10, 2017; 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. MADLOCK Ann Madlock…..Wake was held: Tuesday, January 10, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Interment: Oakridge Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

JACKSON Hozia Jackson…..Memorial: Thursday, January 12, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. @ Chapel Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. LA CAZE Andre La Caze…..Memorial: Thursday, January 12, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. OLIVER Johnnie Oliver…..Wake: Thursday, January 12, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Glenwood Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HUNTER Michael Hunter…..Wake: Friday, January 13, 2017; 9:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 10:00 a.m. Interment: Abe Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

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HAYNES, JR. Buford Haynes, Jr…..Wake: Friday, January 13, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. DAVIS Dixie Davis…..Wake: Friday, January 13, 2017; 11:00 a.m. @ Bethlehem Star M B Church, 9231 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Funeral: 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. MALLETT Marchaita Mallett…..Wake: Friday, January 13, 2017; 1:00 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 2:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. JACKSON Tommy Jackson…..Wake: Saturday, January 14, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Cedar Park Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. DOOLEY Tony Dooley…..Wake: Saturday, January 14, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. BANKS, JR. Jack Banks, Jr…..Wake: Saturday, January 14, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Oakridge Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. MC MULLEN Alice Mc Mullen…..Wake: Saturday, January 14, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Shiloh Baptist Church, 10540 S. Halsted Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. LITTLETON Larry Littleton…..Wake: Saturday, January 14, 2017; 3:00 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 4:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. BOYD Robert Boyd…..Wake: Saturday, January 14, 2017; 1:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 2:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. MC NEESE-DRAKEFORD Juanita Mc Neese-Drakeford….. Wake: Saturday, January 14, 2017; 1:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 2:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. RUCKER Mary Rucker…..Wake: Sunday, January 15, 2017; 1:00 p.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 2:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

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CANTI Wennie Canti.…..Wake was held: Monday, January 09, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Emmanuel MBC, 8301 S. Damen Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 7234400. DOYLE Frank Doyle.…..Memorial Service was held: Tuesday, January 10, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Interment: Private Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. WEAVER Kenneth D. Weaver.…..Wake: Wednesday, January 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Sunshine MBC, 3660 W. Roosevelt Rd. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Oakridge Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. ROBINSON Wanda Robinson.…..Memorial Service: Thursday, January 12, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 7234400. SPIRES Magdalene Spires.…..Wake: Thursday, January 12, 2017; 12:30 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 1:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 7234400. KATO Freddie Kato.…..Pre-pass: Saturday, January 14, 2017; 9:00 a.m. @ St. Felicitas, 84th Blackstone Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: St. Mary Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR CITIGROUP MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007WFHE4, ASSET-BACKED PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2007-WFHE4; Plaintiff, vs. KEVIN LOVE; U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION; Defendants, 15 CH 16569 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Monday, January 23, 2017 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. 26-06-321-025-0000. Commonly known as 9330 South Muskegon Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection For information call Sales Department at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, One East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614) 220-5611. 15-029305 F2 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION; Plaintiff, vs. SCOTT L. DANIELS; KATARI ICOLEMAN AKA KATARI I. COLEMAN AKA KATARI IRAMY COLEMAN AKA KATARI COLEMAN-DANIELS AKA KATARI I. COLEMAN DANIELS; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; Defendants, 13 CH 23142 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 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. 25-05-405-008-0000. Commonly known as 9133 South Green Street, Chicago, Illinois 60620. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. For information call The Sales Department at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Anselmo Lindberg Oliver LLC, 1771 West Diehl Road, Naperville, Illinois 60563-1890. (630) 453-6960. For Bidding instructions visit www.alolawgroup.com 24 hours prior to sale. F13090070 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. LARRY D. HOLLOWAY, AKA LARRY HOLLOWAY; JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION S/B/M TO LONG BEACH MORTGAGE COMPANY; PERSONAL FINANCE COMPANY, A CORPORATION; HSBC FINANCE CORPORATION FKA HSBC NEVADA, NA, FKA HOUSEHOLD BANK; MIDLAND FUNDING LLC; PORTFOLIO RECOVERY ASSOCIATES, LLC Defendants, 16 CH 7956 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Monday, January 23, 2017 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. 25-12-105-067-0000. Commonly known as 9642 South Euclid Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection For information call Sales Department at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, One East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614) 220-5611. 16-009706 F2 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION (‘’FANNIE MAE’’), A CORPORATION ORGANIZED AND EXISTING UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Plaintiff, -v.JELVONIA WILSON, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 15 CH 18666 7915 SOUTH EUCLID AVENUE CHICAGO, IL 60617 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on October 20, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on January 24, 2017, at 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 7915 SOUTH EUCLID AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60617 Property Index No. 20-36-105011-0000. The real estate is improved with a red, brick, single family, two car detached garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in \”AS IS\” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information: Visit our website at service. atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. McCalla Raymer Pierce, LLC, Plaintiff’s Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number 9187. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 606064650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www. tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. McCalla Raymer Pierce, LLC One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 E-Mail: pleadings@pierceservices.com Attorney File No. 9187 Attorney Code. 60489 Case Number: 15 CH 18666 TJSC#: 36-13921 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.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION BSI FINANCIAL SERVICES Plaintiff, -v.GARY MALECKI, EGKM PROPERTIES LLC, KACIE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, SOUTH MERRILL CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 16 CH 008107 8159 MERRILL AVENUE #2N CHICAGO, IL 60617 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on October 27, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on January 23, 2017, at 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 8159 MERRILL AVENUE #2N, CHICAGO, IL 60617 Property Index No. 20-36-219-048-1005, Property Index No. (Underlying 20-36-219-043). The real estate is improved with a condo/ townhouse. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in \”AS IS\” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-16-03959. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-16-03959 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 16 CH 008107 TJSC#: 3614385 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.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, -v.MARIA G. OROZCO, ERICK A. PERALTA Defendants 16 CH 05804 2036 N. Kilpatrick Chicago, IL 60639 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on October 19, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 14, 2017, at 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 2036 N. Kilpatrick, Chicago, IL 60639 Property Index No. 13-34-123-041-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $298,718.54. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in \”AS IS\” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact Plaintiff’s attorney: HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC, 111 East Main Street, DECATUR, IL 62523, (217) 422-1719 If the sale is not confirmed for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the purchase price paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. 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. HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC 111 East Main Street DECATUR, IL 62523 (217) 422-1719 Fax #: (217) 422-1754 CookPleadings@hsbattys.com Attorney Code. 40387 Case Number: 16 CH 05804 TJSC#: 36-12605 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.

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Walsh Construction Company II, LLC requests subcontractor and material supplier quotes, including Minority and Women Business Enterprise(s) listed and certified by City of Chicago and Cook County, IL for the following Project: OMP Project # OH.6149.400.900.30 Fuel Systems Project 101.4A-2 New Transmission Mains Bids Due to Walsh Construction Company II, LLC Up to January 19, 2017 5:00 PM (CST) Owner: O’Hare Airport Fuel Committee

Quotes are to be submitted to: WALSH Construction Company II, LLC 929 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 563 5400 Fax: (312) 563 5447 We request a proposal from your firm for the O’Hare Airport Fuel Committee New Transmission Main Bid Package. Work consists of but not limited to, 30,000 linear feet of new 24”, rerouted, and realigned fuel piping systems above and below ground, directional drilling, site/piping demolition and abandonment, cathodic protection, electrical work, fencing, landscaping, HMA and concrete paving. Subcontractors and suppliers can access plans and specifications online at the Walsh Group Site, https://secure.smartbidnet.com/External/PublicPlanRoom.aspx?Id=277243&i=1 or are available to review at Walsh Construction Company II, LLC’s office located at 929 W. Adams Street Chicago, IL 60607 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. In order to assist certified Minority and Women Business Enterprise Contractors and Suppliers, we will divide total requirements into smaller activities or quantities and establish delivery and construction schedules, which will permit maximum participation of minority and women businesses where feasible. All subcontractors and material suppliers are required to execute our standard “Subcontract Agreement” and/or “Purchase Order”. We require 100% Performance & Payment or supply bonds. Please feel free to contact us about this project. If there are any questions or concerns with our standard subcontract, bonding requirements, insurance, or any other matter regarding this project please feel free to contact us. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE TO DISADVANTAGE BUSINESSES Ragnar Benson Construction Co., an Equal Opportunity Employer, Chicago, IL 60606 – P: 847-698-4900, is seeking disadvantaged businesses for the CTA C16FT101914777 77th Bus Garage Washers/High Speed Doors and Kedzie Bus Garage High Speed Doors for subcontracting opportunities in the following areas: Demolition, Asbestos, Concrete, Masonry, Steel, Carpentry, Waterproofing, Fireproofing, High Speed Rolling Doors, Roofing, Joint Sealants, Painting, Security Cages & Partitions, Signs, Vehicle Wash Equip., Plumbing, HVAC, Electric, Earthwork, Concrete Paving & Curbs. Subcontracts will be awarded based on price and ability to perform work. All disadvantage businesses should contact RAGNAR BENSON attention Debbie Eaker at - debbie.eaker@rbic. com to discuss subcontracting opportunities. All negotiations must be complete prior to the bid opening date of February 13, 2017.

LEGAL NOTICE The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago will be accepting applications for the following classification(s): Senior Budget and Management Analyst (Original) Plumber (Original) Systems Administrator (Original) Senior Systems Administrator (Original) Engineering Draftsman II (Original) Engineering Draftsman III (Original) Associate Environmental Soil Scientist (Original) Additional information regarding salary, job description, requirements, etc. can be found on the District’s website at www.districtjobs.org or call 312-751-5100. An Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/D

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LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name In the conduct or transaction of Business in the State, “as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County, File No. D16149072 on the December 20, 2016. Under the Assumed Name of BUSINESS SOLUTIONS BY JAY with the business located at 703 EAST 92ND STREET APT. 2, CHICAGO, IL 60619. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owners(s)/partner(s) is: Owner/Partner Full Name: JOYCE ANN YOUNG, Complete Address: 703 EAST 92ND STREET APT. 2, CHICAGO, IL 60619, USA

HELP WANTED Computer/IT: Jump Operations seeks Financial Data Analyst (Multiple Positions) in Chicago, IL. Maintain database & implement database security measures to protect sensitive financial info. Schedule & plan database upgrades & server testing of new products & improvements to comp systems. Tailor financial database systems to support various financial & corp developments. Req Master’s degree in Business Admin, CompSci, or related field & min 18 months exp in database security for financial industry. Must have exp/ coursework in managing financial database using Sybase or MySQL; & standardizing market data to standardized format with Shell, Perl, & Python. Submit resume to hrapply@jumptrading. com Reference Job: IL001

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