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Black GOP to Black Voters: Wake Up! Could Black voters pull their support for local Democratic candidates under President Donald Trump? By Ashley Lisenby Defender Contributing Writer Not a week into his presidency, Donald Trump echoed the words of a popular conservative television news host to the nation via Twitter--he would send “the Feds” to Chicago to address crime if the city did not independently resolve gun violence issues. Now nearly 100 days into his presidency, Trump continues to name Chicago in broad disparaging statements about education and crime in the country. There were roughly 4,368 shooting victims in Chicago in 2016, according to data collected by the Chicago Tribune. As of April 17, there were roughly 917 shooting victims in the city since the beginning of the year, with shootings in January and February surpassing last year’s numbers. But some of Trump’s statements about crime rates and unemployment in Black communitieis have declined, reports show. Overall, the national rates of homicides, violent crime and unemployment in Black communities have declined. However, FBI crime statistics show an increase in the murder rate in Chicago in 2015 and 2016. But across the country life expectancy is increasing in Black communities, according to Centers for Disease Control reports, and the number of African Americans attaining high school degrees or higher has increased in the last four decades, based on census data. However, Chicago’s African Americans are concerned about the state of crime, employment and public school education locally. In some cases, these anxieties prompted a small percentage of black voters to believe the solution to these issues no longer rests in the hands of Democratic leadership, but with Republicans. Others decided not to vote at all—feeling a sense of apathy. With the presidential election behind us, could these issues prompt African Americans to reconsider their sometimes blind loyalty to the Democratic Party? Some Republicans think so and urge voters to pay attention to local elections. On the campaign trail in 2016, then-candidate Trump asked black voters to ask themselves what they had to lose in supporting him. Congressional Black Caucus members, including Illinois Representatives Bobby Rush, Danny Davis and Robin Kelly, issued a 125-page document in March describing what Black communities stood to lose under a Trump presidency, including blows to voter protections and criminal justice reform. But the question seemed logical to Chicago lawyer Brunell Donald-Kyei, who said she felt disappointed by decades of

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University of Chicago graduate Alexis Morris and Newt Gingrich. Democratic leadership nationally and locally. In fact, Trump’s question aided in convincing her to endorse him even at the risk of being shunned by other black people and called derogatory names such as Aunt Jemima. It’s important to note that Donald-Kyei isn’t a lifelong Republican. Before she was stumping for Trump on national news programs, Donald-Kyei was the Democratic running mate to Tio Hardiman in the 2014 primary race for the governor’s office. She said her connection to the Democratic Party stretches over two decades, including voting for former president Barack Obama and for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary. When Sanders lost the primary contest to former State Department head Secretary Hillary Clinton, Donald-Kyei considered another choice. She said it was both her deep love for the social and economic progress of Black people in the city and dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party that influenced her decision. “I voted for Donald Trump because there were promises made in our communities, especially the African American community, that jobs would be sent for the young people, vocational programs, apprenticeships--that the government would invest in communities for entrepreneurship,” Donald-Kyei said. In her view, Trump is making good on those promises, highlighted by conversations he’s had with business leaders and heads of Historically Black Colleges. But where some people have questioned if the administration’s maneuvers to make good on certain campaign promises comes at the cost of public trust or even the democratic process itself, Donald-Kyei says no way. She says Trump is

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putting the country’s agenda first. “I am an American first and I saw a problem with the way the nation was going,” she said, adding that she also sees herself as a Christian and felt Judeo-Christian beliefs were being sidelined by members of the Democratic Party. Trump’s lack of political experience and the inflammatory statements he made about women and religious and minority groups while campaigning weren’t necessarily a deterrent for Donald-Kyei, who agreed some comments weren’t optimal. Neither are ongoing FBI investigations against him alleging collusion between the U.S. government and Russia. Donald-Kyei publicly condemned Clinton in 2016 for federal investigations against her, saying those investigations disqualified her from potentially holding presidential office. However, she said she sees investigations into Trump’s White House by independent federal agencies as a partisan attack spearheaded by Democrats sulking about an election they lost. While voters such as Donald-Kyei lauded then-candidate Trump’s non-partisanship, a former Chicago college student was also searching for another option. But hers didn’t involve Trump for that very reason. University of Chicago graduate Alexis Morris, 26, said she didn’t vote for Trump because she didn’t think his agenda was truly Republican. In Morris’ view, Trump is more of a populist, only telling working class people what they want to hear. The self-described Republican--she decided she was a Republican at age 12--voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in the general election in Michigan. continued on page 03

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As a college-educated, black woman--checking off three of Clinton’s largest voter demographics--the financial analyst who grew up in Ottawa, Ill., and near D.C. and whose parents grew up on the South and West sides of Chicago, said she couldn’t vote for Clinton either. To her, Clinton represented the kind of candidate who supported Black communities with words, not actions. Morris and some other Black Republican voters in Chicago agree: Black voters casting ballots in the 80 and 90 percentile to support Democratic candidates in general elections hurt the political efficacy of the Black community. “I think if the Black community would challenge the political status quo and maybe, sometimes, if they have to, vote for a third party, we might actually get some of our grievances addressed,” she said. Active in a campus Republicans group at her university and the Illinois College Republican Federation, where she briefly served as executive director of the group, Morris said she too often felt as if she needed to defend her Blackness. “Being a Republican in college, you’re already on the defensive but being a Black Republican, I was even more on the defensive because the times I’ve been called an Uncle Tom or told I wasn’t Black because I was a Republican; because I was a conservative, which hurts,” she said. “My parents were marching to end Jim Crow right along with other people’s parents and grandparents and great grandparents.” Morris said she does not believe someone should be made to choose between being black or Republican. Black Republican 6th Ward Committeeman Darnell Macklin turns to history to explain why the Democratic Party has become a bastion of hope for the majority of Black voters in the U.S. over the last five decades. He and other political history observers point to the Civil Rights Movement and the equal rights policies championed by then-presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson to explain the shift of Black Americans from the Republican party-- the party of the Great Emancipator President Abraham Lincoln-- to the Democratic party in the 1960s. “In America, political strength comes from your ability to leverage the political system so politicians don’t take you for granted,” Macklin said. “For us, as black Americans, to continue voting… as a one party state in a two party system negates the value of the whole system of the Voting Rights Act,” he said. In 1972, Macklin was a delegate for Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern. But by 1980, he shifted to the Republican Party. He won the Republican committeeman seat in his majority Black ward that covers parts of the Chatham and Englewood neighborhoods in 2012. Macklin is in his second term. He touts his success with recruiting residents to the party through being visible. Last year, Macklin was a delegate for Ben Carson and voted for Trump in the general election. Thirteen percent of Black www.chicagodefender.com

men nationwide voted for the president. Amid questions from some of the president’s critics about his ability to lead, Macklin said ultimately Trump, or anyone who holds the office, doesn’t have the power to directly impact people’s lives in so much as he wields his power to control money. “I mean what can Trump… what can the president actually do. He can send money our way. He’s not coming out here himself, though,” Macklin said. He followed the statement by conceding the president does have some power, but primarily needs the support from policy makers and governmental agencies to push his agenda forward. And that’s where Black voters should be putting their focus, especially during local elections. “We (African Americans) think that all politics is local,” he said. “You want your car towed, you don’t call your president, you call your alderman. So that’s our mission. If we take care of local, we’ll take care of the presidency.” Macklin said he hoped the presidential election was an indicator of a possible increase of support for Republican candidates in Black communities. Is it possible people looking for direct political action in a country experiencing a widening socio-economic schism, rather than a racial one, could change the demographics of the nation’s most prominent two political parties? Chicago media and political strategist and former Illinois spokeswoman to the Clinton campaign Delmarie Cobb doesn’t think so. She disagrees that black voters will support Republicans or third-party candidates in higher numbers in the future because she firmly believes GOP policies do not have the interests of Black people in mind. She said she thinks that racism and sexism were the driving forces behind Trump’s accumulation of support, which doesn’t wholly explain even the little backing he received from Black voters. What might explain the support is social conservatism in Black communities. Cobb said that there could be a disconnect happening between Black people and the Democratic Party on social issues. For example, in an attempt to champion social justice issues, such as ones affecting the LGBTQ community, Cobb said both White Americans in “middle America” and Black Americans all along the political ideological spectrum are being pushed to political extremes causing polarization. “We’ve got to understand that as fast as things are moving, there is still people who aren’t moving quite as fast, and we’ve got to address their sensibilities as well,” Cobb said. But she echoed a similar plea as GOP supporters urging Black voters to pay attention to contests closer to home “White people vote every two years and Black people vote every four years so we need to vote every two years in order to make sure we have representation in our state legislatures, in our governor mansions and in our Congress,” Cobb said.

Job Prospects Flat for Black Workers in March By Freddie Allen NNPA Newswire Managing Editor The employment prospects for African Americans showed little improvement in March, according to the Labor Department’s most recent jobs report. The labor force participation rate, which is the share of Blacks who either hold jobs or are looking for work, remained unchanged from February (62.3 percent) to March. The share of Blacks who have jobs within the population (employment-population ratio or E-POP) was also flat (57.3 percent). The Black unemployment rate improved slightly, decreasing from 8.1 percent to 8 percent in March. Meanwhile, the key labor market indicators for White workers continued to improve under the Trump Administration. The labor force participation rate for White workers ticked up from 62.9 percent in February to 63 percent in March and the E-POP increased from 60.3 percent to 60.5 percent last month. The unemployment rate for White workers also improved, dipping below 4 percent in March. The labor force participation rate for Black men over 20 years-old climbed up a few rungs from 67.8 percent in February to 68.1 percent in March and the E-POP ticked up from 62.5 percent to 62.6 percent. The jobless rate increased from 7.8 percent to 8.2 percent in March, which may occur when workers are optimistic about their prospects. The labor force rate for White men over 20 years-old decreased from 72 percent to 71.9 percent in March. The E-POP also declined from 69.3 percent in 69.2 percent. The unemployment rate improved from 4.1 percent to 3.9 percent, but this was most likely the result of White men leaving the labor market in March. The labor force rate for Black women over 20 years-old was the same 62.7 percent in March that it was in February. The employment-population ratio increased from 58.3 to 58.6 percent in March. The jobless rate for Black women fell from 7.1 percent to 6.6 percent in March. The labor force rate for White women over 20 years-old rose from 57.6 percent to 57.8 percent in March. The E-POP also increased from 55.5 percent to 55.7 percent in March. The unemployment rate for White women fell from 3.7 percent to 3.5 percent in March indicating that White women entered the labor market and found jobs at higher rates in March compared to February. The national unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in March and the economy added 98,000 jobs, the lowest monthly job growth under the Trump Administration so far.

The professional and business services sectors added 56,000 jobs and retail trade lost 30,000 jobs in March, according to the Labor Department. In a statement about the March jobs report, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said that the current economic growth, once again, disproves President Trump’s claim that he was handed “a mess” by the Obama Administration. “President Trump and Congressional Republicans have failed to build on the economic progress made during the Obama years,” said Scott. Scott also noted that the House Republicans of the 115th Congress have rolled back protections that would help Americans stay safe at work, have access to a high-quality education, save for retirement, breathe clean air and drink clean water. In a blog post about the March employment numbers, Elise Gould, a senior economist with the Economic Policy Institute, said that, despite President Trump’s claims, the economy has been slowly but steadily headed ever-closer to full employment for years. Gould also refuted Trump’s assertion that he could enact policies that will see the American economy add 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years. “This pace of job growth over a decade is pretty much impossible to envision,” said Gould. “But we could in theory see 2-3 years of significantly faster job growth than what has characterized the recent past. Unfortunately, no sign of this theoretical possibility has shown up in the data yet.” Gould said that policymakers must aggressively pursue full employment to ensure that all workers share in the nation’s economic growth. “While the topline indicators provide important measures of the overall economy, workers of color, as well as young workers and less credentialed workers, suffer from higher than average unemployment rates in both good times and bad,” said Gould. “For example, it was only in July 2015 that the Black unemployment rate finally ducked below where the White unemployment rate was at its peak in the aftermath of the Great Recession.” Gould continued: “So, while the economy is the strongest it’s been in years, there are still a lot of workers sitting on the sidelines and underutilized. For communities across the country to feel the full extent of the recovery, the Federal Reserve needs to keep their foot off the brakes and let the economy reach full employment before raising interest rates again.”

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Project I Am Provides Youth with Homeless Benefit and Movie Screening Event By Lee Edwards Pastor Gregg L. Greer, president of Freedom First International-SCLC (right), talks about the need for more information following the death of Shawn Brider. Joseph Pughsley (center) and Tio Hardiman (left) look on.

Community Activists Call for Action Over Shawn Brider’s Death By Lee Edwards Defender Contributing Writer The death of Shawn Brider in Chicago police custody has led community activists to call for an immediate and meaningful response. According to ABC 7 Chicago, Brider, 48, was found unresponsive at 12:15 a.m., April 10, in the lock-up of the 3rd District Police Station, 7040 S. Cottage Grove Ave., after being arrested for falling asleep in a parked car with his two-year-old daughter present. The Chicago Sun Times reported authorities pronounced him dead at the scene at 12:29 a.m. with the initial autopsy returning inconclusive results. A spokesperson for Chicago Police Department (CPD) confirmed in a statement that area detectives are conducting a death investigation on an adult male fitting Brider’s description. The spokesperson said the male in question was in custody for the misdemeanor offense of child endangerment. A separate investigation into the matter is being conducted by the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA). However, despite the released information, some voices within Chicago’s African American community are not satisfied. Pastor Gregg L. Greer, president of Freedom First International-SCLC, along with representatives from criminal justice reform and community activist organizations held a press conference in front of the 3rd District Police Station demanding further action take place. “Shawn Brider did not have to die for falling asleep in a car with a two-year-old,” said Greer. “Even though we don’t know all of the circumstances, Chicago police still have not released any information, they’ve been insufficient with information and we want change in the community. We’re seeing police brutality and community violence and we’re not getting a fair deal from Chicago Police; CPD should be ashamed.” Greer said he has spoken with Brider’s sisters who too are awaiting more details. He intends to launch a public moratorium calling for the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “We will get as many as we can, but our goal is to get over a million signatures from an official public movement,” said Greer.

Although Greer acknowledges the efforts made by Superintendent Johnson to build bridges to the African American community, Greer stated the community may need to look in a new direction. He didn’t offer any recommendations for a replacement. “There’s dissatisfaction with CPD and the average person says they don’t care about us so we have to change that dynamic, and that’s why we are here,” said Greer. “CPD ain’t doing it and there’s so much distrust you would think that they would want to put out correct information, you would think they would want to quell public dissatisfaction.” Several voices at the press conference likened the death of Brider to that of Sandra Bland, an African American woman who was found dead in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, in July 2015 after being stopped by local law enforcement officers three days prior. Tio Hardiman, executive director of Violence Interrupters, referenced reports of hundreds of complaints of police brutality submitted to IPRA that saw a low percentage of additional action. “You’ve probably had several Sandra Bland incidents in Chicago that’s gone under reported or reported as something strange happen but a real complete investigation was never conducted,” said Hardiman. “Whether you have a young man killed on the streets, [in] police custody, or by the police, we must stand up and raise our voices until we get solid answers,” said Hardiman, who called CPD’s handling of the case “mysterious.” Greer and Hardiman suggested Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the situation may prove to be pivotal given the statements made by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding federal involvement in local police issues. Sessions suggests municipalities will have to reach their own conclusions. Under the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice conducted a probe into the Chicago Police Department where evidence of racist practices was unearthed. However, neither Greer nor Hardiman believe the consent decrees issued in recent months will have an impact while President Donald Trump is in office.

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Defender Contributing Writer The non-profit Project I Am gave 150 Chicago youth an opportunity to both support the city’s homeless community and view a screening of Dreamwork’s “The Boss Baby” to start their spring break on April 10 at Studio Movie Grill, 210 W. 87th St. Launched by nine-year-old Jahkil Naeem Jackson, Project I Am creates “blessing bags” to benefit Chicago’s homeless population. Blessing bags typically consist of travel-sized baby wipes, socks, deodorant, hand sanitizer, granola bars, toothbrush, toothpaste, bottled water, and more. Jackson decided he wanted to find a way to help the homeless after joining his aunt on trips to assist the homeless. Project I Am has donated blessing bags to Cornerstone Center, Pacific Garden Mission, Teen Living, Olive Branch, Franciscan House and True To Life Foundation. Additionally, it has previously partnered with Hashtag Lunchbag Chicago, which creates individualized lunch bags for the homeless population and distributes them to homeless shelters. The free event at Studio Movie Grill allowed youth and their parents an opportunity to create their own blessing bags before watching the movie. Jackson said he believed the homeless will be “happy” to see the blessing bags complete with individualized hand-written messages of encouragement because the bags will remind them that someone cares for them. He said he wanted to help the homeless because many of them don’t have the basic items to start or close their day. Seeing youth participate in the event was important to him as well. “I think it’s good because other kids can know about the homeless and maybe they will start wanting to help them and also to know that homeless people are people, too,” said Jackson Jackson was joined by his parents NaTae’ Thompson and Jamiel Jackson, who helped him organize the early afternoon event. The young social entrepreneur said it felt good to have his parents there because of the support they provide. We had no idea this would turn into what it turned into, said Thompson, who shared that the first inklings to starting Project I Am began when Jahkil would ask her and Jackson to give homeless people money whenever he would see them while riding in their car. The first event he held was in February 2016 with maybe eight to 10 of his friends; they made about 100 blessing bags. “We want to see it grow more and more,” said Thompson. “He has a goal of expanding it across the country to have

Jahkil Jackson, founder of Project I Am, poses in front of a sign about the organization he founded to help homeless people. (Photo by He Shoots Lyfe Photography)

other kids in other cities do things like this in their cities so we are here to support him.” Thompson had a unique method of getting the word out about the event. “I’m part of an organization called Chicagoland Mom Squad and I posted on their Facebook page and people started emailing afterwards about RSVPing,” said Thompson. “It’s good to see the word being spread and to motivate other kids to help those in need.” “This is divine order; we instilled this message into him early and we named him Naeem for a reason –which means ‘to be magnificent’ - it’s coming to fruition to see him put this event together now,” said Jamiel Jackson. Venisha White-Johnson, event sales manager at Studio Movie Grill, said donating the screening of “The Boss Baby” was the theater’s way of helping Project I Am create more bags. She said the event quickly sold out once the announcement of the screening was made. “Studio Movie Grill believes in helping out the community and we very familiar with the projects Jahkil has done in the past so we thought it would be nice to help Jahkil get blessing bags together for the homeless by bringing together kids on their spring break,” said White-Johnson. Individuals interested in donating blessing bag items or monetary donations, or who wish to learn more, should visit https://www.iamnaeem.com/. www.chicagodefender.com


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Natalie Howse: Family, Community and The Law By Mary L. Datcher Senior Staff Writer They say the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, and in a good way, that has been a calling grace for Cook County Bar Association President Natalie Howse. Howse comes from a family of legal eagles following in the footsteps of her brother, Illinois Circuit Court Appellate Judge Nathaniel Howse, Jr. and father, attorney Nathaniel R. Howse, who died in 2010. Visiting family in East Chicago, Indiana, Natalie’s mother went into labor with her where she was born on the other side of the Illinois state line, but she grew up in the Kenwood community. She attended the

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University of Chicago Lab School and later graduated from Seton Academy in South Holland. “My father was an attorney, and currently my brother is on the appellate court. It was kind of in my blood. After I graduated from college, I took two years off. My parents asked, ‘What are going to do? You got to go to grad school, you got to get a job, you must do something.’ I ended up going to law school at Howard University School of Law,” she said. There at Howard University, she says she was influenced by Criminal Law professor federal judge Alexander Williams who was formerly an elected State’s Attorney in Prince Georges County, Maryland.

He would often advise his law students. “A defense attorney merely reacts to the charges whereas a prosecutor is the one that sets the tone for the entire system like what kind of cases we are going to bring,” Howse recounted what he would advise students. “So, I returned home and got a job with the Cook County State’s Attorney office and I’ve been there since 2000.” Working a government job as a prosecutor may not have the appeal of what people first think of compared to the prestigious halls of a big partner law firm, but Howse began her internship there. “We’d never had a Black State’s Attorney when I started in 1999. When I performed my internship in night narcotics, an area where they put all the law clerks, I thought this wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.” Howse will be the first to tell folks that growing up in a family of lawyers did not make her climb easier—it was still a grind. She reflects, “Law school is not what people think it is. Doctors go into medical school then they go into training in residence. Lawyers don’t get that kind of training when they graduate from law school. So, you must have some sort of an apprenticeship where you learn how to practice law. Those first five years, it can be extremely stressful because you are charged with handling serious matters for people. You oversee making decisions about their lives.” As a member of the first and oldest African American bar association, started in 1914, Howse often participated in various functions from networking events, membership drives to chairing the annual installation banquet. She joined the Legislation Committee and the Young Lawyers Section. Howse follows a long line of prominent Black attorneys who once had the highest post in the 103-year-old association. The process of electing a new president is not simple. “The Cook County Bar Association has a nomination committee. They are charged for providing a slate for all the

officers who are going to be presented for election. There’s also an opportunity for people who are not slated for the office to have an opportunity to run for something.” One of the major additions that have taken place under Howse’s tenure was helping the association’s LGBTQ members create a section within the CCBA. “That was something that our board of directors voted unanimously in favor for. Before we brought it to the board, we had to run it by our past presidents, our older members of the CCBA—they were very supportive of it. Gerard Williams was the liaison between the Black gay lawyers and our leadership,” she said. “When they found out that they wanted to embrace them, it was kind of a weight had been lifted from them.” She said the addition spoke volumes on how progressively the CCBA is moving forward, and although there’s the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Greater Chicago, “they don’t address the issues of African Americans.” Howse says, “Black people can address the issues of African Americans. There are still issues of race there that they don’t address.” It has been a productive year for Howse who takes her position as the installed president seriously. In the era of social media and digital engagement, she makes it a priority to attend and support various community events—implementing a fresh and youth component for the CCBA. “When I go out, I like to be on social media, and if it’s something that I think will bring a good name to the association, I like to post. It’s always the first thing on my mind. I am representing the Black lawyers of Cook County and Illinois. I don’t want to do anything to make CCBA look bad.” As she reflects on the responsibility that both her position as an officer of the law holds, the countdown to install the next CCBA president, Dartesia Pitts, in June, and witnessing a new chapter with newly elected Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx—it all comes down to her deeply rooted family values. “My parents were influential first and foremost. I was very lucky to have two parents to look up to. I work in a criminal justice system where people didn’t have anyone.” Growing up with a strong group of sheroes who nurtured her from her grandmother, aunts and godmothers—she had no doubt in her ability to become a solid role model for others. As the CCBA connects directly with the community, hosting numerous town hall forums in addressing head-on problems that affect African Americans, Howse understands the commitment must be longterm. “Let’s talk about what investment we need to make in our own communities. What assistance we can get from the government, what can small business owners do, what can we do to help ourselves? You can’t do anything out in the world unless you’re helping yourself.”

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TECHNOLOGY

Blue Lacuna: The New Normal for Social Innovation

Blue 1647 hosts workshops for these youth to encourage and nurture skills in coding and entrepreneurship. By Mary L. Datcher Defender Senior Staff Writer Nearly four years ago, a small, obscure start-up innovation hub was stationed on a low-key part of the Blue Island Avenue business strip in the Pilsen community. Emile Cambry Jr., a faculty member of DePaul University at the time, had a vision to create a space that would bring together other like-minded creatives to have shared office space and host occasional workshops for neighborhood youth. As the founder of Blue 1647, Cambry’s social innovation center has rapidly grown to include several programs that teach both adults and students about HTML coding and entrepreneurial workshops, providing a platform for filmmakers, artists, engineers and designers to host networking events. The ”Blue” print, their unique model for applying quality programming for people in various levels of their academic and professional lifestyle, has helped them launch in other markets, such as St. Louis, Compton, Milwaukee, Haiti and, soon, Brooklyn, New York. Growing Out of Space With the assistance of a young and charismatic staff, the story of Blue 1647 has garnered international recognition, attracting government officials, ambassadors and successful business people. Since its inception, the home of the growing tech and innovation center has taken a leap in acquiring massive space a mile away at Lacuna Lofts. Cambry says, “The biggest challenge was that we have the youth and adult programs. Both programs are getting larger and they started to conflict with each other on a space perspective. We wanted to do more, so we needed to find a bigger space. We ended up being introduced to the Cacciatore family and really vibing with them on what the space could be,” he said. “What I look at as a town hall for social innovation is an opportunity for adults to be able to have a space that looks cool, that’s funky, but has a lot of events and workshops so we can take things to the next level.”

Many of the business owners involved in the social innovation center serve as mentors to youth. Since the soft launch of Blue Lacuna in early January, they have been diligently working on expanding the company capabilities to accommodate the weekly workshops and interactive arts programs that are on the spring/summer schedule. The new loft-style space is along the industrial corridor of Cermak Road, west of Halsted, where old factories have been converted to hip office and artist workspaces, attracting self-start businesses to fill the units. Cambry admits it wasn’t an easy transition when they moved into the predominantly Mexican community four years ago. “It was a challenge because I think it shocked a lot of people. It’s still Chicago — segregated Chicago. Why is a Black guy trying to start a tech incubator that’s inclusive in a Mexican-American community? Because that’s why we needed to do it. I felt that two-thirds of the city are underrepresented minorities. It only makes sense that we find a way to bring both in.” The New Normal Across town, tech incubator hubs such as 1871 had the financial muscle and backing that drew more attention than centers such as Blue 1647, but that didn’t discour-

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age Cambry. “I’m never going to get the other demographic, so let me focus on a core group that’s not being served, but it took time. We had to do a lot of events, workshops and me telling the story about what we’re going to do. Some people believed in us. At first, I didn’t know if I was going to do it, but we are going to try. Now, people are noticing and we can focus on effecting change. I’m trying to convince people that Black and Brown people want to do tech.” Amber Green is the media department director for the center, a photographer and a small-business owner. She began her relationship with Blue 1647 volunteering and still currently teaches photography classes. She has witnessed firsthand the accelerated pace of growth of Blue 1647 and how the community has gradually embraced its programs for their youth. “We’re starting a new series, hashtag #thenewnormal, where every day Black and Brown excellence is an everyday experience. We want to feature Black and Brown excellence within the community, even if they’re not attached to Blue Lacuna, so that people on the other end of the video camera can see any and every day

folks in the community — from Englewood, Hyde Park to Roseland — and how they are doing well. You don’t hear this in the mainstream media. The first thing you hear in Chicago is the violence,” Green explained. Positive Role Models A single mother, Green takes pride in how Blue Lacuna has influenced her 8-year-old son’s life. “What’s so amazing about Blue, as [women], we don’t always see positive images of our Black men. Who would’ve thought that a powerhouse like Blue 1647 has been founded and operated by Black men?” She says being around such powerful role models, her son has “adopted 10 uncles and eight brothers and cousins.” Green added. “He’s walking differently, he’s talking differently with more confidence. I love the culture here; everybody’s child is our child and everybody who comes in is going be held accountable.” As they restructure the website to provide additional courses to help new and existing professionals polish their skills in the tech-savvy arena, Blue Lacuna has expanded their services to the south suburbs. They will be opening a satellite hub in Dolton, launching the space on April 19. Cambry is excited about the attention and demand of helping other organizations apply the same model of success within their communities. His schedule is nonstop and his frequent flier points will soon be applied to his upcoming honeymoon. The Men of Excellence award recipient became recently engaged to Kelley Williams, who began a STEM start-up program teaching youth under 8. “The great thing now is that we can partner together on initiatives that we’ve been able to do in the past. Moving forward, we can help build together, that’s the cool thing to tell in this story. Black people can build a business, get married and can help each other, too. That’s what I’m really excited about,” said Cambry. “If we don’t solve our problems in our community from our homes — not to say every home must be perfect, but I want to be an example of what can happen when Black people can be on the same page.” www.chicagodefender.com


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Middle school students spent their spring break at an entrepreneurship bootcamp sponsored by Google and Future Founders, a nonprofit organization.

Startup Spring Break: Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Middle School CPS Girls An intensive spring break camp brought together 29 aspiring middle school entrepreneurs from 19 Chicago Public Schools and one homeschool to create an app-based business idea and pitch. Future Founders, a nonprofit startup, teamed up with Google to launch Startup Spring Break, a free week-long (April 7-13) entrepreneurship bootcamp for middle school girls from Chicago’s communities. “Coming to Google is a really great opportunity for them to see one of the world’s top technology companies and kind of learn that entrepreneurial process that Google went through to get to where it is today, said Scott Issen, the President & CEO of Future Founders. Future founders teaches kids in grades 7-12 in primarily underserved areas on the South and West sides of Chicago. They’ve partnered with 25-30 schools with their Discover program, where two instructors will lead students in learning about entrepreneurship. This year, they’ve worked with approximately 1,500 students.

“We want to serve students in their neighborhoods, but then also take them out of their neighborhoods so that they can meet other people who are talented and like-minded,” said Issen. “Because about half of the students that we’ve worked with may never have met an entrepreneur before, specifically one who started more of a growth type business, giving them a chance to build that relationship is key. It’s not so much that we’re teaching, we’re more facilitators along this journey where they’re learning by doing. So we’re providing content but we’re giving them a chance to apply that.” The culmination of the week featured a student showcase at Google Chicago where they pitched their ideas to Googlers, community stakeholders, and their families. The ideas covered all sorts of subject matters, from emergency alerts and bullying to fashion and grocery shopping.

Chicago Public Library invites Chicago teens to 2nd Annual ChiTeen Lit Fest A two-day free event dedicated to encouraging and supporting Chicago’s young creative community Chicago Public Library invites teenagers ages 13-19 to attend its 2nd Annual ChiTeen Lit Fest on April 21-22, 2017. The fest, developed for teens by teens, honors Chicago’s young writers and creative writing community. The fest encourages young adults to discover their unique voice through literary arts. For free registration and a complete listing of programming, visit chiteenlitfest.org. Students may also register in-person on the day of the event. The two-day fest begins with a kick-off party on April 21, from 6-10 p.m., in the 9th floor Winter Garden at Harold Washington Library Center (400 S. State St.) and will feature food, music, dancing performances and making activities. On April 22, an all-day presentation of www.chicagodefender.com

workshops, readings, panel discussions and more will be held from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at Columbia College (1104 S. Wabash Ave.). Some of the event’s highly anticipated programs include enriching discussions and workshops on such topics as “Stand Up Comedy: Writing and Performance,” “Lyric Writing,” and “Journalism in a Changing World.” To see a complete listing of events, visit chiteenlitfest.org/ schedule. Participants will have the opportunity to hear a discussion from influential literary figures and hear their ideas about writing. Each headliner will also lead a workshop to discuss their pathways to becoming successful writers, editors and authors. Speakers include: •Eric Charles May, novelist and professor, 2015 recipient of the 21st Century Award •Nate Marshall, poet •Tara Mahadevan, journalist •Megan Stielstra, novelist and essayist

•The Sun Bros., graphic novel artists and authors “ChiTeen Lit Fest is a great example of the collective power of YOUmedia teens and the dedication of our staff to serving them,” said Brian Bannon, Chicago Public Library Commissioner. “This fest is entirely planned by teens, so it celebrates their talents and interests unlike any other literary fest.” In its inaugural year, ChiTeen Lit Fest hosted more than 300 participants and was the first ever festival of its kind for Chicago teens. This year, the fest set a goal of hosting 600 participants. The ChiTeen Lit Fest, presented in partnership with CPL’s YOUmedia, is just one of the ways CPL caters directly to teens’ interests. YOUmedia, a nationally recognized program, connects young adults with skilled mentors to engage in active learning in a teens-only space. Programs and services include career exploration, workshops in making, 3D printers and laser cutters, production of music, photography, animation

and graphic design. CPL piloted YOUmedia in 2009 with support from the John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur and Person Foundations, through the Chicago Public Library Foundation. CPL has 12 permanent locations, including a flagship at Harold Washington Library Center. ChiTeen Lit Fest is funded by the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at the Chicago Community Trust. The fest is also supported by Chicago Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, Poetry Foundation, UIC-Center for Literacy, After School Matters, Center for College Access and Success, Kuumba Lynx, 826CHI, Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries, DePaul University, and Chicago High School for the Arts. Join the ChiTeen Lit Fest on Twitter: @ chiteenlitfest; Instagram: @chiteenlitfest; and Facebook.com/chiteenlitfest. Also, download the ChiTeen Lit Fest app, developed by teens, available for iOS and Android.

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COMMUNITY

Dr. Paul Phillips: Better Man Than Me Foundation Mary L. Datcher Senior Staff Writer In a time where a life can be taken in a blink of an eye or the wrong choice can lead one down a path of no return—Chicago is suffering an epidemic of loss—the loss of our African American men. Dr. Paul Phillips created the Better Man Than Me Foundation (BMTM), a nonprofit organization, to help provide young men with the day-to-day skills to build a successful foundation in both academics, and job and life skills. Dr. Phillips was predominately raised in Chicago, having moved around as a child with time spent in Memphis and Dallas. His primary roots are on the Southside. He grew up in the Morgan Park community, attending Morgan Park High School. “I was raised by a single mom, myself and my three sisters. We struggled financially. One of the things that was key in my life—she put me around successful and educated men. So, I’m a product of mentorship. I’ve always wanted to give back. One of the things those men did was that they gave back to the community,” he said. “I’ve been giving back to the community since I was 12 years old. Before I started the organization, I ran a program that fed the homeless for 20 years so it was always a part of my life.” For the past 30 years, Dr. Phillips has mentored youth—leading him to start BMTM six years ago. The foundation celebrated their anniversary on April 1. Although determined to pursue his higher education—he admits he struggled academically when he entered high school. He recounts his high school experience. “One of the things that I remembered as a straight C student, that I was an underperformer in grammar school and high school. My first day in 8th grade year, my teacher told me I was reading at a 6.8 grade school level, and I needed to get that up to graduate,” he said. “I always felt if we’re the ones that are struggling, we should get more attention, more opportunities to improve so that stuck out to me. In high school, one of the things I noticed with our counselors, the information and the guidance as it related to college prep, was missing.” Regardless, it was sheer determination and heightened awareness of not being a victim of his circumstances that led him to earning his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA in both Management and MIS. Phillips also holds a Doctorate in Divinity from the Hope Seminary and Bible Institute. Since becoming an ordained minister at 18, he has held several positions in the faith community. Throughout his professional career as an IT specialist working in corporate America and traveling abroad, speaking at numerous conferences—he believes his true calling is right in the heart of the community that mentored him as a young boy.

Dr. Paul Phillips He admits. “First, my faith guides me always. It is not easy, but I know and I believe God has assigned this work to me as part of my calling. Second, when it’s difficulty it’s always God who gives me faith and the energy when I’m physically tired and mentally drained to keep moving and keep doing. One of the things he impressed on me when I was ready to give up because I didn’t see the progress right away, [was] ‘you have to plant a seed in them.’ We see these young men that have issues and we’re sending them back to their own environment and home life where they’re developing these issues in the first place.” Better Man Than Me Foundation receives a great deal of their referrals from mothers and women who are household heads. The people they guide range from 8 to 40 years old. One success story Dr. Phillips is proud to tell is of a young man re-entering society from serving three years in prison. He recalls, “His mother reached out and wanted us to mentor her son. He came to us so humble and ready to improve his life. The first day I met him at one of our events, he asked me if I could help him with his tie. So, we’ve been connected ever since.” He said, he struggled for a while finding em-

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“I’ve been giving back to the community since I was 12 years old. Before I started the organization, I ran a program that fed the homeless for 20 years so it was always a part of my life.” -Dr. Paul Phillips ployment with five felonies, but through continual guidance and emotional uplifting—the young man began to turn his life around despite the pressure of going back down that dark road to selling drugs. “Now, he’s doing very well as an engineer. He travels the country and he’s in the process of buying his mother her home and then he’ll buy his home.” One of the things BMTM also provides to young students is college prep studies. “We know that college is not for everyone, but we give that information and bring different people in so that the young men can understand the process that you go

through,” he said. Although the organization has mentored nearly 2,400 young men, they have also assisted 600 young ladies during these mentoring sessions at various Chicago Public Schools throughout the Chicagoland region. Dr. Phillips reflects on his first major influences in his youth in the Roseland community, where his first pastor and his wife at Bethel House of Prayer guided him and other neighborhood kids. “His six biological kids had to share him with all of us. He took us camping. I [had] never been camping before, he took us skiing. He and his wife inspired me. That’s why I started doing community work.” Being raised in a home with three sisters, his mom and grandmother—a Dr. Robert “Bobby” Skills would come by the house and grab Phillips for pick-up games on the basketball court. “He was hard on me and he didn’t pull any punches. I appreciate that because he influenced me. Other men had motivated me as well growing up—Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. These gentlemen gave up their entire lives for the greater good—for the community. Sometimes, I feel that’s me—the work that I do is 24 hours so you must be ready to sacrifice.” www.chicagodefender.com


FINANCE

Don’t Ignore IRS Letters Constant W. Watson III Defender Contributing Writer The IRS normally sends correspondence in the mail. They mail millions of letters to taxpayers every year. Keep these important points in mind if you get a letter or notice: Don’t Ignore It. You can respond to most IRS notices quickly and easily. Follow Instructions. Read the notice carefully. It will tell you if you need to take any action. Be sure to follow the instructions. The letter will also have contact information if you have questions. Focus on the issue. IRS notices usually deal with a specific issue about your tax return or tax account. Your notice or letter will explain the reason for the contact and give you instructions on how to handle the issue. Correction Notice. If the IRS corrected your tax return, you should review the information provided and compare it to your tax return. If you agree, you don’t need to reply unless a payment is due. If you don’t agree, it’s important that you respond. Follow the instructions on the notice for the best way to respond to the IRS. You may be able to call to resolve the issue. Have a copy of your tax return and the notice with you

when you call. If you choose to write, be sure to include information and any documentation you want considered. Also, write your taxpayer identification number (Social Security number, employer identification number or individual taxpayer identification number) on each page of the letter you send. Mail your reply to the address shown on the notice. Allow at least 30 days for a response. In addition, if you file a return but don’t pay all tax shown as due on time, you will generally have to pay a late payment penalty. The Failure to Pay Penalty is one-half of one percent for each month, or part of a month, up to a maximum of 25% of the amount of tax that remains as unpaid from the due date of the return until paid in full. The one-half of one percent rate increases to one percent if the tax remains unpaid 10 days after the IRS issues a notice of intent to levy property. If you file your return by its due date and request an installment agreement, the one-half of one percent rate decreases to one-quarter of one percent for any month in which an installment agreement is in effect. Be aware that the IRS applies payments to the tax first, then to any penalty amount charged each month. If you owe tax and don’t file on time, there is a penalty for not filing on time. The Failure to File Penalty is usually five

percent of the tax owed for each month, or part of a month that your return is late, up to a maximum of 25%. If your return is over 60 days late, there is also a minimum penalty for late filing; it is the lessor of $205 or 100 percent of the tax owed unless your failure to file was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. The IRS may abate penalties for filing and paying late if you have reasonable cause and the failure was not due to willful neglect. Making a late payment as soon as you are able may help to establish that your initial failure to pay timely was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. Don’t ever ignore the IRS. A timely response to any notices may keep open the

various options that are available to resolve your matter. Finally, if you don’t know what to do or are just intimidated by the IRS, contact a professional that specializes in IRS Tax Resolution. Remember, for every tax problem, there’s a solution. Constant W. Watson III, CPA, CTRS, is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist. He is only one of six Certified Tax Resolution Specialists in the State of Illinois who is certified by The American Society of Tax Problem Solvers. With more than 30 years of income tax and accounting experience, he has a reputation for excellence and client satisfaction. For a Free Consultation, call him at (708) 206-9900.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Lonnie Brooks

Lonnie Brooks’ Homegoing Ceremony Celebrated the Blues Legend’s Life By Lee Edwards Defender Contributing Writer Chicago Blues music legend Lonnie Brooks, born Lee Baker, Jr., passed away on April 1, leaving behind a rich discography of music and adoring family and friends who fondly remember the man behind the music. Brooks’ funeral service, held at Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church, 2233 W. 79th St., on April 10, witnessed family members, friends, colleagues, grateful fans, and the like all paying their final respects; however, the ceremony was anything but solemn. Two of Brooks’ sons, Wayne Baker Brooks and Ronnie Baker Brooks, took up their respective guitars and joined fellow musician Billy Branch on the harmonica to pay tribute to their late father by playing a rendition of “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” Later, Branch played “Amazing Grace” and Ronnie Baker Brooks played one of his original songs, “Thank You,” which he said was written with both of his parents in mind. Toward the close of the ceremony, the two brothers shared stories with the audi-

Throughout his 60 year musical career, Brooks recorded 11 full albums included hits “Family Rules” and “The Crawl” when he was known as Guitar Junior during his time as a recording artist for the Goldband label. ence that depicted Lonnie Brooks just as they saw him: a wonderful father and devoted family man. Wayne Baker Brooks recalled frequently joining his father on visits to the local pool hall where the two shared laughter and a bit of adventure; moments when his father disciplined him in front of his childhood friends; and how he was able to convince his father to co-author the Blues For Dummies book along with other giants of the genre. Ronnie Baker Brooks said he and the family surrounded the patriarch with “positive energy” and “love” toward the end of his life. “My Dad made me stronger, he made us all stronger,” said Ronnie Brooks. Known best for his 10 gallon hats and his charming smile, Brooks’ rise to the

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Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2010 began with his grandfather, Joe Thomas, taking him to house parties he performed at. It was during those moments Brooks’ lifelong love of music first began. Throughout his 60 year musical career, Brooks recorded 11 full albums including hits “Family Rules” and “The Crawl” when he was known as Guitar Junior during his time as a recording artist for the Goldband label. The Dubuisson, La., native performed throughout Texas and Louisiana before meeting and befriending music great Sam Cooke in 1959, who suggested he move to Chicago. Upon arrival in Chicago, Brooks officially changed his name to Lonnie Brooks because there was already another performer with the name Guitar

Junior in the city. He performed in bars on the city’s South and West sides as well as in Gary and East Chicago, Ind. He would also forge a partnership with blues star Jimmy Reed with whom he would tour and record music with. Brooks’ biggest break would come after he signed with Alligator Records. In 1979, his debut album with the label Bayou Lightning was critically acclaimed and would go on to the win the Grand Prix du Disque Award from the 1980 Montreux Jazz Festival. He would go on to record a live rendition of “Sweet Home Chicago,” which would become one of his staple tracks. In the summer of 1993, Brooks joined blues great B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells and Eric Johnson for a national concert tour. Bruce Iglauer, founder of Alligator Records, who originally signed Brooks to the label said, “[Lonnie] played blues to make you forget your blues.” He said Brooks was always just “one of the guys” and that he worked as hard as he could for every audience. “It was an honor to work with him,” said Iglauer. www.chicagodefender.com


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ENTERTAINMENT

Film Review: Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “My music is the spiritual expression of what I am…I want to be the force that is truly for good.” It was a while before the legendary jazz musician and saxophonist John Coltrane got to a place where he could articulate his mantra that clearly. The legacy Coltrane left behind is a bit more cryptic than that of Miles Davis or Charlie Parker. More of his devotees are hard-core jazz aficionados than casual music listeners. Chiefly because his last bodies of work and musical style, “Free Jazz,” were so cacophonous, fast paced and not that easy on a regular set of ears that might interpret his art form as screeching noises. Though, hard-core jazz fans knew his genius and appreciated the sounds he made in his later years. To understand how Coltrane got to that musically intense space, you have to see Coltrane and his music evolve, and that’s where this enlightening non-fiction film is very helpful. Writer/director John Scheinfeld is most known for his investigative documentary “The U.S. vs. John Lennon.” He has experience digging out the facts and creating a body of work that exhibits his findings. Scheinfeld assembles a very impressive roster of family, friends and fellow musicians whose recollections pull together the chapters of Coltrane’s bio. Coltrane’s stepdaughter Antonia Andrews recalls a night when her dad walked all the way home from a gig so he wouldn’t spend money on carfare. He wanted to buy her a pair of shoes and every penny counted. This was a sign of his love and caring that she never forgot. She also recalls the night he left her mom and her. Both moments bring tears to her eyes. Jimmy Heath, a good friend and fellow saxophonist, remembers the night Dizzie Gillespie caught John and him in a basement doing heroin. Both got kicked out of the band, but John begged for his job back, and got it. Yasuhiro “Fuji” Fujioka is the #1 collector of Coltrane memorabilia in the world. His love and obsession for the musician started in high school when he heard Coltrane on the radio. It was a revelation. He went on a lifelong quest to collect every record he could find and other mementos. His love for the man grew more when Coltrane toured in Japan and showed a deep compassion for the country, its people and the suffering they endured during and after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Fuji spent a lifetime, as he says, “Chasing Trane.” With all the interviews—from Coltrane’s children, intellectuals like Cornel West, musicians like Sonny Rollins and Carlos Santana and dignitaries like former President Bill Clinton—you almost don’t notice that there are no live interviews with Coltrane himself; just photos and glimpses of him playing with his band. That’s because he only did print interviews, and those precious words are voiced on screen by Denzel Washington. In a strong, illuminat-

John Coltrane ing manner, Washington’s voice and deliberate cadence take you within Coltrane’s soul and thought process. Scheinfeld uses cutouts, collages and montages to liven up the screen. The reminiscing by the interviewees is provocative and vivid. Photographs from the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s make you feel like you are leafing through someone’s family album. What’s on view looks like a fine PBS documentary or educational film. It misses the mark as a major theatrical jazz documentary like “I Called Him Morgan.” But, within its own specific genre, this film is illuminating. Born in North Carolina in 1926, John Coltrane was lucky to be part of a tight loving family with strong father figures. He was unlucky at age 12, when he lost his father, uncle and two grandfathers in the space of just two years. Needing an income, his mother moved him to Philadelphia, where she could find work. She made enough money to afford music lessons for her son who had learned to master the saxophone. Coltrane’s talent blossomed and seemed

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to reach another level when he met and was influenced by the double-timing, rapid-fire playing of Charlie Parker (1945). It was a style that he would incorporate into his own. Subsequent gigs with Dizzie Gillespie’s band (1949-51) and Miles Davis’ band (1955-57) brought Coltrane further along his own road. That progress was hindered by an addiction to heroin, which he managed to kick on his own. As Carlos Santana said, “Thank God. He allowed him to get past the gates of hell.” Freeing himself from that vice set him on a spiritual journey that meshed with his music. Meeting pianist Alice McCloud at the club Birdland in the early ‘60s was another milestone. They married and started a new family. Under the influence of this stability, in 1964, upstairs at his split-level home in Dix Hills, Long Island, Coltrane would create his opus jazz record, a four-part suite called “A Love Supreme,” which was released in 1965. It was a blend of forceful hymn-like melodies that were a triumph of music and spirituality and displayed a ten-

or saxophone dexterity. This is a Zen moment in jazz. This is the album that raised Coltrane to a status on the level of Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. He bent music to his will, shaped it like a sculpture, relayed it like a scripture and shared it with the world. As the documentary winds down and a deadly disease takes Coltrane away from his fans and the world at age 40, what remains is his music and his desire to only spread good throughout the world. The loving thoughts, by all the interviewees, sustain his spirit, as does listening to his catalog of music during the film’s 99-minute length. Indeed, Coltrane’s music was the spiritual expression of who he was. This film confirms it. Dwight Brown is a film critic and travel writer. As a film critic, he regularly attends international film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and the American Black Film Festival. Read more movie reviews by Dwight Brown at DwightBrownInk.com. www.chicagodefender.com


ON THE SCENE

More than 2K join Cardinal Cupich for “Way of the Cross” March on Southside on Good Friday

The 6th Annual Spring Bling Dance & Stand Competition @ Gwendolyn Brooks Prep Academy Bringing Out Talent Dance Team hosted the dance competition that brought out over 15 Chicagoland teams, packing out the gymnasium over the Easter holiday weekend. The event was produced by Shkunna Stewart and sounds provided by Blok Bizness DJs.

Dancing star Elite Majorettes, Dance company CEOs Neal Brown and Mykeus Brown. (Photos by Mary L. Datcher) Parishioners participating in the ceremony offered their testimonials of family members lost to violence in the community. (Photos by JLA Photography)

Blue and Silver: The Original Royal Gladiators, CEO Tyesha Meadley.

President Toni Preckwinkle joins marchers in advocating an end to gun violence.

Insanity Dance Team (B.O.T.), company CEO Shkunna Stewart. (Photo Courtesy of B.O.T.)

Over 2,000 people participated in the Good Friday March. www.chicagodefender.com

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Lake FX CreativeCon, Rolling Stones Exhibit and Essence Features Kim Foxx

Mary L. Datcher Mary L. Datcher Defender Senior Writer Dr. Willie Wilson spent part of his Easter Sunday at Greater Harvest Baptist to launch National Bail Reform Movement. He has become a public advocate for criminal justice reform and utilizing his wealth for the common good. His recent $160,000 donation to assist Cook County taxpayers with their property taxes brought a great deal of gratitude from residents chosen to receive the gift. For those who didn’t take the Chicago millionaire’s mayoral and presidential run seriously—Dr. Wilson’s philanthropic efforts has garnered more attention and respect from some his critics. The struggle is real out here and the tale of two cities is far from being a “tale”—it is “tell-tale” of the harsh reality of surviving in a city that has become increasingly expensive for many living on fixed income or check-to-check. On the flipside, the city of Chicago hosts the third annual Lake FX CreativeCon two-day seminar and showcases presented by Google. Produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), it’s a free conference for emerging artists and creative professionals from April 21-22 at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) One of the highlights of the conference will be special keynote speaker and music mogul, Kevin Liles. Co-Founder and CEO of 300 Entertainment and CEO of KWL Management, the former President of Def Jam Music Group and Warner Bros. will speak at 5:30pm on Friday, April 21 at the event. In addition, I’m pleased to moderate another wonderful music-driven panel at the Lake FX CreativeCon featuring “Women in Music, Marketing and Media” on Saturday, April 22 beginning at 4:30 p.m. featuring Sr. VP of Marketing, Rona Mercado at Cashmere Agency (Los Angeles); Entertainment producer, Tyra Martin (WGN-TV) and other reputable women executives. For a full listing of some fantastic panel discussions and showcases in music, film, theater and technology—visit LakeFXChicago.us. Most respect to the Program Manager, Frayne Lewis, for overseeing two non-stop days of extraordinary resource sharing and networking among our cre-

ative community. Former Commissioner of DCASE, Michelle T. Boone, is currently Chief of Program and Civic Engagement of Navy Pier, Inc.—the city’s number one tourist destination. Last week, Navy Pier unveiled Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones, delivered by DHL, which debuted in Chicago on Saturday, April 15. Exhibitionism will run a fourmonth engagement through July 30, 2017, proudly brought to the U.S. by Jackson.  Guests will have the unique opportunity to experience the incredible journey of the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in the world through this immersive and interactive exhibit set in the Pier’s Festival Hall B, showcasing more than 500 rare items spanning the band’s influence on fashion, recording, film and art, culminating in a mind-blowing 3D concert finale. With the limited exhibit run of David Bowie’s showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), I asked Michelle will fans have a similar experience when visiting The Rolling Stones exhibit at The Pier? “People know to go to a museum for an exhibition. The MCA has a membership base, there’s a steady flow of people that go to that venue specifically for that. The idea of Navy Pier hosting an exhibit is new and has never been done before and folks come to the pier for many different reasons,” she said. “It’ll be different to see how audiences respond. Bowie was a huge blockbuster for the MCA but I would imagine that The Stones is certainly just as popular and ingrained in the culture as David Bowie was but in a different sort of way.” Knowing the influence of Black music from legendary artists—Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf and other Chess Recording artists—makes The Rolling Stones’ Chicago bond strong. Boone says, “The Stones has this unique Chicago connection because the Blues played such a role and influence. They’ve had this long history of playing at the Checkerboard Lounge and other small clubs that weren’t necessarily part of the official tours. Musicians that they’ve built relationships with over the years.” Birthday shout-outs Celebrations are for wonderful belated birthday wishes to this year’s Defender Women of Excellence honoree, Catrice Armstrong and favorite choreographer and master teacher of Monsters of Hip Hop, Chonique Sneed on April 18. Onehalf of Chicks That Pitch, casting manager, Erica Mauldin; Chicago native but New York resident, Maxine Daniels (daughter of music retailer, George Daniels); and music rep. turned awesome realtor, Nycholle Brown celebrate on April 20. DJ Vick Lavender keeps the birthday flames burning on April 22. Notable music veteran, Eric Payton; music producer and musician, D. Brooks and marketing agency executive, Freddie Baez celebrate on April 23. Congrats & Honors Essence Magazine named Cook County State’s Attorney  Kim Foxx  as one of 100 women on their inaugural #WOKE100

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Navy Pier’s Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer, Michelle T. Boone.

Keynote speaker and music mogul, Kevin Liles.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is featured in Essence special May issue.

list, which honors Black women activists, artists, politicians, educators, organizers, journalists and creators who are working to achieve equality for people of color. Foxx became the first African-American elected to the office challenging incumbent Anita Alvarez--shaking “sleeping giants” in a landslide win. Features Editor for Essence, Lauren Williams, felt the May issue was an important testament to the women and their wonderful embodiment of work during a crucial time in our political climate. “We thought it would be great to take a pause and look at the past 12 months and everything that has transpired. We know at Essence that black women are at the forefront of major movements around political, social and the arts—any genre you can think of. This is our way in our 47th anniversary issue to really pay homage to those women. We did our best to include

a selection of women in all fields just to show what Black women are doing in the country,” she said. Sabrina Fulton, mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin, is part of the Mothers of the Movement and founder of Circle of Mothers. Williams said they asked, “What was the moment that she became ‘woke’?” She said, “It really wasn’t until I lost my son.” She found a new purpose in helping other mothers who had undergone the same tragedy in working to affect change in legislation. Also, Chicago author/blogger Luvvie Ajayi is featured on the power activist list and on the cover. Ajayi is on a roll with her bestseller, “I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual.” Television rights was recently secured by Park Forest native and television guru, Shonda Rhimes, and business partner, Betsy Beers (Shondaland), along with ABC Signature Studios. www.chicagodefender.com


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Sexuality, Spirituality, Health, and Race By Shari Noland Defender Executive Editor Dr. Jonathan Lassiter, assistant professor of psychology at Muhlenberg College, is the author of the new book Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation. With his co-editor, Dr. Lassiter edited the compilation of nearly two-dozen contributions from LGBT researchers and health-care professionals. He has provided the opportunity to amplify the voices of Black LGBT people working in the health field. “Most research on Black LGBT folks has been done by people who are neither Black nor LGBT. We wanted to center the voices of Black LGBT folks and have the researchers and the people doing the work on the ground in health care contribute to that,” said Dr. Lassiter. Dr. Lassiter shared his findings with Chicago Defender on the way sexual orientation, class, spirituality, and race intersect, and how spirituality influences how people treat others and affects health. One of your main goals is to show people who have intersecting marginalized identities, specifically Black, same-gender loving people, LGBT people, as whole human beings. Why? So often, as Black LGBT people we get diced up into whether you’re Black, or you’re gay, or you’re poor, or you’re sick, or you’re this or you’re that. But no one ever really looks at the intersections. People have things in areas in which they thrive and they have areas in which they have some challenges. No one person is no one thing. That’s why my research looks at particularly the role of spirituality in that because I’m a clinical psychologist by training and a lot of my research has been formed by the discipline of Black psychology. We know that spirituality in general, whether the person is LGBT or not, has tons of positive benefits for people. People who are more spiritual have lower levels of risk behaviors like drinking or smoking cigarettes or engaging in behaviors that put them at risk for STIs or HIV. People who may have higher levels of spirituality have lower levels of depression and other mental health issues. I just really wanted to bring that to the forefront and look at how spirituality was operating in the lives of Black LGBT people and ways in which it acts as a risk factor for health issues. I think it also allows people to remain resilient in the face of not only health issues, but also forms of social oppression that Black LGBT people are unfortunately disproportionately targeted with. What you’re saying is that people who are more spiritual tend to draw on that higher power to deal with some of the difficulties in life. But if you feel rejected, that could negatively affect your health? It’s almost really like any other person in a way who is not religious – LGBTQ or not, right? There’s a lot of patriarchy or homophobia tied up in what we think about

Dr. Jonathan Lassiter

(Photo by Rebecca Marks)

as Western religion. That Western religion is going to typically say homo-negative or homophobic things about Black LGBT people, like, “God hates fags,” things like that or, “You’re going to go to hell because you’re like that … you know, pray the gay away.” I found that many people who currently identify as spiritual as adults originally identified as religious as children. That means they grew up in religious households. This is something that they’re socialized into from a young age. They grow up hearing these messages that the very higher power that created them hates them. What does that do to a person’s self esteem? What does this do to a person’s sense of self, self-concept? You’re right, this can happen to anyone. If they hear negative messages about a central part of themselves. But for Black LGBT people we see this related to sexual orientation and it’s a little bit more extreme because spirituality and religion are such big cultural components of the Black community, unlike other communities where spirituality and religion are more ritualistic. If you think about people who practice Catholicism, they’re going to go to mass, but religion is going to stay there. They can go and they can repent. Not all Catholics practice that way but that’s typically the way religion is outside of communities of color. But for Black people, religion typically tends to be something that’s embodied. Religion and spirituality are going to be with that person in their religious institutions but also as they’re walking down the street, as they’re on the job, as they’re in their schools, and things like that. It plays such a central part and it not only structures the person’s individual behavior but it also structures their interpersonal relationships with their family members, with their peers, and whatnot. If you’re a Black person, it’s going to be a little bit harder for Black people to get away from those messages because religion is so ingrained in the culture. Just from my own circles, younger Black Christians don’t seem to have the same hang-ups with same-sex relationships as previous generations. Have you found that in your research? Yeah, you’re right. There is a generational shift there. What I’ve seen in my research is that while there’s still definitely homo-negative messages or homophobic messages going on in church-

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es, they tend to become few. Let’s just say they’re not an everyday occurrence. It’s more like the fourth Sunday message, if you get what I’m saying. It becomes the instance where, ‘Okay now we’re going to have our, you know, bi-monthly, or our every other month, gay bashing service.’ People really get up in arms. I don’t know if you saw that Kim Burrell video that was out a little bit ago, but the people in that church when Kim Burrell was up saying all of these negative things about gay people, LGBT folks, the audience around her were cheering. It was like a sporting event. They were so into it. I think as long as that is the reaction, religious leaders will continue to give those messages. Because it’s more sporadic, you have Black LGBT people who still continue to go to churches that have homo-negative messages in them because they say, ‘Well you know, it’s just that fourth Sunday.’ Every other Sunday it’s fine. In my research I’ve actually found that most Black same-gender loving men continue to go to traditional churches. That must be hard. Why not go somewhere else? To use the language of the church, Black people are taking something that was meant for the bad and turning it into good. Black same-gender loving people, just like Black heterosexual people, often get a lot of benefit from attending churches. It’s community. It’s networking for jobs, for education. Some churches have scholarships for children. It’s support with food. Some churches have food pantries. These people don’t want to give up these things and they don’t want to give up the cultural experience. But then how do homosexual people who do continue to attend homo-negative churches maintain peace with their religion, spirituality and sexual identity? One strategy is having this personal interpretation of religious text. While the religious leader may be emphasizing a verse against homosexuality, the same-gender loving person may then pay more attention to verses like -- “God is love,” and “Whosoever let him come.” We also know that Black LGBT people and same-gender loving people use their personal experience with their higher power in order to guide their life. Other people may be saying, “God doesn’t love you,” but a Black same-gender loving person may be like, “Well God helped me pay my light bill,” or, “God helped me overcome addiction so I know God loves me regardless of what you say.” In this way they’re able to take their health for themselves. They’re able to not let others define their relationship with their higher power. We also have to remember that religion and spirituality, while they are similar things, they are distinct as well. We know that religion typically tends to be more organized around ritual and doctrine and particular procedures. Whereas spirituality is more individual. It tends to have less to do with the middle man, whereas religion has more to do with the middle man.

Mayor Emanuel Reaffirms City of Chicago’s Ban on Travel to North Carolina Due to Discriminatory Law Chicago’s ban on non-essential travel to North Carolina by City employees remains intact until LGBTQ individuals receive full protection Mayor Rahm Emanuel reaffirmed the City of Chicago’s commitment to preventing discrimination against any and all groups by announcing that a policy barring travel to North Carolina will remain intact, despite recent action by the state to amend its bathroom policy. Just over a year ago, Mayor Emanuel issued the original ban on non-essential travel to North Carolina to renounce the discriminatory impact that the state’s bathroom policy placed against transgender individuals. While the state recently adapted the original bill barring transgender individuals from using the bathrooms consistent with how they identify, this measure does not go far enough in protecting the rights of the broader LGBTQ community. As a result, a new resolution will be brought forth at the monthly City Council meeting to affirm that the current restriction on travel to North Carolina for city business remains in place. “As a welcoming city for all, we are clear on our values of tolerance and inclusion, and we won’t stand by idly when discriminatory policies threaten the rights of any single group or community,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Until North Carolina acknowledges the rights of the LGBTQ community and treats all individuals fairly, the City of Chicago will be taking our business elsewhere, and we encourage others to do the same.” Mayor Emanuel doubled down on the City’s original 2016 ban of non-essential travel to North Carolina because the state’s recent actions to amend its bathroom policy do not explicitly account for the rights of the broader LGBTQ community. Specifically, recent measures prevent local governments and municipalities in the state from passing their own local anti-discrimination laws and replace HB2’s discriminatory, anti-transgender bathroom regulations with new regulations that continue to make it difficult for transgender people to access restrooms consistent with their gender identity. www.chicagodefender.com


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Is It OK For Your Teen To Sleep With Girlfriend Or Boyfriend In Your House?

Dr. Karen R. January Dear Dr. Karen My daughter is 17 years old and she has dated her boyfriend, who is 16, since they started high school. She knows that I will not allow her to spend the night with him in our home, even though she has asked me a thousand times. However, his mom has no problem with my daughter spending the night at his house. I don’t approve of it, and I feel my daughter is disrespecting me. What should I do?                             Old School Mom Dear Old School Mom: Your daughter can ask you one thousand and one times, but if this is your position, then you must stand by it. An alarming amount of parents allow their teens’ boyfriend/girlfriends to spend the night. These parents may think that they are being cool, but children need and want boundaries and discipline. Children—including teenagers-- look to their parents for guidance and to help them make the right decisions. Speak with the parent(s) of the boyfriend and let them know how you feel. Explain to your daughter why you are not ok with this.   She is your daughter and you have a right to be concerned about her welfare. You don’t have to give permission for her to spend the night but listen to her side of the story. You’re not going to like it but listen anyway. Stay away from a shouting match. You don’t want to risk the chance of pushing her away. You want her to know that you love her and want the best for her. You are probably going to start World War III, but remember, you are the General. You are in charge!

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Do You Date A Man Who Tells You His Divorce Is Almost Final?

stay and keep listening to the excuses!

Why Do Women Cheat? Dear Dr. Karen: I worked with a guy for 10 years. During this time, we were just good friends. After my divorce, I learned we both had romantic feelings for each other. He was still married, but he promised we would be together after his son graduated. His son has graduated and there has just been one excuse after another about why he is not leaving his wife. I don’t want to move on with my life without him, but on the other hand, I’m tired of his excuses. What should I do to get him to open his eyes and see what he’s missing?                                                     Waiting  Dear Waiting:  Why are you involved in another woman’s marriage? This man may have been a “gentleman” for the 10 years you were friends, but after your divorce, he became a man who cheats on his wife and makes empty promises to another woman.  You say you want him to open his eyes and see what he’s missing. Why not open yours and see what you are missing? He’s not missing anything. He has a wife at home and a mistress on the side. If you don’t want to move on without him, then

Dear Dr. Karen: A week ago, I learned my wife-tobe cheated on me. I followed her and watched as she went into a man’s apartment. When I confronted her, she swore to me nothing happened. Days later I found an e-mail she sent to a friend explaining in detail her affair. I confronted her again, and she finally admitted the truth. There was not one word of remorse. She has moved to her mother’s house, and now we just transport our son back and forward until the court decides who will gain custody. We have lived together for two years and have a beautiful baby boy. I would give my life to go back six months and prevent this. My last marriage ended in a similar way.                                                     Love Lost Dear Love Lost:                                                                            Going back in time would not change who she is. Women cheat for many reasons; emotional and physical are a few. The signs 
were there, but out of your want and need, you fell for the okie doke. When someone shows you they

are not honest or 
responsible, you don’t try to convert them. You stop dating them. Your marital status doesn’t change your parental status. Do 
everything possible for your son, no matter what the quality of the 
relationship with his mother. Since this has happened twice now, take a second look to determine what you might be
 doing wrong. Dr. Karen R. January is an expert in youth development, as well as male-female relationships. Her book, ¨Lessons Mama Never Taught Me,” profiles 10 women and the mistakes they made in parenting, love and life. Please send your questions to Dr. Karen at askdrjanuary@gmail.com. Visit her website:  www.drkaykay.com   FB: drkayj  Twitter: @drkjanuary Disclaimer “The advice offered in this column is not intended to replace or substitute for any professional, financial, medical, legal, or other professional advice. Dr. Karen January, the newspaper and publisher are not responsible for the outcome or results of following any advice in any given situation. You, and only you, are completely responsible for your actions.” Due to the large number of letters received, there is no guarantee that your question will be published.

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FINANCE

CFPB Under Attack Despite $12 Billion Returned to Consumers CHARLENE CROWELL NNPA FINANCIAL WRITER

This spring, as in past years, Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), appeared to testify before Congress on the past year’s efforts and achievements. However, the mandated session intended to share consumer trends and concerns from a 50page report turned into a six-hour partisan attack on CFPB and its director, calling for the director’s dismissal and an end to the CFPB as we know it. “Not only must Mr. Cordray go, but this current CFPB must go as well,” said Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R) of Texas, the Chair of the House Financial Services Committee. Somebody needs to call a timeout for behavior that devolves a congressional hearing into an extended partisan tirade. That kind of behavior neither respects consumers nor the oaths lawmakers took to speak and act in support of the American people. As the tone of any public forum is set by those entrusted with leadership roles, shame on the committee chair and all committee members who shirked their sworn governmental duties. Indulging partisan attacks while ignor-

ing a document that attests to the real-life concerns of consumers and their finances is an inappropriate use of public resources. What was lost in a marathon attack was CFPB’s service to America’s consumers that more reasoned minds would have heralded. Since CFPB opened its doors: •$12 billion was returned to 29 million consumers harmed by financial companies; •97 percent of complaints sent to businesses received timely replies; and •More than 1 million consumer complaints were filed – 1,136,000 to be exact. “With the help of complaints,” noted Director Cordray, “we dig deeply into potentially unfair practices, so we can prevent minor issues from becoming major problems. We also use complaints to identify opportunities to educate and empower consumers about the marketplace and their rights and to understand what the rules of the road should be when we consider and undertake rulemaking.” “Through the questions they ask us, the stories they tell us, and the complaints they submit, the voices of consumers remain foundational to the Bureau’s work,” added Director Cordray.  For example, the story of a California consumer was included in the report. “We had actually lost over $1,000…For a very frustrating month, we tried every-

thing to reach the company for an explanation and finally put in a complaint with CFPB. Within two weeks, we received a response from the company and a check for the difference. We are so grateful to CFPB and this avenue of resolution.” “Time after time the CFPB has shown to be an effective agency and has kept our financial sector accountable to the public,” noted Yana Miles, Senior Legislative Counsel with the Center for Responsible Lending. “With Director Cordray at the helm, CFPB has helped restore financial freedom for millions of working families.” And many of those working families included Black and Latino consumers who are frequently targeted for financial abuse. For consumers of color, CFPB’s actions are strongly welcomed. Before the Bureau’s creation, consumer protection was shared by several federal offices and holding predatory lenders accountable was on a long list of other duties. With CFPB, consumer protection is the sole focus. Violations are verified and enforcement actions return hard-earned monies to families. “The CFPB leveled the playing field between consumers and financial companies in a way that no other regulator had previously,” said Paulina Gonzalez, Executive Director of the California Reinvestment Coalition. “It stopped scammers, created real consequences for illegal behavior by corporations, and increased transparency into the marketplace so that people are

better equipped to make important financial decisions. Consumers want, need, and deserve a strong agency that stands up for their interests.” A similar reaction came from Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “It is disappointing but not surprising that payday lenders, debt collectors, for-profit colleges, and other industry groups have turned to their allies in Congress and the courts in an effort to weaken the Bureau so they can keep exploiting financially vulnerable Americans.” In the throes of the foreclosure crisis, consumers and their advocates spoke up, stood up and insisted on changes to ensure that never again would irresponsible lending practices jeopardize the nation’s economy. Director Cordray and his staff have worked to bring financial justice to the millions who have been harmed. Perhaps now is the right time for people to stand up and be heard once again. According to Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the Ranking Member on the House Financial Services Committee, “The Consumer Bureau and Director Cordray are doing exactly the job they are supposed to do, and they are doing it well.” Charlene Crowell  is communications deputy director for the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at Charlene.crowell@responsiblelending.org. 

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APRIL April 20-29 (In) justice Film Festival Showcase more than 50 films designed to moves audiences to action. Visit injusticeforall.com for a list of screenings and events taking place throughout Chicago. APRIL 21 ‘Puttin on the Hits’ Get ready for this year’s South Central Community Services Inc. Lip-sync dinner show fundraiser. A table for 10 is $750. Individual fee is $85. You can buy tickets or tables at sccsinc.org. Belvedere Chateau Palos Hills 8055 W. 103rd St. Reception at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Showtime at 8 p.m. APRIL 21-22 Calling all emerging artists and creative professionals! Don’t miss the third annual Lake FX CreativeCon presented by Google Conference. The Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St. More than 59 workshops, panels and keynote conversations with entertainment industry leaders. Audition performances and one-on-one career advice also available. For more information, visit LakeFXChicago.us APRIL 22 Men Only Health and Wellness Fair Get your complimentary screenings and lab work for Cholesterol, Diabetes, Prostrate Cancer (for those over 40) Please bring ID for lab work 11:00 a.m.-3 p.m. Provident Hospital of Cook County 500 East 51 St., Chicago To register, call (312) 572-2705 APRIL 22 Empowering the Entire You! The Will County Black Diamond Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction invites you to a day of health and wellness education, nutrition, screenings, blood drive, fitness session, raffles, prizes and more. Drake Elementary School 2710 S. Dearborn St., Chicago 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information or vendor opportunities, email info@wcblackdiamondtlod. org APRIL 22 Battle of the Bands The event features Jaguar Essence, Crystal Elegance, Exquisite Jaguars, Twirling Diamonds and Dancing Diawww.chicagodefender.com

monds. King College Prep Vs. Proviso West From 3-6 p.m. King College Prep High School Coach Lonnie Williams Gymnasium 4445 S. Drexel Blvd. Tickets are $5 for high school students and kids under 12, $10 for adults and $15 at the door. Tickets also can be purchased at Norman’s Bistro, 1001 E. 43rd St., Chicago. For more information: bwashington@cps.edu or call 773-888-4176. APRIL 22 Prom With a Purpose This annual charity, hosted by the 007th District CAPS Domestic Violence Subcommittee, provides formal wear for teens to attend their senior proms. Ogden Park, 6500 S. Racine (in the fieldhouse) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, go to benfest.com or https://www.facebook. com/BenFest/ APRIL 26 The Bernie Mac Foundation Join us at this evening of dinner and entertainment, as well as update on sarcoidosis. Mingle with friends, family and supporters of the Bernie Mac Foundation. 5:30-9 p.m. Wintrust Building, 231 South LaSalle, Chicago The suggested ticket donation is $150, which includes a VIP reception, dinner and entertainment. Corporate sponsorships are also available. For information, contact berniemacfoundation.org or Yvonne Moore at 312-219-4493. APRIL 29 The Monk Meets the First Lady Orbert Davis’ CJP Chamber Ensemble celebrates the centennial birthdays of two of the jazz genre’s most influential artists: Thelonious Monk and Ella Fitzgerald. This event is the closing night of the Chicago Southland’s “Let Them Eat Jazz” festival. Governor’s State University Performing Arts Center 1 West University Parkway University Park, IL 8 p.m. Tickets are $38 and $28 For information, call 888-895-8233 APRIL 29 Daughters of Destiny You are invited to celebrate amaz-

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Thelonious Monk ing Women of God at this Success Luncheon. We honor pioneering women in ministry, marketing and mentoring. Daughters of Destiny Enterprises Inc. 3016 W. 63rd Street, Chicago 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Event price: $20 For more information and/or to purchase a ticket, contact Apostle Bridget C. Outlaw at 773-510-9774 or inbox her on Facebook.

MAY 3 60 Years as a Priest Help us honor Father George Clements. Hilton Chicago 720 S. Michigan Ave. 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. For information or to order tickets, contact Joseph Grant (773) 580-2213, Brian Robinson (312) 493-7244, Vivian Clark (708) 642-9402, Keith Williams (773) 457-6607, or email sixtyyearsapriest@yahoo.com

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Vanessa Stubbs…..Visitation was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Interment: Tuesday, April 18, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Mason St. Luke BC Cemetery, Corinth, MS Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HUGHES

Margie Hughes…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ 1st Baptist Church, 900 E. 50th St. Funeral: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. GRANT

Anna Grant…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ New Cross Temple, 9100 S. Bishop Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 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. HUNT

Clarence Hunt…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. GRAYSON

Howard Grayson…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ New Pisgah Baptist Church, 8130 S. Racine Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 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. JOHNSON

MC ARTHUR

Tiny Mc Arthur…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Bethlehem Temple, 20 E. 147th Street Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Restvale Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. CALDWELL

Alene Caldwell…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Tabernacle M.B. Church, 4130 S. Indiana Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

Curtis Waller…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 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. TENNLE

Charles Tennle…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. JONES

Charles Jones…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Faith Temple C O G I C, 7158 S. Peoria Funeral: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. DABNEY

Geraldine Dabney…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. @ Antioch B.C., 62nd Stewart Funeral: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Interment: Oak Woods Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. BATES

Patricia Bates…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

Rebecca Johnson…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

MC CAFFERTY

ROGERS

FUTCH

James Futch…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Lunford Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 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.

JOHNSON

Dennis Rogers…..Memorial was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 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. STRICKLAND

Sabrina Strickland…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. @ Bethel Temple, 210 East 147th St. Funeral: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Interment: Monday, April 17, 2017; 9:30 a.m. @ Mound Grove, Kankakee Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. PARHAM

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CARPENTER, JR.

Darrell Carpenter, Jr…..Wake was held: Monday, April 17, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Christ Temple B C, 16200 Woods Street Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Homewood Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

WALLER

Cleveland Johnson…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Shiloh Baptist Church, 7058 S. Racine Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Glenwood Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

Evelyn Mc Cafferty…..Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Bethlehem Star M B Church, 9231 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

WORSHAM, SR.

Horace Worsham, Sr…..Wake was held: Monday, April 17, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Homewood Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

Octavia Parham…..Wake was held: Monday, April 17, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Progressive MBC, 139th Keeler Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Burr Oak Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

ENGLISH

David English…..Wake was held: Monday, April 17, 2017; 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Interment: Tuesday, April 18, 2017;10:00 a.m. @ Abe Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. BULLOCK

Sidney Bullock…..Wake was held: Tuesday, April 18, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 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. ROSS

Phillip Ross…..Wake was held: Tuesday, April 18, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Trinity United, 400 W. 95th Street Funeral: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. BRIGGINS

Deborahna Briggins…..Wake: Wednesday, April 19, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Lunford Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. REID

Emmauel Reid…..Wake: Wednesday, April 19, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Bethlehem Star M B Church, 9231 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Funeral: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. COLLIER, JR.

Shane Collier, Jr…..Wake: Wednesday, April 19, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Bethlehem Star M B Church, 9231 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Funeral: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. ROBINSON

Ethel Robinson…..Wake: Thursday, April 20, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Restvale Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HAMPTON

Laresa Hampton…..Wake: Thursday, April 20, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 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.

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HUGHES

Royal Hughes…..Wake: Thursday, April 20, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 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.

MOORE

Tanya Moore…..Wake: Saturday, April 22, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church, 4100 King Drive Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

KELLUM, JR.

Eric Kellum, Jr…..Wake: Thursday, April 20, 2017; 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. @ Bethlehem Star M B Church, 9231 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Funeral: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

MATTHEWS, JR.

OWENS

Eric Owens…..Wake: Friday, April 21, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ New Macedonia M.B.C., 4244 W. Madison Ave. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Oakridge Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

James Davis, Sr…..Wake: Friday, April 21, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HENDERSON

Steven Henderson…..Wake: Friday, April 21, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. PEOPLES

Clementh Peoples…..Wake: Saturday, April 22, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Glenwood Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. AMEGATCHER

Emmanuel Amegatcher…..Wake: Saturday, April 22, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Private Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. STALLWORTH

Bobby Stallworth…..Wake: Saturday, April 22, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

LEAK & SONS

63 East 79th Street Chicago, IL 60619 & 5350 W. North Ave. 773-488-7300 Chicago, IL 60636

7838 S. COTTAGE GROVE AVE. (773) 846-6567 18400 S. PULASKI 708-206-0860

MIMS

John H. Mims ….. Wake will be held: Thursday, April 21, 2017; 10:00 a.m. . – 11:00 a.m.  @ Carter Temple C.M.E. Church  7841 South Wabash Avenue . Funeral will be held: 11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.   Internment: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery   Elwood, IL. Arrangements  Entrusted To:  Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL  60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com CLARK

BRADSHAW

Marilyn Bradshaw ….. Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. . – 11:00 a.m.  @ Grace Fellowship Bible Church  1720 West 75th Street. Funeral will be held: 11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.   Internment: Mount Hope Cemetery  Chicago, IL. Arrangements  Entrusted To:  Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL  60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com PARKER

Robert Parker….. Wake was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  @ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral was held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Interment:  Mount Hope Cemetery  Chicago, Illinois.  Arrangements Entrusted To:  Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL  60619: (773) 488.7300  cbtaylorfuneralhome.com  

Taylor Funeral

Carrie C. Collins ….. Wake will be held: Saturday, April 22, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  @ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral will be held: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Interment:  Mount Hope Cemetery  Chicago, Illinois.  Entrusted To:  Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL  60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com

Daris Rozell….. Wake was held: Friday, April 14, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  @ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral was held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Interment:  Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery  Elwood, Illinois.   Arrangements Entrusted To:  Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL  60619: (773) 488.7300  cbtaylorfuneralhome.com

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TAYLOR

(773)846-7900 “Families Come First at Golden Gate”

Geneva Clark ….. Wake will be held: Saturday, April 22, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  @ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral will be held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Interment:  Burr Oak Cemetery  Alsip, IL. Arrangements  Entrusted To:  Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL  60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com

Funeral Home

DAVIS, SR.

FUNERAL HOME

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LEBLANC

Wanda LeBlanc ….. Funeral was held: Saturday, April 15, 2017; 11:00 a.m. . – 12:00 p.m.  @ Crerar Memorial Presbyterian Church  8100 South Calumet Avenue.  Cremation.  Arrangements  Entrusted To:  Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL  60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com

COLLINS

JUDD

Clarence Judd, Jr ….. Wake will be held: Saturday, April 22, 2017; 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  @ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral will be held: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Interment:  Oakwoods Cemetery  Chicago, Illinois.  Arrangements Entrusted To:  Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL  60619: (773) 488.7300  cbtaylorfuneralhome.com  

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JOHNSON, III

Lee Scott…..Wake: Tuesday, April 25, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

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FUNERAL HOME

FUNERAL HOME

Donald Johnson, III…..Wake: Monday, April 24, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

Leslie Nash…..Wake: Monday, April 24, 2017; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

A.A. RAYNER & SONS

(773)723-4400 W.W. HOLT

PENDLETON

ADAMS

Ora Adams…..Wake: Friday, April 21, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 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.

CALAHAN FUNERAL HOME

Robert Pendleton…..Wake: Saturday, April 22, 2017; 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

KRIZER

Edmond Krizer…..Wake: Friday, April 21, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Restvale Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

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George Matthews, Jr…..Wake: Saturday, April 22, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

BAILEY, SR.

Anthony Bailey, Sr…..Wake: Thursday, April 20, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

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HILL

FUNERAL HOME

CALAHAN Funeral Home

VIRGHES Marcus Virghes..…..Wake was held: Monday, April 17, 2017; 1:00 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Interment: Cedar Park Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 7234400. COSTICK Emma Costick..…..Burial was held: Monday, April 17, 2017; 1:00 p.m. @ Oakridge Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. HALL Reggie Hall..…..Wake was held: Tuesday, April 18, 2017; 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Glenwood Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 7234400. PRYOR Irma Pryor..…..Wake was held: Tuesday, April 18, 2017; 10:30 a.m. @ Greater Walters AME, 8422 S. Damen Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Burr Oak Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. STALLWORTH Maria A. Stallworth..…..Wake: Friday, April 21, 2017; 10:30 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 7234400.

Eunice Hill ….. Wake will be held: Saturday, April 22, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  @ Emmaneul Baptist Church 8301 South Damon Ave. Funeral will be held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Interment:  Burr Oak Cemetery  Alsip, Illinois.  . Arrangements  Entrusted To:  Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL  60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com  

JONES

Arthur Jones ….. Wake will be held: Saturday, April 22, 2017; 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  @ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral will be held: 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Interment:  Mount Hope Cemetery  Chicago, Illinois.  Arrangements Entrusted To:  Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL  60619: (773) 488.7300  cbtaylorfuneralhome.com

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PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE

INVITATION TO BID TO

METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT OF GREATER CHICAGO

Sealed proposals, endorsed as below, will be deposited in the sealed bid depository located in the lobby of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Administration Building, 100 East Erie Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611, from the date of the Invitation to Bid, up to 11:00 A.M. on the bid opening date, and will be opened publicly by the Director of Procurement and Materials Management or her designee at 11:00 A.M. on the stated bid opening date below for: CONTRACT 17-601-31

PAINTING OF FINAL TANKS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Estimated Cost:

Group A: Stickney WRP

Estimated Cost:

Group C: O’Brien WRP

Estimated Cost:

Group B: Calumet WRP

TOTAL

$1,000,000.00

Bid Deposit: Group A:

$50,000.00

$400,000.00

Bid Deposit: Group C:

$20,000.00

$320,000.00

$1,720,000.00

Mandatory Technical Pre-Bid Conference:

Bid Deposit: Group B: TOTAL

$16,000.00

$86,000.00

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

10:00 a.m. Chicago Time

Stickney Water Reclamation Plant

6001 W. Pershing Road

Conference Room #A266, Building 185

Stickney, Illinois

Bid Opening: May 16, 2017

Compliance with the District’s Affirmative Action Ordinance Revised Appendix D, Appendix C and the Multi-Project Labor Agreement are required on this Contract. CONTRACT 17-674-11

FURNISH AND DELIVER REPAIR PARTS AND SERVICES FOR TRUCKS AND TRAILERS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Estimated Cost:

$366,504.00

Bid Deposit:

Mandatory Technical Pre-Bid Conference:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

$18,000.00

10:00 am Chicago Time

Conference Room #A266, Building 185

Stickney Water Reclamation Plant 6001 W. Pershing Road

Bid Opening:

Stickney, Illinois

May 16, 2017

Compliance with the District’s Affirmative Action Ordinance Revised Appendix D and Appendix C are required on this Contract. *******************************************************************************************************

The above is an abbreviated version of the Notice- Invitation to Bid. A full version which includes a brief description of the project and/or service can be found on the District’s website, www.mwrd.org; Click the Contracts and Proposal quick link on the District’s Home page. Go to Contracts Currently Being Advertised and click for further information.

Specifications, proposal forms and/or plans may be obtained from the Department of Procurement & Materials Management, Room 508, 100 East Erie Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611, Monday - Friday, between 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Documents, unless stated above to the contrary, will be mailed in response to a fax request (#312/751-3042). The vendor may also download specifications, proposal forms and/or plans online from the District’s website, www.mwrd. org. No fee is required for the contract documents unless stated above. All Contracts for the Construction of Public Works are subject to the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act (820 ILCS 130/1-et.seq.), where it is stated in the Invitation to Bid Page.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals if deemed in the public’s best interest.

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

By Darlene A. LoCascio

of Greater Chicago

Director of Procurement and Materials

Chicago, Illinois April 19, 2017

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LEGAL NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE To patrons of Commonwealth Edison Company: Commonwealth Edison Company (“ComEd”) hereby gives notice to the public that on April 13, 2017, it filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC” or “Commission”) its annual formula rate update, including updated cost inputs, a revenue requirement reconciliation, and supporting testimony and other information, all for the purpose of determining, pursuant to Section 16-108.5 of the Illinois Public Utilities Act (the “Act”), updated rates for delivery services applicable throughout ComEd’s service territory in northern Illinois to be applicable beginning with the first monthly billing period of 2018. As provided in Section 16-108.5 of the Act, the updated costs are based on final historical cost data for calendar year 2016 reflected in ComEd’s most recently filed annual FERC Form 1, plus projected plant additions for calendar year 2017, as well as the associated adjustments to accumulated depreciation (change in depreciation reserve), depreciation expense, and accumulated deferred income taxes. In addition, ComEd’s 2016 actual costs, which are now known, are reconciled with the corresponding costs that had been used as part of the prior formula rate update filing. Those updated costs and other inputs, and that reconciliation, collectively result in a distribution revenue requirement on which new delivery services rates are to be based (referred to in the filing as the “2018 Rate Year Net Revenue Requirement”) of $2,721,580,000. This is an increase of $96,280,000 from the revenue requirement approved by the ICC in last year’s formula update, ICC Docket Number 16-0259, Order on Rehearing. For residential customers receiving bundled fixed price electric service from ComEd, the delivery services charges are only a portion of the total bill. The remaining portion includes the cost of the electricity supply and other services, which are subject to the procurement process established by Section 1-75 of the Illinois Power Agency Act and the provisions of Section 16-111.5 of the Public Utilities Act and/or to regulation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Using rates applicable with the April 2017 billing period for such other components, the estimated total bill impacts of changes in the delivery component are provided herein. Increases are denoted by a + sign and decreases are denoted by a – sign. For such customers, the delivery portion of electric bills represents approximately 45% of the total electric bill, on average, while the supply portion accounts for about 39%, the transmission portion accounts for approximately 10% and other charges such as taxes account for the remaining 6%. As a result, all other things being equal, the updated rates for the delivery portion result in an overall change in the total residential bills, on average, of +$1.26 per month or an estimated +1.6%. Total bill impacts for residential customers vary by delivery class and electric usage. For example, the estimated total bill impact, on average, for multi-family residential customers without electric space heat utilizing on average 340 kilowatt-hours (“kWhs”) per month, is +$0.88 per month or +1.9%. Likewise, the estimated total bill impact, on average, for single-family residential customers without electric space heat utilizing on average 743 kWhs per month, is +$1.57 per month or +1.7%. Furthermore, the estimated total bill impact, on average, for multi-family residential customers with electric space heat, utilizing on average 782 kWhs per month, is -$0.18 per month or -0.2%. Additionally, the estimated total bill impact, on average, for single family residential customers with electric space heat, utilizing on average 1,662 kWhs per month, is +$0.03 or +0.0%. ComEd does not estimate total bill impacts for residential customers supplied by Retail Energy Suppliers. The updated delivery service rates for nonresidential customers in the Watt-Hour and Small Load delivery classes (100 kilowatts (“kW”) or less of demand), with varying usages result in an overall average percentage change in the total bill of +7.7% and +2.9%, respectively. Nonresidential customers with larger electric loads (greater than 100 kW) have a wide range of electric load characteristics in addition to electricity supply costs that cannot be reasonably estimated; therefore, the overall effect of the updated delivery service rates on an electric bill for such customers cannot be determined. The updated delivery service rates include ComEd’s updated costs of delivering electricity through its distribution system and apply to all ComEd customers independent of whether electricity supply is procured and provided by ComEd or by a third party (i.e., a Retail Electric Supplier). These updated rates will take effect beginning with the first day of the January 2018 monthly billing period. A copy of the materials filed with the Commission and supporting data and documents may be inspected by any interested party at ComEd’s office located at Three Lincoln Centre in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. 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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION HSBC BANK USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR WELLS FARGO ASSET SECURITIES CORPORATION, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-AR4 Plaintiff, -v.SIDY NIAGADO, WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY LLC D/B/A LAND ROVER CAPITAL GROUP, FIA CARD SERVICES, NA Defendants 10 CH 49895 4585 S. OAKENWALD AVE. CHICAGO, IL 60653 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on December 8, 2014, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 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 4585 S. OAKENWALD AVE., CHICAGO, IL 60653 Property Index No. 20-02-405-037-0000. The real estate is improved with a brown brick single family home with no 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 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 5pm. McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC, Plaintiff’s Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 416-5500. Please refer to file number 257518. 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.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER PARTICIPATION TRUST Plaintiff, -v.LEE A. DAVIS AKA LEE ANDREW DAVIS AKA LEE DAVIS, GINA M. DAVIS AKA GINA MARIE DAVIS AKA GINA DAVIS AKA GINA HARRISON Defendants 16 CH 14141 8017 S. Peoria St. Chicago, IL 60620 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on January 30, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 31, 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 8017 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60620 Property Index No. 20-32-214005-0000. The real estate is improved with a multi unit building containing two to six apartments. The judgment amount was $59,028.17. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for 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 14141 TJSC#: 37-1148 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 AMERICAN ADVISORS GROUP Plaintiff, -v.MARVA S. AUGUST, DEBT BUYERS D/B/A FREEDOM CAPITAL, DISCOVER BANK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ACTING BY AND THROUGH THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT Defendants 16 CH 13551 8454 S Seeley Avenue Chicago, IL 60620 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on January 27, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 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 8454 S Seeley Avenue, Chicago, IL 60620 Property Index No. 20-31-315-039-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $73,853.52. 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. Where a sale of real estate is made to satisfy a lien prior to that of the United States, the United States shall have one year from the date of sale within which to redeem, except that with respect to a lien arising under the internal revenue laws the period shall be 120 days or the period allowable for redemption under State law, whichever is longer, and in any case in which, under the provisions of section 505 of the Housing Act of 1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1701k), and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title 38 of the United States Code, the right to redeem does not arise, there shall be no right of redemption. 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 13551 TJSC#: 37-1114 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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LEGAL NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION CATHAY BANK, A CALIFORNIA BANKING CORPORATION Plaintiff, -v.- A CHICAGO CONVENTION CENTER, LLC, AN ILLINOIS LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, CITY OF CHICAGO, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, QUALITY EXCAVATION, INC., AN ILLINOIS CORPORATION, RANJNA SETHI, AN INDIVIDUAL, A & A HOSPITALITY, LLC, AN ILLINOIS LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, RAVINDER SETHI, AN INDIVIDUAL, BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE PRAIRIE FAMILY HOMES OF DEARBORN PARK, UNKNOWN OWNERS, AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 13 CH 14547 1314 SOUTH PLYMOUTH COURT Chicago, IL 60605 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to an Amended Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on January 4, 2017 (as modified by the order dated April 3, 2017), an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 26, 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: PARCEL 1: LOT 2 IN MCLEAN SECOND RESUBDIVISION IN PART OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 21, TOWNSHIP 39 NORTH, RANGE 14, EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED DECEMBER 20, 1990 AS DOCUMENT 90617024, IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS. PARCEL 2: EASEMENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF PARCEL 1 FOR INGRESS AND EGRESS AS SET FORTH IN DECLARATION RECORDED NOVEMBER 28, 1989 AS DOCUMENT 89566231 AND BY DEED RECORDED MAY 22, 1991 AS DOCUMENT 91244156. Commonly known as 1314 SOUTH PLYMOUTH COURT, Chicago, IL 60605 Property Index No. 17-21-213-046-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $2,321,910.88. 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: RYAN HOLZ, LOCKE LORD LLP, 111 SOUTH WACKER DRIVE, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 443-0700 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. 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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION TCF NATIONAL BANK Plaintiff vs. UNKNOWN HEIRS AT LAW AND/OR DEVISEES OF MARY E. SMITH A/K/A MARY ELLA SMITH; BEVERLY MCCULLOGH A/K/A BEVERLY SMITH; ALVA SMITH; LANCE SMITH; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS. Defendants CASE NUMBER: 17 CH 04055 NOTICE BY PUBLICATION NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU: UNKNOWN HEIRS AT LAW AND/OR DEVISEES OF MARY E. SMITH A/K/A MARY ELLA SMITH; BEVERLY MCCULLOGH A/K/A BEVERLY SMITH; ALVA SMITH; LANCE SMITH; and UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS That this case has been commenced in this Court against you and other defendants, praying for the foreclosure of a certain Mortgage conveying the premises described as follows, to-wit: LOT 34 IN BLOCK 2 IN VERNON PARK SUBDIVISION OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 3, TOWNSHIP 37 NORTH, RANGE 14, EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, (EXCEPT THE RAILROAD RIGHT OF WAY AND EXCEPT STREETS HERETOFORE DEDICATED) IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS. Permanent Index No.: 25-03-419-0070000. COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 9319 S. EBERHART AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60619 and which said Mortgage was made by: MARY E. SMITH A/K/A MARY ELLA SMITH EXECUTED THE MORTGAGE PLAINTIFF SEEKS TO FORECLOSE HEREIN; HOWEVER, MARY E. SMITH A/K/A MARY ELLA SMITH IS DECEASED AND THEREFORE, IS NOT NAMED AS A DEFENDANT IN THIS MATTER the Mortgagor(s), to TCF National Bank, as Mortgagee, and recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Cook County, Illinois, as Document No. 0619408154; and for other relief; that summons was duly issued out of said Court against you as provided by law and that the said suit is now pending. NOW, THEREFORE, UNLESS YOU file your answer or otherwise file your appearance in this case in the Office of the Clerk of this Court, Dorothy Brown Richard J. Daley Center 50 West Washington Street 8th Floor Chicago, IL 60602 on or before MAY 12, 2017 A DEFAULT MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU AT ANY TIME AFTER THAT DAY AND A JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRAYER OF SAID COMPLAINT. Cohen Jutla Dovitz Makowka, LLC, 10729 W. 159th Street, Orland Park, IL 60467 (708) 460-7711 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act you are advised that this law firm 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 Pacific Union Financial, LLC Plaintiff vs. Yasheka G. Williams a/k/a Yesheka Hoskins; Delita Williams; Jermaine Williams; Homan Square Residents Association; Unknown Owners and Non-Record Claimants Defendants 17CH2428 NOTICE OF PUBLICATION NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU: YASHEKA G. WILLIAMS A/K/A YESHEKA HOSKINS; DELITA WILLIAMS; JERMAINE WILLIAMS; Homan Square Residents Association; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS; defendants, that this case has been commenced in this Court against you and other defendants, asking for the foreclosure of a certain Mortgage conveying the premises described as follows, to wit: Parcel 1: Lot 22 in Homan Square Phase I, being the resubdivision of part of the Southeast 1/4 of section 14, Township 39 North, Range 13, East of the Third Principal Meridian, recorded December 30, 1993 as Document No. 03077131, in Cook County, Illinois. Parcel 2: A non-exclusive easement for the benefit of parcel 1 for pedestrian and vehicular access, ingress, and egress over and across all common sidewalks, any alleys, streets or roadways as created in the Declaration of Covenants, conditions, restrictions, and easements for Homan Square Residents Association recorded June 27, 1994 as Document No. 94558398, all in Cook County, Illinois. Commonly known as: 3425 W. Lexington Street, Chicago, IL 60624 and which said mortgage was made by, Yesheka Hoskins a/k/a Yasheka G. Williams and Delita Williams; Mortgagor(s), to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Everett Financial, Inc. DBA Supreme Lending, a Texas Corporation; Mortgagee, and recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Cook County, Illinois, as Document No. 1316915025; and for other relief. UNLESS YOU file your answer or otherwise file your appearance in this case in the Office of the Clerk of this County, 50 W. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602 on or before MAY 19, 2017 A JUDGMENT OR DECREE BY DEFAULT MAY BE TAKEN AGAINST YOU FOR THE RELIEF ASKED IN THE COMPLAINT. RANDALL S. MILLER & ASSOCIATES, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff 120 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1140 Chicago, IL 60602 Phone: (312) 239-3432 Fax: (312) 284-4820 Attorney No: 6238055 pleadings@rsmalaw.com File No: 16IL00310-1 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act you are advised that this firm may be deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained may be used for that purpose.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION TCF NATIONAL BANK Plaintiff, -v.FELICIA SIMS, HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CORPORATION III, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 16 CH 05518 7422 S. MAPLEWOOD AVENUE Chicago, IL 60629 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on February 28, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 30, 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: LOT 8 IN BLOCK 5 IN HINKAMP AND COMPANY’S COLUMBUS AVENUE SUBDIVISION, BEING A RESUBDIVISION OF PART OF WABASH ADDITION TO CHICAGO IN SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 38 NORTH, RANGE 13, EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS. Commonly known as 7422 S. MAPLEWOOD AVENUE, Chicago, IL 60629 Property Index No. 19-25-224-022-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $162,987.80. 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 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 DAVID T. COHEN, DAVID T. COHEN & ASSOCIATES, 10729 WEST 159TH STREET, ORLAND PARK, IL 60467, (708) 460-7711 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. DAVID T. COHEN & ASSOCIATES 10729 WEST 159TH STREET ORLAND PARK, IL 60467 (708) 460-7711 Attorney Code. 25602 Case Number: 16 CH 05518 TJSC#: 37-2129 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 CP-SRMOF II 2012-A TRUST, U.S. BANK TRUST NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE Plaintiff, -v.FELICIA K WILSON Defendants 16 CH 06955 10354 S OGLESBY AVE 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 February 22, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 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: LOT 24 IN BLOCK 198 IN L. FRANK AND COMPANY’S TRUMBULL PARK TERRACE, BEING A SUBDIVISION OF CERTAIN BLOCKS IN SOUTH CHICAGO, A SUBDIVISION OF CALUMET AND CHICAGO CANAL AND DOCK COMPANY OF SECTION 7, TOWNSHIP 37 NORTH, RANGE 15, EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN AND SECTIONS 12 AND 13, TOWNSHIP 37 NORTH, RANGE 14, EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS. Commonly known as 10354 S OGLESBY AVE, Chicago, IL 60617 Property Index No. 25-12-433-038-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $182,388.53. 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 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: MARINOSCI LAW GROUP, P.C., 134 N LaSalle St., STE 1900, Chicago, IL 60602, (312) 940-8580 Please refer to file number 15-16137. 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. MARINOSCI LAW GROUP, P.C. 134 N LaSalle St., STE 1900 Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 940-8580 E-Mail: mlgil@mlg-defaultlaw.com Attorney File No. 15-16137 Attorney Code. 59049 Case Number: 16 CH 06955 TJSC#: 37-1851 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 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE UNDER SECURITIZATION SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED AS OF AUGUST 1, 2005 STRUCTURED ASSET SECURITIES CORPORATION, STRUCTURED ASSET INVESTMENT LOAN TRUST MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-HE3 Plaintiff, -v.LORENE HELTON, CONTRACTOR’S LIEN SERVICES, INC. JUDGE ELAINE E. BUCKLO Defendants 1 : 11 CV 7704 8622 S. JUSTINE STREET Chicago, IL 60620 JUDGE ELAINE E. BUCKLO NOTICE OF SPECIAL COMMISSIONER’S SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on December 19, 2011, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, Special Commissioner appointed herein, will at 10:30 AM on May 15, 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: LOT 9 IN BLOCK 3 IN ROY AND NOURSES` SIXTH ADDITION TO SOUTH ENGLEWOOD, BEING A SUBDIVISION OF THE NORTHWEST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 AND WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION 32, TOWNSHIP 38 NORTH, RANGE 14, EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS. Commonly known as 8622 S. JUSTINE STREET, Chicago, IL 60620 Property Index No. 20-32-323-020. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $169,880.04. Sale terms: 10% 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 in certified funds/ or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in AS IS condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If 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: POTESTIVO & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 223 WEST JACKSON BLVD, STE 610, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 263-0003 Please refer to file number C13-92476. 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. POTESTIVO & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 223 WEST JACKSON BLVD, STE 610 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 263-0003 E-Mail: ilpleadings@potestivolaw.com Attorney File No. C13-92476 Case Number: 1 : 11 CV 7704 TJSC#: 37-367 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 PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, -v.REYNALDO CARRENO-PATINO AKA REYNALDO PATINO AKA REYNALDO VEGA AKA REYNALDO CARRENO PATINO AKA REINALDO PATINO, PEDRO VEGA, CITY OF CHICAGO, PNC BANK, N.A. SBM TO NATIONAL CITY BANK SBM TO MIDAMERICA BANK, FSB, JOSE R. GUERRERO Defendants 16 CH 6205 1811 WEST CERMAK ROAD Chicago, IL 60608 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on February 22, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 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 1811 WEST CERMAK ROAD, Chicago, IL 60608 Property Index No. 17-30-201-018-0000. The real estate is improved with a multi-family residence. The judgment amount was $294,666.27. 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, or a 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 and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). In accordance with 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(h-1) and (h-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified that the purchaser of the property, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and legal fees required by subsections (g)(1) and (g)(4) of section 9 and the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act. 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 the sales department, ANSELMO LINDBERG OLIVER LLC, 1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite 120, NAPERVILLE, IL 60563, (630) 453-6960 For bidding instructions, visit www.fal-illinois.com. Please refer to file number F16040020. 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. ANSELMO LINDBERG OLIVER LLC 1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite 120 NAPERVILLE, IL 60563 (630) 453-6960 E-Mail: foreclosurenotice@fal-illinois. com Attorney File No. F16040020 Attorney ARDC No. 3126232 Attorney Code. 58852 Case Number: 16 CH 6205 TJSC#: 37-1957 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 COLONIAL IMPACT FUND II, LLC. Plaintiff, -v.4911-15 S. PRAIRIE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., SPECIALIZED LOAN SERVICING, LLC, CHICAGO TITLE LAND TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE OF A TRUST AGREEMENT DATED DECEMBER 20, 2006 AND KNOWN AS TRUST NUMBER 8002348209, UNKNOWN BENEFICIARIES UNDER CHICAGO TITLE LAND TRUST COMPANY TRUST AGREEMENT DATED DECEMBER 20, 2006 KNOWN AS TRUST NUMBER 8002348209, CAROLITA RICHARDS, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 15 CH 12022 4915 SOUTH PRAIRIE AVENUE, UNIT GS AND P7 Chicago, IL 60615 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on March 20, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 1, 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 4915 SOUTH PRAIRIE AVENUE, UNIT GS AND P7, Chicago, IL 60615 Property Index No. 20-10-116-027-1002 (new); 20-10-116-003-0000 (old). The real estate is improved with a condominium. The judgment amount was $177,782.74. 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, or a 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 and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). In accordance with 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(h-1) and (h-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified that the purchaser of the property, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and legal fees required by subsections (g)(1) and (g)(4) of section 9 and the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act. 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 the sales department, ANSELMO LINDBERG OLIVER LLC, 1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite 120, NAPERVILLE, IL 60563, (630) 453-6960 For bidding instructions, visit www.fal-illinois.com. Please refer to file number F15040129. 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. ANSELMO LINDBERG OLIVER LLC 1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite 120 NAPERVILLE, IL 60563 (630) 453-6960 E-Mail: foreclosurenotice@fal-illinois. com Attorney File No. F15040129 Attorney ARDC No. 3126232 Attorney Code. 58852 Case Number: 15 CH 12022 TJSC#: 37-2862 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.

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. D17150183 on the MARCH 23, 2017. Under the Assumed Name of DEEZ BABIES AND TOTS HOME DAYCARE AND LEARNING PLACE with the business located at 7619 S ST LAWRENCE, CHICAGO, IL 60619. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owners(s)/ partner(s) is: Owner/Partner Full Name: ALLEN WILLIAMSON, Complete Address: 7619 S ST LAWRENCE, CHICAGO, IL 60619, USA and DELORES ANN ATTERBERRY, 7619 S ST LAWRENCE, CHICAGO, IL 60619, USA

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. D17150133 on the March 21, 2017. Under the Assumed Name of JOSHUA FLYNN AND ASSOCIATES with the business located at 1520 N MENARD, CHICAGO, IL 60651. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owners(s)/partner(s) is: Owner/Partner Full Name: JOSHUA FLYNN Complete Address: 1520 N MENARD, CHICAGO, IL 60651, USA

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Karyn L. Aguirre - Chicago Public Schools Shanita Baraka Akintonde - Columbia College Catrice Armstrong - PR Werks LLC Kelly Powers Baria - Powers & Sons Construction Cassandra Prince Coachman - KPMG LLP Geneen Harston Coleman - Rivet Radio Kimberley Darey, MD - Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Karen Dilligard - Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. Jasmine V. Dolfus- Microsoft Angela Drexel - Livewire Electical & Construction Kenya Simone Edwards - Soul 106.3 Gina Lamar Evans - Monday Night Mingle Roslyn Fossett - Plump Chicago J. Kay Giles - West Harvey Dixmoor 147 School District Dana Phillips Goodum - Illinois Sports Facilities Authority Simone Green Lyles - CLS Legal Staffing Cheryl A. Harris - Allstate Insurance Company Tiffany Harston - Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy Nicole “Nikki” Hayes - Laborers International Union of North America Dana Holmes - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Jackie Taylor Holsten - Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation Shaswau “Shea” Howell - Winstrust Bank Mildred C. Jackson - KT 606 LLC LaShun James - Addus Homecare Dr. Tara Jenkins - Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Faith Jones - Uber Dr. Robin Jones, MD - Harmony Health Plan, Inc. Jessica Kimbrough - United Airlines Joyce LeFlore - Mary Kay Cosmetics Cheryl Bowman McPherson - Presence Health Karin Mechelle Norrington-Reaves - Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Lasandra Pierce - Bank of America Dartesia A. Pitts - Cook County Bar Association Bertina M. Power-Stewart - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Theta Omega Chapter Marilyn K. Render - American Health Information Management Association Terika Richardson - President, Advocate Trinity Hospital Lisa Rollins - United Negro College Fund Cassaundra Rouse - Illinois Tollway Tanya Seaton - CCHHS-Provident Hospital of Cook County Tiffany V. Seay - Metro Visions Partners Gwendolyn G. Shaw - Country Financial Doll Smith - The Smith Residences Veterans Village Lauran A. Smith - PRbyElle77 Joyce Stanley - Macy’s Valerie Spiller Stefanic - Elite Marketing Thyatiria A. Towns - Chicago Public Schools Ellen Rozelle Turner - The William Everett Group Dominique Jordan Turner - Chicago Scholars Josephine Wade-Smith - Josephine’s Cooking Lenita Digby Williams - Digby’s Detective & Security Agency, Inc.

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