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It’s Not Acting Out, It’s Autism A mother and son’s journey and why it matters to the Black community By Edye Deloch-Hughes Defender Contributing Writer “That boy is dumb as rocks.” “Why can’t your son talk?” “He’ll go off on you in a second.” “Is he retarded?” “In my medical opinion, your baby is normal,” “Dude got mental issues.” “He’s special alright – Special Ed!” “It’ll cost $50,000 for intervention.” “A good butt whooping will stop those tantrums.” “You’re a bad parent.” Sylvia Carter Smith has heard it all. As a parent of Wilton Smith, an energetic autistic teen who enjoys listening to music and navigating Google maps, it has been a long, difficult road. The mother of three boys ages 39, 33 and 14, Sylvia never thought autism would enter her life. She was 44 years old when she and her now late husband welcomed their “bonus” baby into their lives. Everything seemed normal. “As an infant, there wasn’t anything unusual about Wilton,” says Smith. “He hit all his milestones, crawling and walking at the right times. But at 15 months, he wouldn’t look up at my eyes, and he wasn’t babbling like babies do. I thought he was just slow and lazy. I figured girls develop faster than boys.” Physician Bias When Smith took Wilton in for his regular medical check-ups, she casually mentioned Wilton’s slowness to his doctor. “Even my doctor brushed it off. I thought, maybe I’m just trippin’. You know, young doctor versus old mama.” But Wilton’s unusual behavior persisted, “By 18 months, a light went off in my head. Wilton wasn’t pointing, saying mommy or daddy. He would line up his toys – Lego blocks, tracks, cars in a certain order, and they had to stay that way or he would have a meltdown.” At nearly 2 years old, Wilton still wasn’t saying anything. Smith became worried and confronted Wilton’s physician. Again, he saw nothing out of the ordinary. This time mom put her foot down. “It was only when I got angry that he [the doctor] finally decided to run THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

Sylvia Carter Smith and son Wilton some tests.” Smith found out that when it comes to Autism Spectrum Disorder [ASD], many health care professionals don’t pay as close attention to African-American children as they do White children. In studies conducted by the CDC, Black children are least likely to receive an ASD diagnosis as compared to their White counterparts. “I believe doctors don’t listen to us,” says Smith. Studies indicate she may be right. Compared to White children, CDC research suggests doctors often misdiagnose Black children as having other conditions such as ADHD or conduct disorder based on antisocial behavior. Therefore the prescribed treatment is ineffective. Is the Black Community Ignorant or in Denial? Over the years, Smith has found that many people in the Black community don’t understand the

stigma, heartbreak and misunderstanding parents go through raising a child with autism. It extends to family members as well. There is profound denial that autism is a developmental disorder that needs early diagnosis and immediate intervention so children can grow up happier and live more productive lives. Smith also found that too many Black parents, especially young ones, don’t want to seek help for their struggling children. “These kids go undiagnosed,” Smith says. “Their parents don’t want to deal with the reality of it all.” What is Autism? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the higher functioning Asperger’s Syndrome is a serious chronic developmental disorder that impairs a person’s ability to interact and communicate with other people. According to Autism Speaks, an advocacy group www.chicagodefender.com

dedicated to promoting solutions and increasing understanding and support for people with ASD, autism is characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences… The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. The autism range is so vast; no two autistic children are alike. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that one out of 68 (approximately 1.2 million) people under 21 years of age in the U.S. is diagnosed with ASD. Just imagine how many people are not diagnosed. What Autism Isn’t Autism Spectrum Disorder isn’t mental illness like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Having autism isn’t being intellectually challenged or the politi-

cally incorrect term -- mentally retarded. In fact a child with autism can possess average to genius intelligence. The characters Dr. Sean Murphy of the TV series “The Good Doctor” and Desna’s brother in the series “Claws” are examples of autistic savants. Autism is not Down’s Syndrome, which is a chromosomal disorder with physical and intellectual impairments. And autism is not being bad, or acting out willfully, though negative treatment from others can cause further withdrawal, isolation, and uncontrolled anger. Learning social and communication skills as early as possible is the key. The fact is autism is on the rise in every community, Black, White, Hispanic, rich, poor and middle class. There are theories as to why, from vaccinations to electronic screens. Diet and environment have also been discussed as con continued on page 4

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The Answer Inc: Offering Support Having a child with Autism or any Disorder is a challenge especially in underserved communities. Today, according the Center for Disease Control 1 in 68 individuals is diagnosed with Autism, making it more common than Pediatric Cancer, Diabetes, and Aids combined. It occurs in in all racial, ethnic and social groups and is four times more likely to strike in boys than girls. Debra Vines, Founder and Executive Director of The Answer Inc., and her husband, James Harlan, have a son
Jason, who is now 30 years old and was diagnosed with Autism when he was 18 months; in response to their own challenges and desire to help others, they started The Answer Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organiza-

tion in 2007. The Answer Inc. is dedicated to providing support, resources, education, recreation, and advocacy for families in the greater Chicago area who are challenged with supporting family members with Autism & Developmental Differences. In addition to providing essential resources and services for parents and caregivers, the agency strives to help contribute to the continued growth, educational and recreational inclusion for the children and relatives specifically impacted by disabilities. Since 2007 The Answer Inc. has serviced over 4,000 families with the following services. SUPPORT The Answer Inc. hosts monthly

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beled special needs as he may be. I think that when you’re not in full acceptance, you may feel that way especially if you’re ashamed or embarrassed of your loved one’s diagnosis. Those without awareness, education or compassion may find it easy to label. Each person with autism is unique. They all are definitely more than a label.” Smith has navigated through the stigma and criticism, but she’s keenly aware of Wilton’s ongoing struggle and knows he’s trying. “Wilton is not social. Growing up, he didn’t like being in crowds like during Christmas celebrations with family. The noise would make him have a meltdown. A lot of it was caused by sensory issues such as bright lights; the scent of certain air fresheners; the ‘ding’ on Family Feud or Judge Mathis’ theme song.” Wilton didn’t know how to express his discomfort in words, much like a baby crying because it doesn’t have the words to express those needs. Some family members were tolerant, but not all of them understood his disorder. Being judged is hard. But Smith knows where to place her faith. She relies on prayer and her church to give her peace. “It’s in God’s hands. Special angels protect my son.” Early Intervention Smith was proactive. Early intervention helped Wilton find his voice. Because of early diagnosis, Smith was able to plan out Wilton’s path. He was given an IEP (Individualized Education Program), a document developed for any child in the public school system in need of special education. He attended preschool and

tributing factors. However, a study by Stefan Hansen of Aarhus University in Denmark suggests that since Autism became a spectrum of disorders, it broadened the criteria for diagnosis. According to the 2015 Time magazine article, “This May Explain the Rise in Autism Diagnosis,” researchers determined that “60 percent of the increase could be attributed to these changes.” Challenges Autistic Black Children and Parents Face It’s already a struggle being autistic, but being autistic and Black has its unique challenges. Double that if the child is undiagnosed. Unfortunately many parents, especially in Black communities, are baffled as to why their children won’t talk, socialize, or behave. Yet they refuse to entertain the possibility that something is medically wrong. Their children become antisocial and unproductive in school, and they are labeled stupid and as having behavior problems. Oftentimes they flunk out and drop out of school. It’s a problem a thousand butt whoopings won’t beat away and heads in the sand won’t wish away. Fear prevents parents from finding out what’s really wrong – or finding out too late; many fear blame, embarrassment, and labeling. The fear of labeling was never a concern for Smith. It never stopped her from getting the help Wilton needed. “Wilton is a loving kid who’s unique in his own way,” she says. “I don’t dwell on him being la4 April 25 - May 1, 2018

two-hour support meetings at a local Community Center in the Proviso Township for family members, supporters and educators who are interested in learning more about ASD, including those with a range of developmental differences.
 It also hosts Just for Men, a monthly support group that caters to the needs of men dealing with individuals impacted by ASD/Developmental Differences. This group is facilitated by men and is an important component of The Answer Inc. A principle objective of The Answer Inc. is to encourage parents and caregivers of people with ASD not to feel stigmatized within the community.
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 The Answer Inc. facilitates “Saturdays on the Spectrum”

Wilton enjoying his music Chicago Public Schools and was fortunate to be in both regular and special needs classes. “Wilton was fortunate to have the same teacher from first to eighth grades so he was able to be under the care of someone who loved him. Teachers are important for the success of the student. It takes patience and care.” Wilton takes medication to help him stay calm and occupational therapy to improve motor skills and process sensory information so he can function better in his day-to-day activities. It made www.chicagodefender.com

Spectrum University, a weekly educational program that meets in 10-week sessions on a year-round basis. This program provides reading, writing and math instruction to adults with ASD/Developmental Differences. Participants are between 18-40 years old and enter the program functioning at or above the 3rd grade level. The Answer Inc. also has a Health & Wellness component, “Music N Me Exercise & Dance Program.” The program focuses on exercise, healthy eating, cooking and dance through instruction. RECREATION 
Each year, The Answer Inc. is proud to sponsor children with Autism, Intellectual or Developmental Abilities to participate in a weeklong special needs horse-

back riding camp partnering with Special Camps for Special Citizens in Winfield, Ill. The Annual Autism/ Special Needs Walkathon helps the organization to fundraise for sponsorships. In order to broaden exposure, inclusion and social interaction for individuals impacted by Autism/Developmental Differences, The Answer Inc. sponsors several family outings. ADVOCACY FOR INCLUSION With the cooperation of local law enforcement officials, the organization held 1st Responders Trainings for police officers, fire departments and the local department stores. For more information regarding Autism/Developmental and Special Events, call 708.296.5651 or visit theanswerinc

Wilton’s transition to high school much smoother. His new male teacher is slowly mainstreaming Wilton into regular classes. His goal: to improve his “people skills” so that he can mainstream completely. Encounters with Law Enforcement Another obstacle autistic people – especially teen boys – face is encounters with police. According to Autism Unites advocacy group, those with ASD are seven times more likely to have run-ins with law enforcement over the course of their lives, compared with people without a cognitive disorder. While there are no solid stats of how many autistic people are in prison, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics 2015 report found that 2 in 10 prisoners and 3 in 10 jail inmates were listed as having a cognitive disability. It’s a fair assumption that with more than 2.3 million people incarcerated in the U.S., that thousands of autistic people, diagnosed and not, are “members” of the penal system. Not to mention, those unfortunate to have been shot (or killed) by police during a crisis. Smith plans to have “The Talk” with Wilton about police enforcement. “I definitely plan on implementing some ideas, such as wearing an autism ID wrist band, and displaying autism awareness magnets on my vehicle. I feel that autism awareness and education should be mandatory for ALL Chicago Police Department [personnel].” Lack of Resources in the Black Community Special programs and support

services for families of autistic and other special needs children are lacking in Black communities. Smith connected with two support groups, A Place for Me and Chicago Autism Connection, comprised of parents and professionals who offer encouragement and advice to each other. They plan fun family activities and host empowering seminars on topics to help keep families informed. Smith travels from her South Side home to the near West Side to attend meetings. She hopes that one day research will discover what causes autism and how to cure it. But in the mean time, she hopes her message encourages people in the community to understand autism. “I don’t talk about autism for sympathy or pity. I talk about it because I want as many doors as possible to be open for my son. I want his life to be enhanced. I want him to know that he belongs and his being here is not in vain. I truly want others to understand and accept children and adults living with autism. Awareness! Awareness! Education is the key.” To learn more about autism spectrum disorder, check out these resources: Chicago Autism Connection www.chicagoautism.org Autism Speaks www.autismspeaks.org The Color of Autism www.thecolorofautism.org Child Autism Parent Cafe www.child-autism-parent-café. com . A Place for Me www.aplaceforme.net THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


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Dorothy Brown Announces Run for Mayor of Chicago Hundreds of supporters brandishing signs that said “Elect Dorothy Brown Mayor” crowded into the Chicago Hilton and Towers on Sunday, April 22, to hear the newly minted mayoral candidate announce her intention to be the first African American woman to lead the city of Chicago. The crowd at times burst into spontaneous chants of “Dorothy Brown for Mayor,” as the current Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County pledged to create a world-class city for all Chicagoans. Before addressing the crowd, a number of supporters spoke on her behalf, representing the mosaic that is the Brown coalition—a young millennial single mom; an entrepreneur, members of the Hispanic, East Indian and LGBT community. “The city of Chicago spans over 228 square miles, with over 200 neighborhoods, and 77 communities, and it is often said that Chicago is a world class city,” said Brown. “Well I say, in order for Chicago to truly be a world class city, we must have world class blocks, world class neighborhoods, and world class communities; then and only then will Chicago be a world class city for all Chicagoans.” Brown talked extensively about her leadership abilities, honed during five terms as Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. In response to a question about her

Dorothy Brown announces her campaign for mayor to cheers from supporters. losing bid for Mayor to Richard M. Daley, said, “I don’t think the citizens of Chicago knew the real Dorothy Brown…and I believe the citizens of Chicago know they made a mistake in 2007.” Brown, who describes herself as a techie, said, “I pledge to not just think outside of the box to find new and sustainable revenue sources, but rather we’ll create a new box, using technology and revenue generating sources that have been proven effective by cities both here and abroad. What’s more we’ll do that without raising

taxes on our citizens, thus helping to fund pensions for the dedicated men and women who work for our city.” According to Brown, Sunday’s announcement marks the beginning of her campaign, and her outreach to all Chicagoans to share with them her goals for a Chicago that works for all citizens. “At the core of all this is my deeply held commitment to bring respect – pride – change and hope for all Chicago,” she said. “My goal is to engage the many stakeholders that value our city and desire to

work collaboratively in achieving change for all people.” Brown first became Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County in 2000, and has been elected five times, most recently in 2016. She has brought changes to the operations of the office through her focus on technology and providing effective and efficient customer focused services. She has implemented a host of innovative programs, which have streamlined processes, saving millions of dollars for taxpayers. Through her leadership, more than 220 million

court documents are now accessible on line by judges sitting on the bench. Brown is an attorney, a CPA and holds an MBA. For information on Dorothy Brown’s campaign, visit her website at dorothyformayor. You can also follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, @dorothyformayor. Join the conversation using #Hope4AllChicago. Text2Give – Hope4AllChicago (773-823-0199).

NATIONAL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH FEATURES Working Together to Bring Diabetes Education to Our Communities By Lyndsay Fluharty Telligan techniques. lfluharty@telligen.com According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Michael Townsend was more than 30 million people in determined to bring Diabetes the United States have diabetes Self-Management Education and over a third have prediabe(DSME) classes to Good Shep- tes – most of whom don’t know herd Tower, a senior housing build- they have it. African Americans are ing in the Washington Park neigh- almost twice as likely to be diagborhood of Chicago. He stopped nosed with diabetes compared to by every time he was in the area non-Hispanic Whites. In addition, until he finally connected with Di- African Americans are more likely ane Yarbrough, the Resident Ser- to suffer complications from divice Coordinator for the 60-unit abetes, such as end-stage renal building. Diane was thrilled to of- disease and lower extremity amfer her residents the opportunity putations. These statistics are why Tellito attend the 6-week course that gen offers DSME classes around educates participants how to manage their diabetes through nutri- the greater Chicagoland area, with tion, exercise and problem-solving specific efforts to reach minority populations often underserved THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

within our communities. Telligen is a healthcare company that works in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to bring diabetes education to those most in need. Once the ball got rolling at Good Shepherd Tower, it was hard to slow it down. Ms. Yarbrough asked Dr. Townsend to speak at a tenant meeting; at which point the tenants voted to bring DSME classes to the building. Ms. Yarbrough then began posting flyers on doors and included information in the building newsletter. By the time Merle Shapera, Telligen’s DSME class instructor, showed up to teach the first class on February 21 there were 8 people registered. Seven of the participants were www.chicagodefender.com

African American, all were over 65 years of age and all either had diabetes or pre-diabetes. The participants ranged from a man who didn’t know anything about diabetes to a woman who was a former registered nurse. No matter the level of knowledge, all felt the classes were informative. “The classes were more in-depth than what the doctors do. We were free to ask questions and have them ready for the next week’s class,” said Florine Brown, the retired nurse. Alice Thompson had previously taken diabetes education classes, but wisely said, “You can never know too much. It was very different than what they taught then.” During the course of the classes,

Ms. Thompson was taken off oxygen and now manages her diabetes without medication. Ms. Shapera was amazed at the goals set by the classmates. A reverend at a local church plans to apply diet and stress management to help lower his sugars, while another participant plans to increase his walking as soon as the weather gets warmer. Many students also mentioned they would attend the classes again if Ms. Shapera were to come back. And wouldn’t you know it? Ms. Yarbrough is already posting new flyers for the next set of classes. Contact Merle Shapera at merle.shapera@area-d.hcqis.com for more infor April 25 - May 1, 2018 5


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Are You Afraid to Be an Organ Donor? Don’t be led by fear. Get the facts. By Shari Noland al. They’d consider it extreme,” Defender Contributing Writer said Graves, whose father died in 2014. “Organ donation would be out of the question for them. My You know how many of us act father’s family always seemed to when the subject of organ dona- be worried that someone was gotion comes up--particularly when ing to take something from them there are older people in the room. or do them wrong. I think it was a It’s often a swift and negative trust thing ... didn’t trust doctors or series of comments out of fear ‘the system.’ He was definitely a and general distrust of doctors. product of his era.” Stories of unethical experiments So, with fear holding us back, from darker times in history where what are we to do to support our Blacks unwittingly were misused and abused by science and med- community when, of the 4,345 icine have left some generations people waiting for an organ in Illigripped with fear for what could nois, 1,630 are Black, according to happen if they let their guard down. the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That’s more than Loretta Jenkins knows that fear any other ethnic group in the state all too well. When her husband – even White people, who aren’t Lee, 54, was on the verge of hav- that far behind at 1,542. The situing to go on dialysis because his ation is especially jarring when you kidneys were totally gone, she de- consider Blacks only make up 14.7 cided to become a living donor. On percent of the population in Illithe day of the surgery, her 70-year- nois, according to the most recent old aunt was terrified about what census. Experts do say we can imcould happen. prove those numbers with better “We arrived at the hospital ear- education about organ donation. ly, in the morning. My aunt called But even with extensive outreach, into my room. She was so upset. there’s still the very real issue of I was trying to tell her that it’s trust among Blacks and the docokay, that I have to do this. I have tors who want to serve them. to save my husband. My children Dr. Dinee Simpson, an African need their dad. I can restore him. American transplant surgeon at She was like, ‘I’m so scared.’ She Northwestern Memorial Hospital, almost wanted to say I shouldn’t says the onus is on the medical do it. But me and my husband have community to do a better job of been together 28 years and she explaining things to patients and knew how I would have felt had making sure they understand their she said it. But she said, ‘I wish you disease, all of the options, and the could wait because I’m not there,’” risks and benefits of those options. recalled Loretta, who said her aunt “I’ve been a patient. I know was afraid that something would what it’s like to fear the unknown. happen to her by donating. “It’s a What’s going to happen next? big thing with Black people. They What’s going on with me or with think that they shouldn’t donate or if you go to the hospital, they’re go- my family member? What is availing to take more than they should. able out there to help? When They think they won’t try to heal those options are explained to you, you, so they can take your organs, your mind is swimming with all sorts of questions and it’s a lot to and it’s not like that at all.” take in,” said Dr. Simpson. “Trust Pam Graves, 51, can relate. Her is definitely a two-way street and I name was on the organ donor list implore the patients and their famfor a long time, but she just took ilies not to shut the door on hope it off last November when she re- because of fear. Don’t just stop newed her license. because you’re afraid and not pur“After my father died and I saw sue [organ donation]. Ask queshow my family was during that tions -- ask as many questions as time, I thought they would fight it you need to ask to understand fully or be upset if I did it [donated or- what is going on with you or your gans]. Nothing bad happened, but loved one or your friend. There is the elders are old school tradition- a lot of misinformation out there 6 April 25 - May 1, 2018

Loretta and Lee Jenkins participated in an organ swap. that will perpetuate fear and myth and cheat someone out of an opportunity to pursue transplant and therefore prolong life. More knowledge means less fear and less fear makes it easier to be a partner in your own health care rather than a victim. Don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself.” Weighing Your Options People on the wait list for an organ can get one from a deceased person or from a living donor. To be a living donor, you don’t have to be an exact match with the person you care about, you just have to be willing to donate your organ to someone else. That’s the option the Jenkins couple chose. “I put up my kidney in honor of my husband. If a match came for him, then he would get the kidney he needed, and then my kidney, which didn’t match him, would go www.chicagodefender.com

to someone else that it matched, and we would cross swap on down the line. Actually, when my husband got his transplant so did several other people,” Loretta Jenkins, 47, explained. Jenkins’ husband suffered from undiagnosed high blood pressure. He appeared young and healthy. But in the spring of 2011, he got really sick and couldn’t hold anything in his stomach -- they thought he had the flu. When he kept getting weaker and weaker, it was time to head to the hospital. That’s when they found out about his condition and learned that his heart and kidneys were declining. For the most part, he turned things around over the course of five years by eating better, exercising and taking medication. But his kidneys never did improve, and they knew it was time to look at other options or

face dialysis, which Lee strongly opposed. “I heard a lot of bad stories about it. My wife’s grandmother and her uncle were on it and it was painful and it drains you and you don’t have the quality of life. It takes a lot of your time. It takes away a lot of the quality of your life,” said Lee, who got on the list for the kidney swap in February of 2017 and by June of the same year, he had a donor and the surgery. “Everyone I know in the Black community knows someone who needs a kidney or they’re on dialysis. I love the fact that the donor [in the swap] is saving two people as opposed to just the person who they’re bringing to the table. They are saving someone else also. This should be a really big thing in the continued on page 8

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Organ Donation -- What You Need to Know

Pam Graves and her father, Lawrence, at her graduation from the University of Illinois. Organ Donor, continued from, Page 06

Black community. We should tell about that more on TV. People don’t talk about that a lot. It’s a non-invasive surgery. In one day, a donor could be back home. I was only in there two days.” Alece McFadden was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 11. She knew that living a healthy lifestyle would keep her from having to undergo an amputation, need an organ donation or go on dialysis in the future. But she was young, and it was challenging to do so. Alece’s blood sugar would spike, and she’d head to the hospital, but she didn’t take warnings from the doctors seriously. When she got older and finally did start to take care of herself, it was too late. By age 26, her health was deteriorating rapidly. Afraid of dialysis after seeing her grandfather endure it, she started learning as much as she could about her options, attending an event at the University of Chicago that gave her insight on what she’d need to do to get on the list for organ donation. “My thing was, I did not want to go into dialysis unless my name was on the list. So, I had a great nephrologist who said it was just kind of up to [me], how I felt. I had no energy, and I was laying down all day, I couldn’t get up. You can feel your body just dying. That’s the way it feels. I just remember one day, when my mom and I went to 8 April 25 - May 1, 2018

Alece McFadden the planetarium and my name was already on the list at this time, and I was just like, “You know what? I think I’m ready.” After a few months of dialysis, her name started to move up on the list. But knowing that it could take around three years for someone like her to get an organ donation, she decided that it wouldn’t hold her back. “I’m like, ‘Okay, well do you know what? I’m going to go to school, get my degree. I mean, I’ve got three days a week for four hours, I can study,” said McFadden about her time in dialysis. She only had to wait around a year instead of the three she anticipated because she was a good candidate for a transplant -- young, healthy aside from the kidney disease, and a good weight. She got

the call, it was a good match and she had the procedure, receiving a kidney and a pancreas from the same deceased donor. Life after Surgery For Loretta and Lee, the surgery was life-changing. Lee says he’s doing well, is happy, and back to his old self again. “I see my husband every day, his skin color has changed. There’s just so many changes from that kidney. The guy I gave my kidney to, he keeps in touch with me and he sent me a text saying he’s traveling. He has amazing stories. He was his parent’s only child and his mom died the day after Christmas, but she got to see her son get a kidney and he’s been living life,” said Jenkins. McFadden, now 32, has had more challenges. At first, things were great. She was traveling to Europe and Jamaica. Got in a great relationship. Earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Northeastern University. But then a medication change had an adverse effect on her kidney and it started to fail. She has chronic kidney disease all over again. But she’s anything but bitter. “Now I’m getting my masters from Loyola. I graduate May 9th in mental health in social work. I want to do therapy with those who are on dialysis and help them make sure that they get everything that they need,” said McFadden. “It’s like giving back to pay it forward.” www.chicagodefender.com

Many of the more common is 7-8 years. When you have a livquestions about organ donation ing donor, you skip the wait and it can easily be found online by go- doesn’t have to be a family meming to websites like DonateLife. ber. If more people were to come net, Unos.org, OrganDonor.gov, or forward as a living donor that would be transformative. GiftofHope.org. If you choose to be a living To help, we asked Dr. Dinee Simpson, the first Black female kidney, won’t that put your own transplant surgeon at Northwest- health at risk? ern Memorial Hospital, a few We have an incredibly strict questions that may be myth-bust- process to screen people for doers for Black people in particular. nation. We screen them for things Is race a factor in determin- that would put them at risk for developing kidney disease down the ing who gets an organ? When I receive an organ offer road. If a potential donor has any for my patient, it’s not generated of those things, we would not allow then to donate based on race. White because the last organs don’t only go to thing we would want White patients, Black to do is speed up that organs only to Black process or put them patients. Organ offers at higher risk by going are based on several through the donation factors such as how process. They have to sick the recipient is, be otherwise healthy. how long they have We see many more been waiting, and how people each year who well the organ matchwant to donate than es. Race is not conwe actually allow to Dr. Dinee Simpson sidered. The reason donate. We turn a lot why it’s important for Blacks to donate is that there is of people down because we are a shortage of organs overall. We so strict about who is suitable to aren’t even close to meeting the donate and who isn’t. Experience need. So, we need to reach out and research has shown us that to all communities to increase the our donors do just fine with one number of people who are willing kidney. The risk of someone needto donate organs – living and de- ing a kidney transplant as a donor ceased. That’s the only way we’re is extremely low when you follow going to make up this difference. these people years and years What about people who are down the road. Now suppose concerned that being an organ there was some circumstance donor will keep them from get- where someone was a kidney doting the necessary, life-saving nor and they had a freak accident treatment during an emergency that injured their remaining kidney. Because they were a living donor, at the hospital? they would move up toward the The emergency team is not top of the list for getting a kidney even related at all to the transplant themselves. But, again, the risk of team. The transplant team is com- this is very low. pletely separate. When a patient What if the potential donor comes for an emergency operation, the people who are caring for isn’t healthy? Should they still them are emergency physicians consider organ donation? As a deceased organ donor, who are charged with treating the patient and saving their life. It there is much more that can be isn’t until all lifesaving efforts have donated beyond the heart, the kidbeen offered that organ donation neys, or the liver. There’s tissue, is brought in as a discussion. The cornea – a whole bunch of things. emergency treating team is not I don’t think that a patient should even aware of whether the person be deterred because they are unhas designated that they are an or- healthy. The actual assessment doesn’t come until after all life-savgan donor. How long does it take to get a ing efforts have been exhausted. Then you have a conversation. Is kidney in Illinois? this person an organ donor? It’s a We have a lot of people wait- pretty short list of conditions that ing for organs and kidneys specif- would prevent someone from beically. The waiting times are very ing a donor of anything. Everyone long. For a kidney, the waiting list can sign up to be a donor and then is kind of prioritized by how long the actual assessment doesn’t you’ve been waiting. In Illinois, the come until all life-saving efforts wait times for a deceased kidney have been exhausted. THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


NATIONAL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH FEATURES

Men: Do You Know Your Numbers? By Frederick M. Brown Jr., DNP, RN, CENP Rush University Medical Center

The Body: Giving It the Right Attention Goes A Long Way By Natasha White New You Wellness Massage The body was created for movement, but rest is just as paramount for the well-being of its function. So often, we humans take this wonderful instrument for granted and run it till it just won’t go anymore. That is why balance is important and beneficial for its optimum performance. Although every person is created and shaped differently, this balance, if practiced, can be a great benefit to the health and well-being of everyone. So here are five tips to help create a balanced, functioning body. Get plenty of rest: Studies have shown that 7-8 hours of sleep a night helps the body to rejuvenate, lowers blood pressure, improves lifestyle and reduces a cranky mood. It also aids in reducing fatigue throughout the day and helps boost energy. Taking time to get enough rest aids in reducing the body’s risk of diseases and helps improve the immune system. So, if you have been lacking sleep, then it is time to turn down and give your body the rest it deserves. Listen to your body: your body speaks to you through your aches and pains or any discomfort. That THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

is its way of informing you there is something that needs to be addressed. When you take the time to tune in to your body’s signals, you aid in the healing process. It is not meant to be ignored, but heard. So the next time you get a hint from your body, take the clue and see how you can help to solve the problem. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: The body is made up of 70 percent water and it is needed. Water helps the body to move fluids to lubricate your joints, help with digestion and improve your skin. When we let the well run dry, it creates challenges for the body to function properly. Give it the fluids needed, and if needed, spruce it up with some lemon, cucumber or fruit so you don’t get so focused on the bland taste. Your body will thank you for it. Exercise: Just as much as the body needs rest, it needs to move. The body was meant to move and movement helps to keep the muscles and bones limber. Muscles and bones work together to keep you doing all the things you do. When moved, the joints and muscles warm which aid the ease of movement. When you don’t move frequently, joints get stiff and other issues can arise. So move your body! 10-15 minutes of movement

an hour can go a long way. Nutrition: Your body needs the proper nutrition to help maintain your strong muscles and bones. Processed foods, too many sweets, too many chips with all the salt and a sedentary lifestyle can be a very bad combination. Find a nutritional balance that works for you, but more fruits and vegetables are best. Fruits and vegetables are fueled with many of the nutrients and vitamins the body needs. So, instead of loading your plate with sweets and chips, load up on fruits and vegetables—3-4 servings of veggies and 2-3 servings a fruit a day will keep the body happy. These are some helpful suggestions to take into consideration when reviewing how balanced your body is. Take time to review your unique design and consult with your physician or nutritionist to find what works best for you. Remember, your well-oiled engine will only work as well as you treat it, so treat your body well. For more wellness tips or suggestions for relaxation, please visit our website. Natasha White is a Relaxation Coordinator at New YouWellness Massage. Website: www.nywmassage. massagetherapy.com Email: natasha@newyouwellnessmassage. com www.chicagodefender.com

It has been reported that the average Black man has a life expectancy that is less than the average White man. This life expectancy difference can be as much as five years. Becoming an active participant in your healthcare could lead to better health outcomes, decrease your risks for some illnesses, and even decrease your risk for an early death. There are several health numbers you need to know, and knowing your numbers is a good start in monitoring your health. Do you know your body weight? It is surprising how many people do not own a scale, or monitor their weight even periodically. Body weight is a good primary indicator of your health. If you are overweight, there is more stress placed on your joints and your heart. You are more at risk for Diabetes Mellitus, Glucose Intolerance, Heart Disease, Arthritis, and a host of other illnesses. Maintaining a healthy weight is critical to good health. Body mass index or BMI is used to screen for overweight and obesity. BMI is a calculation based on your weight and your height, and estimates the percent of body fat you have on your body. Your healthcare provider has the formula to calculate your BMI. Ideally, it should not be above 25. Any result above 25 puts you in the “Overweight” category; 30 to 39 is “Obese”; and a BMI of 40 and above is “Extremely Obese.” Proper diet and exercise can help reduce the amount of fat in your body and reduce the risk of health problems. Hemoglobin A1C – Hemoglobin is a molecule in our blood that carries oxygen to our organs. Hemoglobin A1C measures a type of hemoglobin that has bound itself to glucose (sugar) in a person’s blood. By measuring this glucose-bound hemoglobin, a doctor can get a sense of your blood glucose levels over a period of weeks or months. The normal range is 4 - 5.9 percent. Above 6 percent could indicate diabetes and may require further testing. Diabetes is a serious concern for the African American community, and is the third leading cause of death for African Americans. A healthy diet,

exercise, and weight control can help reduce the risk of diabetes. High blood pressure, or hypertension, as it is commonly called, is a leading cause of stroke, and is defined by the systolic pressure (top number) 140 mmHg or greater, and/or the diastolic (bottom number) 90 mmHg or greater. Having an awareness of your blood pressure can help reduce the risk of illnesses caused by this common condition. High blood pressure can be treated with medications. However, stress reduction, a healthy diet, a healthy weight, and exercise are also recommended and very effective in controlling high blood pressure. Your prostate gland is a small gland that is part of the reproductive system, and can grow larger with age. Prostate cancer is 74 percent higher in Black men than in non-Hispanic White men. Because African American men are at greater risk, an annual check should be performed. There are two ways to check the prostate gland. One method is a digital rectal exam. This exam is done when the healthcare provider feels the prostate through the rectum. The test is done with a gloved hand and lubricated finger. The test may be briefly uncomfortable, but it can be completed in 10-15 seconds. The second method is to perform a blood test for Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA). Most healthcare providers believe that a result of less than 4.0ng/mL for the PSA is normal. Any number above 4.0 ng/mL will require further investigation. The best way to get to know your numbers is to have a full physical exam with lab work each year by your healthcare provider. I have chosen to schedule my annual exam during my birthday month. This helps me to remember. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure three years ago, and I try to follow my healthcare providers advice and keep my stress and weight down. Diabetes runs in my family as well, which makes the risk for me developing the disease higher. Knowing my numbers helps me stay on top of my heath. I know my numbers, do you? Frederick M. Brown Jr., DNP, RN, CENP Associate Vice President, Hospital Operations Rush University Medical Center Chicago, IL April 25 - May 1, 2018 9


LEGAL ADVICE

A Legal Guide for Unwed Dads By Jeffery M. Leving, Esq., Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd. Chicago, IL As a strong leading advocate for the rights of fathers, I am frequently asked how the law treats unmarried fathers differently from married fathers. This is an important question, because more than 40 percent of American children are born each year to unwed parents leaving many children fatherless and at risk. Therefore, I think it is worthwhile to take a moment to address the current state of the law when it comes to the rights of unwed fathers in paternity and custody disputes. While there are a great number of misconceptions about legal issues surrounding unmarried parents, the law is very clear. When a child is born to unwed parents, the mother enjoys all parental rights. The father has none and this is extremely unjust. In order to gain a legal footing, dads must be proactive in taking the correct legal steps to secure their rights. Many fathers are incorrectly advised that all they need is to have their name on the baby’s birth certificate to establish paternity. In reality—though laws vary from state to state—when a man is listed on the birth certificate as sumption that he is the father, but right to custody of a child born out a parent, it does create the pre- this does not give him a superior of wedlock, nor does it automatically convey parental rights or duties to the father. In Illinois, for example, a parent’s rights are established under the Illinois Parentage Act of 2015. Under this statute, in order to establish paternity, an unwed father must either take a paternity test and obtain a court order establishing paternity or complete a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form. A father signing this form becomes legally responsible for the child. Therefore, experts caution that men should determine with certainty that they are indeed the biological father before signing because the completed form confers legal parenthood regardless of actual paternity. Should a dispute regarding biological paternity arise, there are legal ways of attempting to reverse this process, but they are complicated and must be completed within a narrow window of time. Once an unmarried father has established paternity, he can then seek custody and parenting time (formerly called “visitation”). In order to determine parent suitability for custody and parenting time, 10 April 25 - May 1, 2018

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every state has a statute that lists criteria to be considered in making these determinations. Although these criteria vary from state to state, there are many common requirements. Depending on the age of the child, the child’s wishes as to which parent the child wishes to live with may be considered by the Court. Other practical factors, such as proximity to school and relatives, are important considerations. Negative factors that courts seriously consider include the presence of domestic violence by a parent or non-biological partner. These legally established parental standards point to the most important factor for a father seeking custody or parenting time. In order to prevail in Court, a father’s best bet is to meet all the criteria for successful parenting. Be available to spend meaningful time with your child and assume responsibility for important tasks in childrearing, including scheduling and attending pediatrician and dental appointments, play dates, and parent/teacher conferences, ensuring homework is completed, and establishing routines around bedtime, meals and chores. Ex-

emplary behavior is particularly important with unmarried fathers because they will generally not have the track record of communication and conduct that an ex-husband can demonstrate. Therefore, unwed dads can and must prove themselves worthy by being worthy to the court. In short, unwed fathers seeking an enduring and meaningful role in their child’s upbringing should follow these important steps: 1. Be certain of paternity; 2. Act quickly to secure your rights in Court; and 3. Do not give up hope. While the information I have provided here is essential for every father to know, it is not a substitute for legal advice. Should you be currently seeking legal advice regarding establishing paternity, or securing custody and parenting time, I urge you to contact me. And remember, it is always impossible until it’s done. To learn more about Jeffery M. Leving and his legal victories against all odds, follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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City.Life.Style

The Doppelgänger: A Global Match-Up of Chaos Steppenwolf Presents the World Premiere Production of The Doppelgänger (an international farce) By Matthew-Lee Erlbach Directed by Ensemble Member Tina Landau Now Playing Through May 27, 2018 now become to keep Irdley out of sight, by hiding him in multiple places in the house. Talk about Carol Burnett antics -- this play has it all! “The Doppelgänger” is a crazy comedy with some one-line zingers that will keep you entertained and wiping away a few tears of laughter. Rainn Wilson doesn’t dissapoint with his witty character. He is funny, believable, and a downright wild and crazy guy in this play. Each actor in Doppelgänger plays a convincible part that helps provide a credible flow to the story. However, Celeste Cooper, whom we have seen in several plays, does a fantastic job bringing the farce together and making the transition between the characters work. Director Tina Landau brings the funny and bizarre Matthew-Lee Erlbach play together. Erlbach is also an actor whose plays include the critically acclaimed solo

play, “Handbook for an American Revolutionary” (Gym at Judson), and “Eager to Lose,” a burlesque farce in rhyming verse (Ars Nova). He also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and runs a writing program he created for single mothers transitioning out of homelessness and prison. It would be nice to have another Doppelgänger like that. We recommend that you see this unruly comedy of confusion at Steppenwolf! The cast includes: Rainn Wilson (Thomas Irdley/Jimmy Peterson) Celeste M. Cooper (Rosie Guerekoyame) Audrey Francis (Beatrix GeddesRenwick) Ora Jones (Lolade Masaragba) Sandra Marquez (Theresa Irdley) James Vincent Meredith (Michel Masaragba) Michael Accardo (General Stanley Harcourt) Whit K. Lee (Wen Xiaoping) Andy Nagraj (Prince Amir Abdullah) Karen Rodriguez (Marina) Dan Plehal (Beau D’ouble’)

Celeste M. Cooper (Rosie Guerekoyame) with Rainn Wilson (Thomas Irdley/ Jimmy Peterson) the doppelgänger. By Rick and Brenda McCain Let’s Play If you like slapstick and side-splitting comedy that is boldly infused with political satire and wordplay, “The Doppelgänger” will amuse you with chaotic madness and hilarious antics. The international greed, internal corruption, Brenda and Rick nudity, and absolute McCain craziness of doors slamming, mistaken identities, and perfectly timed falling props makes one wonder if this is what it takes to make a profit. Apparently, playwright Matthew-Lee Erlbach thought so when he created the circus-like absurdity with its very colorful cast of characters to get the critical copper deal signed that only seems to make the rich wealthier while lacking the financial growth of the ordinary employee. Rainn Wilson, well-known for his role as “Dwight Schrute” on NBC’s award-winTHE CHICAGO DEFENDER

ning comedy “The Office,” plays the lead as a very affluent British businessman by the name of Thomas Irdley. Rainn also plays his doppelgänger Jimmy Peterson, who is a school teacher visiting from Quincy, Ill., in this over-the-top production. This international farce takes us through the back channels of global politics to make some back-room deals to shape the world. Rosie Guerekoyame, an overworked and very amusing maid, is an incognito political activist played by Celeste M. Cooper. She works for Thomas, who is in pursuit of justice to save African workers with an agenda for a summit meeting that is to take place in the Irdley home. Rosie’s plan is in jeopardy when Thomas mistakenly takes a tranquilizer that was meant for a zebra and is knocked out cold, unable to attend the meeting. However, upon realizing what happened to Thomas, she comes up with a plan that will keep the meeting going without a hitch -- Irdley doppelgänger Jimmy can substitute for Thomas. But Jimmy isn’t buying the idea. The fun begins with a lot of persuasion from Rosie. Even though Jimmy reluctantly gives in to her wishes, the challenge has www.chicagodefender.com

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Percy Julian Celebrated With School Mosaic Oak Park Education Foundation to once again transform the side of a school with an African American legend. By Shari Noland Chicago Defender Contributing Writer When you first witness the 330-square-foot mosaic dedicated to Gwendolyn Brooks on her namesake middle school at the corner of Washington Blvd. and Clinton Ave. in Oak Park, its beauty is what captures you. It literally stops traffic. The slivers of colorful mirrors and glazed tiles in all kinds of shapes and sizes are breathtaking. And the swirls of circles with paintings of Gwendolyn Brooks herself, and other women of courage -- Maya Angelou, Jane Addams, Malala Yousafzai and Michelle Obama – will leave you in awe. But look a little closer and you’ll notice that it’s not just another pretty design. It’s a community affair. The faces and names of more than 80 individuals and businesses who donated to help make the project come to life are in beautiful tiles creatively weaved into the mosaic. It’s an amazing transformation of a plain grey school wall that was celebrated last September at its unveiling. And now it’s about to happen all over again with another Oak Park namesake school, African American legend and former resident – Percy Julian, a pioneering scientist and Civil Rights activist. “We were inspired to create a second project to build off the success of our middle school mo-

saic mural last summer at Brooks, dedicated to the renowned poet and school namesake in honor of her 100th birthday,” explained Executive Director of the Oak Park Education Foundation, Tracy Dell’Angela Barber. “It was a huge success and it did indeed reach the whole school community, as well as the broader Oak Park community.” The mosaics are created through a partnership of the Oak Park Education Foundation (OPEF), renowned artist Tracy Van Duinen, who is also a visual arts teacher at Oak Park River Forest High School, and Oak Park’s District 97. This year, Van Duinen is working closely with Percy Julian Middle School art teachers Ed Magierski and Phil Switzowicz. Students who attend OPEF’s BASE Camp, a summer project-based program, will have the opportunity to create the colorful and informative mosaic, learning about micro and macro pieces, sculptural elements, photo transfer, and tile preparation. Van Duinen’s design will incorporate scientific symbols and resemble an elaborate molecular structure. OPEF, which is entirely funded through donations and its BASE Camp offerings, will once again be raising funds by selling tiles to individuals and businesses in the community. “We have committed significant resources to these two school mural projects because we believe that the African American namesakes of our two middle

Picture courtesy of Oak Park Education Foundation/Alexa Rogals/Wednesday Journal. schools should be honored in this remarkable way,” said Dell’Angela Barber. Van Duinen has worked at Oak Park River Forest High School for four years and is a member of the Chicago Public Arts Group. He received a Golden Apple Award in 2001 while working as a teacher at Austin Community Academy High School in Chicago. OPEF is a nonprofit based in Oak Park with a mission to brings artists, architects, scientists, and technology experts into K-8th grade public school classrooms in the local school district. The project will be completed over the summer during its BASE Camp, which is a wide selection of paid summer enrichment offerings. One of the more popular BASE Camp activities for the past eight years has been the mural project. If you find yourself in Oak Park,

Picture courtesy of Oak Park Education Foundation/Alexa Rogals/ Wednesday Journal. it’s definitely worth a look to see the current mosaic at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School. It’s only a short walk from the Oak Park stop on the Green Line and there

is plenty of nearby parking. For the latest updates on the upcoming installment at Percy Julian Middle School, go to https://www.opef. org/mosaic-mural/.

Travis Garza Fat Loss Camp Opens on South Side Pounds are falling off as people get into shape with the fitness camps and healthy eating plans offered at Travis Garza Fat Loss Camps. A new center, owned by Jackie Clark Edwards, Rick Edwards, Nakia Samuels and Mitchell Samuels, opened last week at Owners: Jackie Clark Edwards, Rick Edwards, Nakia Samuels, Mitchell Samuels 9406 S. Perry. www.chicagodefender.com 12 April 25 - May 1, 2018

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ON THE SCENE

Community Renewal Society Celebrates 135 Years Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman, Assistant Professor of Theology & African American Religion at Yale Divinity School, delivers the keynote address at Community Renewal Society’s 135th Anniversary & Awards Celebration. Photo by Marc Monaghan

Community Renewal Society, a progressive, faith-based organization based in Chicago that works to eliminate race and class barriers, hosted its 135th Anniversary & Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 12, at the Chicago Teachers Union. Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman, Assistant Professor of Theology and African American Religion at Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, CT, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Turman was recently named one of the “Top 5 Young Preachers in America” by ROHO, a website (https://roho.io/) with more than a million sermons.

Fr. Larry Dowling of St. Agatha Catholic Church receives a Don Benedict Fund grant award from Rev. Christophe Ringer, Community Renewal Society Board Member, and Rev. Robbie Craig, Interim Executive Director of Community Renewal Society. Photo by Marc Monaghan

Latisha Bell and Breon Boyd of Danville-Restoring Our Community receive a Don Benedict Fund grant award from Rev. Christophe Ringer, Community Renewal Society Board Member. Photo by Marc Monaghan

Community Renewal Society Day of Faith at the Capitol CRS informs, organizes and trains both communities and individuals to advocate for social and economic justice. On April 17, 2018, seven busloads of activists headed to the Illinois Capitol to meet with legislators and advocate for gun dealer licensing, a fair tax, and fair access to employment for individuals who have been incarcerated.

Community and faith leaders gather outside the Capitol after Community Renewal Society’s annual Day of Faith. Photo by Christopher Griffin

Members of Metropolitan Community Church meet with Rep. Juliana Stratton. L to R: Laniel Sims, Ruth Simpkins, Arnetta Smith, Min. Ronald Howell, Rep. Juliana Stratton, an activist, and Judith Bell. Photo Courtesy of Juliana Stratton

Community Renewal Society members meet with Rep. La Shawn Ford to advocate for racial and economic justice. Photo by Christopher Griffin

Advocates rally against poverty, systemic racism, ecological devastation and the war economy with the Poor People’s Campaign during Community Renewal Society’s annual Day of Faith at the Capitol. Photo by Christopher Griffin THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

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People of faith from Chicago’s west side and suburbs travel to Springfield, IL for Community Renewal Society’s annual Day of Faith at the Capitol. Photo by Christopher Griffin April 25 - May 1, 2018 13


By Carolyn Griffin Palmer

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From the City to the ‘Burbs: CP Hits Several Events Around Town CP Readers, I have truly lived up to the name CP Around Town this past week. Here’s a recap of just a few of my stops. Karen Saffold, Deputy Chief of School Strategy & Planning, served as the Coordinator for the Chicago Public Schools UNCF “Kick Off.” The event featured Joan Collaso and Band, a super Line Dancing Troop that had everybody on the floor, the Kenwood Inspirational Choir, King HS Jazz Band, and one of the most popular DJs in the city-- Vince Adams. Next was the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity Conference held at the Tinley Park Convention Center coordinated by Superintendent Dr. Creg Williams, Thornton Fractional D215, and J. Kay Giles, retired Superintendent. Parents and teachers from over 25 school districts across the state of Illinois attended the three-day conference. South Central Community Services, Inc. sponsored their 33rd Annual “Puttin’ On The Hits.” The show was produced by the President/Emeritus, Dr. Felicia Y. Blasingame. The show included performances featuring artists from Frankie Beverly, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson and many more. If you had a dollar, you had a real good time! Wendell Phillips Centennial Committee hosted their 15th Annual All-Alumni Prayer Breakfast at the Apostolic Church of God with keynote speaker Rev. Cy Fields, Pastor of New Landmark MB Church and special recognition of the Class of 1968. Hubert C. Jackson Jr. and Deborah Beard Norman served as coordinators of the breakfast. Next stop was the National Women of Achievement, Inc. 29th Annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel. There were four honorees: Dorothy Brown, Perri Irmer, Anita Ponder, Esq. and Perri Small. Congratulations ladies. On to Jackson State University Chicago Alumni Chapter’s 2018 “For The Love of Blue!” The awards luncheon was held at the Archangel Serbian Cultural Center in Lansing, Ill. Honorees included Osie Davenport, Augustine Emuwa, Dr. Albert Holmes and Everett Newchurch. Last stop for the evening was the South Suburban Diversity Dinner. The topic for discussion was “How has the South Suburbs progressed with diversity.” The event was held at Rich South High School in Richton Park, Ill. The program was facilitated by Troy Cicero, President of MulticultuReal Communications, Inc., a dynamic consultant, speaker, facilitator and trainer. Several mayors and elected officials attended to discuss the issues. continued on page 15

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United Negro College Fund, Chicago Public Schools “Kick Off” with Lisa Rollins, UNCF Regional Director; LaTanya McDade, Chief Education Officer, CPS; Karen Saffold, Deputy Chief of School Strategy & Planning; Dr. Janice Jackson, CEO Chicago Public Schools; and Darlene Hill, Mistress of Ceremonies.

Chip Johnson, Chief Officer FACE CPS; Karla Harris-Miller, Event Coordinator; Dr. Karen Saffold, Chief of School Strategy & Planning CPS; Liz Kirby; Kathy Brown; Thy Towns and Karl Kemp.

The dynamic guest speaker for the Phillips H.S. Breakfast, Reverend Cy Fields, Pastor New Landmark M.B. Church, Mrs. Doris Fields, JoAnn Kimbrough and Hubert C. Jackson Jr.

Partying at “Puttin on the Hits” are Velisha Haddox, Dr. Felecia Y. Blasingame (Stephanie Mills), and Kimberly McCullough Starks.

Attendees at the Wendell Phillips H.S. Alumni Prayer Breakfast were (sitting): Veora Benson, Sandra Smith, Gail Haynes and Gail Cannon. (Standing): Norval Edwards Sr., Yvonne Williams, Dr. Ervin Watkins, Barbara Eason-Watkins and Regina Goods.

South Suburban Diversity Dinner participants include: Marianne Wackman, Carolyn Palmer, Marjorie Armstrong, Russell Armstrong, Facilitator Troy Cicero, Art Stein, Hildy Kingma, Donna Brumfield, Barbara Hayes, and George McJimpsey (Mack). www.chicagodefender.com

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Announcements: Congratulations to Judge Stanley Hill, Chairperson of the Operation Push Oratorical Competition, featuring over sixty participants from kindergarten to adults. The audience was left speechless from the talent presented on the stage. Congratulations and best wishes to former publisher of the Chicago Defender Newspaper Michael House on your retirement. Enjoy the sun in Charlotte, N.C. “A Family Affair, Las Vegas Cabrea” will be held at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. on Saturday, April 28. Doors Open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $30; and $40 at the door. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and at www.gmoproductions.com.

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The headliner, “Ghalib Ghallab,” is from Chicago and attended Harlan High School and has been performing around the world and Las Vegas for the past 30 years. The show will feature recording artist Val Watson from Los Angeles. She has performed internationally as a member of the group Club Nouveau. Opening the show will be recording artist Ronnie G, Saxophonist. Cisco aka Gardner Douglas is renown as an entrepreneur and national DJ; now he’s embarking upon promoting live entertainment. Happy Birthday Ida O’Neal Reed Valerie Stoudemire I AM TIRED!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy your week!

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Board Members and Supporters of the National Women of Achievement Inc. Chicago Chapter.

National Women of Achievement Vice-President Gina Davis, Attorney Anita Ponder, Esq; President, Helen Davis Gardner, M.D.; 4th District State Representative LaShawn K. Ford; President, DuSable Museum Board Perri Irmer; Cook County Clerk and Mayoral Candidate Dorothy Brown; Journalist and Radio Personality Perri Small.

Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Chicago Alumni Chapter “For The Love of Blue IX” Scholarship Luncheon 2018 Honorees: Osie Davenport, Augustine Emuwa, Dr. Albert Holmes, Everett Newchurch.

Jackson State University Chicago Alumni Chapter, Brendolyn Hart–Glover, President, JSUNAA Chicago Alumni Chapter; Carolyn Griffin Palmer, Life Member; Yolanda R. Owens, President JSU, National Alumni Association, Inc.; Angela Waller, Immediate Past President, JSU Alumni Chicago Chapter.

William Rogers, Sr. Account Executive, Chicago Defender, Alvita Rhone, Frances Jackson, Michael House and Gloria Batey wishing Michael House a fond farewell; the former Chicago Defender Publisher retires to Charlotte, N.C. www.chicagodefender.com

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The WORD Diet By Theresa Byrd-Smith Countless physical activities—whether it is walking, running, bicycling, skateboarding, golfing-- beckon us to join in when warm weather arrives each year. We long to get outside after a cold, tedious winter. We shed layers of clothing and discover, “Oops there it is!” Winter dumped this weight on us and abandoned us. It’s up to us to do something about it. We can hide it no longer. We decide then and there, “I am going to lose weight!” We begin a mad hunt for a diet. It’s maddening because there are so many diets to choose from. Where do we begin? Which one will work for us? Traditional diets have inevitably failed us. We need to take a different path to weight loss. We need some recipes that will help us lose weight and keep it off. If this sounds like you, discover The WORD Diet…a diet that invites you to consider what comes out of your mouth as opposed to what goes into your mouth. The WORD Diet invites you to examine weight, weight gain, weight loss, and dieting from an entirely new perspective. Discover what could be the real culprit behind the heaviness you feel. The WORD Diet is a spiritual diet. It is

designed to help you lose word-weight. Yes, you heard it here. WORDS CARRY WEIGHT! No, it is not the same as physical weight, but words can be equally as burdensome as physical poundage! Excessive physical weight is linked to anxiety and depression. Likewise, word-weight. When we speak self-containing, negative words to and about ourselves, and most importantly, contrary to what God says about us, they weigh on us. They pull us down, causing us to feel as though we are carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. Not only can words be weighty, they determine our lives. Words are composed of breath. When we speak, we emit breath. Try it. Speak a few words holding your palm in front of your mouth. Do you feel it? That is life. Breath is life, thus words are life. Additionally, God’s Word says, “The words you say will either acquit or condemn you.” (NLT. Mat. 12:37) If that in itself does not impact you, it further states, “The tongue can bring life or death.” (Pro. 18:21a) Halt! Screech! Did that get your attention? It certainly has mine. Words are creative! Our words create life or death. Words are the most important thing on earth. Who knew? God spoke and created the world. The

talk. Self-talk is what you say to yourself about yourself. Self-talk is incessant. It never stops and that makes healthy selftalk vital. What is your self-talk like? Consider how your words make you feel. Do they encourage or discourage, tear down or build up? Unproductive, self-confining thoughts, conveyed by our words into real-life situations, can prevent us from realizing our God-given potential.

Bible is replete with references about the power of words. We cannot afford to speak indiscriminately. It can cost us a price we cannot afford to pay. If we are to thoroughly address our words, we must address our thoughts. According to Frank Outlaw, May, 1977, in his timeless adage, “Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They become habits. Watch your habits. They become character. Character is everything.” (https://quoteinvestigator. com/) We talk non-stop to ourselves, mostly undetected by us. It’s called self-

In my home as a child growing up, I was taught not to back-talk my mom. Back in the day, back-talk meant a back-hand across the mouth. I grew up in a “just do it” household. As a child of God, there are different rules. We must talk back to the many assailants bombarding us on every side. We can win this war of words and drop the weight of negative assaults with the Good News, the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a practice that I employ myself. I am on a diet, constantly monitoring my thoughts and speech to assure that I speak about myself the same way my heavenly Father speaks of me. I invite you to find Word recipes, power tools, and power principles while learning to “Cook with the Book” and lose the weight of words! Order your personal copy of “The WORD Diet” by Theresa Byrd-Smith, available at www.wordscarryweight.com and amazon.com.

The Importance of Maintaining Hair Extensions By Bonnie Taylor-Williams Hair Weev or weave, depending on which method, commonly referred to as extensions, is a seriously sought-after commodity. Though it has always been big business, especially the authentic machine method of Hair Weev* Technology that I was blessed to be trained in, it was once a well-kept secret, one of the best kept secrets for a lady or gentleman who wanted to enhance their hair or improve their persona. Many used extensions if they were going through chemo, had alopecia or simply wanted to add fullness and/or length. The old cliché is that hair has been known to be a woman and man’s crown of glory. Most folk don’t welcome the loss of their hair, especially back in the day. It’s one thing to decide to cut your hair or have it shaved off, but it’s something else to have it disappearing without your consent. The Hair Weev Industry I grew up in and was taught to service was like an elite club. Clients were very secretive about wearing a Weev, which made them very appreciative of being serviced in a private office, like a doctor’s office. Though it has always been a source of beauty and enhancement for one’s appearance; it made many feel better. Not only does added hair build confidence, restore joy, it has also saved lives. The hair extension industry has become a HUGE business. However, it’s best done by a licensed professional and properly maintained by the client in between salon visits. If you choose to cut corners by having the service done for a cheaper rate by one who lacks the knowledge of pulling or attaching too tight, it could cost you more later. 16 April 25 - May 1, 2018

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Some hair loss such as alopecia, which insights baldness, is hereditary; other reasons for hair loss are medications and illnesses. In these cases, the hair can be restored. Then there are braids, weevs, locs (yes people are adding commercial hair for locs); any kind of extension applied too tightly can severely damage your hair. There is a certain amount of needed tension but not extreme pulling; creating excessive tightness can eventually damage the remaining hair and especially the hair follicle and the hair will not grow back. I understand some people like it extra tight for it to last longer, but that’s not good. Clients with extensions should take maintenance seriously and visit their salon in a timely manner. You should have your Hair Weev serviced every four to six weeks, no more than eight weeks. If you go towards three months or longer, it is defeating the purpose of a Weev, which is to enhance and promote hair growth. Your hair may mat and tangle to the degree that it Locs and that would be your fault not the person who did the service. In this case, frequency is better than intensity. The method I do allows your own hair to be intermingled with the commercial hair allowing it to breathe and be shampooed, conditioned and styled in between the Hair Weev* service. All should be done professionally therefore creating a more natural look. Bonnie Taylor-Williams is the author of “With These Hands; A Country Girl Came To Town” avaible on Amazon and at www. bonnietaylorwilliams.com; Selena’s House of Beauty & Hair Weev Salon ezbeautee@ aol.com THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


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On The Front Porch: From (Don’t) Take Me to Church Your Lips to God’s Ears “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. “ Shanita Baraka Akinronde By Shanita Baraka Akinronde 12 voices A few years ago, I visited a church at the request of a friend. At the end of service, the impassioned minister opened the doors of his church with the plea, “Is there anyone here today who is willing to accept our Father God into their lives, come forth at this time and give yourself to the Lord.” As if on cue, three congregants stood up and moved down the aisle. Among the religious-renewal crew was a young man, who appeared to be in his mid- 20’s. He was tall in stature, easily over 6 feet with long eyes, arms and legs. His skin was a caramel macchiato mixture, topped with cinnamon sprinkles. As he lobbied down the aisle, I noticed he was wearing jeans, a short-sleeved white t-shirt and workman’s boots—hardly “church-appropriate” attire. This fact was exacerbated by his actual walk itself. As he strode past my pew, it appeared that he actually leaned down the aisle, the way someone would if the world was turned sideways and they were still upright. When he reached the minister and turned to face the congregation, he suddenly looked hesitant. It was though he regretted his decision to seek deliverance. However, just when the minister wrapped up his message on salvation, which was swaddled in saliva, the former signaled his desire to speak. The minister acquiesced. “I’m not really sure why I stopped in here today,” he stated softly. “Go on son,” the minister encouraged. “I want to say something that’s been on my mind though,” he continued. “I know you looking at me and you see a person who you THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

Marianne Williamson don’t know if you can trust. I understand.” He paused and shifted his body weight from one leg to another before he spoke again, this time a bit more quicker, in a staccato-laced fashion. “Even though I’m a grown man, I remember growing up and constantly being told by SOMEBODY what NOT to do.” “Don’t do drugs.” “Don’t steal.” “Don’t get anybody pregnant.” “Don’t go to jail.” So guess what I did? I did each and every one of those things. I’m not standing up here saying that the ONLY reason I got in trouble was because of me hearing those words, but what I AM telling you is hearing them all the time sure didn’t help. If you want to make a difference, stop telling young people what they SHOULD NOT do. There is something called a self-fulfilling prophecy and when people only focus on bad things that’s what they’re going to get.” The room was dead silent. He went on. “I’m not a smart man. I dropped out of high school right after my girlfriend had our son because I needed money to support them. I ended up stealing and got busted and ended up in jail. I know I made a lot of the decisions myself that got me where I am today and I take responsibility for that. But I also know that a lot of what I was told as a young man growing up also led to those bad decisions in the first place. And I was fed a whole lot of garbage. So I came up to the front of the church today to share what God put on MY heart today. “It’s time to start building our young people up and it starts at home. They will become what you tell them they can be or they will become what you constantly tell them NOT to be. People’s minds absorb the words they hear most

often. Pretty soon the ‘don’t’ part falls away.” I sat back in my seat, stunned. His message hit home for me, because it gave me a perspective I had never considered and one that made perfect sense. It reminded me why I consistently share one of my favorite Marianne Williamson quotes with my own two sons, and which I will now share with you, dear readers: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, ‘who are you not to be?’ You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Let the church say, Amen. Shanita Baraka Akintonde is an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago. She is also President and Chief Visionary Officer of Creative Notions Group, a professional speaking and consulting company. Professor Akintonde will release two books, Hear Me ROARR and The Heart of a Leader in 2018. She’s for hire to inspire and will gladly share her rates for each of her uniquely crafted workshops, keynote addresses and/or seminars. Contact her at sakintonde@colum.edu. Follow her @SHAKINTONDE and http:// www.linkedin.com/in/shanitaakinwww.chicagodefender.com

Ian Martin by Ian Martin 12 Voices There is a new closet to come out of in the Black community and on the door is a label that reads “irreligious,” or perhaps “nonbeliever.” Not to split hairs between those of us who are agnostic, atheist, or “spiritual,” my point is that there is a new population of mostly young Americans who reject the traditional standards of religious faith. According to Gallup polls, the number of religiously unaffiliated adults (“nones”) has doubled to 18 percent. This change is largely generational, as more than a third of those born after 1981 now say they have no religion. This marks an unprecedented shift in American culture and urges us to answer some difficult questions. What do we do with this information? What comes next? While these shifting tides are not exclusive to the Black community, Black irreligion strikes a particular chord in consideration of how central the church has been to my people. Today, Black people identify as more religious than any other ethnic group. According to data published by the Pew Research Center, 87 percent of Black people believe in God. This makes sense in context of the journey. Black people continue to endure great adversity. Christianity has been an anchor through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Jim Crow before then, and the initial American chattel slavery. It is almost unpardonable to be a nonbeliever in the Black community, and so the irony of publishing this in a Black newspaper is not lost on me. But I recognize slavery to be the introduction of Christianity to Black people. History tells me our ancestors worshipped very different Gods before they were abducted and viscously forced into the servitude of American Whites. It antagonizes me, the fact that Jesus was originally given to Black people (and most all POCs) by White folk. As stated before, research shows that young people are con-

siderably less religious. The Pew Research Center says that, “onein-four members of the Millennial generation [...] are unaffiliated with any particular faith. [...] More unaffiliated than members of Generation X were at a comparable point in their life cycle (20 percent in the late 1990s) and twice as unaffiliated as Baby Boomers were as young adults (13 percent in the late 1970s).” For the sake of this research, Millennial is defined as those ages 18 to 34 years old in 2015. Therefore, the oldest Millennial was born in 1981 and the youngest in 1997. Millennial Americans tend to attend religious services far less than older Americans, and when compared, fewer say that religion is very important in their lives. This is important because Millennials are also the largest generation of adults. The Washington Post reported last year on Pew Center Research findings that Millennials had surpassed baby boomers to become America’s largest living generation. The American Millennial generation is also far more progressive. As the country moves forward on critical social issues, this progressiveness will have political implications, including the forward-thinking idea of irreligion. My question becomes, how do we take the form of organized religion and repurpose it? The idea that 200 or more people gather in a space weekly around like-minded ideas, group action, storytelling, art and song, in an effort to establish meaning -- that doesn’t sound like a bad idea. In the Black community, I have seen an incredible textual analysis of the Bible. What would happen if we did the same with another text? I have read Shakespeare with stories as great as those found in the King James Version of the Bible. What would happen if we all read Toni Morrison and Ta-Nehisi Coates together? Or José Esteban Muñoz and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X?” What if we kept the form and removed the narrative of White Jesus? In an effort to establish meaning, that is a noble idea. There is a brave new world out there, one that begs us to finally start unpacking what was left for us by generations of people who are no longer here. How we deal with religion, race, and gender have been irreparably defined by people who didn’t have the questions we have today, nor the technology, nor the access to information. The community of religion is a beautiful thing, but to establish new meaning, we must abandoned the literature of dead White men and redefine Faith. Ian Martin is an artist and activist. His key interests are the arts and policy. April 25 - May 1, 2018 17


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APRIL 25 State of the City The League of Women Voters presents the State of the City luncheon and fundraiser. Features a panel discussion on the socioeconomic divide in Chicago. Moderated by Natalie Moore of WBEZ. Union League Club of Chicago 65 W. Jackson Blvd 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit lwvchicago.org.

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Health & Wellness Expo and Gospel Concert The American Heart Association, in partnership with several other sponsors, will host a Health and Wellness Expo. The event concludes with a gospel concert featuring Vashawn Mitchell and Byron Cage. House of Hope 752 E. 114th St. Expo: 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Concert: 7 p.m. Free event; tickets available at heart. org/powerchicago

APRIL 28 Smart Money Week at Bronzeville Children’s Museum Guest speaker: Shawnee Barlow from New York Life. Children will learn how to save money and be successful in life. The first 25 children will receive a $150 shredded money packet. Bronzeville Children’s Museum 9301 S. Stony Island Ave. 1-3 p.m. To reserve space, call (773) 721-9301.

APRIL 28 Mom’s Day Cards Against Prisons The Illinois Deaths in Custody Project has teamed up with Black & Pink, Prison+Neighborhood Arts Project and the Read/Write Library for a special Mother’s Day card making and letter writing workshop event. A part of the event will include the unveiling of the Read/Write Library’s special collection of prison abolition materials from various community organizations and activist groups in Chicago. Free and open to the public. Read/Write Library 914 N. California (Walton Entrance) 3-5 p.m.

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APRIL 28 Bowling for a Cure Sisters Working It Out, a cancer awareness and health advocacy organization, hosts a cosmic bowling fundraiser. Donation includes 2 games of regular bowling, shoe rental, unlimited pizza and pop during dinner. Raffle and cash prizes available. Centennial Lanes 16050 Centennial Circle Tinley Park Dinner served from 8-9 p.m. Bowling begins at 9 p.m. $30 donation per person. For tickets, visit sistersworkingitout.org or Eventbrite (cosmic bowling)

MAY 2 After School Matters Music Program Orchestra Performance The After-School Matters program at Chicago West Community Music Center (CWCMC) Orchestra will perform a diverse repertoire of traditional and nontraditional music. A Pride of Lions (The Bridge #11) will headline. Constellation Performing Arts Theater 3111 North Western Avenue. Tickets are $12 and $15.

Health and Wellness Event The Will County Black Diamond Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction presents LADY (Leading, Advocating and Developing You) Wellness Event. Includes information on wellness, nutrition, self-defense along with Yoga, Zumba and healthy eating demonstrations. The Ultimate Skills Sports Training Center 17500 Duvan Dr. (175th and Harlem) Tinley Park, Ill 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Free For more information, visit: info@wcblackdiamondtlod.org

MAY 5 BarberShop Live! When a frustrated son is finally given the keys to the family business, his big plans are derailed by a figure from his father’s past and he must quickly figure out how to make the situation go away. Featuring Angela Winbush, Mo’Nique, Doug E. Fresh, Allen Payne and more in a musical stage play. Arie Crown Theater 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. 8 p.m. For tickets, visit the Wintrust Arena Box Office or ticketmaster.com; or call (312) 791-6900

MAY 13 Mother’s Day Celebration The salute to mothers features artists Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Shirley Caesar, James Fortune, Take 6 and Charles Jenkins. House of Hope 752 E. 114th St 6:30 p.m. Tickets available at the venue box office; ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-653-8000.

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MAY 18 Business in the Black Film Business in the Black: The Rise of Black Business in America (1800-1960s), a documentary by Anthony Brogdon, will be screened. It shows how slaves went to college, how racism destroyed Black business districts as well as names of Black millionaires, inventors and slaves who bought their freedom. South Side Community Arts Center 3831 S. Michigan Ave Pre-reception: 7 p.m. Film starts: 7:30 p.m. Question and answer afterwards with Brogdan. Admission: $10 Seating is limited. Reserve tickets at Eventbrite.com and businessintheblack. net DVD available on Amazon.com

MAY 19 Community Savings Bank Home Buying Seminar Community Savings Bank hosts its annual free home buying seminar. This year’s seminar will cover: finding and buying your future home; applying for a mortgage; and credit repair and special down payment programs. It will also feature presentations from a local realtor, attorney, Northwest Side Housing Center advisor and a mortgage officer from Community Savings Bank. 4801 W. Belmont 9 a.m. to Noon. To reserve your seat, visit the bank in person, call (773) 794-5269 or by emailing through the bank website at communitysavingsbank.bank/contactus.aspx

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ELDER Margie Elder…..Wake was held: Tuesday, April 24, 2018; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Lunford Funeral: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Interment: Cedar Park Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. WARD Doris Ward…..Visitation was held: Tuesday, April 24, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Interment: Oak Hill Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. COLLINS Tom Collins…..Wake was held: Tuesday, April 24, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Abe Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. AVANT, JR. Leroy Avant, Jr…..Wake was held: Tuesday, April 24, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. PHILLIPS Bobby Phillips…..Wake was held: Tuesday, April 24, 2018; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Corinthian C.O.G.I.C., 4520 W. Washington Funeral: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Interment: Forest Home Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. LAWSON Natasha Lawson…..Wake: Wednesday, April 25, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson 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. HATHORNE Joe Hathorne…..Wake: Wednesday, April 25, 2018; 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Interment: Thursday, April 26, 2018;10:00 a.m. @ Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. MIDDLETON Al Middleton…..Wake: Wednesday, April 25, 2018; 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson 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. WILSON-DILLINGHAM Pamela Wilson-Dillingham….. Wake: Thursday, April 26, 2018; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Interment: Abe Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. LUCKETT, JR. Clement Luckett, Jr.…..Wake: Thursday, April 26, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Bethlehem Temple, 20 E. 147th Street Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Washington Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

KEY Katherine Key.…..Wake: Thursday, April 26, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Cedar Park Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HOLMES Samuel Holmes.…..Wake: Thursday, April 26, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Veterans Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. JORDAN Bernice Jordan.…..Wake: Thursday, April 26, 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. MILLER Gussie Miller.…..Wake: Thursday, April 26, 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. MILLER Aurelia Miller.…..Wake: Thursday, April 26, 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.

SHANNON Charlotte Shannon.…..Wake: Friday, April 27, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Christian Missionary Baptist Church, 132 W. 104th St. 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. CHANDLER Paul Chandler.…..Wake: Friday, April 27, 2018; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson 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. HODGES, SR. Timothy Hodges, Sr.…..Wake: Friday, April 27, 2018; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. JONES-CONEY Diane Jones-Coney.…..Memorial: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. SLATE Gertrude Slate.…..Visitation: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Fellowship B.C., 4501 S. Princeton Funeral: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Interment: Assumption Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

WILLIAMS Nancy Williams.…..Wake: Thursday, April 26, 2018; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson 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.

WELCH Louis Welch.…..Wake: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Interment: St. Mary’s Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

WALKER Baby Liyah Walker.…..Wake: Thursday, April 26, 2018; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road 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.

WEST, SR. William West, Sr.…..Wake: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Spates Temple, 310 Dupage 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.

MALCOLM Louis Malcolm.…..Visitation: Friday, April 27, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

LOVE Rosie Love.…..Wake: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Zion Temple C O G I C, 1414 S. Pulaski Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Forest Home Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

JARRETT Idella Jarrett.…..Wake: Friday, April 27, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Beverly Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. BELL Fredrick Bell.…..Wake: Friday, April 27, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. BURCE Robert Burce.…..Wake: Friday, April 27, 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.

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MC CAULEY, SR. Aubrey Mc Cauley, Sr.…..Wake: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel King 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. WILLIAMS Carl Williams.…..Wake: Saturday, April 28, 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. FOUNTAIN, JR. Willie Fountain, Jr.…..Wake: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chicagoland Bible Fellowship, 7158 S. Indiana Ave. 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.

GARNER Tammie Garner.…..Wake: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Gift From God Ministries, 1818 W. 74th Street Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Washington Memory Garden, 701 Ridge Road Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 8466567.

DAVIS Doris Davis.....….. Wake was held: Tuesday, April 24, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral was held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Oakridge Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com

DAVIS Lillie Davis.…..Wake: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

FORT Baby Jaheim K Fort.....….. Wake will be held: Thursday, April 26, 2018; 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. @ Taylor Funeral Home. Memorial Service will be held: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cremation. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com

RICHMOND John Richmond.…..Wake: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel Lunford Funeral: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Interment: Monday, April 30, 2018;10:00 a.m. @ Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. POTTS Arthur Potts.…..Wake: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Interment: Monday, April 30, 2018;10:00 a.m. @ Oakridge Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. WASHINGTON, JR. Fred Washington, Jr.…..Wake: Monday, April 30, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Monday, April 30, 2018;10:00 a.m. @ Oak Woods Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. WOODS Charles Woods.…..Visitation: Thursday, May 03, 2018; 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Interment: Homewood Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

HILL Almeda Hill.......….. Wake will be held: Thursday, April 26, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.@ Antioch Baptist Church, 6953 South Stewart Avenue. Funeral will be held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com BUNCH Sherman Bunch.......….. Wake will be held: Thursday, April 26, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.@ Greater Metropolitan Baptist Church, 5856 South Wabash Avenue. Funeral will be held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Creamtion. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com HOWARD London Howard.....….. Wake will be held: Friday, April 27, 2018; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral will be held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com

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JONES W.C. Jones..…..Wake: Thursday, April 26, 2018; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400.

CHAMBERS Kirk A. Chambers..…..Wake: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 10:00 a.m. @ Mt. Zion BC, 1047 Kenwood, Hammond, IN Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Washington Memory Garden Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400.

RINGO Lillie Jean Ringo..…..Wake: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 10:00 a.m. @ Transformation Church, 11032 S. Indiana Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Burr Oak Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 7234400.

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To patrons of Commonwealth Edison Company: Commonwealth Edison Company (“ComEd”) hereby gives notice to the public that on April 16, 2018, it filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission (“ICC” or “Commission”) its annual formula rate update, including updated cost inputs, reconciliations of ComEd’s approved revenue requirement and return on equity, and supporting testimony and other information, all for the purpose of determining, pursuant to Section 16-108.5 of the Illinois Public Utilities Act (the “Act”), updated rates for delivery services applicable throughout ComEd’s service territory in northern Illinois to be applicable beginning with the first monthly billing period of 2019. As provided in Section 16-108.5 of the Act, the updated costs are based on final historical cost data for calendar year 2017 reflected in ComEd’s most recently filed annual FERC Form 1, plus projected plant additions for calendar year 2018, as well as the associated adjustments to accumulated depreciation (change in depreciation reserve), depreciation expense, and accumulated deferred income taxes. In addition, ComEd’s 2017 actual costs, which are now known, are reconciled with the corresponding costs that had been used as part of the prior formula rate update filing. Those updated costs, other inputs and reconciliations, collectively result in a distribution revenue requirement on which new delivery services rates are to be based (referred to in the filing as the “2019 Rate Year Net Revenue Requirement”) of $2,697,978,000. This is a decrease of $22,906,000 from the revenue requirement approved by the ICC in last year’s formula update, ICC Docket Number 17-0196. For residential customers receiving bundled fixed price electric service from ComEd, the delivery services charges are only a portion of the total bill. The remaining portion includes the cost of the electricity supply and other services, which are subject to the procurement process established by Section 1-75 of the Illinois Power Agency Act and the provisions of Section 16-111.5 of the Public Utilities Act and/or to regulation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Using rates applicable with the January 2018 billing period for such other components, the estimated total bill impacts of changes in the delivery component are provided herein. Increases are denoted by a + sign and decreases are denoted by a – sign. For such customers, the delivery portion of electric bills represents approximately 42% of the total electric bill, on average, while the supply portion accounts for about 42%, the transmission portion accounts for approximately 10% and other charges such as taxes account for the remaining 6%. Using these electricity supply and other charges, the updated rates for the delivery portion result in an overall change in the total residential bills, on average, of approximately -$0.50 per month or an estimated -0.6%. Total bill impacts for residential customers vary by delivery class and electric usage. For example, the estimated total bill impact, on average, for multi-family residential customers without electric space heat utilizing on average 330 kilowatt-hours (“kWhs”) per month, is -$0.78 per month or -1.6%. Likewise, the estimated total bill impact, on average, for single-family residential customers without electric space heat utilizing on average 723 kWhs per month, is -$0.33 per month or -0.3%. Furthermore, the estimated total bill impact, on average, for multi-family residential customers with electric space heat, utilizing on average 794 kWhs per month, is +$0.27 per month or +0.3%. Additionally, the estimated total bill impact, on average, for single family residential customers with electric space heat, utilizing on average 1,652 kWhs per month, is -$0.76 or -0.4%. ComEd does not estimate total bill impacts for residential customers supplied by Retail Electric Suppliers. The updated delivery service rates for nonresidential customers in the Watt-Hour and Small Load delivery classes (100 kilowatts (“kW”) or less of demand), with varying usages result in an overall average percentage change in the total bill of -7.0% and -2.5%, respectively. Nonresidential customers with larger electric loads (greater than 100 kW) have a wide range of electric load characteristics in addition to electricity supply costs that cannot be reasonably estimated; therefore, the overall effect of the updated delivery service rates on an electric bill for such customers cannot be determined. The updated delivery service rates include ComEd’s updated costs of delivering electricity through its distribution system and apply to all ComEd customers independent of whether electricity supply is procured and provided by ComEd or by a third party (i.e., a Retail Electric Supplier). These updated rates will take effect beginning with the first day of the January 2019 monthly billing period. A copy of the materials filed with the Commission and supporting data and documents may be inspected by any interested party at ComEd’s office located at Three Lincoln Centre in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. 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Notice is hereby given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name In the conduct or transaction of Business in the State, “as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County, Registration Number: D18153973 on the March 29, 2018. Under the Assumed Name of HOUSE OF AK with the business located at 227 WESTGATE, CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL 60411. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owners(s)/partner(s) is: Owner/ Partner Full Name: ALISHA M WILLIAMS Complete Address: 227 WESTGATE HEIGHTS, IL 60411, USA and Owner/ Partner Full Name: KRYSTAL REED Complete Address: 227 WESTGATE HEIGHTS, IL 60411, USA

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION HOME POINT FINANCIAL F/K/A STONEGATE MORTGAGE CORPORATION Plaintiff, vs. BRENDA D. HICKS; SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; UNIFUND CCR, LLC; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants, 16 CH 2992 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Thursday, May 17, 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 estate: P.I.N. 20-21-302-006-0000. Commonly known as 6715 South Union Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60621. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a multi-family residence. The successful purchaser is entitled to possession of the property only. The purchaser may only obtain possession of units within the multi-unit property occupied by individuals named in the order of possession. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. For information call The Sales Department at Plaintiff’s Attorney, Anselmo Lindberg & 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. F16020229 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION PROVIDENT FUNDING ASSOCIATES LP Plaintiff, -v.JEROME COLE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Defendants 2017 CH 09960 5615 SOUTH EMERALD 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 March 7, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on June 8, 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 5615 SOUTH EMERALD AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60621 Property Index No. 20-16-101-023-0000. The real estate is improved with a two unit building 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. Where a sale of real estate is made to satisfy a lien prior to that of the United States, the United States shall have one year from the date of sale within which to redeem, except that with respect to a lien arising under the internal revenue laws the period shall be 120 days or the period allowable for redemption under State law, whichever is longer, and in any case in which, under the provisions of section 505 of the Housing Act of 1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1701k), and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title 38 of the United States Code, the right to redeem does not arise, there shall be no right of redemption. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information: 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 263809. 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. 263809 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 2017 CH 09960 TJSC#: 38-2110

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION FINANCE OF AMERICA REVERSE, LLC F/K/A URBAN FINANCIAL OF AMERICA, LLC Plaintiff, -v.BARBARA J. LANGSTON, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, CITY OF CHICAGO Defendants 2017 CH 10996 5564 S. SHIELDS 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 March 2, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on June 4, 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 5564 S. SHIELDS AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60621 Property Index No. 20-16-200-039-0000. 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. Where a sale of real estate is made to satisfy a lien prior to that of the United States, the United States shall have one year from the date of sale within which to redeem, except that with respect to a lien arising under the internal revenue laws the period shall be 120 days or the period allowable for redemption under State law, whichever is longer, and in any case in which, under the provisions of section 505 of the Housing Act of 1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1701k), and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title 38 of the United States Code, the right to redeem does not arise, there shall be no right of redemption. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, 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 14-17-10521. 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. 14-17-10521 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 2017 CH 10996 TJSC#: 38-2126 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 DITECH FINANCIAL LLC Plaintiff, -v.TOMELLA WHITE MALONE A/K/A TOMELLA WHI MALONE Defendants 16 CH 1505 5029 SOUTH ABERDEEN STREET Chicago, IL 60609 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 30, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 17, 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 5029 SOUTH ABERDEEN STREET, Chicago, IL 60609 Property Index No. 20-08-216-012-0000. 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 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. McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC, Plaintiff’s Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 346-9088. Please refer to file number 253401. 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) 346-9088 E-Mail: pleadings@mccalla.com Attorney File No. 253401 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 16 CH 1505 TJSC#: 38-3224

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION DITECH FINANCIAL LLC Plaintiff, -v.ERNEST L ELLIS, JR, DISCOVER BANK Defendants 17 CH 00824 6548 SOUTH GREEN STREET 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 February 27, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 30, 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 6548 SOUTH GREEN STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60621 Property Index No. 20-20-222-037-0000. The real estate is improved with a multi-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 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 259868. 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. 259868 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 17 CH 00824 TJSC#: 38-1860

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION WELLS FARGO BANK, NA. Plaintiff, -v.ALONZO PIKES Defendants 17 CH 15026 6555 S PEORIA ST 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 February 26, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 29, 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 6555 S PEORIA ST, CHICAGO, IL 60621 Property Index No. 20-20-222-020-0000. The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance 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, 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 14-17-16249. 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. 14-17-16249 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 17 CH 15026 TJSC#: 38-1991 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State, “as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County, Registration Number: D18154086 on the April 6, 2018. Under the Assumed Name of A SYNEE STYLE LOUNGE with the business located at 6817 S. RACINE, CHICAGO, IL 60636. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owners(s)/partner(s) is: Owner/ Partner Full Name: ANGELA THAMES Complete Address: 6817 S. RACINE, CHICAGO, IL 60636, USA

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Circuit Court of Cook County. Public notice is hereby given that a hearing will be held on May 14, 2018, at 9:30 A.M. in Room 1702, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Chicago, IL, pursuant to a Petition heretofore filed in the County Division of said Court as Case Number 2018CONC000293. Said Petition prays for the change of my name from Marvin Joe Foster to that of Marvin Joe Cosey, pursuant to the statute in such case made and provided. Marvin Joe Foster, Petitioner.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION LENDINGHOME FUNDING CORP. Plaintiff, -v.PAUSHAUN JULIEN, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 17 CH 15084 7327 S. HARVARD AVE. 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 March 19, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 8, 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 7327 S. HARVARD AVE., Chicago, IL 60621 Property Index No. 20-28-217-006-0000. The real estate is improved with a multi-family residence. The judgment amount was $100,939.86. 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: JOHNSON, BLUMBERG & ASSOCIATES, LLC, 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1125, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 541-9710 Please refer to file number 17-0822. 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. JOHNSON, BLUMBERG & ASSOCIATES, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1125 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 541-9710 E-Mail: ilpleadings@johnsonblumberg. com Attorney File No. 17-0822 Attorney Code. 40342 Case Number: 17 CH 15084 TJSC#: 38-2906 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 REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC. Plaintiff, -v.MAE JOYCE NEWELL, BARBARA ROSE DAVIES, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT Defendants 2017 CH 13797 7035 S. PARNELL 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 January 18, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 29, 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 7035 S. PARNELL AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60621 Property Index No. 20-21-326-010-0000. 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. Where a sale of real estate is made to satisfy a lien prior to that of the United States, the United States shall have one year from the date of sale within which to redeem, except that with respect to a lien arising under the internal revenue laws the period shall be 120 days or the period allowable for redemption under State law, whichever is longer, and in any case in which, under the provisions of section 505 of the Housing Act of 1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1701k), and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title 38 of the United States Code, the right to redeem does not arise, there shall be no right of redemption. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, 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 14-17-14642. 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. 14-17-14642 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 2017 CH 13797 TJSC#: 38-885 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 TERRY CASEY AND JULIE CASEY Plaintiff, -v.LHS PROPERTIES INC., LOIS LEWIS, UNKNOWN OWNERS-TENANTS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 2017 CH 15020 7039 S. SANGAMON ST 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 April 19, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 24, 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 7039 S. SANGAMON ST, Chicago, IL 60621 Property Index No. 20-20-429-0120000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $55,791.34. 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: NOONAN & LIEBERMAN, 105 W. ADAMS ST., SUITE 1800, Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 431-1455 Please refer to file number 1897-22. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. NOONAN & LIEBERMAN 105 W. ADAMS ST., SUITE 1800 Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 431-1455 E-Mail: intake@noonanandlieberman. com Attorney File No. 1897-22 Attorney Code. 38245 Case Number: 2017 CH 15020 TJSC#: 38-3347 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 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF CWMBS REPERFORMING LOAN REMIC TRUST CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2004-R2, Plaintiff, -v.MICHELLE JOHNSON AKA MICHELLE JOHNSON-BUNCH, SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Defendants 09 CH 52718 8121 SOUTH KEDZIE AVENUE Chicago, IL 60652 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on February 19, 2014, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 18, 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 8121 SOUTH KEDZIE AVENUE, Chicago, IL 60652 Property Index No. 19-36-116-052-0000. The real estate is improved with a single unit dwelling. The judgment amount was $239,131.19. 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 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: WEISS MCCLELLAND LLC, 105 WEST ADAMS STREET, SUITE 1850, Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 605-3500 Please refer to file number IL-002205. 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. WEISS MCCLELLAND LLC 105 WEST ADAMS STREET, SUITE 1850 Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 605-3500 E-Mail: intake@wmlegal.com Attorney File No. IL-002205 Attorney Code. 56284 Case Number: 09 CH 52718 TJSC#: 38-3239 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, -v.ADOLFO PADILLA, COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., MARIA MAGDALENA MORALES AKA MARIA MORALES Defendants 13 CH 23238 5630 S OAKLEY 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 October 19, 2015, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 18, 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 5630 S OAKLEY, Chicago, IL 60636 Property Index No. 20-18-108-032-0000. The real estate is improved with a single unit dwelling. The judgment amount was $152,460.80. 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: WEISS MCCLELLAND LLC, 105 WEST ADAMS STREET, SUITE 1850, Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 605-3500 Please refer to file number 11-2269. 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. WEISS MCCLELLAND LLC 105 WEST ADAMS STREET, SUITE 1850 Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 605-3500 E-Mail: intake@wmlegal.com Attorney File No. 11-2269 Attorney Code. 56284 Case Number: 13 CH 23238 TJSC#: 38-3229 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, AS TRUSTEE, ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDERS OF STRUCTURED ASSET MORTGAGE INVESTMENTS II, INC., BEAR STEARNS MORTGAGE FUNDING, TRUST 2007AR3, MORTGAGE PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-AR3 Plaintiff, -v.VICTORIA A SMITH A/K/A VICTORIA ADJE SMITH, A/K/A VICTORIA SMITH, A/K/A MERCY FRIMPONG, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR IMPAC FUNDING CORPORATION DBA IMPAC LENDING GROUP, LEASECOMM CORPORATION, ACCION/ CHICAGO, INC. Defendants 16 CH 2337 8942 SOUTH ESSEX 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 March 1, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on June 4, 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 8942 SOUTH ESSEX AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60617 Property Index No. 26-06-117-034-0000. The real estate is improved with a red brick, one story single family home, detached two car 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 252487. 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. 252487 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 16 CH 2337

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY IXIS REAL ESTATE CAPITAL TRUST 2006-1, MORTGAGE PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-1 Plaintiff, -v.BOYSIE O. STINSON AKA BOYSIE STINSON, LATANYA J. BEARD AKA LATANYA BEARD AKA LATANYA J. BEARD, CITY OF CHICAGO Defendants 17 CH 7699 8019 SOUTH TRUMBULL AVENUE Chicago, IL 60652 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on March 6, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on June 7, 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 8019 SOUTH TRUMBULL AVENUE, Chicago, IL 60652 Property Index No. 19-35-210-006-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $252,445.76. 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, or a unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). In accordance with 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(h-1) and (h-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified that the purchaser of the property, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and legal fees required by subsections (g)(1) and (g)(4) of section 9 and the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act. IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact the sales department, Anselmo Lindberg & Associates, LLC, 1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite 120, NAPERVILLE, IL 60563, (630) 453-6960 For bidding instructions, visit www.AnselmoLindberg.com. Please refer to file number F17040280. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. Anselmo Lindberg & Associates, LLC 1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite 120 NAPERVILLE, IL 60563 (630) 453-6960 E-Mail: foreclosurenotice@anselmolindberg.com Attorney File No. F17040280 Attorney ARDC No. 3126232 Attorney Code. 58852 Case Number: 17 CH 7699 TJSC#: 38-2293 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF Cook County, Illinois, County Department, Chancery Division. Specialized Loan Servicing LLC Plaintiff, vs. Jennifer M. Shares aka Jennifer Shares; Midway Court Condominiums Association, Inc;Unknown Owners and Non-Record Claimants Defendants, Case #17CH12977 Sheriff’s # 180081 F17090013 SLS Pursuant to a Judgment made and entered by said Court in the above entitled cause, Thomas J. Dart, Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, will on May 17th, 2018, at 1pm in room LL06 of the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction the following described premises and real estate mentioned in said Judgment: Common Address: 6447 South Narragansett Avenue, Unit 2A, Chicago, Illinois 60638 P.I.N: 19-20-112-049-1005 (new); 10-20112-025-0000 (old) Improvements: This property consist of a Residential Condo. Sale shall be under the following terms: payment of not less than ten percent (10%) of the amount of the successful and highest bid to be paid to the Sheriff by cashier’s check or certified funds at the sale; and the full remaining balance to be paid to the Sheriff by cashier’s check or certified funds within twenty-four (24) hours after the sale. Sale shall be subject to general taxes, special assessments. Premise will NOT be open for inspection. Firm Information: Plaintiff’s Attorney ANSELMO, LINDBERG OLIVER LLC 1771 W. DIEHL., Ste 120 Naperville, IL 60563 Sales Department foreclosurenotice@fal-illinois.com 866-402-8661 fax 630-428-4620 For bidding instructions, visit www.fal-illinois.com This is an attempt to collect a debt pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFCATEHOLDERS OF THE MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2004-SD1, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2004-SD1 Plaintiff, -v.AARON MOORE, RUTHIE L MOORE AKA RUTHIE MOORE Defendants 17 CH 9001 8502 SOUTH PEORIA 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 March 6, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on June 7, 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 8502 SOUTH PEORIA STREET, Chicago, IL 60620 Property Index No. 20-32-421-020-0000; 20-32-421-021-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $113,986.57. 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, or a unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). In accordance with 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(h-1) and (h-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified that the purchaser of the property, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and legal fees required by subsections (g)(1) and (g)(4) of section 9 and the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act. IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact the sales department, Anselmo Lindberg & Associates, LLC, 1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite 120, NAPERVILLE, IL 60563, (630) 453-6960 For bidding instructions, visit www.AnselmoLindberg.com. Please refer to file number F16110136. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. Anselmo Lindberg & Associates, LLC 1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite 120 NAPERVILLE, IL 60563 (630) 453-6960 E-Mail: foreclosurenotice@anselmolindberg.com Attorney File No. F16110136 Attorney ARDC No. 3126232 Attorney Code. 58852 Case Number: 17 CH 9001 TJSC#: 38-2288 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 The Bank of New York Mellon FKA The Bank of New York, as Trustee for the certificateholders of the CWABS, Inc., Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2007-9 Plaintiff, -v.Timothy McDaniel aka Timothy McDaniel, Sr. aka Timothy Mc Daniel aka Timothy Mcdaniel, Sr., Hattie Jackson McDaniel aka Hattie McDaniel aka Hattie Jackson aka Hattie Jackson Mc Daniel, City of Chicago, Unknown Owners and Non-Record Claimants Defendants 17 CH 6855 5730 SOUTH SANGAMON STREET 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 April 2, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 14, 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 5730 SOUTH SANGAMON STREET, Chicago, IL 60621 Property Index No. 20-17-220-029-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $143,918.42. 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, or a unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g) (1) and (g)(4). In accordance with 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(h-1) and (h-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified that the purchaser of the property, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and legal fees required by subsections (g)(1) and (g)(4) of section 9 and the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act. IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact the sales department, Anselmo Lindberg & Associates, LLC, 1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite 120, NAPERVILLE, IL 60563, (630) 453-6960 For bidding instructions, visit www.AnselmoLindberg.com. Please refer to file number F17040224. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. Anselmo Lindberg & Associates, LLC 1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite 120 NAPERVILLE, IL 60563 (630) 453-6960 E-Mail: foreclosurenotice@anselmolindberg.com Attorney File No. F17040224 Attorney ARDC No. 3126232 Attorney Code. 58852 Case Number: 17 CH 6855 TJSC#: 38-3061 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 MCCORMICK 105, LLC Plaintiff, -v.MARVISENE COHILL, REGINALD COHILL, CITY OF CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF WATER MANAGEMENT, CITY OF CHICAGO, LVNV FUNDING, LLC, UNKNOWN OWNERS-TENANTS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 2017 CH 6272 7951 S. MANISTEE AVE Chicago, IL 60617 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on February 28, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 29, 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 7951 S. MANISTEE AVE, Chicago, IL 60617 Property Index No. 21-31-107-019-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $13,875.67. 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: NOONAN & LIEBERMAN, 105 W. ADAMS ST., SUITE 1800, Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 431-1455 Please refer to file number 1889-97B. 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. NOONAN & LIEBERMAN 105 W. ADAMS ST., SUITE 1800 Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 431-1455 E-Mail: intake@noonanandlieberman. com Attorney File No. 1889-97B Attorney Code. 38245 Case Number: 2017 CH 6272 TJSC#: 38-1922 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.WILLIAM P. BUTCHER AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR JAMES MCCLELLAND AKA JAMES MCCLELLAND, SR. (DECEASED), JAMES MCCLELLAND, JR., UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF JAMES MCCLELLAND AKA JAMES MCCLELLAND SR., UNKNOWN OWNERS-TENANTS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 12 CH 17182 9208 SOUTH BISHOP 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 March 30, 2018, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 10, 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 9208 SOUTH BISHOP STREET, Chicago, IL 60620 Property Index No. 25-05-310-039-0000. The real estate is improved with a single unit dwelling. The judgment amount was $251,374.18. 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: WEISS MCCLELLAND LLC, 105 WEST ADAMS STREET, SUITE 1850, Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 605-3500 Please refer to file number 12-0010. 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. WEISS MCCLELLAND LLC 105 WEST ADAMS STREET, SUITE 1850 Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 605-3500 E-Mail: intake@wmlegal.com Attorney File No. 12-0010 Attorney Code. 56284 Case Number: 12 CH 17182 TJSC#: 38-2983 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, N.A. Plaintiff, -v.DAVID HESTER, OLD NATIONAL BANK S/I/I TO PRAIRIE BANK AND TRUST COMPANY, ILLINOIS HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY Defendants 14 CH 19753 4349 SOUTH SHIELDS AVENUE CHICAGO, IL 60609 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on April 5, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 14, 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 4349 SOUTH SHIELDS AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60609 Property Index No. 20-04-407-0060000. The real estate is improved with a single family home with detached two car 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 9266. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. 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. 9266 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 14 CH 19753 TJSC#: 38-2848

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC. Plaintiff, -v.ALTA L. SMITH Defendants 15 CH 3087 5932 S. EMERALD 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 October 13, 2015, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 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 5932 S. EMERALD AVENUE, Chicago, IL 60621 Property Index No. 20-16-300-033-0000. The real estate is improved with a multi-family residence. The judgment amount was $250,233.63. 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 14IL00733-1. 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. 14IL00733-1 Attorney Code. 46689 Case Number: 15 CH 3087 TJSC#: 38-2939 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

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Cubs Take 2 of 3 In The Mile High City As They Search For Consistency Sports by The Bigs Blame it on the fluky weather that seems to have skipped clean over Spring this year or just old fashion early season struggles, at 8-8, the Cubs search for consistency continued as they rolled into the Mile-High City for a three-game set. Check out how it all went down below. 4/20- Game 1 FINAL – Cubs 16 COL 5 Cubs Bats Take Flight In Mile High City Coming in… The Cubs were fresh off a 8-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday while the Rockies took an L to the Pittsburgh Pirates in their last outing 10-2 Wednesday night. The Cubs entered the night in 4th place in the NL Central while the Rockies are in 2nd place in the NL West. How It Went Down The Cubs got off to an early 2-0 lead on a Javy Baez two-run bomb but the Rockies answered right back with a Charlie Blackmon RBI single and a Nolan Arenado two-run homerun in his first game back after a five-game suspension. The Cubs took a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth inning behind an Anthony Rizzo groundout RBI and an Arenado throwing error which scored Kris Bryant from 3rd. The Cubs got a huge seven-run sixth inning capped off by a monster three-run homerun to dead center by Kyle Schwarber to make it 12-3. They tacked on three more in the eight with RBI’s from Schwarber, Contreras and Heyward and added one in the 9th with an RBI infield single from Bryant. 4/21-Game 2 Rockies Blow Cubs High With Bounce Back 5-3 W Coming on… After opening a can of “Whoop-Ass” on the Rockies on 4/20 with a 16-5 victory, the Cubs were looking to notch another W in the Mile High City. Friday’s game was a hit parade as Albert Almora Jr., Javier Baez & Kyle Schwarber combined for eleven of the team’s season high eighteen hits and nine RBI’s. The Cubs placed INF/OF Ben Zobrist on the 10-day DL with a sore back and recalled the local Colorado kid, David Bote, from Triple A Iowa. 24 April 25 - May 1, 2018

(Jason Heyward) Chicago Cubs lose to the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on a very cold day on April 17, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by John L Alexander/The Bigs Visuals How it went down What a difference a day makes. It was all good early as Willson Contreras raked a 2-run double in the 1st scoring Almora Jr. and Baez that gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead. And Yu Darvish was basically unhittable through 4 innings. But a 2-out walk to pitcher Tyler Andersen followed by a DJ LeMahieu double, singles from Gerardo Parra & Nolan Arenado and a Trevor Story double capped off a 3-walk inning from Yu and gave the Rockies a 5-2 lead. On that note, the fat lady was just about ready to sing. The Cubs had 3 hits in the first inning and only managed 3 hits the rest of the way. 4/22-Game 3 Cubs Get Rocky 9-7 W, take 2 of 3 from Rockies Coming in… The Cubs took a 5-2 L after laying the smack down in Game 1 of this three-game set. Yu Darvish

couldn’t be touched through four innings…then came the dreaded fifth where he walked starting pitcher Tyler Andersen with two outs and everything went downhill from there. The Rockies scored five runs in the inning and didn’t look back. Darvish and fifth innings haven’t been on the same page so far this season, but he’s got to get past whatever is causing these meltdown. How it went down… Bryant was hit in the helmet in the 1st inning. He never went down but seemed dazed. He’s passed all tests so far and has a laceration above his eye from his sunglasses. He showed no concussion signs but will continue to be evaluated. A Tommy LaStella RBI single, a Kyle Schwarber RBI single scored, and a Vic Caratini RBI single gave the Cubs an early 3-0 lead. Javy Baez hit a solo bomb to center in the 2nd and the Cubs tacked on two more www.chicagodefender.com

runs in the 3rd inning behind a Jason Heyward single to make it 6-0. The Rockies clawed their way back in the bottom of the 3rd with two runs and got solo HR’s from Charlie Blackmon & Nolan Arenado in the 5th to make it a 6-4 game. The Cubbies added three more in the top of the 7th as Almora Jr. got a groundout RBI and Baez doubled to score two more, giving the Cubs a 9-4 lead. The Rockies got their three right back on a Ryan McMahon ground out and a David Dahl single to make it 9-7. Brandon Morrow picked up his 4th save of the season to lock down their 10th win of the year. Next up The Cubs travel to Cleveland for the first time since the 2016 World Series for a 2-game set with the Indians. The game 1 starters are Tyler Chatwood (0-3) v Josh Tomlin (0-2).

Important Bears Dates Sports by The Bigs With the Bears holding the 8th pick in Wednesday’s NFL Draft, here’s a list to keep you in tune with some important offseason dates and the official 2018-19 season schedule. Bears 2018-19 Schedule Week 1: at Green Bay Packers on Sep. 9 at 8:20 PM ET on NBC Week 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks on Sep. 17 at 8:15 PM ET on ESPN Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals on Sep. 23 at 4:25 PM ET on FOX Week 4: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sep. 30 at 1 PM ET on FOX Week 5: BYE Week 6: at Miami Dolphins on Oct. 14 at 1 PM ET on FOX Week 7: vs. New England Patriots on Oct. 21 at 1 PM ET on CBS Week 8: vs. New York Jets on Oct. 28 at 1 PM ET on CBS Week 9: at Buffalo Bills on Nov. 4 at 1 PM ET on FOX Week 10: vs. Detroit Lions on Nov. 11 at 1 PM ET on FOX Week 11: vs. Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 18 at 1 PM ET on FOX Week 12: at Detroit Lions on Nov. 22 at 12:30 PM ET on CBS Week 13: at New York Giants on Dec. 2 at 1 PM ET on FOX Important Offseason Dates 2018 NFL Draft April 26-28 Rookie Minicamp May 11-13 Bears Care Gala May 19 Soldier Field OTAs Wednesday, May 16, May 23 and May 30 Veteran Minicamp June 5-7 Training Camp July 19 – Players report July 20 – First practice Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, Ill. THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


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By Charles Preston Chicago Contributing Writer There is an old saying: “Go where you’re appreciated and not tolerated.” Many of Chicago’s South Siders took the adage to heart after recent incidents at Starbucks garnered national attention. Starbucks, the world’s largest coffeehouse chain, has seen public backlash after a cellphone video captured the arrests of two Black men who were waiting for a friend in one of its Philadelphia stores. Outrage sparked boycotts all over the nation–especially in Chicago–such as the one headed by the Black Star Project. “This is not about coffee. This is not about tea. This is not about hot chocolate. This is about young Black men in America, and Black families, and Black people having a place here in America,” says Philip Jackson, Executive Director. Groups around the nation, with their righteous anger, took to the streets to protest the company. Most expressed their grievances on social media timelines. But this past Saturday, a local Black-owned coffee shop saw a heavy influx in business due to a call to make “Black Dollars Matter.” Sip & Savor coffee spot, located on 43rd and Forrestville– deep in the heart of Bronzeville–was booming Saturday after sending out flyers to make “Black Dollars Matter.” Many daily customers and Chicago notables poured into the coffee shop to order their favorite menu items, commune with Black Chicago, and discuss the events that sparked the occasion.

“I always look at in two [ways]. When something like this happens, it can either be a moment or a movement,” says Trez Pugh III, owner of Sip & Savor. “Right now, it’s a moment. Everybody feels good about going out and spending their dollars with Black businesses at the moment. [If it is ] a movement remains to be seen because more people must get involved and we cannot let it die.” In his 13th year as owner of Sip & Savor, Pugh’s Hyde Park and Bronzeville locations are critically acclaimed, financially successful, and an example of what many Black Chicagoans envision as the epitome of a community business. Pugh believes Sip & Savor’s good reputation comes from its ability to offer what competitors cannot. “There are local artists who have their art up here. Local musicians perform at the patio in the back. I based my company on the 5 C’s–crisp, clean, classy, consistent, and customer service. You abide by 5 C’s, you can’t go wrong. When things happened at the other company, it became a teachable moment for my employees,” says Pugh. Pugh didn’t organize the Black Dollars Matter event by himself. “I received a call from Austin saying that he would love to partner with my shop to put this together.” Austin Robinson, 28, owns Member’s Only boutique, a clothing boutique based in the Homewood suburb. The Starbucks incident pushed him to reach out to Pugh to start a relationship and begin collaborating under the focus of “Black Dollars Matter.” “I just got fed up,” says Robinson. “A couple of months

ago, there was an issue with H&M’s racist ads. This month it’s Starbucks. I’m not just going to sit and wait for an apology, and then go back to spending money with them. I contacted Trez. I called and emailed hoping he would get back to me. Our goal is just to get people in the door to see how great Sip and Savor is. It’s beautiful.” “Every negative Black stereotype that exists about business, they [Sip and Savor] shatters it. The customer service is A1. The prices are affordable. Instead of going to other businesses and beg them to treat us right, why not just spend with our own? We gotta spend Black first.” Robinson even brought his son to the Sip and Savor. Mama Evelyn, a longtime activist and community organizer based in Roseland, commended Robinson on being active in his son’s life in light of negative depictions of Black fatherhood. She then gifted his son with $7 on behalf of the National Block Club University. Both then posed for a picture in front of several women at Mama Evelyn’s table. “That’s the community we need,” says Robinson. “It’s really simple to support Black business. We have so many celebrities and influencers with social media. Chance the Rapper can literally tweet out ‘Hey, shop at Sip and Savor’ and everyone will be up here right now supporting the business. It’s that simple.” You can find Austin Robinson’s Member’s Only Boutique at 18063 Dixie Highway Homewood. Sip and Savor’s locations are: 528 E 43rd St and 5301 S Hyde Park Blvd.


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