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ComEd Black History Month Solar Energy program.

ComEd Program to Introduce More Students to STEM

ComEd’s Solar Spotlight program is designed to expose African American high school students to opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as part of its annual Black History Month celebration. During ComEd’s Solar Spotlight, more than 60 high school students will participate in the two-day educational sessions where they will interact with STEM professionals, including ComEd engineers and executives, to learn more about solar energy, famous African American STEM leaders and careers. The Solar Spotlight curriculum includes live solar demonstrations and new this year, the students will help assemble portable solar suitcases in conjunction with the team from We Share Solar. The portable suitcases include solar cells that generate energy and can become a back-up power source during emergencies for lights, cell phones and computers. The suitcases assembled by the students will be sent to local community centers and

some will be sent beyond Illinois’ borders to locations like Haiti and Puerto Rico, which have been impacted by hurricanes that caused massive power outages. The Solar Spotlight educational events are set to take place on Feb. 10 at the ComEd Training Center in Bridgeport, and on Feb. 17, students will visit the Illinois Tech’s (IIT) campus. While at IIT, Solar Spotlight students will be given a tour of the facility and be introduced to current IIT students. The educational events are part of ComEd’s effort to cultivate the next wave of STEM talent and create the workforce of the future. While African-Americans make up 14 percent of college students, they represent only 8 percent of general engineering, 7 percent of mathematics and 5 percent of computer engineering majors. To urge the students toward STEM careers, ComEd engineers, employees and members of the Exelon African-American Resource Alliance (EAARA) will serve as the students’ mentors for the programming.

Chicago Department of Aviation and Ethiopian Airlines Announce First-Ever Direct Flights to Africa From Chicago-O’Hare The Chicago Department of Aviation and its newest air carrier partner, Ethiopian Airlines, announced this week that new nonstop service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) will begin on June 2, 2018. The addition of this new service represents the first-ever direct scheduled passenger service between Chicago and Africa, and the eighth new international service to Chicago that is planned to launch in 2018. “While each new destination added at O’Hare International Airport further expands our connectivity to the world, this landmark route will unlock new opportunities for the City of Chicago and travelers across the globe,” said Gin-

ger S. Evans, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation. “We want to thank Ethiopian Airlines for choosing to grow in Chicago, and we look forward to partnering with them to deliver new tourism and economic opportunities here and throughout Africa.” The new service will be offered three-times weekly, with flights departing O’Hare on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; and arriving on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday using a 270seat Boeing 787-8 aircraft. O’Hare will become one of few airports in the U.S. offering frequent, direct passenger service to the nation of Ethiopia, as well as the continent of Africa. Further, the service is expected to bring $70 million in annual economic impact to the Chicago region.

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U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush introduced a resolution supporting the designation of the week of February 12 through February 16, 2018, as “Black Women’s Heart Health Awareness Week” to raise awareness and understanding that heart disease is the number one killer of women and that it disproportionately affects Black women. As the country celebrates Black History Month and American Heart Month this February, it is critical to elevate both the cultural significance of the month and the awareness of the health crisis directly impacting Black women. “This is an issue that hits close to home, as I lost my beloved wife and best friend, Carolyn, to heart disease last year,” said Rush. “I am personally committed to doing what I can to help educate Black women about their health risk and how to prevent this disease from impacting their lives. Black women are leading the way in our country and we must do everything we can to not only promote their successes but protect their hearts.” The statistics for the impact of cardiovascular diseases in Black women are staggering and should be a siren call to action. According to the American Heart Association: •African-American women are less likely than Caucasian women to be aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death. •Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 50,000 African-American women annually. •Of African-American women ages 20 and older, 49 percent have heart diseases. •Only 1 in 5 African-American women believes she is personally at risk. •Only 52 percent of African-American women are aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. •Only 36 percent of African-American women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk. “I hope that this resolution further increases the awareness of the work that is currently being done and allows us all to stand together in improving the heart health of all those who are disproportionately affected. Fighting against this deadly disease is my mission and it is how I will continue to honor my late wife, Carolyn,” said Rush. To kick off the week, Congressman Rush will host an event called, “A Heart to Heart Conversation: African-American Women and Heart Disease,” on Monday, February 12, 2018, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Illinois Institute of Technology, located at 10 West 35th Street Chicago, Illinois. The event, which is open to the public, will include a panel discussion, audience Q&A, and be moderated by radio host Pam Morris Walton. THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


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Chicago Black Restaurant Week 2018 kicks off Feb. 11-18 with 26 participating restaurants.

Chicago Black Restaurant Week WHAT IT IS: Chicago Black Restaurant Week is a week-long event designed to celebrate amazing food and beverage businesses, owned by African Americans in our community. Founded in the Summer of 2015 by Lauran Smith (native Memphian), she decided that African American businesses needed their own week of support, allowing everyone to get a chance to taste the goodness in the community, where these businesses will share discounts on items of their choosing. WHY IT IS: In 1926, Dr Carter G Woodson created “Negro History Week,” which fell during the second week of February - to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans in History. In 1976, the month of February became Black History Month. While the Designer was busy creating this annual event, she decided to honor Dr. Woodson’s initial legacy by placing CBRW during the second week in February! WHERE IT IS: CBRW is held at various registered African American owned restaurants throughout the city and suburbs of Chicago, and a list of all participating businesses can be found on the event website (chiblackrestaurantweek.com), as well as the various social media channels associated with the week. Follow the food train on Facebook & Instagram (@officialchicagobrw), and also via Twitter (@chicagobrw).

Plate from Flavor Brunch & Bar: Like what you see? Well, Flavor Brunch & Bar located at 17575 Kedzie Ave, Hazel Crest, IL, is one of 26 restaurants participating in Chicago Black Restaurant Week 2018 starting on Feb. 11-18.

Chicago Black Restaurant Week Prepares For Third Year By Lee Edwards Defender Contributing Writer In search of African American representation in the annual Chicago Restaurant Week (and not being satisfied with what she found), Black business enthusiast Lauran Smith decided to feature Black-owned restaurants in a week of her own, Chicago Black Restaurant Week (CBRW). Launched in February 2016 by Smith, CBRW, now in its third year, strives to create a platform for Blackowned eateries to be recognized, celebrated, and most importantly patronized. CBRW participating eateries hail from the city’s South subLauran Smith urbs to the South, West, and North side neighborhoods. Smith made certain to clarify CBRW is not exclusive to restaurants; in fact, businesses that specialize in desserts among others THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

are also included. She said she strategically planned for CBRW to fall on the second week of February - this year Feb. 11-18 - in an effort to honor Dr. Carter G. Woodson who created “Negro History Week” in 1926, which would later become Black History Month. “Even though there are some Black businesses that do participate in Restaurant Week which is fine because I love Chicago Restaurant Week, I still feel that we as a people deserve our own week,” said Smith. This year more than 20 restaurants are registered and confirmed to participate. The first year of CBRW featured 17 restaurants. According to CBRW’s website, last year 904 dinners were served and $12,789 was spent. Supporting Black-owned businesses isn’t just an effort reserved for Black History Month but rather a lifestyle for Smith. “I want to make sure that I am pouring my money back into my community because I want the community to last for our children and our children’s children so whatever I can do to support our community and grow our communiwww.chicagodefender.com

ty, that’s what I always try to do,” said Smith. Looking ahead to next year, Smith is hoping to attract the attention of local celebrities like Chance The Rapper or even President Barack Obama to participate in CBRW. The planning phase for CBRW begins at the end of July/ start of August each year by updating all of the social media platforms, changing the dates on sponsorship packages, and more. The growing success of CBRW has not been met without resistance, however. Smith had to defend her brand from a local company she said attempted to not only steal her logo but take credit for CBRW altogether. Meanwhile, a select number of groups criticized Smith for not launching a “White Restaurant Week” or other weeks highlighting different ethnicities/communities. “I heard people of other ethnicities say, ‘well, we don’t have Polish Restaurant Week’ and so my response is that is not up to me,” said Smith. “If you want to create something like that, it’s up to you but I am going to support the community that I come from.” February 7 - 13, 2018 3


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The CBRW 2018 Restaurant Line-up The CBRW 2018 Restaurant Line-up can be found below. For more information about CBRW 2018, visit http:// chiblackrestaurantweek.com/. 1. Nadia’s Gourmet Grapes, 841 W. 103rd St. (Chicago) | Specials for CBRW: 10% off all Grab N Go’s 2. Pizzazzed Plus | (pickups can be made at Nadia’s Gourmet Grapes 841 W. 103rd (Chicago); Specials for CBRW: 1 Dozen Dipped Pretzels: $10 | 1 Dozen Chocolate Dipped Strawberries: $20 | Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts: $15 | Sweet ‘N Salty Mix (Pretzels & Strawberries): $20 3. Tastee Café, 503 E. 47th (Chicago) |Specials for CBRW: Jerk Chicken Salad $8.18 | Turkey Spinach Panini $7.18 | Sweet Chicken Hoagy $6.18 | Jerk Chicken Pita 7.18 4. IntoxiCakes Chicago, Lakeview Kitchen & Market at 3109 N. Broadway (Chicago) | Specials for CBRW: 4 Mini cupcakes (2 flavors), regular price – $10.50, CBRW – $9.18 | 12 Mini cupcakes (2 to 3 flavors), regular price – $25.00, CBRW – $23.18 | 12 Hennessy Vanilla mini’s, regular price $27.00, CBRW – $23.18 | PRE-ORDER ONLY (48hrs in advance) 5. LiFE Restaurant, 3858 W Madison (Chicago) |Specials for CBRW: Chicken Potato $8.18 | Veggie Bowl $6.18 | Shrimp Po boy with chips and drink $9.18 | Santa Fe Salad w/ Chicken $8.18 6. Thom’s Turkey & BBQ, 101 W. Sibley Blvd (South Holland) | Specials for CBRW: Mini Pork Tip -$5.18 | Mini Turkey Tip -$5.18 | Thom’s Turkey Tip bowl w Dirty Rice-$4.18 | 4 Wings (Fried, Jerked or Grilled)- $5.18 7. Peach’s Restaurant, 4652 S. King Drive (Chicago) | Specials for CBRW: Peach Bourbon French Toast $6.18 | Southern Benedict $9.18 | Hangover $12.18 8. Lem’s BBQ House, 311 E. 75th (Chicago) | Specials for CBRW: PENDING 9. Love Cork Screw | Various Locations, please visit website lovecorkscrew.com | Specials for CBRW: At checkout via the website, use code LOVE4 and get $10 off a quarter when purchasing the Wine Club Membership, plus get a copy of the LCS cookbook – special applies during CBRW ONLY 10. Nia’s Sweet Treats, South Suburbs of Chicago | Specials for CBRW: 10% off one dozen standard size cupcake orders; and cake slices 2/$5. Must ask for the CBRW discount when placing order for discount to apply. 11. Flavor Brunch N Bar, 17575 S. Kedzie (Hazel Crest) |Specials for CBRW: PENDING 12. Litehouse Wholefood Grill, 1660 E. 55th (Chicago)|Specials for CBRW: 20% OFF OF EVERYTHING ON THE MENU Feb. 11-18th 13. Mikkey’s Retro Grill, 5319 S. Hyde Park Blvd (Chicago) |Specials for CBRW: 20% OFF OF EVERYTHING ON THE MENU Feb. 11-18th 14. Hidden Manna Café, 3613 216th St (Matteson) | Specials for CBRW: PENDING 15. Harold’s Of Homewood, 18044 S Halsted (Homewood) |Specials for CBRW: PENDING 16. Diamond’s Sports Bar, 1413 W 127th St. (Calumet Park) | Specials for CBRW: PENDING 17. Luella’s Southern Kitchen, 4609 N. Lincoln (Chicago) | Specials for CBRW: Fried Catfish $13.18 | Braised Short Rib Mac and Cheese $13.18 | Shrimp and Grits $15.18 | Pimento Cheese Burger $11.18 18. Love Krave Cakes, Chicago | Specials for CBRW: 4 February 7 - 13, 2018

Dessert Jar’s Regular $10.00 ( CBRW price $8.18 ) | Pound Cake Slices Regular $5.00 ( CBRW Price $3.18 ) | Jumbo Cupcakes Regular 5.00 (CBRW Price $3.18 ) 19. Juiced By Shic, 14736 S. Pulaski (Midlothian) |Specials for CBRW: ENTIRE JUICE SELECTION IS 28% off; starting Feb11, use code “CBRW18” to receive the discount. 20. Currency Exchange Café | 305 E Garfield Blvd & the Green Line; Specials for CBRW: PENDING www.chicagodefender.com

21. Haire’s Gulf Shrimp, 7448 S. Vincennes (Chicago) | Specials for CBRW: Small shrimp dinner, that includes 14 shrimp coleslaw & fries OR spaghetti (ground beef in spaghetti), for $12.18 22. Fruvé xPress Juicery, 1130 S Wabash & 1108 W Madison| Specials for CBRW: Cold pressed juices: $8.18 ($10 originally, Cashew mylk not included) | Smoothies $2.18 off | Acaì and Pitaya bowls $2.18 off 23. Kozy Korner, 15451 S. Cottage Grove (Dolton) | Specials for CBRW: You MUST mention the website to receive the CBRW Discounts, which are as follows: Turkey Ham Foot Long $6 |Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Foot Longs $6 | Turkey Salami Foot Longs $6 | All Veggie Foot Longs $6 24. Two Fish Crab, 641 E 47th (Chicago) | Specials for CBRW: PENDING 25. BR Bar Dining & Dancing, 18601 S Cicero (Country Club Hills); |Specials for CBRW: Angus RIB EYE $30.18 – 18 ounce Angus rib eye, hand- cut & char-grilled, served with loaded “baked” potatoes mashed topped w/crispy bacon, grilled asparagus, homemade compound butter & house salad | BR SALAD W/SALMON (blackened) $19.18 – Lettuce with our premium salmon, smoked bacon, tomatoes, cheese, cucumbers, & croutons | WING ENTREE $9.18 – 5 whole wings, lemon pepper seasoning & blue cheese or ranch dressing | CHICKEN ALFREDO $19.18 – Comes with a house salad, Texas toast garlic bread & parmesan | BR CHICKEN NACHO SUPREME $14.18 – Comes with tortilla chips, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, hot peppers & nacho cheese THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


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Felicia Bullock’s Fearless Flynn Rush Has All Eyes March to Springfield Set Toward Springfield By Lee Edwards Defender Contributing Writer

By Lee Edwards Defender Contributing Writer The next few weeks will determine if candidate for the Illinois House’s 5th district Felicia Bullock will fulfill a lifelong dream of holding public office along with igniting the changes she believes are necessary within her community. “I’m running because I want to see effective leadership in Springfield,” said Bullock. “I want to make sure our communities have what they need; I want to make sure that our communities are safe.” The first-time candidate described the campaign process as “sink or swim.” “I don’t think anyone would want their first race to be this kind of crazy race but I do feel like there’s so many lessons to be learned here,” said Bullock. “My eyes have been truly opened about how things work in politics. You hear the myths about what happens behind the scenes in politics, but to see it in action because of the race that I’m in... by how high people view the stakes here.” One “lesson” Bullock could not have been prepared for as she gathered to run for office was the presumed agenda of those in the Democratic Party. She told the Defender that representatives from the party asked her to withdraw from the race in an effort not to split the vote against one of her opponents, former State Rep. Ken Dunkin, during the petitioning stage of her campaign. “I’m sure you’re aware that the party is not a fan of Ken Dunkin so very early on the party vetted candidates, they were very clear, they wanted to pick a candidate to go against Ken Dunkin head-to-head, and at that they asked me, ‘if we back someone who isn’t you would you be willing to withdraw from the race,’ ” said Bullock. “I told them then I would not be willing to withdraw from the race because at this point, I am committed. I said I would respect their decision to back someone else but I would not withdraw from the race.” Bullock said after collecting, filing and defending her petitions, she was called in to an additional meeting with representatives of the Democratic Party where she was again asked to withdraw. She said after having these conversations she was not intimidated, however she did say the meeting organizers may have wanted her to be intimidated. She credited her husband and family for supporting her over the past few weeks. “I was a bit disheartened that the party wouldn’t let democracy run the way it was supposed to be run,” said Bullock. “It’s not their decision who ends up on the ballot. If people do all the work it takes to go into petitioning and they make it through the challenging phase, that’s it.” The Defender reached out to the Cook County Democratic Party to verify Bullock’s claim and was instructed to forward all inquiries to various bodies within the party for an official statement. That official statement had not been received at press time. Criticisms have mounted against Bullock THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

Felicia Bullock, candidate for Illinois House’s 5th district seat, will not “play dirty” despite the criticism and adversity she’s faced while campaigning. while she’s been on the trail; critics have talked about the number of years she has resided within the fifth district, her age, and about her employment with the University of Chicago. Bullock, who is still working full-time with the UC as a senior buyer while campaigning, has worked in the procurement realm since graduating from Northern Illinois University where she earned a degree in political science. She said UC gets a “bad rap” for its procurement efforts when compared to companies she previously worked at that exhibited precious little effort in diversity related efforts. However, she was clear to state UC “absolutely” has room for improvement. Bullock shared that she experienced ageism based on some of the questions she was asked. “I think people look at me and think ‘you have all the rest of your life to do this’,” said Bullock, who is 30. “They think it’s OK not to vote for you this time because you have another 30 years to run for office; well that’s not right, that should not be a reason you don’t vote for me. We need a diverse representation of people in Springfield, including age. If everyone in Springfield is the same age, how do our ideals get represented?” Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Bullock is an “extremely passionate” alumna of Chicago Public Schools, having attended local city schools all her life, and she wants people to have the same “excellent” education she received. And yet while on the campaign trail, she knows everyone has not had the same positive experience she did. She believes a step forward in that direction would be the creation of an elected school board to ensure all voices within the community are heard. “It’s important for us to move in that direction for the community to have a voice, parents to have a voice...[with] the people who are making the decision for the school,” said Bullock. Despite what may come her way, Bullock maintains she will not “play dirty.” “I’m a Christian, I’m a woman of faith and I will not compromise my faith at all during this process,” said Bullock. For more information about Felicia Bullock, visit https://www.feliciabullock.com/.

Stepping from beyond the shadow of a larger than life figure in Chicago’s Civil Rights history can be a daunting task for anyone, but Flynn Rush, a son of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, is up for the challenge as he pursues a seat in Springfield representing the 25th district of Illinois. “I’m proud of what my father has accomplished but I have my own set of footprints,” said Flynn Rush. “I’ve got my own blueprint that God gave me. I stand on the shoulders of my father and people like Fred Hampton, Sr., Huey P. Newton, Harold Washington, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., and of course, Dr. King and Malcolm X. I stand on those individuals’ shoulders who have paved the way for myself and many others.” Rush told stories about how growing up while within the 25th district he witnessed firsthand the impact politics can have on the surrounding community from watching his father in action. With a drive to support his own community, the Hyde Park HS alumnus said he planned to run against the incumbent State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie in 2016 before ultimately deciding not to pursue a full campaign. Now following the announcement of Currie’s plans to retire, he said it’s his time to pursue state office. “Times have changed; it’s a different time, different space than when she was first in office,” said Rush. Rush made his platform of community first leadership crystal clear when speaking with the Defender. “My three major points to my campaign are: inclusiveness, transparency and accountability,” said Rush. “It’s all about being inclusive and that’s including the community, and when I’m state representative including [others] to have a seat at the table and see what their needs are and what their cares are, wants are. Although there are many complex issues in the 25th, my plan is simple: put the interests of the people first.” When discussing the incoming Obama Presidential Library, Rush stated he supports a community benefits agreement. Keeping with his platform of inclusiveness, he hopes the community voices will be invited to the dialogue about the future of their communities. “I definitely believe with the Obama Library it needs the community benefits agreement,” said Rush. “I think the community needs a place at the table from every aspect from the coming of that library to the 25th district. They

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Flynn Rush is running for the Illinois House’s 25th district seat to make a name all his own. need to be inclusive.” In an effort to gauge the community’s feelings on the prospective improvements to the South Shore golf course, Rush attended a recent community hearing held at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. “There’s a lot of talk with the PGA golf course, and when speaking with the residents last night a lot of them are for it and others think it’s a tool for displacement,” said Rush. “They too need a seat at the table. I just think it needs to be an effort that the Obama Foundation looks at the residents first.” Rush referred to the 25th district as a “tale of two communities” given the different economic engines (or lack thereof) within the 25th district when comparing the northern and southern portions. He said he intends to recruit businesses to come throughout the area to spur economic development. Specifically, he told the Defender he intends to work with the alderman and the community at-large to bring a new grocery store to the currently vacant lot at Jeffery Plaza, 2101 E. 71st St., where a Dominick’s previously resided. “They haven’t had a viable grocery store where residents can get fresh fruits and vegetables and meats and things in the community... you have to go out further south,” said Rush. “The South Shore [community] is so rich in land, rich in culture; it’s really a great neighborhood. I think from the neglect is where we see the demise, we see the hopelessness that resides there now.” Environmental issues were of concern to Rush as well. With regards to the manganese issues being reported on the southern side of the district, the candidate said he would like to sit down with the companies involved, community members, and alderman to find a viable solution. February 7 - 13, 2018 5


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Two Candidates Trying To Make History As First Black Aldermen in North Side Wards I decided to run because people asked me. Upon consideration, I honestly felt like I had the experience. Not just the work experience and the experience in government, but the experiences from my identity––the type of experiences we need in office.

By Charles Preston Defender Contributing Writer Chicago’s aldermanic races can potentially yield a dramatic shift in the city’s political realm. The coming elections will have two special Black candidates fighting to be the first Black aldermen in North Side wards. Maria Hadden is currently campaigning in Rogers Park to win the 49th ward over longtime incumbent Joe Moore. A victory means that Hadden will be the first Black queer alderman to have ever been elected in Chicago. Ugo Okere is a 21-year old Nigerian immigrant hoping to secure the aldermanic seat in the 40th ward. This Loyola student is also a Democratic Socialist hoping to continue the budding progressive vision in Chicago. The Chicago Defender briefly talked with the two candidates to inquire a little further about their campaigns and their vision of a new Chicago North Side. Can you tell me who you are and why are you running for alderman? Okere: My name is Ugo Okere. I’m an organizer. I’m an immigrant. I’m a student at Loyola University in Chicago studying social work and political science. I got really involved in Bernie Sanders’ campaign and it taught me a lot about the ills of capitalism and how it allows the most marginalized and oppressed people to fall through the cracks. I’m running because we’re in a moment right now. We are in a moment where people realize that the city of Chicago’s schools are segregated, not just by race but also by economics. Bernie said throughout the entire campaign that young people need to run for office and people of color need to run for office because when we don’t, we get people like Donald Trump or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell royally screwing up the country in the interest of the capital class. Hadden: I decided to run because people asked me. Upon consideration, I honestly felt like I had the experience. Not just the work experience and the experience in government, but the experiences from my identity––the type of experiences we need in office. I feel that there is nothing to lose and everything to gain from it. I’m running to enable others like me to run too. I really want to know about the challenges you face on this campaign. What obstacles do you encounter as you run for alderman? Okere: There is a lot of disdain for Ald. O’Connor. It has been thirty years of disconnected leadership from allowing his wife––his wife is a real estate broker––to make $22 million off of his ability to zone in the ward. He has an incessant record of voting with the mayor. We don’t elect the mayor to be our alderman; Ald. O’Connor was elected. But as far as obstacles, obviously it’s going to be money. Ald. O’Connor will use more than $200,000 to win this election. I have no doubt about that. But I’m not really concerned. What I’m concerned with is the fact that we can get average working class people engaged. It’s going to take our background in organizing and our grassroots work to pull this off. Hadden: One of the biggest challenges was just deciding to run, especially considering my work with inclusive civic engagement at the local level. For a couple of years people in my neighborhood, friends, and colleagues would ask, “Hey, when are you going to run?” There are a huge amount of challenges that are not to 6 February 7 - 13, 2018

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We need an elected school board in the city of Chicago. We as aldermen can’t just make an elected school board. We have to go through the state legislature. But I will be an advocate and supporter of CTU to ensure that it will pass in the state legislature. Ugo Okere be underestimated that longtime incumbents have, and first and foremost is name recognition. At the most basic level, elections are about name recognition and popularity. The first challenge is I’m not going to reach his level of name recognition in one race. I can get close. Then there are connections, experience, and funds. In Chicago, we have some of the most costly local elections in the country. My opponent has a knowledge base of funders and donors; a lot of that comes with incumbency. But there is a disadvantage in the fact that Ald. Moore has a 27-year track record of reasons on why he shouldn’t be alderman anymore. Okere, what do you think winning the 40th ward seat would mean for socialism? Okere: Right now we’re lucky to have Ald. Rosa (35th) leading the way for democratic socialism in the city of Chicago. But it’s not enough to just have one person. It’s not enough to have one person championing our ideals, championing our ideology, and championing what we want to see on a city-level. We need to build a movement to ensure he is not the only one there. There are 49 other aldermen and the mayor. He does not have as much leverage as we would like him to. If we had more progressives in office, we can really make a difference in bringing progressives ideas to life. How long have you been contemplating a run? Hadden: I found myself falling into the same trap that lots of women and people of color do, and that’s facing www.chicagodefender.com

marginalization. There was a lot of self-doubt and telling myself that I couldn’t. Before March of 2017, I have never seriously considered running for public office. Okere: I was thinking about it very heavily in December 2016. I think I made my decision February 2017. If you are elected, what’s the priority? It’s day one and you have the opportunity to focus on one thing. What is that first thing you address? Okere: Education. We need an elected school board in the city of Chicago. We as aldermen can’t just make an elected school board. We have to go through the state legislature. But I will be an advocate and supporter of CTU to ensure that it will pass in the state legislature. Hadden: Formalizing the relationships with our schools, social service partners, and community organizations. I want an Aldermanic Youth Council. First is setting up the structures that is going to further communication and democratic participation between all who are doing community work in the org, so my team and others can collaborate. Give me one word that defines your campaign? Okere: “Inclusivity.” I say that because this city has a history of division. If we can build a progressive movement that includes Black, White, queer, the disabled, and so on and so forth, we can adequately address the issue of this city being so segregated. Hadden: “Community-centered.” I know it’s hyphenated but can I use that? [laughs] THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


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Young, Gifted and Chefs: Jenesys K. Harris and Nia Williams Interviewed by: Lauran E. Smith Written by: Mary L. Datcher A published author and young business owner of sweets and pastry company Pizzazzed Plus—Jenesys Harris is making moves. In 2013, her mother launched the company after being laid off from her job; she put her baking skills into a successful venture. But, after a few years of cutting her teeth as an entrepreneur, she decided to hang up her apron. Studying her closely and learning her craft, Jenesys asked her mom if she could continue to run her business. At 12, Nia Williams is belting out cupcakes, cookies, pies, and cakes under her company—Nia’s Sweet Treats. Her mission is to spread happiness through baking. Lauran Elle Smith, Creative Director for Black Restaurant Week, sat down with both Jenesys and Nia to discuss these young pastry chefs’ start in the business. Jenesys K. Harris How old are you and how did you get into owning your own business? I’m 10 years old. My part in BRW is entitled Pizzazzed Plus. At Pizzazzed Plus we dip Oreos, pretzels, rice crispies and a variety of other things. We dip them in chocolate and we can also decorate them to your liking. We use sprinkles, little designs and we also incorporate other treats. Everybody is very interested in the fact that you’re only 10. How did you get into the business of the sweet treats? It was originally my mother’s business. When she decided to take a break and retire, I wanted to keep it going. I said I wanted to take over it. If you had to choose one specific item that people go crazy over from your business, what would that be? Pretzels are very basic, and they really love them. If they do a full order, they would order them. How did you learn about Black Restaurant Week? I learned about it through my mom. I loved the idea and Lauran invited me to be a part of it to spread the word about my business. How can people find you? You can find my business on Facebook, Instagram or go to our website: pizzazzedplusbyjenni.com Nia Williams Tell us about yourself. I am the founder and co-baker of Nia’s Sweet Treats. We make any treat you can think of--we make cookies, cakes, cake pops, chocolates and fudge. Since you’re so young, how did you get inspired to get into the business of becoming a pastry chef? My mom took me to a meeting that I didn’t want to attend. When it was time to leave the meeting, my mom asked me if I wanted to try some pound cake. I tried it and I really wanted to make it. Out of all of the desserts you make, what is one dessert that is highly requested ? The banana carmel cake. It’s one of the first cakes I 8 February 7 - 13, 2018

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This is why National Wear Red Day and Heart Health Month were implemented in February, to remind everyone, particularly women, to be mindful of their cardiovasSeven heart attacks, two bloodless cular health. open heart surgeries and a hemorrhagWhile some risk factors for cardiovasic stroke are just a few things that Marcular disease cannot be avoided, other ilyn Freeman, mother of Marcus risk factors can be reFreeman and co-owner of Signamoved. ture Sweets Factory, had to go Some factors that can through since being diagnosed increase someone’s likewith cardiovascular disease at lihood for cardiovascular 42. disease is high blood pres“For me, some days I’m too sure, smoking, high blood tired to get out of bed. But, usucholesterol, lack of regular ally I really try to push myself…I activity, obesity or being keep trying to be positive and overweight and diabetes. never think about giving up,” Another important funcMarilyn Freeman Freeman said radiantly. tion of National Go Red Between Freeman’s perfectly Day, besides bringing awareness to the coifed appearance and light-hearted deprevalent rate of cardiovascular disease meanor, a stranger would never suspect in women, is to raise funds for research her of suffering from any ailments. and to support educational programs to She bubbles with laughter throughout increase women’s awareness. every sentence; the only thing remotely Despite her health woes, Freeman still hinting at her problems are the punctufinds the energy to help her son, Maration of soft sighs after describing her cus Freeman, run their bakery, Signature cumbersome day running to her doctor’s Sweets Factory. She also maintains a appointment at Rush Hospital to see her position as a spokesperson for Womensurgeon, Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam. She Heart since 2007. also sees Dr. Roderick Tung and Dr. Kim Even though Freeman has the sweetAllan Williams, Sr. Before being diagnosed with cardio- est position at the bakery—minding the vascular disease, Freeman lived a rela- dessert counter—she says she still has tively normal life. She loved her job as to remain mindful to not eat too many a manager for AT&T, she was an active sweets. The bakery features a multitude grandmother of two grandchildren, Paco of decadent desserts such as strawberry Freeman and Havyn Freeman, and she en- cheesecake cookies, Reese’s peanut buttercup cupcakes and Vanilla Bean Cake in joyed a vibrant social life. a Jar (which you can conveniently pick up While Freeman strived to maintain the at Mariano’s in the South and West Loop, latter two aspects of her life, cardiovas- Oak Lawn and Bronzeville) and even wedcular disease did force her to step down ding cakes. When Freeman is not at the from her job. bakery, she’s working tirelessly to renew “My life is exhausting, I find myself the spirits of other people currently facing extremely tired all of the time,” said Mrs. the same diagnosis. Freeman, acknowledging that she can’t “I also volunteer to speak to and endo some of the things that she used to. courage heart patients and their families “When I know that my body just can’t do from out of town, at the University of Chianymore, I must take some down time, cago, for heart transplant and open heart naps!” said Freeman, punctuating her surgery.” sentence with laughter. Freeman has spoken to a variety of difAccording to Center for Disease Con- ferent people hailing from different locatrol, heart disease is the leading cause of tions all over the world. death for women in the United States, killDespite Freeman’s tireless nature and ing 289,758 women in 2013- that’s 1 in endless optimism, she does face some every 4 female deaths. days that are harder to handle than others Furthermore, the CDC points out that because of cardiovascular disease. every year about 735,000 Americans “Some days are really rough, espehave a heart attack and 210,000 of which cially knowing that I have more surgeries occur within people who have already ahead” said Freeman. suffered from a previous heart attack. “However, my faith, my family (which The National Wear Red Day campaign includes her mother Wanda Bowling, hushighlights the startling fact that cardioband of 35 years Hernando Freeman, her vascular disease kills one woman every daughter A’yesha Freeman, her son and 80 seconds in the United States. But, grandchildren), and friends are very supthe campaign also notes that if women portive to me. Just thinking about it, it is took the necessary steps to talk to their overwhelming at times,” continued Freehealthcare provider about blood presman. sure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and BMI “But, I remind myself to keep fighting (Body Mass Index) that 80% of cardiac and never, ever give up.” events may be prevented. THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

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City.Life.Style Let’s Eat: My Chocolate Soul Provides the Sweetest Treats By The Black Foodies With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us will be gifting a box of chocolates to the ones we love. According to the National Confectioners Association, chocolate candy is the most popular gift given every February 14. The Black That being said, Foodies let us introduce you to Chocolatier Ramona Thomas, owner of My Chocolate Soul, located at 4442 North Broadway in the Uptown Neighborhood on Chicago’s Far North Side. Ramona founded My Chocolate Soul seven years ago and formally opened the retail store in January 2017. After having taken a French pastry course, “Chief Sweets Officer” Ramona was determined to start a company that makes amazing, all natural, artisan chocolates and sweets. Ramona doesn’t use boxed mixes, high fructose corn syrup or artificial coloring in her recipes, ensuring top quality products. My Chocolate Soul has a diverse variety of offerings . . . from caramels to truffles, candy bars to turtles. She uses a wide range of imported chocolates, from countries such as Madagascar, Mexico and Belgium, to name a few. Some of the delicious fare we sampled at My Chocolate Soul included Ramona’s Amazing Almond Crunch . . . we still haven’t found our socks! This decadent treat is best described as a rich and buttery toffee bar on steroids which, deservedly, was a finalist for the 2018 Good Food Awards. This incredible Almond Crunch is the perfect bite for the true toffee connoisseur.

The Hazelnut Praline Truffle was simply delightful. Praline ganache is partnered with bits of hazelnut, its exterior a silky and luxurious milk chocolate – a surefire hit for Valentine’s Day. Ramona expertly pairs ingredients like chipotle, lavender, cilantro and lime with her chocolates to create imaginative and innovative flavor profiles, which only serves to prove that she is a true master of her craft. Ramona’s chocolates were part of the 2014 ESPY Awards VIP gift bags and the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend. She also bakes sinfully delicious brownies, cupcakes and cookies. So, for Valentine’s Day – or any other time you are in the mood for fine chocolates – make your way over to My Chocolate Soul. These delectable sweet treats can also be ordered online at www.mychocolatesoul.com. My Chocolate Soul’s mission is spreading joy through chocolate. We say, “Mission accomplished!” Check out My Chocolate Soul in The Black Foodies Flavor-it Destinations Chicago Sweet edition. https://youtu.be/sTSJto3Pjd8 The Black Foodies are food bloggers/ vloggers and husband and wife of 25 years. We are also home cooks that believe in group economics and LOVE great food. We write the food blog “Let’s Eat,” where we review Black-owned and other ethnic restaurants. FOLLOW us on Instagram and Twitter @theblackfoodies, SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel “The Black Foodies,” where we review restaurants, share recipes, and give cooking tips. https://youtu.be/f1fsSQ24wgQ. Also LIKE us on Facebook and join our Facebook group, “World Wide Black Foodies.” Lastly, if you have a restaurant you would like The Black Foodies to review, email us at theblackfoodies@gmail.com. One love. . .

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With its origins in the low country of South Carolina and Georgia, shrimp and grits have migrated all over the United States. The blank canvas of the grits is perfect for the vast variations on this classic southern The Black dish. WorldFoodies class chefs, and home cooks alike, put their own spin on a dish that can be super simple or highly creative. There is no shortage on restaurants serving shrimp and grits in the Chicagoland area. We have eaten shrimp and grits in a plethora of eateries all over Chicagoland, and here are our Top 5 Shrimp and Grits creations. #5 Flavor Restaurant - Richton Park, IL, 5091 Sauk Trail Dr. Flavor Restaurant has had smothered shrimp and grits on its menu since 2002 and has been a model of consistency. Every time we dine at Flavor, the shrimp and grits are savory and hearty. Flavor uses cream, not water, in their grits preparation, creating an extra depth of much appreciated flavor. Ten medium tail-off shrimp are folded into the grits then topped with a velvety gravy. For a bit of an extra charge, feel free to have your shrimp and grits loaded with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon and/or scallions. Delightful. #4 Soulé - Ukrainian Village, Chicago, IL, 1931 W. Chicago Ave. Soulé, new kid on the culinary block, opened in October 2017, and we feel they are going to be around for a long time. Soulé shrimp and grits come with 6 medium, perfectly cooked, tail-on shrimp. The New Orleans BBQ sauce took us back to Essence Fest in NOLA, while the tomatoes and scallions introduced a freshness that cut through the richness of the BBQ sauce. The grits are creamy and infused with just the right amount of cheddar cheese. Soulé shrimp and grits are top flight. #3 Peach’s Restaurant - Bronzeville, Chicago IL, 4652 S. King Dr. What we enjoyed about Peach’s shrimp and cheese grits are the different ingredients incorporated into the dish. Mushrooms, tomatoes, pork or turkey bacon, and scallions kept our taste buds attentive. This is no boring shrimp and grits. The stoneground grits were polenta-like and came with plenty of cheddar cheese. Four tailon jumbo shrimp, cooked and seasoned expertly, are star of the mix, while the garlic cream sauce ties the dish together. Good eatin’. #2 Hidden Manna Café - Matteson, IL, 3613 W. 216th St. The cream sauce at Hidden Manna Café is what brings their shrimp and grits to #2 on our list. The sauce is made with green peppers, red peppers, red onions, tons of minced garlic, Cajun seasonings and heavy cream. The spicy chicken andouille sau-

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Luella’s Southern Kitchen’s Shrimp and Grits sage and ¼ pound of jumbo shrimp are added. The cream sauce is then ladled over smooth and creamy grits. No calorie counting allowed. #1 Luella’s Southern Kitchen - Ravenswood, Chicago, IL, 4609 N. Lincoln Ave. Luella’s Southern Kitchen comes in at #1 on our Top 5 Best Shrimp and Grits in Chicagoland for good reason. Luella’s shrimp and grits are simply delicious, a cut above the rest. What sets apart Luella’s shrimp and grits is the fact that Luella’s, with conscious intent, makes their grits the star of the show. Luella’s gets locally sourced corn and stone grinds it in-house. This process leads to course ground grits that add unexpected texture to the dish. A hint of cream cheese is added to the grits during the cooking process. Luella’s uses a New Orleans-style BBQ sauce made with Worcestershire Sauce, butter and Cajun seasonings. Just the right amount of sauce is ladled over the grits, with 6 perfectly cooked and seasoned tail-on jumbo shrimp perched atop, with a finishing garnish of pea shoots. The end result is an elegant and unique heavenly creation. The cream cheese renders a subtle tartness, while the pea shoots add the freshness and subtle taste of baby peas. Chef and Owner, Darnell Reed, has created the perfect shrimp and grits dish. Kudos to Luella’s Southern Kitchen! We hope you get a chance to sample all five of these wonderful variations of shrimp and grits. Let us know what you think; mail us at theblackfoodies@gmail. com. The Black Foodies are food bloggers/ vloggers and husband and wife of 25 years. We are also home cooks that believe in group economics and LOVE great food. We write the food blog ‘Let’s Eat’, where we review black-owned and other ethnic restaurants. FOLLOW us on Instagram and Twitter @theblackfoodies, SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel ‘The Black Foodies’, where we review restaurants, share recipes, and give cooking tips. https://youtu.be/f1fsSQ24wgQ. Also LIKE us on Facebook and join our Facebook group, ‘World Wide Black Foodies’. Lastly, if you have a restaurant you would like The Black Foodies to showcase, email us at theblackfoodies@gmail. com. One love… THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


City.Life.Style Where Our Dollar Counts: Our Top Five Foodie Spots By Mary L. Datcher Defender Managing Editor Top Five BBQ Joints Whether it’s rib tips, hot links or the mild sauce (a Chicago thing)—Chicago has become dominant in the BBQ game. Outside of how the meat is smoked or grilled, if you don’t have a good sauce game to soak up them fries—you are out of your league. Check out our Top Picks from Chicago Black owned establishments. 1. Lem’s 311 E. 75th St. | Chicago, IL 60619 Closed Tues. | Closes at 1am (Mon-Thurs), 3am (Fri & Sat) 2. Ex-Senators 3349 W. 159th St. | Markham, IL 60426 Closes at 10 p.m. daily| CASH ONLY 3. Alice’s Bar-B-Que 65 E. 43rd St. | Chicago, IL 60653 Closes at 1 a.m. daily 4. Honey 1 BBQ 746 E. 43rd St. | Chicago, IL 60653

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Closes at 9:30 p.m. daily 5. Uncle J’s on 47th 502 E. 47th St. | Chicago, IL 60615 Closes at 9 p.m. daily Top Five Places to Brunch Having brunch is more than celebrating a buffet-style meal with non-stop pancakes, eggs and potatoes—it’s about great variety, a refreshing environment and a creative menu. It’s the thing to celebrate between breakfast and dinner, catching up with friends and hopefully enjoying some mimosas. Expect a reasonable wait at some of these restaurants because the wait is worth the food on the plate. 1. Batter & Berries 2748 N. Lincoln Ave. | Chicago, IL 60614 Closes at 3 p.m.

2. Flavor Brunch & Bar 17575 Kedzie Ave. | Hazel Crest, IL 60429 Closes at 8:30 p.m. (Mon-Thurs), 10 p.m. Fri & Sat. and 5 p.m. Sun. 3. Peach’s 4652 S. King Drive | Chicago, IL 60653 Closes at 3 p.m. 4. Chicken & Waffles 3947 S. King Drive | Chicago, IL 60653 543 Madison St. | Oak Park, IL Closes at 9 p.m. (Sun-Thurs) 11 p.m. (Fri & Sat) 5. Pearl’s Place 3901 S. Michigan Ave. | Chicago, IL 60653 Closes at 8 p.m.

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Showing Our Support For Sisters The Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc will be showcasing red fashions to promote the importance of heart health and sharing valuable information about preventative measures and living a heart healthy lifestyle! The event will be held on Sunday, February 18 1-4pm. Ford City Mall, 76th and Cicero. It is FREE and OPEN to the public. For questions and more information, contact physnmental.chideltas@gmail.com. Northern Trust Bank’s Jaclene Robinson-Ivy and Shari E. Runner, President and CEO, Chicago Urban League, hosted a congratulations and best wishes reception for Dr. Janice Jackson, CEO, Chicago Public Schools, on last week. The room was filled with dynamic women in support of Dr. Jackson. U.S. Congressman Robin Kelly was supported by Southland politicians and friends in her bid for State Central Committeeman in the 2nd district of Illinois at an event this past week. Happy Birthday to: DeAnna Grant, Grant Financial Services “BOSS LADY”! Marvin Guidry, Judith Armstead, Sharon Brown Celebrating their 50th are Pamela Easter and Veronica Robinson. Team Powell: Congratulations on your Veronica 10 year Anniversary! Robinson

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Southland Mayors supporting U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly in her bid for State Committeeman are Country Club Hills Mayor Ford, Lansing Mayor Eidan, Matteson Mayor Chalmers-Currin, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Hazel Crest Mayor Alsberry, Kankakee Mayor Wells-Armstrong, Markham Acting Mayor Agpawa, Lynwood Mayor Williams and Richton Park Mayor Reinbold.

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IN THE MIX In the Mix: J.B. Pritzker’s Apology; Chance the Rapper Strikes Again By Mary L. Datcher Defender Managing Editor Houston, we have a problem. There will be a delay for early voting. Originally set for Feb. 8, with a record number of challenges by candidates finding every tool in the toolshed to knock their opponents off the ballot, it has ultimately overloaded the Cook County Board of Elections capabilities for a timely system. Although ballot numbers have been issued to candidates—early voting may not take Mary L. Datcher place until the latter part of February. DuPage County officials are dealing with a similar situation. The first IL 25th District State Representative Candidate forum took place this past Sunday at Montgomery Place—a resident village for seniors in Hyde Park. All seven candidates were in attendance to discuss several topics; the forum was hosted by the League of Women Voters of Chicago. Moderated by Diana White (LWV, Chicago), the discussion featured 25th State Rep. Candidates: William Calloway, Angelique N. Collins, Adrienne Irmer, Grace Chan McKibben, Anne Marie Miles, Flynn Rush and Curtis Tarver II. Hold Up, Wait A Minute The latest drama from the Blago and JB FBI wiretap recordings is the exchange between the two men discussing who should be the next Senate appointment to replace Barack Obama’s seat. According to the Chicago Tribune, the recordings revealed a conversation where Pritzker is advising then-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich on the probability of appointing Secretary of State Jesse White to the vacant seat. The conversation revealed Pritzker’s distaste for Jesse Jackson, Jr. and later jokingly considering Rev. Jeremiah Wright—Obama’s former pastor. It was disturbing to hear a conversation between two powerful men when Blagojevich secured a major percentage of the African American vote and now-Democratic gubernatorial candidate Pritzker wishes to do the same in this election. In addition, nearly half of the Black Aldermanic Caucus and state officials have endorsed him, including Jesse White. No longer in politics, Jesse Jackson, Jr. is out of the public eye but his brother, Jonathan Jackson, is currently working as a political consultant on Pritzker’s campaign. Some advocates for Pritzker will admit, it’s suspect to release such recordings 50 days from the primary election and this shouldn’t sway voters from all of the philanthropic work of Pritzker over the years—yet it opens another can of worms. The day after the article was published, Pritzker immediately called a press conference at MacArthur’s restaurant on the Westside, flanked by Black business leaders and public officials. Nine years after the conversation, Pritzker apologized for his comments in front of the media. “Today, I want to be clear about one thing. I wasn’t my best self on that call, and I apologize for that. I regret some of the things I said and some of the things I didn’t say, but that is not what is in my heart and those are not my values. In my life, I have tried to live up to the values that my parents have taught me – the values of fighting for equality and inclusion, fighting for civil rights and social justice. That means creating jobs, providing school breakfast, and expanding early childhood education,” said Pritzker. Secretary of State Jesse White was present and steadfast in his support of Pritzker along with Ald. Pat Dowell 16 February 7 - 13, 2018

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(3rd), Ald. Walter Burnett (27th), Ald. Michael Scott (24th) and others. Released by the Pritzker camp, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle added her endorsement to the long list of Democratic officials who are seeking to make Bruce Rauner a one-term governor. “I’ve seen JB’s record and I know what’s in his heart. This is a leader who has been there for our communities. From expanding early childhood education and providing school breakfasts to low-income students, to supporting critical organizations like the Center on Wrongful Convictions, the DuSable Museum, and After School Matters, JB has done the real work to build opportunity in our communities. Right now, the only question our community should be asking is who has a record of showing up for us, and I truly believe that JB is that leader, said Preckwinkle.” To Black people, this conversation reveals how some of us are viewed as being “safe” and “conformative” versus others as “militant” and “threatening.” How the privilege and entitled have these conversations everyday— changing the democracy of our nation while viewing us as “useful” for a limited time. On the other hand, it drives home how much our vote matters in putting someone in office. We also have a track record of just how much our community will forgive but not forget. Black History Month Shout out to attorney Randy Crumpton for producing the Langston Hughes Birthday Celebration last week at City Winery. It was great to see awesome talent grace the stage, reciting the words of Hughes from Malcolm London; the Wordsmyth Malik Yusef; Broadway actress and singer Felecia Fields; Golden Globe award-winner Regina Taylor; actor Timon Kyle Durrett (Queen Sugar); former radio personality and actress LaDonna Tittle (The Chi) and R&B singer Terisa Griffin. Both Griffin and Fields gave an electrifying vocal performance with the band between poets—it added a different twist to the show. Chicago’s very own Chance the Rapper and SocialWorks will join forces with Scholly® to provide the Scholly app and millions of dollars in scholarships to Chicago Public School students at the Scholly® Scholarship Sum-

mit. Hosted by Scholly chief executive officer Christopher Gray, Chance the Rapper, and actor and activist Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), 1,500 Chicago Public School students are expected to attend the event that will take place on Saturday, February 10th at 1 p.m. at XS Tennis Village in Washington Park. The summit will feature a discussion with Chance, Williams moderated by Scholly chief Gray, along with Scholarship Expert Panel Discussion moderated by a Coca-Cola scholar. Other speakers include Chicago natives Derrius Quarles and Jason Mayden, founder of Super Heroic and former Nike Jordan global design director. Scholly will also award one (1) lucky student with a $10,000 scholarship. If you haven’t heard about SIB’S Breakfast Club, then it’s time to get with the program. Sibyl Holloway, a 2014 Chicago Defender Woman of Excellence award recipient is the founder who started out inviting various people from her friend circle to patronage Black owned businesses in the community back in 2008. The group is comprised of professionals, entrepreneurs and game changers in their industry who are “making a major difference” in the community, she says. Be sure to see SIB’S Breakfast Club making the rounds for Black Restaurant Week next week. Celebrity Sightings On Sunday, Feb. 11, hip hop artist, Dave East will be in town on the Paranoia 2 Tour at Joe’s On Weed St. Known for his in-demand mixtape releases, in 2014 the rapper was signed to Nas’ record label, Mass Appeal, and two years with Def Jam in 2016. Following up from his 2017 release Paranoia: A True Story EP, he Dave East performs recently dropped the album at Joe’s on Weed St. P2. Other artists featured on Feb.11 the show include Valee and Ross Mac. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com

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FEBRUARY 8 Public Safety Discussion Join Englewood’s Public Safety Task Force as they participate in a community conversation on public safety hosted by Cook County Commissioner David Deer. Panelists will include representatives from Safer Foundation, TASC, Cook County Sheriff’s Police, Cook County State’s Attorney Office plus Englewood Public Safety Task Force members. All are welcome and encourage to attend. Hope Manor II 6001 S. Halsted 6:30-8 p.m.

FEBRUARY 9 Urban Innovation Symposium The 8th Annual Urban Innovation Symposium brings together Chicago leading planners in one room. The symposium showcases planning knowledge from across the Chicago region. During the daytime session, professionals from around the region provide insight into cutting-edge ideas in physical planning, design, housing and economic development. At the evening event, urban professionals deliver presentations in a more casual format, and an informal atmosphere encourages

FEBRUARY 10 Turn It Blue Breakfast Rally The Democratic Women of the South Suburbs will host a breakfast rally. The rally is designed to energize and encourage Democratic voters, candidates, volunteers and political activists to retake the governor’s mansion, retain Democratic seats in Congress, retain the Attorney General’s seat, and increase the number of Democrats in the Illinois Congressional delegation ahead of the March 20 Primary elections. Idlewild Country Club 19201 Dixie Highway Flossmoor 9:30 a.m.-noon Donation: $35 per person in advance; no sales at the door. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.com (search turn it blue)

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FEBRUARY 10 “Lady Moses: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman” DuSable Museum presents a series of shows and films in honor of Black History Month; this week features a dramatic monologue with poetry and song as Cynthia Maddox provides a powerful glimpses into the charismatic life of Tubman, whose undaunted dedication to a better society has emphatically impacted the course of history. 740 E. 56th Place Noon $10 For tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/LadyMoses For information on other programs, visit: dusablemuseum.org

FEBRUARY 11 (and continuing each Sunday in February) MAAFA Black History Service Trinity United Church of Christ invites you to celebrate Black History as the church participates in a journey of remembrance. The first Sunday will showcase the truth about Christianity and Africa as the sanctuary is transformed into a specific time in history. 400 W. 95th St Three services: 7:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 6 p.m. For more information, visit trinitychicago.org

FEBRUARY 13 (and continuing each Tuesday in February) Still Till Tuesdays Join Bright Star Community Outreach on each Tuesday during Black History Month to discuss not only the life of Emmett Till, but also the circumstances like community and systematic racism that contributed to his murder. Topics such as parenting, cultural influences, trauma and violence, the media and others will also be discussed. The film “The Murder of Emmett Till” will be screened on February 6. Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ 4021 S. State Street To register for free event, visit Eventbrite.com (food provided for those who register)

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FEBRUARY 13 (and continuing each Tuesday in February) Chicago Urban League Annual Black Film Fest and Voter Registration Drive This year’s theme: #TheStoryofOURVote. Voter registration takes place from 5-6 p.m. each Tuesday and is followed by the presentation of a different movie and featured entrepreneurs and vendors. Admission is free. February 13: “Freedom Song” Discussion on the roles of elected officials. Featured vendor: Not Just Cookies February 20: “Step” Special step performance follows. Featured vendor: Jimmy’s Vegan Cookies, Youth Author Angel Potts February 27: “Marshall” Reception and book signing of “Race, Law, and Justice” by Atty. James D. Montgomery, Sr. at 4:30-6 p.m. Featured vendor: Exquisite Catering and Events All events at Chicago Urban League 4510 S. Michigan Ave.

FEBRUARY 17 Black History UMOJA Celebration Join the Chicago Park District at Homan Square Park for UMOJA Black History celebration celebrating our rich culture. Includes music, dance, spoken word, special vendors and community. Homan Square Park 3559 W. Arthington 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free For more information, call (312) 746-6650

FEBRUARY 18 Private Showing of Black Panther Betty Shabazz International Charter School presents a private screening of the film “Black Panther,” where the studio will be transformed into the Kingdom of Wakanda for a cultural celebration. The screening is a fundraiser for the school’s STEM programmatic initiatives. Special guests and entertainment by MC and Discopoet Khari B and DJ B-Man. Studio Movie Grill 210 W. 87th Street Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. Movie begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $30 African attire or costumes are encouraged. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.com (search Betty Shabazz school) February 7 - 13, 2018 17


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The unique flavor of Jerk Taco Man is something of a family secret. The flavorful recipes can be traced back to Thomas’ family reunions over the years.

Jerk Taco Man Primed For Expansion By Lee Edwards Defender Contributing Writer Restaurateur Julius Thomas is continuing to take his “Jerk Taco Man” business to new heights with the impending opening of a new South Side location. Four years since serving his first jerk taco, the neighborhood favorite will be opening its newest location, a 7,000 sq. ft. full service restaurant at 7723 S. State St., following city and health inspections, said Thomas. The space will include a patio area, too. The menu will feature authentic jerk BBQ, curry goat, oxtails, red snapper, a dessert section, and more. Currently, Thomas is hiring for 80 positions at the soon to be opened location. He said he’s open to hiring “anyone who will respect my space and respect my customers.” “I will hire felons, I will hire whomever; I have no discrimination against people’s backgrounds, if they are trying to do right and they are trying to make a living for their family and they are trying to respect my space, they are welcome to work with me,” said Thomas. Thomas, who calls Chicago his “hometown,” intends to keep the West Side location open; he described the community’s support of him and his business “a great 18 February 7 - 13, 2018

ride.” The two brick and mortar restaurants will be supported by five already operational food trucks. He noted he will announce a grand opening in the coming weeks. Individuals interested in applying can visit www.jerktacoman.com. “The West Side location will be a staple; I hope one day it becomes a landmark,” said Thomas. The aptly named “Jerk Taco Man” restaurant earned its name based on how Thomas first started the business by selling jerk tacos from his car. Along the way his customers gave the business its name, which Thomas ran with it. “The customers gave me that name after [I was] on the empty lot serving tacos day and night... they just started calling me the jerk taco man,” said Thomas. “Jerk tacos are where I started. The name just stuck so I went ahead and trademarked it.” After multiple stops on Chicago’s West Side, Thomas eventually settled at his long standing West Garfield Park location at 4001 W. Jackson Blvd. At one point early on in the business he was housed at his wife’s hair store, Hair 4 Less, 131 S. Pulaski Rd. but due to the ever-increasing demand for jerk chicken, it eventually prompted the jerk business to be relocated. The unique flavor of Jerk Taco Man is something of a family secret. The flavorful recipes can be traced back www.chicagodefender.com

to Thomas’ family reunions over the years. He explained members of his family would bring their jerk “A game” when they would dine together, which gave him the idea to borrow some of their recipes to launch his own restaurant. He credits his great-grandfather who was from Kingston, Jamaica, for some of his menu staples. In addition to providing Chicago residents with authentic Jamaican cuisine, the “Jerk Taco Man” will also lend his hand toward helping the community. “We started a foundation that’s targeted more towards helping the community, Olevia Sixth Foundation; it’s a non-profit organization that my sister heads up. She’s the president, and it’s all about giving back to the community; it’s not about dynasties, it’s about a legacy I’m trying to create now,” said Thomas. These days Thomas is doing double duty as he is taking the lead on the construction of the South Side location while still maintaining the day-to-day operations of the restaurant and food trucks. “I’m the general contractor for my build out. It’s a grind of getting up in the morning, getting these guys on the clock, getting them started, shutting them down around 4 p.m., and also making sure the food truck that’s currently serving on 77th St. [is up and working],” said Thomas. THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


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PROPERTY FOR SALE

PROPERTY FOR SALE

NOTICE INVITATION TO BID TO METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT OF GREATER CHICAGO

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.; P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � DANETHEL DONERSON; BAYVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; D e f e n d a n t s , � 17 CH 10324 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real e s t a t e : � P.I.N. 20-28-332-026-0000. Commonly known as 7848 South Stewart Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 6 0 6 2 0 . � The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for i n s p e c t i o n . � For information call The Sales Department at Plaintiff's Attorney, Anselmo Lindberg & Associates, LLC, 1771 West Diehl Road, Naperville, Illinois 60563-1890. (630) 453-6960. For Bidding instructions visit www.alolawgroup.com 24 hours prior to sale. F17070167 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3075080

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL A S S O C I A T I O N ; � P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � LINDA A. TEMPLE; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; DERRICK L. JACKSON; D e f e n d a n t s , � 17 CH 18 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real e s t a t e : � P.I.N. 20-36-107-019-0000. Commonly known as 8024 South Constance Avenue, Chicago, IL 6 0 6 1 7 . � The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for i n s p e c t i o n . � For information call Sales Department at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, One East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614) 220-5611. 16-034073 F2 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3073940

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 17-845-3P HEAVY EQUIPMENT STORAGE BUILDING SITE IMPROVEMENTS, BULK MATERIAL STORAGE BUILDING, CALUMET WATER RECLAMATION PLANT, O’BRIEN WATER RECLAMATION PLANT Document Fee: $50.00 (Non-refundable, in the form of cashier’s check, certified check or money order payable to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District) Estimated Cost is between $1,501,000.00 and $1,817,000.00 Bid Deposit: $90,850.00 Mandatory Pre-Bid Site Walk-Through:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. Chicago Time Calumet Water Reclamation Plant Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, 400 East 130th Street, Chicago, IL

Mandatory Pre-Bid Site Walk-Through: Mandatory Technical Pre-Bid Conference:

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m. Chicago Time O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant, 3500 Howard Street, Skokie, IL Thursday, February 22, 2018, 10:30 a.m. Chicago Time Calumet and O’Brien Water Reclamation Plants O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant, 3500 Howard Street, Skokie, IL Process Control Building, Room 402

Bid Opening: March 13, 2018 Compliance with the District’s Affirmative Action Ordinance Revised Appendix D, Appendix C, Appendix K, and the Multi-Project Labor Agreement are required on this Contract. CONTRACT 18-611-11 REPAIRS AND ALTERATIONS TO VARIOUS WATER RECLAMATION FACILITIES IN THE STICKNEY SERVICE AREA AND OTHER INSTALLATIONS Estimated Cost: $12,999,136.00 Bid Deposit: $364,000.00 Mandatory Technical Pre-Bid Conference:

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m. Chicago Time Stickney Water Reclamation Plant Buildings & Grounds Conference Room A266, Office Building 185 6001 Pershing Avenue, Stickney, IL

Bid Opening: February 27, 2018 Compliance with the District’s Affirmative Action Ordinance Revised Appendix D, Appendix C, Appendix K, and the Multi-Project Labor Agreement 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 (#312/7513042). 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 130/1et.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 of Greater Chicago By Darlene A. LoCascio Director of Procurement and Materials Management Chicago, Illinois February 7, 2018

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APARTMENT FOR RENT

LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT February 2, 2018 CITY OF CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PROCUREMENT SERVICES Sealed Proposals or Responses, will be received by the City of Chicago, on the date and time, stated for those specific Proposals or Responses listed below, in the Bid & Bond, Room 103, City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602, 312-744-9773. Proposals or Responses will be received for the following: DESCRIPTION: Request for Proposals (RFP) for Information Technology Infrastructure Services – Target Market Program PROPOSAL DOCUMENT CAN BE DOWNLOADED AND PRINTED FROM URL ADDRESS: www.cityofchicago.org/bids SPECIFICATION NO: 416117 PROPOSAL DUE DATE: March 30, 2018 TIME: 4:00 p.m., Central Time PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE: February 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., City Hall, 11th Floor, Room 1103, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602 CONTACT: Joseph Chan, Sr. Procurement Specialist Email: joseph.chan@cityofchicago.org

Senate Apartments is opening its waiting list for low-income Senior Housing on February 20, 2018.

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Applications will be handed out between 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.

Senate Apartments 5801 N. Pulaski Road Bldg. G Chicago, IL 60646 773.539.3403 Sponsored by: Elderly Housing Development & Operations Corp. Senate Apartments is a federally subsidized Senior Housing Development under the HUD Sec. 202.8 Housing Assistance Program.Applicants must be 62 years of age or older or disabled and must be eligible as outlined by HUD guidelines. Rent is 30% of Adjusted Gross Income.

LEGAL NOTICE This letter is to notify that on February 25, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. an auction will be held at South Shore Self Storage, Inc., located at 7843 S. Exchange Ave, Chicago, IL 60649, to sell the following articles held within said storage units to enforce a lien existing under the laws of the state of Illinois.  1. 234 Deborah Miller 2. 244 Garry Brown 3. 270 Donisha Thomas 4. 421 Emmanuel McNutt 5. 428 Clifford Allen 6. 435 Mary Campbell 7. 506 Michael Craig 8. 607 Denise Swift 9. S009 Sharenna Green

This letter is to notify that on February 25, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. an auction will be held at Aaron Bros. Self-Storage, Inc., located at 4034 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60653, to sell the following articles held within said storage units to enforce a lien existing under the laws of the state of Illinois.  1. 106 Sam Pettigrew 2. 117 Brian McCoy 3. 212 Andrea Welch 4. 230 Katina Cross 5. 304 Belinda Ezell 6. 439 Joseph Crump 7. 541 Phyllis Robinson

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LEGAL NOTICE This letter is to notify that on February 25, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. an auction will be held at 83rd & Halsted Self Storage, Inc., located at 8316 S. Birkhoff Ave, Chicago, IL 60620, to sell the following articles held within said storage units to enforce a lien existing under the laws of the state of Illinois.  1. 176 Tiffany Smith 2. 204 Tiffany Smith 3. 218 Ricardo Crocker 4. 239 Deborah Smith 5. 313 Lekeyia Collins

This letter is to notify that on February 25, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. an auction will be held at Hyde Park Self Storage, Inc., located at 5155 S. Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60615, to sell the following articles held within said storage units to enforce a lien existing under the laws of the state of Illinois.  1. 10166 William Brown 2. 390 Jheatiane Davis 3. 469 Phyllis Robinson

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS; KENNETH ARMSTRONG; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND L E G A T E E S � OF JOHN L. ARMSTRONG, DECEASED; THOMAS QUINN AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF JOHN L. ARMSTRONG, DECEASED D e f e n d a n t s , � 16 CH 16322 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real e s t a t e : � P.I.N. 20-33-213-022-0000. Commonly known as 8020 S PERRY AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 6 0 6 2 0 . � The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for i n s p e c t i o n . � For information call Sales Department at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, One East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614) 220-5611. 16-024805 F2 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3073959

PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC. � Plaintiff, -v.� ANDRE WEBB, UNITED STATES OF � AMERICA - DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF LOUISE F. WEBB A/K/A FANNIE L. WEBB, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, WILLIAM � P. BUTCHER, AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR LOUISE F. WEBB A/K/A FANNIE L. WEBB (DECEASED), GEORGE WEBB Defendants 17 CH 005210 7217 S. HARVARD AVENUE CHICAGO, IL 60621 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 8, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 19, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth � below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 7217 S. HARVARD AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60621 Property Index No. 20-28-209-006-0000. The real estate is improved with a resi� dence. 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. 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 represen� tation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to � check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall � pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall � pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other � county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS � & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-17-02338. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com � Attorney File No. 14-17-02338 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 17 CH 005210 TJSC#: 37-10356 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. I3073883

PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION MRF ILLINOIS ONE, LLC P l a i n t i f f , � v . � JEFFREY D. HODGES, VIRGIE M. HODGES D e f e n d a n t s � 16 CH 015291 9201 S. YATES BLVD. 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 December 8, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 12, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 9201 S. YATES BLVD., CHICAGO, IL 60617 Property Index No. 26-06-307-051. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance 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 L A W . � You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-16-07838. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � 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 s a l e s . � CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-16-07838 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 16 CH 015291 TJSC#: 37-11151 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. I3074091

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CLASSIFIEDS PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR STRUCTURED ASSET INVESTMENT LOAN TRUST MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2 0 0 6 - B N C 3 � P l a i n t i f f , � v . � MARCUS KLINE, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF ASHAKI BOCHUM-KLINE, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, GERALD NORDGREN, AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR ASHAKI BOCHUM-KLINE ( D E C E A S E D ) � D e f e n d a n t s � 15 CH 016205 8257 S. CORNELL AVENUE CHICAGO, IL 60617 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on April 18, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 21, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 8257 S. CORNELL AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60617 Property Index No. 20-36-119-014-0000.� The real estate is improved with a single family residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance 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 L A W . � You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-15-15814. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � 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 s a l e s . � CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-15-15814 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 15 CH 016205 TJSC#: 38-424 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. I3074275

PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. P l a i n t i f f , � v . � BERTHA L. GARDNER, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, � UNKNOWN OWNERS AND � NONRECORD CLAIMANTS � D e f e n d a n t s � 17 CH 002160 8050 S. ELIZABETH STREET 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 October 30, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM � on March 9, 2018, at The Judicial � Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 8050 S. ELIZABETH STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60620 Property Index No. 20-32-114-034-0000.� The real estate is improved with a r e s i d e n c e . � 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. 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 L A W . � You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-17-01668. � THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � 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 s a l e s . � CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-17-01668 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 17 CH 002160 TJSC#: 37-10067 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. I3073354

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PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL � � ASSOCIATION, AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE FOR SPRINGLEAF MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2 0 1 3 3 � P l a i n t i f f , � v . � L. WILSON � AUGUSTINE D e f e n d a n t s � 15 CH 008534 7725 S. ADA STREET 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 December 1, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 6, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 7725 S. ADA � STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60620 Index No. � Property 20-29-315-008-0000.� The real estate is improved with a single family residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance 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 L A W . � You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building � and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-15-01025. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � 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 s a l e s . � CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. � 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-15-01025 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 15 CH 008534 TJSC#: 37-10985 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. I3072887

REAL ESTATE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF BANC OF AMERICA MORTGAGE � SECURITIES, INC. ALTERNATIVE � LOAN TRUST 2007-2, MORTGAGE � PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, � 2007-2 Plaintiff, -v.JASMINE MURILLO, VICTOR H. MARTINEZ, JOSUE G MURILLO Defendants 14 CH 10391 1330 SOUTH HEATH AVENUE 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 December 14, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 15, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker � Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 1330 SOUTH HEATH AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60608 Property Index No. 17-19-109-028-0000. The real estate is improved with a 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. 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 13751. 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. McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200 Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 416-5500 E-Mail: pleadings@mccalla.com Attorney File No. 13751 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 14 CH 10391 TJSC#: 37-11271

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REAL ESTATE

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC. Plaintiff, -v.GERALD P. NORDGREN SOLELY AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR LAWRENCE E. BLAKLEY (DECEASED), ELMIRA CATHEY, ANTONIA BLAKLEY, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF LAWRENCE E. BLAKLEY (DECEASED), UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 14 CH 13891 6222 SOUTH ARTESIAN 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 August 28, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 6, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 6222 SOUTH ARTESIAN AVENUE, Chicago, IL 60629 Property Index No. 19-13-430-021-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $159,440.80. 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 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: RANDALL S. MILLER & ASSOCIATES, 120 N. LASALLE STREET, SUITE 1140, Chicago, IL 60602, (312) 239-3432 Please refer to file number 14IL003247-1. 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. RANDALL S. MILLER & ASSOCIATES 120 N. LASALLE STREET, SUITE 1140 Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 239-3432 E-Mail: il.pleadings@rsmalaw.com Attorney File No. 14IL003247-1 Attorney Code. 46689 Case Number: 14 CH 13891 TJSC#: 38-716 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 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, -v.DAVID P KULIK A/K/A DAVID KULIK A/K/A DAWID KULIK, THE ILLINOIS HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY Defendants 2016 CH 14579 5636 S JUSTINE ST Chicago, IL 60636 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on December 1, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on March 6, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 5636 S JUSTINE ST, Chicago, IL 60636 Property Index No. 20-17-108-036-0000 & 20-17-108-035-0000. The real estate is improved with a multi-family residence. The judgment amount was $308,876.05. 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. 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 16-14908. 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. 16-14908 Attorney Code. 59049 Case Number: 2016 CH 14579 TJSC#: 38-183 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 WELLS FARGO BANK NA Plaintiff, -v.BETTY HAYNES, THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, CREDIT ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION Defendants 2016 CH 13248 2051 WEST MARQUETTE ROAD Chicago, IL 60636 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on September 12, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 21, 2018, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 2051 WEST MARQUETTE ROAD, Chicago, IL 60636 Property Index No. 20-19-306-003-0000; 20-19-306-004-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family home and vacant land under common ownership with adjacent residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance 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: 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 258880. 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. McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200 Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 416-5500 E-Mail: pleadings@mccalla.com Attorney File No. 258880 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 2016 CH 13248 TJSC#: 38-499

THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


MEMORIES Leak & Sons Funeral Home

COUSINS, JR. William Cousins, Jr…..Wake was held: Friday, February 02, 2018; 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Trinity United C.O.C., 400 West 95th Street Funeral: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. BAILEY Jeffery Bailey…..Memorial was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. @ Annex, 7851 S. Cottage Grove Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. CRAYTON Brittany Crayton…..Memorial was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HOLT Thomas Holt…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Interment: Forest Home Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. MURPHY, SR. Welton Murphy, Sr…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Interment: Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HILL Devin Hill…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Greater Bethel Apostolic Church, 2122 W. 79th St. 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. STEELE Ruth Steele…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ New Birth C O G I C, 1500 W. 69th Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Oak Woods Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. JACKSON Gloria Jackson…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Joy Fellowship, 12001 S. Indiana 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. HOOF Jefferson Hoof…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 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. WASHINGTON Jennifer Washington…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ New Beginning Full Gospel, 16440 S. Cottage 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. VAN ALLEN Michelle Van Allen…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Victory Apostolic, 20300 Matteson 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. REED Deborah Reed…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Another Chance, 5138 West Division 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.

THOMAS Cindy Thomas…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson 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. JACKSON Aaron Jackson…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Covenant United Church of Christ, 1130 East 154th Street 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. BEENE Luverta Beene…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Acme M B C Church, 88th Paulina 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. COBB Lillie Cobb…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Christian Temple Baptist Church, 6344 S. Kimbark Ave. 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. FRIZELL Edna Frizell…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Indiana Avenue Pentecostal Church, 35th 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. CRITTENDEN Daniel Crittenden…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Trinity All Nations Church, 9600 S. Vincennes 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. BOMAR-CRISS Gwendolyn Bomar-Criss…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Emmaus Community Church, 925 McArthur Dr. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Oak Hill Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HANNAH, JR. Prince Hannah, Jr…..Memorial was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Hill Crest Baptist Church, 17300 S. Pulaski Road 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. LEAKE, JR. Danny Leake, Jr…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road 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. BRADLEY Curtis Bradley…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 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. CHRISTOPHER Paulette Christopher…..Memorial was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 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. FAYSON Derek Fayson…..Wake was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Lights of Zion Church, 11636 S. Halsted Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Monday, February 05, 2018; 11:00 a.m. @ Abraham Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

MITCHELL, JR. James Mitchell, Jr…..Visitation was held: Saturday, February 03, 2018; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. @ Chapel Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. JOHNSON Philander Johnson…..Wake was held: Sunday, February 04, 2018; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Interment: Tuesday, February 06, 2018; State of Mississippi Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. DANIEL Roderick Daniel…..Memorial was held: Sunday, February 04, 2018; 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. WILLIAMS Etta Williams…..Wake was held: Monday, February 05, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Bethel AME Church, 4448 S. Michigan 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. STOVALL Elease Stovall…..Wake was held: Monday, February 05, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Lunford 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. BUFORD, SR. Ronald Buford, Sr…..Wake was held: Monday, February 05, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel King 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. HOBSON, JR. Monroe Hobson, Jr…..Wake was held: Monday, February 05, 2018; 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. ROBINSON Debra Robinson…..Wake was held: Monday, February 05, 2018; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ Chapel 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. MIDDLETON Shannon Middleton…..Wake was held: Monday, February 05, 2018; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ Greater Harvest Funeral: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Interment: Tuesday, February 06, 2018; 11:00 a.m. @ Cedar Park Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

WILLIAMS Mable Williams…..Wake: Thursday, February 08, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Restvale Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. KELLY Stevie Kelly…..Visitation: Thursday, February 08, 2018; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. @ Chapel Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. SIMS Ronnie Sims…..Visitation: Thursday, February 08, 2018; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. @ Chapel Lunford Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. DAVIS Corine Davis…..Wake: Friday, February 09, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Word of Life Kingdom Church, 8347 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. DIXON Jamesetta Dixon…..Wake: Friday, February 09, 2018; 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. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. TOOTS Lashun Toots…..Wake: Friday, February 09, 2018; 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. WATTS Fannie Watts…..Wake: Friday, February 09, 2018; 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. DIXON James Dixon…..Wake: Friday, February 09, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Apostolic Church of God, 63rd Dorchester Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Abraham Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. DENSBY Solomon Densby…..Wake: Friday, February 09, 2018; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Monument of Faith Church, 2750 West Columbus Ave. Funeral: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Interment: Abraham Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

CRAIG Mary Craig…..Wake was held: Tuesday, February 06, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Pleasant Green, 144 W. 59th Street Funeral: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Interment: Washington Memory Gardens Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

AGBOHLA Simon Agbohla…..Wake: Saturday, February 10, 2018; 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Interment: Wednesday, February 14, 2018; 9:00 a.m. In Ghana Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

CLAY Euncice Clay…..Wake was held: Tuesday, February 06, 2018; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel Lunford 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.

HARRIS Jamon Harris…..Wake: Saturday, February 10, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. @ Liberation Christian Center, 7400 S. Michigan 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.

BRIGHT Michele Bright…..Memorial was held: Tuesday, February 06, 2018; 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. @ Chapel King Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. ALEXANDER Darish Alexander…..Memorial: Wednesday, February 07, 2018; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

NEWELL Cecil Newell…..Wake: Saturday, February 10, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. @ Chapel Lunford Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: St. Mary’s Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. MOORE Irma Moore…..Wake: Saturday, February 10, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. @ Elim Christian Church, 2735 W. 79th St. 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.

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SMITH Dorothy Smith…..Wake: Saturday, February 10, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. @ Oakdale Covenant Church, 9440 S. Vincennes Christian Church, 2735 W. 79th St. 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. ROBINSON Debra Faye Robinson…..Wake: Saturday, February 10, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. @ Free Salvation Church, 7549 S. Phillips 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. NWAHIZU Rhoda Nwahizu…..Wake: Saturday, February 10, 2018; 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ Trinity Episcopal, 1225 E. 26th Street Funeral: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Interment: Sunday, February 11, 2018;10:00 a.m. In Nigeria Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

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MINCOR M.C. Mincor..…..Memorial Service was held: Monday, January 22, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. PHILLIPS Eddie Phillips..…..Wake: Friday, January 26, 2018; 11:00 a.m. @ New Covenant MBC, 754 E. 77th St. Funeral: 12:00 p.m. Interment: Private Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. MURPHY Fabian Murphy..…..Viewing: Saturday, January 27, 2018; 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Chapel Interment: Private Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. WILLIAMS Rosie Williams..…..Wake: Saturday, January 27, 2018; 9:30 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 7234400. WOODS Alfred L. Woods, Chicago, IL, departed this life on Jan. 16, 2018. Born, Feb. 29, 1944, Alfred Lloyd Woods was an African American poet, librarian and cultural activist who was best known as the author of the book Manish! Cremation services provided by the Cremation Society of Illinois. Service with military honors will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 1:30 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.

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Big 4 (from left) Raekwon Drake, Ty Mosley, Chase Adams, and Dannie Smith continue to prove that they will be a force to be reckoned with after a huge 77-74 OT W vs Whitney Young last Thursday night (Eugene McIntosh/ The Bigs Media)

#TheBIGS Presents: This Week’s Top 5 Chicago Hoopers With the City Playoffs kicking off this week, the race for “Hooper Of The Year” kicks into high gear By Eugene McIntosh & Terrence Tomlin Sports by #TheBIGS 1. Talen Horton-Tucker (Sr- Simeon) - Talow has been at the top of the list for most of the season. He’s shown and proved all year as he’s led the Wolverines to a 20-3 record. The tough national schedule will help Simeon in the long run as they get ready for the City and State playoff tournaments. We’re looking forward to seeing as Talen has an opportunity to take his game to new heights. Last Week’s Rank #1 2. Ayo Dosunmu (Sr- Morgan Park) Even though Ayo has been sidelined for a few weeks, we’re not gonna let that hinder his #2 spot. He’s the key to the Mustangs if they want to repeat as 3A champs (Even though they won the Championship game without him last year.). It will be interesting to see where he is mentally/physically upon his return, but the Mustangs will surely be glad to have him back in any capacity. Last Week’s Rank - #2 3. George Conditt (Sr- Corliss) - The big guy has put up numerous triple dou-

bles this season. We’re definitely looking for George to make some noise in the playoffs against better competition before he heads to Iowa State with Talen Horton-Tucker. Corliss’s first round matchup with North Lawndale will be a big test. Last Week’s Rank - #3 4. Javon Freeman (Sr- Whitney Young) - Vonno (nephew of Chicago legend Marcus Liberty) has been big for the Dolphins all year and you can never count them out the way they’re led by head coach Ty Slaughter. Valparaiso is getting a heck of an athlete and competitor next year. Last Week’s Rank - #4 5. Xavier Pinson (Sr- Simeon) - It came down to Georgetown, Wisconsin and Missouri and the “X-factor” chose Cuonzo Martin and the Tigers in Missouri next season. A 3-star player, he’s gonna bring some excitement to their backcourt for the next few years. He’s been a lethal weapon off the bench for the Wolverines all year. Last Week’s Rank - #5 Knocking At The Door - Raekwon Drake (Sr-Orr), Adam Miller (So- Morgan Park), Dannie Smith (Sr-Orr), Messiah Jones (Sr- Simeon), Chase Adams (SrOrr)

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