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Justice, Restored?

New North Lawndale Court Aims to Change Punitive System

Manny, a 21-year-old, talks about his experience in the restorative justice pilot program vs. jail time. (Photo by Sebastiรกn Hidalgo)

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South Side Help Center to Honor the Defender and Others at 30th Anniversary Celebration South Side Help Center (SSHC), a not-for-profit, community based organization, will be celebrating 30 years of serving in the Chicago land area, most particularly in the areas of youth mentoring/violence prevention and HIV/AIDS education, prevention and care services, at the historic Parkway Ballroom on September 30, 2017 and will include “Legacy Awards” presentations to the following six notables: Legacy MSM Advocacy & Care Leader: Mark Ishaug, Chief Executive Officer of Thresholds, (Former CEO, AIDS Foundation of Chicago) Legacy HIV/AIDS Outreach Leader: Harold Cherry, Director of Outreach, SSHC (1st and still current, employee of SSHC) Legacy Elected Official & Civic Leader: Alderman Carrie M. Austin, 34th Ward; Chairman City of Chicago Committee on Budget & Government Operations Legacy Woman Leader in HIV/AIDS Philanthropy: Cynthia Tucker, Vice President of Prevention and Community Partnerships, AIDS Foundation of Chicago Legacy Youth Leader: Police Sergeant. Keith L. Parks, Orangeburg County South Carolina Sheriff’s Office, Gang Specialist/Coordinator (Former SSHC youth program participant).

Legacy Media Leader: Chicago Defender Newspaper, Leading African-American owned and focused newspaper, which continually publishes features on HIV/AIDS and violence prevention programs and community resources. “Throughout the years, these leaders have been an integral part of SSHC being able to pursue and embody our mission of “Serving People and Strengthening Communities,” said Vanessa Smith, President/CEO, SSHC. “My mother, Betty Smith, founder of SSHC will be present as will our staff, associates, partners, funders and friends as we show our appreciation and celebrate 30 years of legacy and strength. So many agencies that started when we did are no longer in existence, and we are grateful for the opportunity to particularly serve communities of color and other high at-risk populations.” In addition to the Legacy Awards presentations, the celebration will include a reception from 5:00-6:00 p.m. with open bar, a delicious dinner, and live performances by Chicago’s own jazz great Maggie Brown and the Grammy-Award nominated R&B mainstay Kenny Lattimore. The community is invited to purchase tickets for $130. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ south-side-help-center-celebrating-30-years-of-service-tickets-36632813732

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City of Chicago Gives $20 Million to ISF to Revitalize Communities By Kerris Guinn Defender Contributing Writer In an effort to revitalize communities by creating capital to reinvest into those areas, the city recently announced that it would be giving Illinois Service Federal Bank $20 million. “This 20 million dollar deposit will [boost] our ability to serve individuals and communities that too often are excluded from traditional financial institutions,” said Lisa Finch, ISF board member. “It marks a significant milestone in supporting a rotation of capital across communities, putting money in underserved communities, and supporting Chicagoans who want to empower themselves and the people around them.” At a press conference this week, City Treasurer Kurt Summers made the announcement and shared his own observations of the disparity in the city. “Black owned banks make up less than 1/10th, of 1 percent... of the 16.5 trillion dollar bank services offered. Only 1/10th of black business owners receive the full amount of their request versus 76 percent of their other counterparts.” Summers said 59 percent of Blackowned business owners don’t try to receive loans because they assume they will not get approved. The unique feature about community banks is that they are specifically designed with the purpose of investing and reinvesting in their community; no other bank is designed to do that for a community, explained Treasurer Summer to the audience. Further-

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more, unlike global institutions, local community banks are better at assessing the risks of giving out loans to their specific communities because, unlike these far away institutions, the people who work at these community banks actually have the unique advantage of knowing the people within their community; they’re not just names on an application, their parishioners, neighbors, people who eat at their restaurants. Treasurer Summers added his memory of noticing the visible lack of opportunities available in his own community contrasted to the abundance of other neighborhoods in Chicago when he was a child and he asked his mother: “‘Why are they worthy and we’re not?” “Unfortunately, 30 years later, too many things have remained unchanged. And too many children are asking the same question,” he shared with the audience of community leaders. That’s why it was critical for the city to make this large investment into the Bronzeville bank. Hopefully, with this multi-million dollar investment, the lack of economic opportunities, which is the root of the issue that residents of Chicago face, opposed to the violence that is highly publicized, can start to be addressed. “[I]t takes a commitment to look beyond what’s an individual’s circumstance and to see a collective power of a community with limitless potential,” said Summers to the crowd. “The promise and the potential of Chicago requires no lessons, the spirit of Chicago compels us, and it’s the spirit we must fight, fight, fight to sustain.”

Child Care Assistance Program On Tuesday, Governor Bruce Rauner announced that the Illinois Department of Human Services would expand Child Care Assistance Program access, and will now be able to provide child care to 16,000 more children per month. Rauner emphasized that the decision was made to help alleviate the burden of childcare for working parents, saying that he’s, “proud to stand with families who’re working two to three jobs just to make a living.”

Auto-Strike Ending After around 7 weeks, mechanics at Chicago-based car dealerships ended a strike that involved around 2,000 mechanics and delayed auto repairs all around the area. With this new four-year contract, base pay for mechanics will increase, and various problems (i.e. work schedules, uncompensated time) will also be addressed. www.chicagodefender.com


COVER STORY

Justice, Restored? New North Lawndale Court Aims to Change Punitive System

By Jenny Simeone-Casas, Sarah Conway, and Resita Cox CITY BUREAU North Lawndale native Derek Brown is walking on his old block on 18th and Avers on a balmy August evening. He passes the spot where he and two of his best friends wrote their names in wet cement. He points out the apartment where his grandmother was evicted when he was 8. He’s stopped every few minutes as people shout out warm greetings. Most days, Brown is a restorative justice facilitator with St. Agatha Catholic Church. The main part of his job, like most restorative justice work, is running peace circles: voluntary group conversations, often in response to a disagreement or conflict. The circle is a safe space where all parties can discuss what happened and why, without interruption, in hopes of reaching a resolution together. Mondays and Wednesdays he runs a boxing program out of his garage for roughly 15 neighborhood kids, also using peace circles and other restorative practices to help them avoid conflicts. Brown knows that restorative justice works—it helped turn around his own life—but he’s skeptical about a new criminal court opening in his neighborhood that will use those practices to help people atone for their crimes and reintegrate into the community. He, along with other longtime North Lawndale residents, say the court organizers have not done enough to reach out to people who have lived in the area their whole lives. www.chicagodefender.com

Members of the North Lawndale Boxing League line up arm-lengths apart before practice in front of Derek Brown’s garage on August 9. “I’ve got all the bad kids in the community, the so-called bad kids. Of course, everyone wants to learn how to fight especially in this environment. Young men have a harder time because of the trash they walk into,” Brown said. “But they don’t just learn how to fight. They learn how to respect themselves.” (Photo by Sebastián Hidalgo) At 16th Street and Harding Avenue, he stops to shake hands with a lanky guy in his twenties named Bollo. To illustrate his point, he asks if Bollo has heard about the court, and the younger man says no. “He’s not aware of the restorative justice [court]—and he’s in the community every day,” Brown said, pointing to Bollo. “This is the community right here. It’s an ongoing problem for the court organizers, who have tried working with neighborhood groups to bring North Lawndale residents into the process. They say it’ll be a boon to the community to have a less punitive, more productive way of addressing crime, compared to incarceration or fines. They want to shift the way neighborhood residents and key players in Chicago’s criminal justice system think of justice. But even as the court begins taking cases, it faces two major hurdles: authentically engaging North Lawndale residents and raising enough money so that the court can serve them well. The Challenges The phrase “building the plane while it flies” has been used by numerous organizers to describe the opening of Illinois’s first Restorative Justice Community Court. Progress has come in fits and starts since planning be-

gan in 2014, thanks to problems finding a location for the court, losing and replacing key staff and ideological disagreements between court organizers. After delaying the planned opening earlier this year, the court set up shop on the UCAN campus on August 31. That first day, there were no cases on the docket. “We’re trying to do something very different. You can’t just jump from doing same-old, same-old to something completely different,” said presiding Judge Colleen Sheehan on the anticlimactic opening after three years of planning. What’s so different? The court will hear cases for low-level crimes (non-violent misdemeanors and felonies) for defendants ages 18 to 26 from the neighborhood. Instead of facing a trial and a prison sentence, they sit through a peace circle with a facilitator, the victim of the crime and other North Lawndale residents, to talk about what happened and why. Together they decide how the defendant can remedy the harm he or she has caused in the community—for example, through a drug rehabilitation program, a GED program, or job training. People who suc continued on page 4

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COVER STORY CONT.

Chief Judge Timothy Evans wants to bring restorative justice courts to the South Side. Credited as one of the pioneers of North Lawndale’s Restorative Justice Community Court, Evans explains the need for an alternative : “I have to admit that the system ... has not worked,” he said. “We’ve tried arresting these young people, prosecuting them, they have been convicted, incarcerated, but the recidivism rate does not go down. We need something new.” (Photo by Sebastián Hidalgo) North Lawndale Court, continued from, Page 03

cessfully navigate this court will have the charges wiped clean. In the court’s second week, Sheehan heard two drug possession cases. Both defendants agreed to participate in the court and will be entering the private peace circle process in the coming weeks. On week three, Sheehan dropped both defendants’ electronic monitoring and invited them to join a court alumni board. There they could offer guidance to newer defendants. “I’m really interested in what you think,” said Sheehan. Now open every Thursday, the court was designed so there’d be no separation between judge, court personnel and defendants—everyone sits around the same table. There are no jail cells where people await judgment, no one arrives in handcuffs, and everyone at the table introduces themselves before proceedings begin. Defendants are given time to ask questions and meet with their lawyers for legal counsel. There is no physical barrier blocking defendants from their family members and loved ones. It’s a far cry from the high tension and rushed proceedings of the Cook County Criminal Court at 26th and California. Still, it’s hard for some long-time restorative justice practitioners to swallow. Restorative justice, they say, is about figuring out what people feel and having everyone move together toward a solution. Getting charged with a crime is not supposed to be part of that process; it changes the nature of the situation, creating disparate levels of power that are anathema to peace circles. “The rush to set up the court has [shortchanged] the process of building trust between a system and a community that’s been hurt by that system,” said Elena Quintana, the executive director of Adler’s University’s Institute of Public Safety and Social Justice. Quintana and her team monitor and evaluate a network of North Lawndale organizations using restorative practices (better known as the Restorative Justice Hub). “They really need more time to build a relationship, goodwill and vision between those two entities,” she said. Fred Cooper has seen the community engagement efforts and planning meetings firsthand at St. Agatha, where he’s worked for three years as a peace circle facilitator. “Honestly, I just think we’re not all on the same page here. It’s all over the place,” Cooper said of the court’s launch.

Some St. Agatha staffers are working with the court, but Brown and Cooper have stayed on the periphery. “[Restorative justice] means too much to me,” Cooper said, adding that he doesn’t think it can operate freely within the criminal justice system. With this court, he feels the peace circles become “mandatory,” since defendants will choose it as an alternative to incarceration, regardless of whether they want to repair the harm they’ve caused. Community Involvement Over the past three years, court organizers tried to reach out to North Lawndale residents to get them involved in setting up the court. Employees of the Lawndale Legal Christian Center ran a door-knocking campaign to spread the word, held community meetings and focus groups, trained residents in circle-keeping and hired liaisons who already practice restorative justice in the neighborhood. And the court has community partners, like Cliff Nellis, executive director of the Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC) who joined the effort early as a main organizer. They also reached out to community leaders, like Pastor Phil Jackson, who were too busy with their own programs to get involved. The founder and executive director of the Firehouse Community Arts Center, Jackson sees the court as a second chance for people who are arrested for smalltime crimes, who would otherwise end up incarcerated. “There are people who really, really need it,” Jackson said, adding that the court needs more consistent engagement to win over a skeptical community. And while Jackson is not involved, he’s helped the court find a case for last year’s pilot program: 21-year-old Manny, a North Lawndale resident, avid chess player and aspiring accountant. Manny met Jackson when he got involved in after-school programs at the Firehouse when he was 17. Last year he was arrested on a weapons charge and spent four months in Cook County Jail until Jackson connected him and his family with the LCLC. (His lawyers asked to omit his last name to protect his privacy.) Manny doesn’t use the phrase “restorative justice” when he describes his experience in the pilot, but he appreciated the peace circles. “We talk about life and what’s going on, what you can do to be yourself and make you better,” he said. “Peace circles teach lessons. I learned not to be cool, don’t go off top, think before you move, just like chess.”

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Now, Manny is on probation, working a job that he found through the LCLC. While he wouldn’t have qualified for the now-launched court (his weapons charge is considered a violent crime), he thinks it’s a positive addition to his community. “[In regular criminal court,] the state is against you, they’re trying to get you locked up, they ain’t trying to help you because they’re getting paid off you coming to court every day,” Manny said. “At the Restorative Justice Court, they’re trying to help you, they want you to do peace circles and whatever the victim wants you to do.” “[But] the state’s still making money off you,” Manny continued after a pause. Despite their better intentions, the court is still a court, and it’s still part of a criminal justice system. Funding Quintana, one of the court’s biggest supporters, says another monumental challenge for the court is to get enough funding. “There’s so much will to do restorative justice work— as long as it’s tiny and isn’t funded properly,” she said. “It’s like someone saying, ‘I’m going to fund all of the drywall and wood and I want you to build a house.’ And you end up building a shell of a house because you don’t have the nails, or the wiring, or the paint, or the roofing. That’s what we are doing with this Restorative Justice Community Court.” The LCLC’s Nellis, a court organizer, said it would cost about $2 million to operate at full capacity for the first year. A month later, though, after the court had opened, Nellis walked that figure back, noting that it would depend heavily on the number of defendants and the types of services they need. Though the court received a $200,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant awarded through the Center for Court Innovation last year, Nellis is still fundraising. “The grant is not much. It doesn’t fund [peace] circles, wraparound services, the judge, the state’s attorney, the public defender, none of the staff,” Nellis said. The grant funded the salary, travel and evaluation of the court’s first coordinator. For everything else, the court has had to rely on other sources, like the Steans Family Foundation, which funded consultants to establish a steering committee, a practice and procedure manual and part of the pilot program, to test collaboration between local nonprofits serving the court, Nellis said. Cook County also pitched in a $100,000 to help fund the pilot program, but it could not commit to funding the actual court, Nellis said. But the county funds the personnel (like the judge and court reporter) who would be employed by the court whether or not the restorative justice program was in place. Cook County’s Chief Judge Timothy Evans, one of the driving forces behind the court, hopes to absorb its costs into the Cook County budget eventually, and expand the model beyond the West Side—if the first year goes well. “This is just the start,” Evans said to a crowd of court personnel and media gathered for the press conference announcing the court back in July. “Englewood, we are on our way! Roseland, we are on our way!” But the court’s opening reveals a cautionary tale. If North Lawndale is an iceberg, court organizers say they have only grazed the tip. To go into new neighborhoods, the work increases exponentially. The greater goal, ensuring that ownership shifts away from organizers to community members, is even harder, according to Father Larry Dowling, a pastor at St. Agatha and a member of the court’s steering committee. “From Derek [Brown]’s perspective and my own, it’s like, how do we get people who we wouldn’t normally see?” said Dowling, adding that the court has operated at a shallower definition of “community.” “But the deep dive? We’re not there yet. It is that deep dive that we need to do.” This report was produced in partnership with City Bureau, a Chicago-based journalism lab. www.chicagodefender.com


OPINION

Hard Work Pays Off By Carl D. West Defender Contributing Writer

ative that people who imagine prosperity and upward mobility prepare themselves for the journey ahead—and that path requires massive hard work. There is absoI’m a huge believer in the concept that lutely no way around that objective! hard work truly pays off, and I’m living I engage with select people who don’t proof that it’s true on so many levels. I want to do the most important part of can’t begin telling what it takes to be successful. They can you how hard I be either young or old, but it’s not about worked once I deage, it’s attitude and learned behavior. cided that I wantThese individuals are products of their uned to be somefortunate environment, which they’ve not body and to serve been able to escape. They have not seen my community hard work nor have they been taught how while trying to live crucial hard work is to building character. my dreams. It was They’ve only seen the lost and confused very important for within their homes and even their circle of me to BE! I didn’t friends on the blocks are oblivious to hard exactly know what Carl D. West work. That’s one of the cycles that need I wanted to be, but to be broken. I could envision myself being. I felt my This starts from the home and moves desire to be each day as I traveled the streets of Chicago, carving out my desig- externally into the real world for possible opportunities and advancements. Parnated space. Growing up, I imagined and pretended ents and or legal guardians must teach to be somebody and to serve my com- simple hard work tasks. It’s how I learned munity. So, as I got closer to becoming, I to work. I was made to wash my parents’ knew what I needed to do and how to BE. cars weekly. It didn’t matter if it was the It’s easier said than done, of course, but winter months, I had to clean the vehiI had the roadmap scripted in my mind. cles in an unheated garage. If I needed to And, I knew people were watching and I pause for a warm-up break, I did so, but I wanted to break the cycle that plagued got the job done! I cut grass, raked leaves and shoveled my family tree and community in several snow—not just at my house, but for four areas. Once I focused my eyes on the prize, to five neighbors. It started off as unwantI went full-steam ahead and there was ed chores, but after my older and generous neighbors started tossing me dollars, nothing that was going these hard tasks beto stop my progress. came assignments I became totally conAnyone who dreams that I looked forward sumed with being. to. I had earned of a successful and I studied, watched, dough for my pockasked questions, stayed prosperous life, ets while my homies up late, arose early—and had to beg their did all the heavy lifting— must completely starving or cheap taking nothing for grantparents. It was cool understand that ed. I inserted myself because I hooked up in places where there my peeps—we ate hard work, were people of subwell at the local canstance I could emulate. commitment and dy store. From that I observed dozens, if not point, I understood hundreds of personalisacrifice are the that hard work paid ties, from various indusoff and I was addictonly way. tries, and even the comed. mon man was on my I also enjoyed immediate radar. I love and defend the common man because making older neighbors happy. It pleased even his simple way of life has taught me me to know that they applauded my hard valuable lessons. I admire him more than and detailed efforts. The grass was neatly anyone else, actually. Whether others are trimmed, the cars were spit shining, the richer or more successful, there is noth- snow was removed smoothly from their ing like the common dude, who regard- front stairs and driveways, and the leaves less of his situation, continues to get up were piled and then packed away. Collecand attempt to BE. He may be missing the tively, they also contracted me to visit the concept of hard work or maybe he just corner grocer to get their daily newspadoesn’t want to work hard because his pers, loaves of bread and cartons of milk. past circumstances bring about a certain They became my saviors and motivators contentment. And that’s cool. He made for me BEING. And it all started with hard his choice and every person has a right to work! Carl D. West is the CEO/Publisher choose—good, bad or indifferent! Anyone who dreams of a successful of TBTNews and founder of the TRUTH and prosperous life, must completely 4 Literacy Foundation, Leadership Lununderstand that hard work, commitment cheon, Legend and Pioneer Awards, all and sacrifice are the only way. It’s imper- powered by Midwest Gap Enterprise. www.chicagodefender.com

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LOCAL

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Makes New Strides For Growth By Lee Edwards Defender Contributing Writer Unemployment rates are decreasing throughout the Chicagoland area and Cook County as a whole, thanks in part to the hard work of organizations like the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership that works tirelessly behind the scenes to create new employment opportunities for some of Illinois’ most vulnerable populations. The CCWP is a non-profit workforce policy organization whose directive is to combine the resources of the City of Chicago and Cook County to assist job seekers among other groups with the primary goals of engaging the business community, reducing costs, and improving services, according to its website. The CCWP was launched in 2011 after Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle appointed a joint commission to evaluate the impact of combining city and county resources. CCWP’s website includes information for job seekers, employment opportunities, youth programs, and more. There’s some reason for optimism for prospective job seekers. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the respective metropolitan areas of Chicago, Naperville and Arlington Heights combined have witnessed a decrease in the unemployment rate from 6.0 to 4.8 from July 2016 to July 2017. The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership recently released its second quarter report for the months of April, May, June detailing what industries and specifically which companies are posting jobs in Cook County. Out of the 146,249 jobs posted, the leading industries are in healthcare, sales, IT, business & financial, office & administration, transportation, food, and manufacturing, maintenance and repair. Karin Norington-Reaves, CEO of Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, told the Defender that the partnership has witnessed “significant” progress since its inception, particularly in its budget and fundraising. She said her day-to-day work in the office is “unpredictable” as she recounts that in the past week or so she’s met with companies like Whole Foods, Amazon, and LinkedIn along with chambers of commerce and small business owners to assess and address all of their needs. “We started off with $3 million advance from the state on a $30 million grant and now we have a budget of over $70 million and raised more than $50 million since we launched,” said Norington-Reaves. “We’ve been doing great with respect to finding continued on page 18

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PRAISE

Pilgrim Baptist Church Celebrates 100 Years; Opening of Time Capsule

Pastor Corwin Lasenby prays for his congregation, which celebrates 100 years on September 24, 2017.

By Kerris Guinn Defender Contributing Writer Walking into the humble setting for Bible Study at the Pilgrim Baptist Church of South Chicago, located on 3235 E. 91st St, at first glance, someone might not notice anything to be out of the ordinary about the Bible Study at the church celebrating its 100th year of service. There were tiled floors, poster boards that held bubbled letters, displaying events to occur at the church in the upcoming weeks. Long tables held food and goodies for the congregation to eat after the meeting. Nothing that would strike anyone as particularly unique …at least not until they immersed themselves into the congregation to listen to Pastor Corwin Lasenby’s teaching. His words were interesting, impassioned and sincere. His inclusive rhetoric inherently invited everyone’s participation—and he received several responses from the crowd, much like a Sunday service filled with shouts and praises. No sleepy, Bible study here; people literally raised their hand to offer their viewpoint on a situation, or even, just blurted their opinion out. But Pastor Lasenby didn’t seem to mind; the mid-week service was filled with warmth, similar to a family reunion. And that’s the gem of the Pilgrim Baptist Church—even, or especially, at 100. Members—old and new—seemed proud of the historic anniversary and of their friendly church. Deacon Willie Brown had been apart of the church for 19 years and married his wife there, Larry Thomas had been apart of the church since 2017, and Reverend 08 September 20 - 26, 2017 • THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

Thomas Jacks had been a member of the church for 35 years. Each person said they felt a magnetic pull to this congregation after attending the first time. They said their bond was solid—one that that multiple address changes, a traumatic fire and the unfortunate death of Pastor Hudson, who gave his last sermon for the church on December 25, 2011, could not break. The church has been around since 1917. Some of its longest and most successful ministries include its food ministry and its clothing ministry—where they distribute food and clothing each Saturday. The church also sends care packages to their young college student parishioners, who are away obtaining their degrees at various universities Now with Pastor Lasenby, helming this pulpit since 2013 and leading his flock to salvation using a loving hands-on approach that his parishioners seem to love, it doesn’t seem like the 100-year old church will be going anywhere, anytime soon. Reflecting on the 100th year, Deacon Brown said, “I just want to show the city and the world... that churches can survive. And that’s one major accomplishment...It shows longevity and that’s one thing that I want them to know. [That] we’re reaching that, here, with one love and the 100 years it takes a whole lot of doing something right-- to exist for 100 years.” Brown continued, “More so than just longevity, I was told that we’re going to be opening up our capsule. It’s just some historic things and that within itself is incredible.” The church is holding its anniversary on Saturday, September 24, 2017 and invites everyone within the community to attend and celebrate 100 years. www.chicagodefender.com


BUSINESS

JPMorgan Chase Invests $40 Million To Create Economic Growth on Chicago’s South and West Sides Recently JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced a $40 million investment over three years to create economic opportunity in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods on the South and West Sides. A lack of opportunity is a root cause of Chicago’s gun violence, concentrated poverty, and persistent racial and economic inequities, so the firm’s investments will focus on key drivers of inclusive economic growth including jobs and skills development, small business expansion, neighborhood revitalization and financial health. “Chicago is one of America’s greatest cities, but not every resident shares equally in the city’s economic growth,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase. “It is on us – leaders in business – to step up, collaborate with government and the community and develop solutions where we have resources and expertise to offer. We believe in Chicago’s future and are hopeful our investment will help the city thrive and make opportunity available to every Chicagoan.”

How the Firm is Creating Economic Opportunity

JPMorgan Chase makes about $250 million in annual philanthropic investments to create opportunity across the U.S. and in 40 countries around the world. To ensure the greatest impact, the firm combines data with its business expertise—including human capital, management expertise, and partnerships—to create opportunity in underserved communities. JPMorgan Chase’s investments in Chicago, Detroit and other cities focus on four strategic drivers of inclusive growth: preparing people for in-demand careers, helping small businesses expand, revitalizing neighborhoods, and improving financial health. Over the last five years, the firm has developed several global initiatives based on these strategic drivers. These initiatives are specifically focused on equipping workers with critical skills, helping women and minority-owned entrepreneurs by providing them with the capital and expertise they need to grow, revitalizing underserved neighborhoods by investing in locally driven solutions and helping individuals get the skills and tools needed to build strong financial futures. JPMorgan Chase also actively seeks to use its most important asset—the expertise and commitment of the firm’s employees— to maximize the impact of its philanthropic investments and help nonprofit partners expand and better serve their communities. “By bringing together a broad coalition of civic, corporate and community partners to create jobs and invest in neighborhoods, we can drive change that will last for generations,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Today we have the opportunity to build a powerful coalition with JPMorgan Chase that will create economic opportunities in communities across Chicago.” www.chicagodefender.com

In Chicago, the firm is bringing its experience addressing economic opportunity through these global initiatives to the South and West Sides. It is also applying lessons learned from its investments in Detroit and other cities, including collaborating with business, nonprofit, and government leaders and strengthening underlying organizations and systems, to create a more lasting community impact. “JPMorgan Chase uses the same strategies that drive business success—innovation, ingenuity, and focus—to drive change most effectively in communities,” said Peter Scher, Head of Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase. “We look to see where we can move the needle and make the biggest difference, relying on data and the expertise of our people to strengthen our investments. In Chicago, we will take what we’ve learned in other cities to invest in the communities that have been left behind.”

Investment Priorities

The firm will focus its $40 million Chicago investment on these four key drivers of economic opportunity. To drive sustainable change in collaboration with others, the firm’s investment in these priority areas will help strengthen nonprofit organizations in many ways including helping to make them more financially resilient so that they can better serve low-income communities and communities of color. •Preparing Residents for In-Demand, Good Paying Jobs: To help address unemployment in some of Chicago’s South and West Side neighborhoods, which exceeds 30 percent, the firm is partnering with employers and training institutions, such as Advocate Healthcare, City Colleges of Chicago, the Brazier Foundation and Heartland Alliance’s Rapid Employment and Development Initiative. These programs work to help Chicagoans get the skills they need to secure high-quality jobs in growing fields like healthcare and advanced manufacturing. Also, the firm is expanding The Fellowship Initiative (TFI), an intensive academic leadership, mentoring and development program for young men of color from Chicago to prepare for college and their future careers. In total, 117 students from Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City graduated from TFI this year and are heading to college, 39 of which are from Chicago. Another 200 Fellows are currently in the program including 60 from Chicago. •Investing in Neighborhood Revitalization: According to analysis conducted by Next Street, there is an unmet need of $400 million in investment capital to rebuild and transform Chicago’s neighborhoods. To address this challenge, JPMorgan Chase is investing in the Chicago Community Loan Fund and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives to finance critical projects that help turn around struggling neighborhoods. Going forward, financing will provide and leverage capital for residential, commercial and retail development proj-

ects that often lack access to conventional financing, spurring others to invest. Other support focuses on creating and preserving affordable housing through creative financing led by the Community Investment Corporation. •Growing Underserved Small Businesses: Small businesses act as engines that drive economic stability—creating jobs, contributing to vibrant neighborhoods, stimulating innovation and powering the regional economy. Yet research shows a lack of capital flowing into minority-owned businesses in Chicago. Working with Chase for Business, the firm’s business banking, merchant services and credit card arm that serves small businesses, this investment will help build a pipeline of lending referrals to external Community Development Financial Institutions, such as Accion, to help underserved businesses gain access to credit. The investment will also support the firm’s Ascend 2020 program to expand access to capital and technical assistance to primarily minority-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs. •Creating Financially Healthy Fam-

ilies: The firm is investing in financial capability programs that support innovative new products and services that leverage technology and insights to help consumers weather financial shocks through increased savings, improved credit and personal asset growth. Out of about 1 million Chicago households, 650,000 are financially insecure (less than $2,000 in savings), and 38 percent of residents have a subprime credit score, according to the Urban Institute. In Chicago, the firm’s support is strengthening families and communities by improving employment and racial equity outcomes and is building on its existing partnerships with the Center for Economic Progress and Ladder Up, The Resurrection Project, Mercy Housing Lakefront, Neighborhood Housing Services, and the University of Chicago Poverty Lab to improve financial health.

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HBCU RESEARCH Magazine Highlights Innovation and Cutting-Edge Scientific Discoveries Howard University graduates pioneered the modern blood bank. Morgan State and Tuskegee University scientists invented the best-selling Super Soaker toy. And Xavier University researchers in New Orleans have come up with a new plant-based “super cocktail” to attack breast cancer cells. These are a few of the stories included in HBCU RESEARCH magazine, the first-ever publication solely focused on the innovative endeavors of scientists and students at more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) nationwide. HBCU RESEARCH is dedicated to uncovering the stories behind scientific leaders and students, and showcasing underrepresented contributions of minorities in the field of research. “As a proud supporter of HBCUs, I am excited to share stories on scientific advancement and pioneering research taking place at HBCUs,” said Sandra Long, publisher of HBCU RESEARCH and former deputy secretary of commerce for the state of Maryland. “HBCUs have been extraordinary academic institutions for more than 150 years, and a publication highlighting research, scientists and students working to create solutions for global problems is long overdue. HBCU RESEARCH will be the premier place to share these stories.” From popular inventions to revolutionary concepts, HBCUs are at the forefront of science, technology and health issues across the globe. HBCU RESEARCH focuses on these institutions’ historic involvement and with government agencies, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science

Foundation, and collaboration with other universities such as Johns Hopkins University, industry and communities. “HBCUs have a long legacy of research innovation that provides answers to pivotal questions and provides solutions to problems that ail not just ‘minority’ populations, but ultimately, the human race,” said Dr. James Hildreth, world-renowned researcher and president of Meharry Medical College. “I am proud to be a part of the HBCU community and excited about having a publication like HBCU RESEARCH that increases the visibility of the work at HBCUs.” The inaugural 2017 issue of HBCU RESEARCH highlights groundbreaking inventor George Washington Carver, Henrietta Lacks, scientist (and Miss USA) Kára Deirdre McCullough, and an exploration of new approaches to “Cracking the Peanut Allergy Code.” Future issues will cover exciting new developments in areas ranging from the politics of research and engineering to aerospace, robotics, and precision medicine. A special CarverNEXT section highlights students and early career researchers and scientists. HBCU Research retails for $9.99/month at HBCU bookstores and online. HBCU RESEARCH has signed a distribution agreement with Barnes & Nobles. The December issue, HBCU Research-Year in Review, is anticipated in stores by December 2017. The magazine has also committed to online distribution with Magzter, which includes Itunes.

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their employees through the Service Corps and lines of business, data-driven analyses from the JPMorgan Chase Institute and financing through the firm’s Community Development Banking group for projects that expand economic opportunity. The firm’s Community Development Banking group will commit $110 million over the next three years in financing for projects that expand opportunity and help revitalize key neighborhoods. The Community Development Banking group has significant experience deploying capital and credit for the creation of affordable housing, retail space and community facilities in Chicago’s most underserved communities. Past projects include the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology and the Salvation Army Freedom Center as well as health and recreation facilities such as PCC Medical Center and MetroSquash and affordable housing such as the Preservation of Affordable Housing buildings on the South Side. Also, the firm will continue to bring highly-skilled employees to Chicago to support nonprofits in key neighborhoods. The Service Corps, a three week, skills-based volunteer program, allows the firm’s top-performing employees to share their expertise with nonprofit partners to expand their community impact. The firm’s first Service Corps team in Chicago recently worked with BSD Industries, a robotics technician training program in the Woodlawn neighborhood, to create a viable expansion sourcing for the development of green cutlery. In total, 45 employees over the next few years will volunteer their expertise with key Chicago nonprofits.

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FASHION

Second Annual Fashion Show and Art Exhibit Brings the Culture Home

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By Lee Edwards Defender Contributing Writer The 2nd Annual Fashion Loves Art fashion show and art exhibit is quickly approaching and the event’s curator Stephanie White says her days have been hectic putting the final touches on one of her signature events. White, who is also the creator of Fashion Loves Art, thought combining her passion for fashion and art to host a unique celebration of the two to benefit a worthy institution would be a hit. She said this year Fashion Loves Art will benefit the Hyde Park Art Center. The goal is to raise at least $5,000 which was twice the amount collected for the Ronald McDonald House Charities last year. She said in a statement that she chose HPAC because they inspire and encourage the arts while also providing workspaces, education, workshops, and more. “We have a lot in store, there’s going to be live canvas painting, live music, silent auction and all of the proceeds for the auction will go to the Hyde Park Art Center,” said White. “I hope [people] enjoy all the cool art and just appreciate the effort the designers put into expressing themselves through their pieces and I just hope they enjoy the show and enjoy the music.” The Homewood native said one of her desires is to promote Chicago creatives, which is why this year’s Fashion Loves Art will feature all local designers and artists. This year’s theme is entitled “You&Me.” “The first year we had designers from more than just Chicago but this year we just wanted to focus on Chicago and give those artists and designers the spotlight just because I feel like Chicago is such a great city and, at times, I feel we are underrated especially in the art department so I really wanted to focus on Chicago,” said White. White said she solicited most of the designers and artists to participate in the show based on word of mouth referrals and what she saw on Instagram. She said the fashion show and art exhibit is not specific to one brand and it’s not strictly urban or contemporary. “I just wanted to show different creativity; it’s just about designers expressing themselves,” said White. “It’s not necessarily strictly urban or strictly contemporary. I don’t mind both being a part www.chicagodefender.com

Save on LEDs instantly at local retailers. Fashion Loves Art, a fashion show and art exhibit to benefit the Hyde Park Art Center, will take place at Baderbrau, 2515 S. Wabash Ave. on Sept. 22 with doors opening at 7 p.m. of the show.” Fashion Loves Art’s host Kat Tat from VH1’s Black Ink Crew Chicago is a childhood friend of White. She said Kat’s background as an artist and tattoo artist made the decision easy. Beyond the upcoming show, White is passionate about her career and the role fashion can play in the lives of others. She said she owns her own business, SAStyle Studio, and works as a stylist and a shopper. “I love being my own boss and making my own schedule plus I love what I do,” said White. “I love helping people bring out their personal style. When you dress good, you feel good, so if I can bring that to people that makes me happy.” Fashion Loves Art will be held at Baderbrau, 2515 S. Wabash Ave. on Sept. 22 with doors opening at 7 p.m. To learn more about Fashion Loves Art and ticket information, visit fashionlovesart.eventbrite.com.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Marlon Wayans: Real Life Lessons Create Great Stories By Mary L. Datcher Defender Senior Staff Writer Interviewed by Caryn Lee The Wayans name is a brand associated with big box comedy and has a solid reputation for producing a wealth of talent from one family. From the creative mind of the Wayans’ eldest sibling, Keenan Ivory Wayans, and the success of “In Living Color”—audiences have been captured by the Wayans’ comedic touch. The youngest brother, Marlon Wayans, has carved out a unique place with brother Shawn to begin a successful career on their own. As an actor, producer, comedian, writer and film director—his films have grossed more than $736 million—from the duo’s first blockbuster film, “White Chicks,” which grossed $69 million in the U.S. to horror film spoof movies “Scary Movie” and “Scary Movie Movie 2,” directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans. Marlon’s film credits are long and his television career has brought him into living rooms making him a household name with shows “Second Generation Wayans,” “Childrens Hospital” and WB’s “The Wayans Bros.” In the last few years, Marlon Wayans has entered a new landscape of comedy by doing stand-up—performing both with his brothers and solo on tour. His real-life persona has created the script for NBC’s newest sitcom “Marlon,” loosely based on the comedic actor’s real life. On the show, the father of two, co-parents with his ex-wife, played by actress Essence Atkins. The show debuted as the network’s summer line-up and has received great reviews by television critics. Having both a Netflix comedy, “Naked,” and the new television series simultaneously out, the 45-year-old actor is on a roll. You’ve had a long career in comedy and drama. What appealed to you about doing the family sitcom? Because I have a family. It would be interesting to put my experience on screen and do something that I felt had some gravity and meant something to me. When you do

Marlon Wayans stars in NBC’s new comedy “Marlon.” TV, you want to do 100 episodes, and for me raising my children, I got episodes. I have a 20-year relationship with their mom. Right now, I feel there’s a lot of broken families that are just “broken.” When the family breaks, you can always put together the pieces of the shared glass and make a different photo, a different kind of art, a different kind of family. I feel some kids are growing up in hate. They can grow up in love and two adults can handle their issues and raise their babies. They can love enough to make them, they can love enough to see them through. Do you worry that your wife Angela is concerned about what people may think since the show is inspired by your life experiences? Creatively, I do what I want. The show is called “Marlon” not “Angela.” I often tell her that. She says, “I don’t know if my character would do that.” I tell her, “Angela, this is loosely based on your ass.” [he smiles] This is my interpretation but she always feels she has a say-so. My son says the boys won’t like me. So, I had to make it fun. My daughter loves her character because she’s a bookworm, just like me. But the “Wayans Bros.” was the same; at the time it was 22 years so we knew our relationship. This is a relationship that I know, and these babies I’ve known since they were sperm. Sperm and egg--you know your family. How old are your kids right now? My son is 15, my daughter is 17. I wanted the characters to be younger so I can capture

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Marlon Wayans with his children, Shawn Howell Wayans and Amai Zackary Wayans. their younger years. I had to take a personal journey to learn in order for me to be successful, I had to learn. From me being the youngest, my brothers wanted to protect me. I know it’s brave to go outside when it rains and take an umbrella, but I still want to go outside and dodge the rain because maybe I don’t need an umbrella. Then I come back and say, “maybe I should’ve taken an umbrella.” I learned something new. Trailblazers go out and venture and come back with something and say, “Alright, you did it this way but when I went out and did this, it went that way.” Now you have an intellectual conversation that is based on respect and knowledge that each person experienced; you have to be a strong finger in order to be part of a fist. I’ll rather be a strong finger. You have a series comedy and the movie “Naked” on Netflix, but we noticed you still do a lot of stand up. Do you think stand-up keeps you sharp or do you continue to do it because you love it? I love it. I’m new to it so I’ve been doing it for the past seven years. It’s made me better. I look at the work that I do now and it’s different. Stand up has given me that. I perform so much that I get tired. Now, I feel I’m going to think of some funny stuff but I’m not going to do it but I’m going to say it. It’s like getting your feet nailed to the ground but it’s made me a better storyteller. When I think about “Marlon,” the stories are really good. I pay more attention to the stories than I do the comedy. I look at the scene and say, we need to change this up and we need to change the set pieces but the story is something you have to have crafted. People really like stories. If your jokes aren’t funny, people will become tired at a point. A good story, it’ll never get tired. www.chicagodefender.com


By Carolyn Griffin Palmer

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Chicagoland Supports Our HBCUs Hello CD Readers, I got a chance to enjoy this beautiful weather. I hope you did too! The Chicago Alumni Chapter AM&N/University of Pine Bluff will be hosting their Black and Gold Scholarship Celebration on Saturday, September 23, 12:30 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago/Oaklawn. For tickets call 773-251-5524. I would also like to congratulate the President of the Chicago Alumni Chapter Jackey Cason, who will be inducted into the National Alumni Hall of Fame at homecoming on October 14. On last Saturday, the men of the Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. gathered at the honorary street sign dedication in recognition of Edward G. Irvin, their last living founder (who died in 1982). The ceremony was attended by his daughter, Dorothy Manyweather, Jackey Cason and grandaughter, both of Chicago. It was a beautiful and moving ceremony. Zakiya Williams, Captain of Team Nsaa, has asked me to remind you that it’s not too late to donate to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Walk for Education. The Walk is Saturday, September 30, but you have until October 27, 2017 to contribute. Whatever you can give would be greatly appreciated. You can mail your check or money order to UNCF, 105 West Adams, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60603. Remember- “A mind is a terrible thing to waste but a beautiful thing to invest in.” The Defender’s own Bernell Lassai III is casted in “Billy Elliot the Musical,” an inspirational story of a young boy’s fight to make his dream come true. Journeying from the boxing ring to the ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, he inspires his community and changes his life forever. The musical opens October 6 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. “Break a Leg” Bernell! Bernell Lassai III U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly kicked off her re-election campaign for her 2nd district seat at The New Look Restaurant, hosted by owners Cleo and Nate Pendleton. Health on Earth Wellness Centers, 13657 South Cicero, owner Chiropractor Dr. Frank Vaught, thank you for your support of Carolyn’s Kids! The HOEW Center supports not only with great healthcare but by supporting our youth. Dr Frank Vaught is not only the CEO but he is an author and speaker. The staff collected over $1,000 along with school supplies to be distributed to elementary schools. On behalf of the foundation and the schools, thank you to your staff and patients! Pam Morris-Walton will be participating in this week’s Congressional Black Conference Foundation’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Pam will be speaking in the Health and Wellness forum with U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush, Pam Morris-Walton host of “I’m Every Woman: Saving Our Sistahs,” on this coming Thursday afternoon. Pam Morris-Walton is a broadcaster/author/liaison at PMorris & Associates and WVON Radio. Happy Birthday Shout Outs : Sept. 18 Jackie Roach, Sharon Butler September 21 Aretha Mitchell Jones Everyone keeps asking me where to find a paper near you! Call 312-225-2400 for that information or take out a subscription! I will be on a roll this weekend! Thanks for keeping me busy! See you Around Town! www.chicagodefender.com

The men of the Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. at the honorary street sign dedication in recognition of Edward G. Irvin, their last living founder. The ceremony was attended by his daughter, Dorothy Manyweather and grandaughter, both of Chicago. Among those attending the event were 20th Ward Alderman Willie Cochran, State Senator Kwame Raoul, Grand Historian Kevin Scott, Rev. Dr. Leon Finney, President of the Edward Irvin Foundation Major Armstead, Polemark P. Scott Montgomery and Past Polemark Yaw Ofosu (Photo by Walter Mitchell)

Supporters for Robin Kelly for U.S. Congress at The New Look Restaurant: Ted Pendleton, Dr. Niva Lubin, Cleo Pendleton , U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Nate Pendleton and Pete Draper.

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Merle Dandridge: Her Role on OWN’s Hit Drama “Greenleaf” and Love For Theater By Mary L. Datcher Defender Senior Staff Writer As the beautiful fresh face of OWN’s television drama “Greenleaf,” Merle Dandridge brings the leading role of Grace Greenleaf to life. As the returning daughter of mega-church pastor Bishop James Greenleaf, played by veteran actor Keith David, and the family matriarch Lady Mae Greenleaf, embodied by Emmy award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield, the Greenleaf’s have become everyone’s favorite fictional faith family on television. Wrapping up Season 3 of the highly charged series, actress Merle Dandridge’s professional journey started in theater. Born in Okinawa, Japan, her mother was Korean and father was an African American serviceman. The family eventually settled in Bellevue, Neb., where she grew up and attended high school. It was in high school where Dandridge found her love and pursuit of theater. Throughout her professional career, she has performed in several Broadway musicals including “Spamalot,” “Rent” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” along with having recurring roles on the small screen. The Defender had a chance to talk with Dandridge about her time as a theater student at Roosevelt University, now the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the complexities of the business and playing the role of Grace Greenleaf. When did you fall in love with theater? In high school in Nebraska, I was a bit of an introvert.

Here, I was raised in a very homogenous culture in Nebraska and I took Drama and found a way out of my shell. So, I found a tribe. It was the genesis of my love for the art because I had a medium where I could really express myself without judgement. It just happened to be where I fell in love with it. I got a full scholarship ride to Roosevelt University in Chicago. The theatre scene in Chicago is just infectious that people will do theater out of a kitchen sink. This legacy built by Steppenwolf and all of the other wonderful theatre companies in Chicago fed this hunger. Back then, I worked with many actors who are now TV stars and some of the most interesting actors who were part of that time; when I became passionate about the craft of acting and storytelling. Out of that, I was able to start working professionally where we did a lot of gritty environmental theater. As soon as I graduated college, I loaded the U-Haul and moved to New York and I got my first job as in a bus truck tour in “Smoky Joe’s Cafe.” Did you enjoy traveling on the road with a production compared to staying in one city? It was one of those things where you’re traveling 13 hours on a bus and then you go all the way South again. It was rigorous but it was a good way to learn, a natural progression into Broadway. While I was on Broadway for a good 10-year stretch, during my vacations, I was very lucky to do a pilot or an episode of television; I was handling a different gear shift in the work which was really interesting and compelling to me. When I closed Hamlet on Broadway, I ended up on the West Coast. I started doing television and I stayed.

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What led you to the role of Grace Greenleaf? Grace led me to Grace because it’s a once in a lifetime role. Only by the grace of God would something like that come into my path and would I feel so supportive—given the tools along the way to really be able to embody this character. It’s a breath of my experience in what was already on the page with her. The Dandridges are from the Memphis church. I felt like an outsider sometimes when I would go there but also knowing this is my legacy, this is who I am. This is what I’m meant to do and this is what I’m called to. I’ve also spent some time in worship ministry so being able to converge and intersect my faith life and my work life—it was a perfect fit. When you read the script and this is your third season, what are some of the complicated challenges you found in this role to ensure the audience feels the compassion of Grace? What’s brilliant about the writing they’re doing on the show, Grace’s heart is always in the right place. She’s always trying to look for the good. She’s always finding her way back to a pure space—to the person she knows is meant to be and the things she knows she’s meant to do. This is a very common thread, we’re trying to do the right thing but we’re constantly tripped up by different things. The things she decides to tackle just happened to be connected to her and she’s very emotional about them. She stands in the gap: “I will fight for you.” Does it make it easier being a part of an ensemble cast on a network owned by an African American woman? Being given that lane of expression by the network for the audience to become relatable with each character? You hit the nail on the head. The wonderful thing about being at OWN...we have room to be artists. We have room to create and grow and see and process—that is a gift for a network to give you that patience, understanding. They are smart and they are good at storytelling. They know what kind of stories they want to tell. They know what people are looking for. They are good at touching the heart of human conditions. What does Merle do on her down time? It’s really a gift to be able to have an ongoing job. As artists, we’re always hustling and looking for the next thing. How are we going to keep the paychecks coming in? When you have a show and you’re so blessed as me and my cast and crew are, you have a little bit of space. I like to feel that I have my own “personal conservatory.” I have wonderful talented friends going back to Shakespeare lessons, guitar lessons, and it’s a great opportunity to sit with my songwriting partners. My friends who are accomplished dancers, they get me moving and things that are going to spark the fire so that I can be creating. Writing my own scripts, doing my own songs for the love of it. So much of it is doing other people’s content when we all have a specific voice and we all have a specific story to tell. My opinion, it’s the artist’s responsibility to tell the story. What are top three components of wisdom you would like to share with young actors based on your experience? Work hard. Be discipline and follow your passion. Don’t take “no” as a closed door. Take “no” as a growing tool and hedging towards what you’re really purposed for. www.chicagodefender.com


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IN THE MIXX

In the MIXX: Not “Trumpism,” It’s Realism for Blacks; Lena Waithe Is Black Girl Magic By Mary L. Datcher Defender Senior Staff Writer What happens when the village fails? A report was released by the Census data, Chicago’s Black population has fallen as the Hispanic population has risen by .4 percent. Now, billed as the second largest ethnic group at 29.7 percent compared to Black Chicagoans at 29.3 percent—the rise is contributed to more births than immigration. Although, residents have been plagued with increasing costs at every corner—it doesn’t seem to put a dent into the growing Latino community. Yet, we are hit the hardest in a city that we helped build. A city that was founded by a Black man. When we look at the benefits and the structure of the Latino community—the number one priority is immigration reform. Illinois has approximately 511,000 undocumented immigrants—preMary L. Datcher dominately of Mexican origin--who reside in Illinois. With 24 percent under the age of 18, long-time residents have not always applied for citizenship because of the governmental red tape that penalizes them or could challenge their residence with threats of being deported. However, the extreme efforts on the part of our local government has made it easier to provide sanctuary and relief to those who have safe passage in our state, county and city. Why do I bring this up? The common thread that brings together their village is family and a new start. The common thread that brings together our community is family and a new start. Yes, a new start because everyone deserves a second chance including our own U.S. born citizens. Mayor Emanuel’s new requirement: in order to receive diplomas, Chicago Public School high school graduates must have a plan to pursue college, a trade school or military enlistment. This is not always the case for many who deal with cultural barriers that are systematically against them. The DACA program was a great way of providing passage for undocumented children to receive the same amenities as U.S. citizens but it also did not provide a shield from racial backlash. Local law enforcement is not allowed to question the immigration status of a suspected undocumented resident or assist ICE on apprehending folks who are here illegally, but on any given day of the week, Black people are pulled over by the police officers on suspicion. Are we protected from the microscope of stereotype profiling and unsolicited arrests? Let us not have a valid ID on our person or drive a luxury vehicle with more than two people in the vehicle—the sirens are lit. This is not “trumpism,” this is “realism” for Black people. Most of us could care less for the racist rhetoric of 45th and turn on the mute button when he crosses our screens. Who protects our rights on a national platform when mass incarceration rips families apart in our community? When predator lending broke down our communities with

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the highest foreclosures in U.S. history nearly 10 years ago, who protected us? Our neighborhoods are still undeveloped and canvased by non-residents sitting on vacant lots—hoping to cash in when gentrification comes to our door. The NAACP has filed a lawsuit against the government to protect the DACA program because 36,000 recipients of African origin and an additional 20,000 of Caribbean origin will be slashed out of the 800,000. For several decades, African Americans have fought for groups that have struggled, becoming their voice. We led the fight for Civil Rights and the Defender championed many of these causes for integration, labor, better housing, business and racial equality, yet our neighborhoods have suffered. Major business districts that once were vibrant with Black-owned businesses are riddled with empty storefronts. On the Westside: Madison St., Chicago Ave., Division St., Roosevelt Rd and North Ave. On the Southside: 43rd St., 47th St., 51st St., 71st St. to 95th St. provided residents with engagement with business owners who knew them. Our population has dwindled because the system has failed thousands of Black residents. Homeowners forced to leave their properties without little or no financial assistance to rebuild, therefore taking their children out of

schools that were the heartbeat of our communities. With student enrollment down and monies not being allocated for repairs led way for many being closed—predominately in our communities. Yes, our students have performed better academically with the highest graduation rate in years, but few African American students are enrolled at the selective schools such as Jones College Prep and Walter Payton high schools. National Teachers Academy (NTA) will be transformed into a high school after years of Black students and their parents working hard to build great academic results only to be pushed out again by gentrification. Where is our dream? Where is our 40 acres and a mule? Do you think we forgot? A closed mouth don’t get fed. No, this isn’t “trumpism,” this is “realism.” Birthday Shout-outs We’re in our final stretch of Virgo season and belated birthday shout-outs to House music producer/DJ of “Move Your Body” Marshall Jefferson; Chicago’s own DJ Brian Frazier; and hip-hop veteran Knowledge Beckom on Sept. 19. WVON radio personality Johnny ‘Koolout’ Starks celebrates on Sept.20. Everyone’s favorite “big bro” and youth advocate Marco Halsey; marketing consultant Keoki Allen; and blues musician David Herrero. Saving the best for the last day of Virgo nation; event producer Tameka Stephens and Andre Partee are my birthday twins as we celebrate Sept. 22. Happy Birthday to me! Libra season kicks off with hip hop legend DA Smart; NARAS Regional Director Tera Healy and hotel sales and marketing guru Juan Teague on Sept.23. Congratulations & Big-ups The Emmys were on fire Sunday night as the best talent in television and original programming walked away with high honors. History was made as South Sider Lena Waithe became the first African American woman to win for comedy writing. Waithe co-wrote the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None” with Aziz Ansari. Her speech was AMAZING and rocking a gold-leaf, black tuxedo jacket—the Columbia College graduate gave a special shoutout to the LGBTQIA in a moving acceptance speech. Currently, Waithe is in production for the “The Chi,” a Showtime series executive produced by fellow Chicagoans COMMON and Derek Dudley. The show is shot on location, mostly on the Westside in the Pilsen and North Lawndale community. Check out more updates on In the MIXX online: chicagodefender.com

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ENTERTAINMENT

Rock of Ages:

Russell Mernagh (Drew) and “Rock of Ages” Ensemble

A Rip-Roaring, Electrifying Musical Drury Lane Theatre Presents Regional Premiere of Rock of Ages Book by Chris D’Arienzo Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp Directed by Scott Weinstein Choreographed by Stephanie Klemons August 24 – October 15, 2017 By Brend and Rick McCain Let’s Play Ah, the ‘80s...a time in history where Reaganomics ruled the decade. And we saw the rise of the “yuppie” and the emergence of cable networks like MTV, which introduced the music video craze that launched the careers of many iconic artists. It was the age where rock stars with big egos, big dreams, and big hair became legends from songs that stirred up emotions within our souls. It was an era where Brenda and Rick McCain we wanted to rock on, regardless of how gnarly life happened to be. And that’s exactly where “Rock of Ages” takes you www.chicagodefender.com

back in time to-- where music lived within your soul and spoke to your heart. This true rock concert is a rocking festival of the ages that will make you laugh and reminisce about when times felt rad as you sing along to songs of your favorite rocker. Lonny (Nick Druzbanski), who serves as the show’s narrator, flawlessly sets up the story about an aspiring rock star, Drew (Russell Mernagh), and southern small- town girl, Sherrie (Cherry Torres). Drew’s struggling career leads him to the temporary job at the Bourbon Room, where he meets Sherrie, a naïve but ambitious girl who decides to leave home and follow her dreams of becoming an actress. They both find themselves thrust into a fight to save Hollywood’s Sunset strip from being demolished by a greedy mayor and an overzealous land developer. This infamous battle of good versus wrong takes precedent in “Rock of Ages” when a pair of German developers, Hertz Klinemann (George Keating) and his son Franz (Nick Cosgrove), persuade the city’s mayor (John Edwards) to abandon the “sex, drugs and rock-n-roll” lifestyle of the Sunset Strip and introduce “clean living” to the community. Angered by the mayor’s decision, city planner Regina (Tiffany Tatreau) begins protesting the redevelopment plans with iconic favorite songs such as “We Built This City” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” This iconic venue (The Bourbon Room), along with other clubs such as the Rainbow, Gazzari’s and Whisky a Go Go, was the birthplace of a musical movement and home of a generation looking to discover their true individuality through music that some might call the “gutter of wicked-

Donica Lynn (Mother) and Cherry Torres (Sherrie) in “Rock of Ages.” ness.” Glam Metal music was a humongous part of the counterculture of the 80’s with its rebellious songs that promoted sex, drugs, violence and the occult that most parents thought were perverted and debasing; nonetheless, there was a story in the music that had to be told. Director Scott Weinstein magically takes the audience on a journey back in time where a community was formed within night clubs with acid wash dreamers who fought for their place in society. The stage performance was filled with 28 classic ‘80s hits from legendary Rock Stars such as Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Poison, Styx and more. We highly recommend “Rock of Ages” at the Drury Lane Theatre. This rocking, jukebox was a musical filled with fun and excitement that reminds you of when lives were dramatically changed and sometimes the dreams with which you enter are not always the dreams with which you leave, but they still rock (“Don’t Stop Believin”). Cast Includes: Russell Mernagh (Drew), Cherry Torres (Sherrie), Nicholas Druzbanski (Lonny), Adam Michaels (Stacee Jaxx), Gene Weygandt (Dennis), Nick Cosgrove (Franz), George Keating (Hertz), Donica Lynn (Justice), Tiffany Tatreau (Regina), and the ensemble: Andrea Collier, Annie Joe Ermel, Michael Ferraro, Shariesse Hamilton, Colte Julian, Ron King , Lindsay Prerost, Sawyer Smith.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

September 6-30 Free Illinois Resident Days at Shedd Aquarium Shedd aquarium challenges Illinois residents to clear their “sheddules” and find time to enjoy family and friends at the aquarium. Includes free general admission and full access to the aquarium’s permanent and special exhibits. Visitors can upgrade to 3-D experience for $4.95. Proof of residency required for free admission. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lakeshore Dr. For more information, visit Sheddaquarium.org

September 21-22 Free Tech Conference Tech Thursdays annual conference will feature more than 50 free business management workshops. Malcolm X College 1900 W. Jackson 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day Attendance is free to the public but is limited to the first 500 registrants. To register or for more information, visit: techthursdayschicago.com or call (866) 420-0296

September 22 House Music Workout Party Get fit while working out to house music. Workouts for all levels. Salem Baptist Church 10909 S. Cottage Grove 6:30-9 p.m. Early bird tickets: $10; Child care available for $5. For tickets, visit housemusicworkout.eventbrite.com

September 23 Open House for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program The Illinois Department of TransportaCook County Workforce, continued from, Page 06

fundraising and diversifying our federal funds by adding in philanthropic dollars both locally and nationally and that is very exciting because it allows us to serve more people in different ways and that gives us flexibility beyond the federal rules and regulations. “From a fiscal standpoint, our progress is phenomenal and even just from a programmatic standpoint, the impact we’ve been able to have, the people we’ve been able to serve, the different initiatives we’ve been able to launch, there’s been significant progress. We’ve exceeded our own

tion (IDOT) will host an open house for individuals interested in doing business with the state. Staff will be available to discuss how to become certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and to explain the programs and services that IDOT makes available to help minorities, women and other eligible small business. Chicago South Look Hotel 11 West 26th St 9 a.m. to noon For more information on becoming a certified DBE: visit: idot.illinois.gov/ doing-business/certifications/disadvantaged-business-enterprise-certification/ index

September 23 The Chicago Defender Living Well Health Fair Includes fitness activities, seminars, health screenings and products and services to help you meet your goals. Paul G. Stewart Community Center 400 E 41st St. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For sponsorship opportunities or more information, call (312) 225-2400 or visit chicagodefender.com.

September 23 Festival of Doing Chicago City of Learning’s Back to School Jam is where youth and teens can do what they love and learn what they like. Includes hands-on activities exploring robotics, hydroponics, dance, building, space exploration, coding, writing, finger printing, art and more! For youth and children 4-24 and their families. Jones College Prep, 700 S. State Street Noon to 4 p.m. To RSVP and to enter the special pre-registration raffle, visit CCOL.io/CYP.

September 23 Hyde Park Breast Cancer 5K Walk/

expectations including that of our founders,” said Norington-Reaves. Norington-Reaves said too that her organization is entering into an “exciting” time with the launch of its new data system, which will integrate with the state’s system at a single entry point and track the performance of CCWP agents to better gauge the demographics of the populations that’s being served. Norington-Reaves sees beauty in working with her staff to benefit the public as a whole and yet she recognizes that it’s not always possible to help everyone with what they need to succeed.

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Run Hosted by Cancer Research and Awareness NFP to help raise awareness about breast health and to positively impact survival rates. 5200 Hyde Park Blvd. 8 a.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m.) To preregister or for more information, visit hydeparkbreastcancer5k.org

September 23-24 Hyde Park Jazz Festival The 11th Annual Festival presents more than three-dozen free performances and programs on 11 stages across the neighborhood. Performances at: Smart Museum, Oriental Institute, DuSable Museum, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Rockefeller Chapel, Little Black Pearl, Hyde Park Bank, Midway Plaisance, Hyde Park Union Church, and International House For more information or a complete schedule, visit hydeparkjazzfestival.org Organizers encourage a $5 donation per person.

September 23 Teens In the Park Fest Donda’s House, in partnership with the Chicago Park District, present TIP Fest (Teens in the Park Fest). The event is designed for youth ages 14 - 24 and will feature live music and activities from 20+ youth-serving organizations. Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park 235 Columbus Drive 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

September 29 HBCU Day at Wrigley Field In association with the 20th Annual Chicago Football Classic, the Chicago Cubs salutes HBCUs at their game versus the Reds. 1:20 p.m. Tickets start at $31 (plus tax) and include a HBCU T-shirt.

“That’s one of the challenges that no matter how much money we have, it only goes so far and it will only serve so many people, and that’s definitely a frustration which is why we’ve done so much to raise other funds to be able to reach outside the federal rules and regulations,” Norington-Reaves said. In an effort to address this issue, Norington-Reaves said CCWP has partnered with Thrive Chicago to participate in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative where persons ages 16-24 not in school or working full-time will have access to quality career opportunities.

For tickets go to cubs.com/hbcuday Special performance by Grambling State and Clark Atlanta marching bands immediately following game. Pregame Kickoff Party: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Post-Game Party: Deuces and Diamond Club 3505 N. Clark St.

September 30 Shred-A-Thon Community Savings Bank host another of its popular Shred-A-Thon. Customers and non-customers are invited to shred old checks, bank statements and other documents containing personal information at a mobile industrial shredder parked in the bank’s main parking lot. Free 9 a.m. to Noon 4801 W. Belmont Ave.

September 30 The 20th Annual Chicago Football Classic Grambling State University Tigers Vs. Clark Atlanta University Panthers Kick-off: 3:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit chicagofootballclassic.biz

October 1 Wisdom Chapter #25 Order of the Eastern Star presents Wisdom’s Amazing Race: One Sisterhood…Three Causes Helping those impacted by Domestic Violence, Lupus and Breast Cancer; hosted by radio and TV personality Kendra G. Teams will embark on the ultimate scavenger hunt, using clues to find various pitstops, the final 3 teams will receive cash prizes and a donation to the charity of their choice. For more information on participating or volunteering, call (847) 868-2493 or emailwisdom.25events@gmail.com. You can register at wisdomsamazinggrace.eventbrite.com until September 17. “We’ve increased our focus on opportunities for youth between the ages of 16-24 years old, as we’ve been able to increase our services to them through a number of grant and scholarship opportunities,” Norington-Reaves said. “We also have an initiative with AARP which is significant because we are able to serve those over 50 in strategic ways.” To learn more about Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, visit: workforceboard.org/. To learn more about the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, visit: chicago.100kopportunities.org/. www.chicagodefender.com


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RICHARDSON Theodore Richardson…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Interment: Oakland Memory Lanes Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. FLETCHER Donald Fletcher…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ King of Kings M B C, 2895 Glenwood & Lansing Rd. Funeral: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Interment: Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. BAILEY Lynda Bailey…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Olympia Fields United Meth. Church, 20301 Western Ave. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Homewood Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. JONES James Jones…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Commonwealth Comm. Church, 140 W. 81st. 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. HOY Steven Hoy…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. MC WILLIAMS Paul Mc Williams…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Burr Oak Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. COBBINS David Cobbins…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Bread of Life C O G I C, 5 East 102nd Place Funeral: 10:00 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. MYERS Debra Myers…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel King 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. BOOKER Earnest Booker…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Greater Mt. Pleasant B. C., 2100 East 83rd Street Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Oakland Memory, Dolton, IL Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. JACKSON Mose Jackson…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Life Center Church, 5500 S. Indiana Ave. 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. MILTON Ira Milton…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Greater Harvest B.C., 5121 S. State Street 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.

BROWN Alonza Brown…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel Lunford Funeral: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. GARNETT Larry Garnett…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 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. WOOD Vera Wood…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Interment: Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. WILTON Lyntu Wilton…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. WOODS Michael Woods…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 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. SUTHERLAND Dorothy Sutherland…..Visitation was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ Chapel Lunford Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. ALLYSON William Allyson…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ New Zion Grove B.C., 1900 W. 64th St. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Monday, September 18, 2017; 10:30 a.m. @ Abraham Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. NDAMUKONG Beatrice Ndamukong…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ First Presbyterian Church Chicago Heights, 900 Thomas St. Funeral: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Interment: Wednesday, September 20, 2017; 9:00 a.m. shipping to Cameroon Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. TERRELL-DAVIS Beverly Terrell-Davis…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 09, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel 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. ALEXANDER Alan Alexander…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 09, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Tabernacle M.B. Church, 4130 S. Indiana Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. WILLIAMS Alma Williams…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 09, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Pleasant Grove M.B.C., 741 Sacramento Blvd. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Oakridge Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. SMITH Wanda Smith…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 09, 2017; 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.

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WINSTON Mildred Winston…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 09, 2017; 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 8466567. POSEY Darnell Posey…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 09, 2017; 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road 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. PARKER Ronald Parker…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 09, 2017; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. SCOTT Jessie Scott…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 09, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ New Beginnings, 6620 S. King Dr. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Monday, September 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Abraham Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HAYES Prentiss Hayes…..Wake was held: Saturday, September 09, 2017; 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Interment: Monday, September 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Burr Oak Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. STEPHENS Marie Stephens…..Memorial was held: Sunday, September 10, 2017; 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. @ Chapel Lunford Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. JOHNSON Samuel Johnson…..Wake was held: Sunday, September 10, 2017; 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Interment: Monday, September 11, 2017; 9:00 a.m. @ Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. OKE Lucia Oke…..Wake was held: Monday, September 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Washington Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. SMITH Curley Smith…..Wake was held: Monday, September 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. COATS Ruther Coats…..Wake was held: Monday, September 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 S. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Dr. 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. SCOTT James Scott…..Visitation was held: Monday, September 11, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. @ Chapel Lunford Interment: Abe Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

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WILLIAMS Charles Williams…..Wake was held: Monday, September 11, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Pickens Memorial C.O. G., 5659 S. Union Funeral: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

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

TURNER Patricia Turner…..Wake was held: Tuesday, September 12, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Oakridge Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

JORDAN Joann Jordan…..Wake: Friday, September 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Apostolic Church of God, 6303 S. Kenwood Ave. 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.

RIDER Phillip Rider…..Wake was held: Tuesday, September 12, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ St. Phillip Neri Church, 2132 East 72nd Street Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Burr Oak Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

SORREll Rhonda Sorrell…..Wake: Friday, September 15, 2017; 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.

GARRETT Maurice Garrett…..Visitation was held: Tuesday, September 12, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ Chapel Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

GUNN, III Carlson Gunn, III…..Wake: Friday, September 15, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

BUSH Darone Bush…..Wake was held: Tuesday, September 12, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Chapel Lunford Funeral: 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

FLETCHER Donald Fletcher…..Wake: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ King of Kings M B C, 2895 Glenwood & Lansing Road Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

MALVIN–JONES Minnie Malvin-Jones…..Wake: Wednesday, September 13, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Evergreen Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

BOOKER Earnest Booker…..Wake: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Greater Mt. Pleasant B.C., 2100 East 83rd Street Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Oakland Memory Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

CHAPMAN Warren Chapman…..Wake: Wednesday, September 13, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Crerar Mem. Presbyterian Church, 8100 S. Calumet 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. TAYLOR Jerry Taylor…..Wake: Wednesday, September 13, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson 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. GARDNER Kathleen Gardner…..Wake: Wednesday, September 13, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. BROWN Robert Brown…..Memorial: Thursday, September 14, 2017; 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ Chapel Lunford Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. WILBORN Marcus Wilborn…..Wake: Thursday, September 14, 2017; 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Chapel King 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. WEBB Lillie Webb…..Visitation: Thursday, September 14, 2017; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. @ Chapel Memorial: 1:00 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, SR. Arthur Jones, Sr…..Wake: Friday, September 15, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Trinity All Nations Church, 9600 S. Vincennes Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

WILTON Lyntu Wilton…..Wake: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. WOODS Michael Woods…..Wake: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 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. SUTHERLAND Dorothy Sutherland…..Visitation: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ Chapel Lunford Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. ALLYSON William Allyson…..Wake: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ New Zion Grove B.C., 1900 W. 64th St. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Abraham Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. NDAMUKONG Beatrice Ndamukong…..Wake: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ First Presbyterian Church Chicago Heights, 900 Thomas St. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. CARRINGTON Frances Carrington…..Wake: Monday, September 18, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Washington Memory Garden Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

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DORSETT Danielle Dorsett…..Wake: Monday, September 18, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. JONES Brian Jones…..Memorial: Monday, September 18, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Apostolic Church of God, 6303 S. Kenwood Ave. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. LAWSON Aleta Lawson…..Wake: Thursday, September 21, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 1;30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. EARL, SR. Clyde Earl, Sr…..Memorial: Tuesday, September 26, 2017; 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Chapel Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. BEKOE Elizabeth Bekoe…..Wake: Saturday, September 30, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ South Shore United Methodist, 7350 S. Jeffery Blvd. 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.

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Funeral Home MATHEWS Lamont Mathews…….. Wake was held: Friday, September 15, 2017; 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Carter Temple C.M.E.Church, 7841 South Wabash Avenue. Funeral will be held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mount Hope Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com STEWARD Lucille Steward....….. Wake will be held: Friday, September 22, 2017; 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. @ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral will be held: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Interment: Cedar Park Cemetery, Calumet Park, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com

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CARTER Edward I. Carter....….. Wake will be held: Saturday, September 23, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral will be held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com ROE Ezell Roe, Sr.…….. Wake will be held: Saturday, September 23, 2017; 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. Interment: Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com BROWN Ann Brown.…….. Wake will be held: Saturday, September 23, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ New Community M. B. Church, 5461 Calumet Avenue. Funeral will be held: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Interment: Restvale Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com REDD Doretta Redd....….. Wake will be held: Wednesday, September 20, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral will be held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com

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CHESTNUT Geraldine Chestnut..…..Wake: Thursday, September 21, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Private Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. SHARPE Christopher A. Sharpe..…..Wake: Friday, September 22, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Burr Oak Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. WILLIAMS Jerry Williams..…..Wake: Friday, September 22, 2017; 10:00 a.m. TBD Funeral: 11:00 a.m. TBD Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621

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CLASSIFIEDS LEGAL NOTICE ATTENTION ALL PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS & HCV PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS Proposed Updates to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Administrative Plan The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) is releasing proposed updates to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program Administrative (Admin) Plan for public comment. The 30-day public comment period begins Sept 15 (8 a.m.) and ends October 17, 2017 (5 p.m.). While CHA encourages and welcomes all program participants, residents, and the community-at-large to review the proposed updates to the HCV Admin Plan, you are not required to attend the public comment hearings in order to submit comments. The date, time, and location of the public comment hearings are as follows: •September 27, 2017, 6:00 pm: Family Investment Center (FIC), 4859 S Wabash •October 3, 2017, 11:00 am: CHA Headquarters, 60 E Van Buren St Copies of the proposed updates to the HCV Admin Plan will be available beginning September 15 until October 17, 2017 (5 p.m.) at the following locations: •CHA and HCV Administrative Offices •Central Advisory Council Office •HCV Regional Office – South •HCV Regional Office – West •Family Investment Center (FIC) •Chinese Mutual Aid Association •LUCHA •Claretian Associates •www.thecha.org

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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: D17151929 on the September 6, 2017. Under the Assumed Name of SISTA’S SWEET TREAT’S with the business located at 5839 S. MORGAN ST., CHICAGO, IL 60621. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owners(s)/partner(s) is: Owner/ Partner Full Name: CLARITA MAE ANDERSON, Complete Address: 1507 E. 53RD ST SUITE 907, CHICAGO, IL 60615, USA

LEGAL NOTICE ATTENTION ALL VENDORS THE CHICAGO HOUSING AUTHORITY (CHA) INVITES QUALIFIED FIRMS/ORGANIZATIONS TO SUBMIT PROPOSAL FOR: IT ASSESSMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL EVENT NO.: 2281 (2017) All Questions must be submitted in writing via the CHA Supplier Portal (https://supplier.thecha.org) to the above-mentioned Event no later than October 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. CST. PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING:

September 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm CST at the CHA, 60 E. Van Buren, 13th floor, Chicago, IL To view the pre-proposal meeting online, visit https://livestream.com/accounts/13907077

PROPOSAL DUE DATE/TIME: October 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm CST via the CHA Supplier Portal SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE ON LINE AT: https://supplier.thecha.org Funding will be provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The subsequent contract shall be subject to the applicable compliance standards and procedures of Executive Order No. 11246, as amended, Equal Opportunity and other provisions as specifically set in the specification. The Authority encourages participation by joint ventures, minority business enterprises, and women business enterprise firms.

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Foreclosure Notice Service Jason C. Bell, Esq. (39492), Attorney, 9 North Wabash Suite 102, Chicago, IL. 60602 STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF COOK, ss. — In the Circuit Court of Cook County, County Department, Chancery Division. Jamil Walden, Plaintiff, vs. Ernest Beckett, Lavinia Beckett, Unknown Owners and Unknown Lessees., Defendants. No. 17-CH-05459. The requisite affidavit for publication having been filed, notice is hereby given you, Ernest Beckett, Lavinia Beckett, Unknown Owners and Unknown Lessees, defendants in the above entitled suit, that the said suit and motion for default have been commenced and filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, by the said plaintiff against you and other defendants, praying to remove Cloud and Quiet Title in and to the premises described as follows, to-wit: Lot 29 in Block 2 in Elisha E. Hundley’s Subdivision of 13 Acres in the North 1/2 of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 10, Township 38 North, Range 14 East of the Third Principal Meridian, in Cook County, Illinois. C/K/A: 5329 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL. 60615 Permanent Index Numbers: 2010-309-011-0000 Notice is also hereby given you that there is a pending motion of default scheduled to be heard on 10/05/2017 at 10:00 A.M in the court room of Judge David B. Atkins or any judge sitting in his stead. Now, therefore, unless you, the said above named defendants, answer the Complaint, file an appearance and or respond to the motion for default in the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, Room 802, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington St., in the City of Chicago, IL, on or before 10/05/2017, a default may be entered against you and a Judgment entered in accordance with the prayer of said Complaint. Dorothy A. Brown, Clerk.

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PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION FINANCE OF AMERICAREVERSE, LLC P l a i n t i f f , � v . � FANNIE BROWNINGRIGG A/K/A FANNIE BROWNRIGG, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF ROBERTA TANNER, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, GERALD NORDGREN, AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR ROBERTA TANNER A/K/A ROBERTA S. TANNER ( D E C E A S E D ) � D e f e n d a n t s � 17 CH 003244 5231 S. EMERALD AVENUE CHICAGO, IL60609 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on July 10, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 1, 2017, 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 5231 S. EMERALD AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60609Property Index No. 2 0 - 0 9 - 3 0 9 - 0 1 3 - 0 0 0 0 . � 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. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. Where a sale of real estate is made to satisfy a lien prior to that of the United States, the United States shall have one year from the date of sale within which to redeem, except that with respect to a lien arising under the internal revenue laws the period shall be 120 days or the period allowable for redemption under State law, whichever is longer, and in any case in which, under the provisions of section 505 of the Housing Act of 1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1701k), and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title 38 of the United States Code, the right to redeem does not arise, there shall be no right of redemption. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE L A W . � You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-17-01853. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending s a l e s . � CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-17-01853 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 17 CH 003244 TJSC#: 37-6526 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. I3057370

PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT DIVISION � CHANCERY � U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORTGAGE P A S S - T H R O U G H CERT I F I C A T E S , � SERIES 1998-R3; P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � DARLENE HICKS; LODITA HICKS; CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N.A.; UNKNOWN HEIRS � LEGATEES OF �AND DARLENE HICKS, IF ANY; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF LODITA HICKS, IF ANY; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD C L A I M A N T S ; � D e f e n d a n t s , � 16 CH 9982 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty � Judicial Sales Corporation will on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real e s t a t e : � P.I.N. 20-30-304-027-0000. Commonly known as 7618 South Hoyne Avenue, Chicago, IL 60620. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for i n s p e c t i o n � For information call the Sales Clerk at Plaintiff's Attorney, The Wirbicki Law Group, 33 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603. (312) 360-9455 WA16-0529. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3061115

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CLASSIFIEDS PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT INDIVIDUALLY BUT AS TRUSTEE FOR CARLSBAD FUNDING MORTGAGE TRUST P l a i n t i f f , � v . � WILLIAM P. BUTCHER SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR NEVA HOWARD (DECEASED), MARCUS HOWARD, CHICAGO TITLE AND TRUST COMPANY, A CORPORATION OF ILLINOIS, AS TRUSTEE UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF TRUST AGREEMENT DATED THE 12TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 1974 KNOWN AS TRUST NUMBER 63844, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF NEVA HOWARD, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS D e f e n d a n t s � 16 CH 01051 6943 S. EUCLID AVE Chicago, IL 6 0 6 4 9 � NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on August 1, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 2, 2017, 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 6943 S. EUCLID AVE, Chicago, IL 60649 Property Index No. 20-24-322-009-0000.� The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $ 2 1 6 , 9 6 2 . 0 3 . � Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE L A W . � You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: POTESTIVO & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 223 WEST JACKSON BLVD, STE 610, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 263-0003 Please refer to file number C 1 5 - 3 0 8 2 9 . � THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending s a l e s . � POTESTIVO & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 223 WEST JACKSON BLVD, STE 6 1 0 � Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 263-0003 E M a i l : ilpleadings@potestivolaw.c o m � Attorney File No. C15-30829 Attorney Code. 43932 Case Number: 16 CH 01051 TJSC#: 37-7105 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. I3058374

PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION CHAMPION MORTGAGE C O M P A N Y � P l a i n t i f f , � v . � BOLANIE AJIMOTOKAN A/K/A � BOLANIE AJIMOTKAN, � MARQUIS QUINN, LATEEF AJIMOTOKAN, SADARI QUINN, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, OLALEKAN AJIMOTOKAN, BOLANIE AJIMOTOKAN, I N D E P E N D E N T ADMINIS T R A T O R � D e f e n d a n t s � 13 CH 12000 9666 SOUTH BRENNAN AVENUE CHICAGO, IL 60617 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment � of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on April 4, 2017, an Sales � agent for The Judicial Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on October 31, 2017, 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 9666 SOUTH BRENNAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60617 Property Index No. 25-12-229-039-0000.� The real estate is improved with a brown, brick, two story, single family home; no garage. � Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third � party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE � L A W . � You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information: 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 7817. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � One South Wacker Drive, 24th � Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial � Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending s a l e s . � McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, �L L C � One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1 2 0 0 � Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 416-5500 E-Mail: pleadings@mccalla.com Attorney File No. 7817 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 13 CH 12000 TJSC#: 37-7582 I3059817

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS � DEPARTMENT � COUNTY � CHANCERY DIVISION MB FINANCIAL BANK, N.A., SUCCESSOR BY MERGER WITH COLE TAYLOR BANK, � � P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � JUSTUS COLLINS A/K/A JUSTUS L. COLLINS; ROBERTA COLLINS; CITY OF CHICAGO; MIDLAND FUNDING LLC; AND UNKNOWN OWNERS A N D � NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, � De f e n d a n t s , � 14 CH 14517 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation wil on Monday, October 23, 2017, at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell to the highest bidder for cash, the following described mortgaged real estate: P.I.N. 25-12-410-042-0000. Commonly known as 10019 S. Paxton, Chicago, IL 60617. The mortgaged real estate is a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. � Sale terms: Bidders must present, at the time of sale, a cashier's or certified check for 10% of the successful bid amount. The balance of the successful bid shall be paid within 24 hours, by similar funds. The property wil NOT be open for inspection.� For information call Ms. Susan A. � Stoddard at Plaintiff's Attorney, Latimer LeVay Fyock, LLC, 55 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois � � 60603. ((312) 422-8000. 20233-34 � INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3061513

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK N.A., IN ITS CAPACITY AS TRUSTEE FOR THE HOLDERS OF MORGAN STANLEY DEAN WITTER CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2002-HE1 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2 0 0 2 - H E 1 ; � P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF JULIA D. NEAL A/K/A JULIA DENT NEAL; PATRICIA NEAL PERRY; WILLIAM BUTCHER, AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLA I M A N T S ; � De f e n d a n t s , � 16 CH 9789 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real e s t a t e : � P.I.N. 20-32-115-009-0000. Commonly known as 8025 South Elizabeth Street, Chicago, IL 60620. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for i n s p e c t i o n � For information call the Sales Clerk at Plaintiff's Attorney, The Wirbicki Law Group, 33 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603. (312) 360-9455 WA16-0315. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3061525

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 SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR RENAISSANCE HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2003-2; P l a i n t i f f , � � v s . � � UNKNOWN HEIRS AND � LEGATEES OF SANDRA G. GEARRING; BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS S/I/I TO FIA CARD SERVICES, NA CAVALRY6 SPV I, LLC AS ASSIGNEE OF CHASE BANK US ANA (WAMU); MIDLAND FUNDING LLC; DEBRA ATTIE � GEARRING; MONTGOMERY; WILLIAM � BUTCHER, AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLA I M A N T S ; � De f e n d a n t s , � 16 CH 11266 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public � auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real e s t a t e : � P.I.N. 20-32-417-005-0000. Commonly known as 8517 South May Street, Chicago, IL 60620. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The � property will NOT be open for i n s p e c t i o n � For information call the Sales Clerk at Plaintiff's Attorney, The Wirbicki Law Group, 33 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603. (312) 360-9455 WA16-0545. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3061540

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION (''FANNIE MAE''), A CORPORATION ORGANIZED AND EXISTING UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA P l a i n t i f f , � v . � DARRYLE WEST, LORIE WEST, CITY OF CHICAGO D e f e n d a n t s � 15 CH 10638 1745 EAST 84TH STREET 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 29, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on October 11, 2017, 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 1745 EAST 84TH STREET, CHICAGO, IL 6 0 6 1 7 � Property Index No. 20-36-309-014-0000.� The real estate is improved with a red, brick, single family, two car detached garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE L A W . � You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information: 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 10564. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending s a l e s . � McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, L L C � One North Dearborn Street, Suite 1 2 0 0 � Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 416-5500 E-Mail: pleadings@mccalla.com Attorney File No. 10564 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 15 CH 10638 TJSC#: 37-7693 I3060892

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PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION PROF-2013-S3 LEGAL TITLE TRUST II, BY U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS LEGAL TITLE TRUSTEE P l a i n t i f f , � v . � KATHERINE KNAZZE A/K/A KATHERINE V. KNAZZE, CITY � OF CHICAGO � D e f e n d a n t s � 11 CH 021271 7443 S. BENNETT AVENUE � CHICAGO, IL 60649 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on July 20, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on October 23, 2017, 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 7443 S. BENNETT AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60649 Property Index No. 20-25-135-012. The real estate is improved with a � r e s i d e n c e . � Sale terms: 25% down of the � highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE L A W . � You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in � Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-10-42549. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending s a l e s . � � CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-10-42549 � Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 � Case Number: 11 CH 021271 TJSC#: 37-6862 � 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. I3061014

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PROPERTY FOR SALE

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK TRUST NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS OWNER TRUSTEE FOR TRENT BRIDGE ASSET HOLDING TRUST; P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � ARDELLA R. HELMS A/K/A ARDELLA R. HELMS; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF ARDELLA R. HELMS, IF ANY; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLA I M A N T S ; � De f e n d a n t s , � 16 CH 13059 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, October 12, 2017 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real e s t a t e : � P.I.N. 25-04-305-052-0000. Commonly known as 9105 South Parnell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60620. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property wil NOT be open for i n s p e c t i o n � For information call the Sales Clerk at Plaintiff's Attorney, The Wirbicki Law Group, 33 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603. (312) 360-9455 W16-0466. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3060364

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION LENDINGHOME FUNDING C O R P � P l a i n t i f f , � v . � LPI PROPERTIES, INC, HATIA P O W E R � D e f e n d a n t s � 17 CH 4088 7748 SOUTH GREEN 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 August 22, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on October 2, 2017, 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 7748 SOUTH GREEN STREET, Chicago, IL 6 0 6 2 0 � Property Index No. 20-29-422-031-0000.� The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $ 8 3 , 7 9 1 . 5 5 . � Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE L A W . � You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, 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 17-0607. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending s a l e s . � JOHNSON, BLUMBERG & ASSOCIATES, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1125 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 541-9710 E M a i l : ilpleadings@johnsonblumberg.com Attorney File No. 17-0607 Attorney Code. 40342 Case Number: 17 CH 4088 TJSC#: 37-7888 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. I3060473

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PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION GUARANTEED RATE, INC. P l a i n t i f f , � �v . � �RICHARD JOHN LAMBERT, AS ADMINISTRATOR, POINTE 1900 � ON STATE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, UNITED STATES �OF AMERICA, UNKNOWN �HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF EDWARD LAMBERT, RICHARD JOHN LAMBERT, CHARLES LAMBERT, RADEENE LAMBERT, MARY HITSMAN, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD C L A I M A N T S � D e f e n d a n t s � 17 CH 001371 1910 S. STATE STREET, APT. 231 CHICAGO, IL 60616 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on June 8, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on October 16, 2017, 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 1910 S. �STATE STREET, APT. 231, CHICAGO, IL 60616Property Index No. 17-21-414-011-1017, Property Index No. 17-21-414-011-1095. �The real estate is improved with a r e s i d e n c e . � Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. Where a sale of real estate is made to satisfy a lien prior to that of the United States, the United States shall have one year from the date of sale within which to redeem, except that with respect to a lien arising under the internal revenue laws the period shall be 120 days or the period allowable for redemption under State law, whichever is longer, and in any case in which, under the provisions of section 505 of the Housing Act of 1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1701k), and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title 38 of the United States Code, the right to redeem does not arise, there shall be no right of redemption. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE �THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE L A W . � You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., NORTH FRONTAGE �15W030 ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-16-16720. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 236-SALE �(312) You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending s a l e s . � CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-16-16720 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 17 CH 001371 TJSC#: 37-5523 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. I3058267

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PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION � DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL � TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2005-HE6, MORTGAGE P A S S - T H R O U G H CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2 0 0 5 - H E 6 � P l a i n t i f f , � s . � �v �ZWAHYYAH BROWN AKA ZWAHYYAH MCELRATH, NEW CENTURY MORTGAGE CORPORATION, THE NEW MERRILL SQUARE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, UNKNOWN OWNERS, GENERALLY, AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS D e f e n d a n t s , � 16 CH 4297 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause on July 10, 2017 Intercounty Judicial Sales � Corporation will on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real e s t a t e : � P.I.N. 20-24-403-027-1003. Commonly known as 6739 S. Merrill Ave, #3N, Chicago, IL 60649. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a condominium residence. The purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by subdivisions (g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9 of the Condominium Property Act Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for i n s p e c t i o n � For information call Ms. Kimberly S. Reid at Plaintiff's Attorney, Kluever & Platt, L.L.C., 65 East Wacker Place, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (312) 236-0077. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3060244

REAL ESTATE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF Cook County, Illinois, County Department, Chancery Division. Specialized Loan Servicing LLC Plaintiff, vs. WenRen Hou; Unknown Owners and Non-Record Claimants Defendants, Case # 17CH6477 Sheriff’s # 170191 F17040219 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 October 19th, 2017, 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: 5352 South Wallace Street, Chicago, Illinois 60609 P.I.N: 20-09-319-033-0000 Improvements: This property consists of a single family home. 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 Sales Department 1771 W. DIEHL., Suite 120 Naperville, IL 60563-4947 Phone: 630-453-6960 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.

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REAL ESTATE

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE FOR THE HOLDERS OF NEW CENTURY HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2005A, ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES Plaintiff, -v.GEANNINE G. HARRIS AKA GEANNE G. HARRIS AKA GEANNINE GRIFFITH HARRIS AKA GEANNINE HARRIS, GERALD W. HARRIS AKA GERALD HARRIS AKA HARRIS GERALD, CITY OF CHICAGO, STATE OF ILLINOIS, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 15 CH 11970 4523 SOUTH ELLIS AVENUE Chicago, IL 60653 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on July 26, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on October 27, 2017, 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 4523 SOUTH ELLIS AVENUE, Chicago, IL 60653 Property Index No. 20-02-313-012-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $585,120.27. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/ or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in AS IS condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, or a unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). In accordance with 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(h-1) and (h-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified that the purchaser of the property, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and legal fees required by subsections (g)(1) and (g)(4) of section 9 and the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act. IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact the sales department, Anselmo Lindberg & 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 F15070098. 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. F15070098 Attorney ARDC No. 3126232 Attorney Code. 58852 Case Number: 15 CH 11970 TJSC#: 37-7969 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 FIFTH THIRD MORTGAGE COMPANY Plaintiff, -v.STATE OF ILLINOIS, WILLIE CREATER AND ALEXIS WARE INDIVIDUALLY AND AS INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF GERALDINE TAYLOR-CREATER, UNKNOWN TENANTS, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 16 CH 7352 418 W. ENGLEWOOD 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 May 17, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on October 2, 2017, 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 418 W. ENGLEWOOD AVENUE, Chicago, IL 60621 Property Index No. 20-16-323-027. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $161,151.25. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/ or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in AS IS condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, or a unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). In accordance with 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(h-1) and (h-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified that the purchaser of the property, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and legal fees required by subsections (g)(1) and (g)(4) of section 9 and the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act. IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact the sales department, ANSELMO LINDBERG OLIVER LLC, 1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite 120, NAPERVILLE, IL 60563, (630) 453-6960 For bidding instructions, visit www.fal-illinois.com. Please refer to file number F17030227. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. ANSELMO LINDBERG OLIVER LLC 1771 W. Diehl Road, Suite 120 NAPERVILLE, IL 60563 (630) 453-6960 E-Mail: foreclosurenotice@fal-illinois.com Attorney File No. F17030227 Attorney ARDC No. 3126232 Attorney Code. 58852 Case Number: 16 CH 7352 TJSC#: 37-7906 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., AS TRUSTEE, FOR CARRINGTON MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2006-NC1 ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES Plaintiff, -v.RAY L LEWIS, THERESA A LEWIS, CITY OF CHICAGO, DEPARTMENT OF WATER MANAGEMENT, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 14 CH 3525 8035 SOUTH FRANCISCO 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 December 2, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on October 16, 2017, 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 8035 SOUTH FRANCISCO AVENUE, Chicago, IL 60652 Property Index No. 19361140120000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $241,947.59. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/ or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in AS IS condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. 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: RANDALL S. MILLER & ASSOCIATES, 120 N. LASALLE STREET, SUITE 1140, Chicago, IL 60602, (312) 239-3432 Please refer to file number 13IL00456-1. 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. 13IL00456-1 Attorney Code. 46689 Case Number: 14 CH 3525 TJSC#: 37-2623 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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SPORTS

Cubs right-fielder Jason Heyward (John L. Alexander/The Bigs VIsuals)

The Cubs Inch Closer To Division Crown After Cardinals Sweep Cubs shortstop Addison Russell watches his home run Saturday vs St. Louis Cardinals (John L. ALexander/ The Bigs Visuals)

By Eugene McIntosh The Bigs Media The Cubs vs Cardinals rivalry is one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports and this past weekend, baseball fans got a treat as the two division foes faced off with division title hopes on the line. It was all Cubs as they completed the three game weekend sweep and the second sweep of the year over the red birds with a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon in front of 37,242 fans at the “Friendly Confines.” Stretching their 3-game division lead to 6 with the sweep, the Cubs are a step closer to defending their 2016 World Series crown and it’s clear

Paging John Fox! It’s time to swap Glennon for Trubisky By Terrence Tomlin The Bigs Media The Bears have been attempting to address their growing quarterback issues with an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, but I’m convinced it’s more of a “if it’s broke, let’s ignore it and keep it moving” type of attitude. Or at least that’s the conclusion they are forcing us to draw with their flat out refusal to admit that their current starting quarterback, Mike Glennon, just might be the “huffest” quarterback on their roster. Yes, the “huffest.” For those of you who need a crash course in “The Bigs www.chicagodefender.com

that the motto for the rest of the season is: ONE DAY AT A TIME! Whether it’s Joe Maddon responding to questions about Jake Arrieta’s return to the mound, Kyle Schwarber talking about the “magic number” or Jason Heyward referring to the team’s comfort level, they won’t look past anything or anyone. “I don’t think there’s any comfort level until we get where we wanna get. One step at a time. We gotta get in. Gotta get to October to win where we wanna win and that’s where we’re starting. So we’re not comfortable until then,” says Heyward, whose 54th RBI broke a 3-3 tie and was the game winner in Sunday’s victory. The right-fielder has raised his average from .230 in 2016 to .257 this seaLingo,” allow me to assist you. “Huff” is an adjective that describes a combination of the feeling of being underwhelmed and pissed-off all at once. In its simplest terms, “huff” can be a person, place or thing that is bad at what they do and after his 3 turnover performance in the Bears 29-7 loss vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2, we can reach no other verdict. Mike Glennon is huff. But don’t expect Head Coach John Fox to be as forthright. In his postgame press conference directly following Sunday’s defeat, he opted for a more inclusive take on who gets the blame for the L. “I don’t think there’s any way, not even seeing the tape yet, that you can pin that on the quarterback. Like I said, everybody had their hand in that.” No, Mike Glennon wasn’t the only culprit of the huff we witnessed Sunday. Rookie running back Tarik Cohen, who had the fanbase buzzing with excitement after his eye-opening debut in Week 1, took a step back after fumbling a first quarter punt that he had no business even fielding. The Bears wide receivers were missing in action and injuries have hit this team like it stole something. But nobody out-huffed Mike Glennon and as a result, the calls for rookie QB Mitch Trubisky to take over the reigns

son and come up big in clutch situations this year and will be looked upon more for his leadership down the stretch. “Just one at a time. That’s how it is this time of the year especially where we’re at. We gotta focus on what we got going on right now and we’re doing a really good job of that. Taking it day by day pitch by pitch and just keep going out there doing our thing. Good things are happening,” said Schwarber, who hit his 27th HR of the season in Sundays W. His .207 average is HUFF at best but there’s no denying what a force Schwarber is when he’s “in his bag!” The Cubs decided to catch wreck at the right time. Addison Russell, who returned from a stint on the DL dealing with Plantar Fasciitis, looks fully refreshed, the pitching is finding its groove and the bats have been flourishing. They’ve won six in a row and have a four game lead over the 2nd place Brewers with 13 games left to play. They’ll face the “Brew Crew” in a 4-game series Thursday-Sunday before heading to St. Louis for a four game series September 25th-28th. They will return to Wrigley to finish the regular season against the last place Cincinnati Reds September 29th-October 1st. Jason Heyward and his guys are ready to finish the regular season strong. “You may not feel great every night and we’ve still found ways to win. That’s what we feel is most important. Just gotta keep that in our minds ‘cause this is not gonna be easy. We’re playing good teams, they’re gonna play well and we just got to find a way to get it done.” On Deck Addison Russell says he’s “team first” by all means, but he’s a shortstop. After being selected starting shortstop for the National League All-Star Team in 2016 and winning the World Series, I asked him would he take being inserted at 2nd base as a demotion. “This is the position I came up playing all my life. I put in a lot of hard work over the years to get to this spot. So as a competitor, I definitely want my spot.” evolved into screams. The wheels to the Bears season are already squabbling along with them owing an 0-2 record and with the 2-0 Steelers and habitual Bears killers ( I can’t bring myself to call it a rivalry anymore) Green Bay Packers on deck in the coming weeks, the forecast seems to call for more turbulent weather. So it would be a safe bet to assume that Trubisky, the more important quarterback, the quarterback the Bears traded 4 draft picks to move up 1 spot for, would be inserted into the offense for Glennon, right?... Sike. “No” said John Fox when he was asked if there would be a change at quarterback in Week 3 vs Pittsburgh. So if not now, then when should we expect the Trubisky era to start? “I don’t know if anybody has a crystal ball of when that is. I know I don’t and I’m here everyday,” explained Fox. With answers like that, predictions on the Bears season are easy to make. Until John Fox admits that it’s time to swap Glennon for Trubisky, expect more meaningless, “huff” football from Mike Glennon and the Bears. For more of the coldest coverage of the Chicago Sports World, follow @itsthebigs on twitter and instagram.

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K: Michelle’s Lupus Battle Barbara Bates Foundation donates to Sinai Health K. Michelle

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“I Was So Broken” BlackDoctor.org Memphis native and R&B singer K. Michelle revealed on Twitter that she was recently diagnosed with Lupus, but gratefully received a negative result during a follow-up visit. “I was devastated for 2 weeks…but my body was tired, my mind was just beat down. My [follow-up] results from the doctor came again as a dormant or negative. So, I fell to my knees to praise.” And K. Michelle is not alone. It has been estimated that lupus affects 1.5 million Americans, and millions more worldwide. Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with and a challenge to treat. Lupus has a range of symptoms, strikes without warning, and has no known cause and no known cure. Its health effects can range from a skin rash to a heart attack. The majority of people with lupus—90 percent—are female, and most first develop signs and symptoms of the illness between the ages of 15 and 44. As adults, far fewer males than females develop lupus. An estimated 5,000 to 10,000 of the 1.5 million Americans with lupus are diagnosed while under the age of 18. African-American women are three times more likely than Caucasian women to get lupus and develop severe symptoms, with as many as 1 in every 250 affected. And the disease is two times more prevalent in Asian-American and Latina women than it is in Caucasian women. African-Americans and Latinas with lupus tend to develop the disease earlier

Lupus Hits Certain Groups Harder Studies find race, ethnicity, gender and even geography make a difference for this autoimmune disease

in life, experience greater disease activity such as kidney problems, and, overall, have more complications than Caucasian patients. In K. Michelle’s case, her complications was with fertility and her dreams of carrying her own children vanished when her doctor further explained her fertility issues. “Then [I got] a call from my OBGYN saying that if I have twins they would not be full term because of my size and health. Literally I was so broken.” The former Love & Hip Hop star initially placed blame on herself, believing God was punishing her for having an abortion several years ago. Despite the sad news, the powerful vocalist was overwhelmed with joy when a doctor called saying they found the “perfect surrogate” to carry her twins. Thankfully, she received a call from her doctors who confirmed that they had found a surrogate match! If you remember, K. Michelle revealed last Fall that she and her fiancé Dr. Kastan Sims were seeking a surrogate to carry twin girls. “Two weeks of what felt like my world was crumbling, today we got a call that they really found the perfect surrogate for us,” says K. “I’m about to watch the most beautiful process and that’s bringing two healthy little girls in the world. That’s all that matters to me. God works.” There are substantial racial disparities in the burden of lupus, according to data from the largest and most far-reaching study ever conducted on the disease and published online today by the journal, Arthritis and Rheumatism. The data also confirms that black females disproportionately are burdened by lupus, a devastating and complicated autoimmune disease. By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter There are significant ethnic and racial disparities in the rates of lupus in the United States, two new studies report. Researchers reviewed registries of people living in San Francisco and New York City with the autoimmune disease. They found that the prevalence of lupus was higher in San Francisco than in Manhattan -- 85 people versus 62 people per every 100,000. Women had higher rates than men, and there were significant racial and ethnic differences. The prevalence of lupus was higher in Hispanics and Asians than Whites, but not as high as in Blacks, the

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studies found. The prevalence per 100,000 people was: 458 Black women in California and 211 Black women in New York; 178 Hispanic women in California and 138 Hispanic women in New York; and 150 Asian women in California and 91 Asian women in New York, compared to 110 White women in California and 64 White women in New York. The studies were published Sept. 11 in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology. “There is a paucity of population-based studies of incidence and prevalence of lupus among Asians and Hispanics in the United States,” said lead author of the San Francisco study, Dr. Maria Dall’Era, from the University of California, San Francisco.

“These registries were able to address this deficiency and provide contemporary epidemiological estimates,” she said in a journal news release. The findings showed that doctors need to watch for lupus not only in black patients, but also in Asians and Hispanics, according to the researchers. “Physicians should consider the diagnosis especially when patients come in with symptoms that could be consistent with lupus, such as arthritis, rashesand signs of kidney disease,” said Dr. Peter Izmirly from NYU School of Medicine. “Hopefully this can lead to earlier diagnosis of the disease and better care,” said Izmirly, lead author of the New York City study. www.chicagodefender.com


Barbara Bates Foundation

Hosts More Than 500 Walkers for its 4th Annual “Walk Where You Live’ 5K Walk/Run

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he Barbara Bates Foundation 4th Annual “Walk Where You Live (WWYL)” 5K Walk/Run, to benefit the Barbara Bates Foundation Women’s Imaging Center at Sinai Health System, drew more than 500 walkers and runners to its August 19 event. The Foundation donated an additional $25K to support the Barbara Bates Foundation Women’s Imaging Center at Sinai Health Systems, which will provide breast cancer programs and services to women of color who otherwise would not have access to such services. The event, held in historic Douglas Park, is also a celebration of solidarity and community. With the funds raised during the Walk, the Barbara Bates Foundation has now contributed over $625K to Sinai Health System, all in service of educating individuals about the disparities in access to breast cancer care faced by women in communities of color. The Women’s Imaging Center, slated to open at the end of this year, will provide a warm, welcoming and beautiful space to receive information, mammograms and other services. “Our goal remains to engage more community members in our efforts, and call attention to the disparities that exist in treating women of color who suffer from breast cancer,” said Barbara Bates, president of the Barbara Bates Foundation and herself a breast cancer survivor. Bates is a lifetime West Side resident who continues to work to make an impact on her community. In addition to her recent work promoting awareness of this issue, she has, since 1999, provided free prom outfits for students who otherwise would have been unable to afford appropriate outfits for the teen rite of passage event.

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Signs of Breast Cancer to Look Out for in Women of All Ages Learn how breast cancer is treated and may be prevented By Lisa Fayed Reviewed by a board-certified physician

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igns of breast cancer may vary in different women, but the disease does yield some common symptoms. Before delving into the signs of breast cancer, however, it’s important to identify what makes this form of cancer stand out. Breast cancer is a type of cancer that occurs when a malignant tumor forms from cells within the breast. It occurs most frequently in women, but men can and do-develop breast cancer, though much less frequently. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in every 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, making it the most common cancer among women, aside from skin cancer.

Risk Factors and Causes of Breast Cancer

Research is ongoing to identify the exact causes of breast cancer, but scientists have identified several breast cancer risk factors. A risk factor is something that increases the chance that a person will develop a disease. It is not a guarantee and does not predict a future diagnosis. Risk factors for breast cancer include: Family Planning Choices: Women who choose not to have children or have them after age 30 somewhat increase their risk of breast cancer. Genetics: Genetics may play a role in up to 10 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Hereditary breast cancer occurs when a mutated gene has been passed down from a parent. The most common genetic mutation is that of the BRCA gene pair, referred to as “BRCA1” and “BRCA2”. These genes are responsible for regulating cell growth and repairing damaged DNA but do not properly function if mutated. Those who are found through genetic testing to be carriers of mutated BRCA genes are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Other gene types have been associated with breast cancer but not as

prevalently as the BRCA genes. •Age: As we grow older, our risk of developing breast cancer increases. It is estimated that 80 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are 50 or older. This doesn’t mean that younger women aren’t at risk. Young women are diagnosed with breast cancer, just much less frequently. Family and Personal History of Breast Cancer: Having a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer doubles your risk of the disease. While family history can play a role in breast cancer development, women shouldn’t subscribe to the popular belief that those without a family history of breast cancer aren’t at risk. The American Cancer Society estimates that 70 to 80 percent of women with breast cancer do not have a family history that includes breast cancer. Women who have previously been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer again. Race: Of all women, Caucasian women are diagnosed more frequently than women of other races. Although Caucasian women are the most at risk, African American women die of the disease most frequently. Asian, Native American and Hispanic women have a lower risk. Alcohol Consumption: Women who drink alcohol increase their breast cancer risk and the risk is heightened with the amount of alcohol consumed. Women who drink two to five drinks a day increase their risk 1.5 times compared to women who do not drink alcohol. One drink a day only slightly elevates a woman’s risk. Other breast cancer risk factors include the use of hormone replacement therapy, obesity, and oral contraceptive use.

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

A worrisome breast lump usually provokes a woman to see a doctor, but breast cancer causes several other symptoms. These include: •a breast that feels warm to the touch •nipple that becomes inverted that was not inverted before continued on page 7

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By Lisa Lillien, a.k.a. Hungry Girl There are three major benefits to buying foods according to the season: better taste, more nutrients, and cheaper prices! I’m Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien, and I’m sharing seven of my favorite fall fruits and veggies.

Apples

I like my apples like I like the weather—nice and crisp! There’s such a wide range to choose from: tart Granny Smith, sweet Pink Lady, mild Golden Delicious, sweet-tart Fuji (my favorite!), and more. Try a bunch to see which you like best. Apples are high in fiber and low in calories, so they make an awesome mid-day snack. Some experts even say they can be good for weight loss. Eat them plain, spread some peanut butter on ‘em, or get cooking! Pro tip: Granny Smith apples are great for baking.

Butternut Squash

Remember when Joey from Friends made fun of Ross for calling it “squatternut bosh”? Call it whatever you want, the cool-weather squash is a must-have in my book. It has a slightly sweet flavor and it’s seriously filling. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C, both of which are great to take in as we head into cold season. Butternut squash is fantastic steamed & mashed, cubed & cooked in a skillet, and even baked into French fries! That last one’s a life changer.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts have made a comeback in the past few years; they’re not the boring boiled veggies grandma

7 Fall Fruits and Veggies You Should Be Eating This Season used to make! When cooked right, Brussels sprouts are tender and delicious with a slightly nutty taste. Get creative with sauces (balsamic vinegar, teriyaki marinade, marinara, etc.) and different mix-ins (like nuts, dried fruit, and crumbled bacon)! Not quite sure how to prepare them? First, slice off and discard the tough ends; then cut them in half. Next, steam them in the microwave, toss them in a slow cooker with a little liquid, or bake them in the oven at a high temp. Easy peasy!

Spaghetti Squash

Anyone who knows me knows that I love this squash! It’s a great swap for pasta: You can save loads of calories and carbs, but you’ll still feel like you’re eating a bowl

of spaghetti. (Yes, I know that’s slightly obvious given its name). Don’t be intimidated by its tough exterior; once cooked until soft, you can easily scrape out the noodle-like strands. Bake it in the oven, microwave it, or make it in a slow cooker. The choice is yours.

Beets

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, beets are a surprisingly good way to satisfy it. Like all my favorite fall foods, beets come with some good-for-you benefits. They’re crammed with antioxidants and are even said to be a blood purifier. (Delicious detox, anyone?) My number-one way to enjoy beets? Baked into crispy chips! They’re super easy to make, and they’ll crush a potato-chip craving for a fraction of the calories.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is the gift that keeps on giving. Once I discovered that cauliflower could be blitzed in a blender to be used as a rice substitute, I became obsessed! It’s amazing in soups, “fried rice,” pizza crust. I also like to mash cauliflower as a way to bulk up mashed potatoes. You can even use those mashies as a light topping for shepherd’s pie. Try it!

Acorn Squash

The sweet, nutty flavor of acorn squash makes it the perfect way to round out this list. And the softball-sized gourd is incredible stuffed with other foods! Just halve it, remove the seeds, and bake for a couple of tasty edible bowls. Fill it with chili, veggies in light cheese sauce. The list goes on and on. Trust me: This find can really squash a craving for comfort food!

Lydia Healthcare has provided mental health rehabilitation services since 1986.

Our Mission

Lydia Healthcare strives to provide its consumers with safety and equal opportunity in its residential setting to the end that they receive the level of mental health treatment needed to find success on their journey to recovery.

Team Approach

At Lydia, many people work together to provide the best possible treatment services to help our consumers and their families on their road to recovery. These individuals included certified and/or licensed professionals such as mental health professionals, nurses, psychiatrists, dieticians, physicians, and social workers. Our psychiatrists and professional nurses assist with ongoing health concerns. Upon entering, every consumer will meet the individuals who provide direct care. Treatment teams meet regularly to discuss progress and treatment plans to the end that discharge back to the community may result if and as progress is made. Team members consult with consumer-designated caregivers regularly to help in understanding their treatment plans.

Our Standards

Lydia is committed to quality assurance and ongoing performance improvement in order to provide the best level of care for our consumers. Lydia conducts continual performance and procedure reviews that encompass every facet of the organization. This ongoing process helps us identify training and programming needed to enhance the goal of life-long recovery. Lydia complies with HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) rules, which enforce strict codes of confidentiality. Client information is shared only with authorized parties. Staff are required to sign confidentiality documentation upon hire.

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By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter

Does Race Matter

Race and ethnicity can make a difference in the quality of care a premature baby receives in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a new study finds. Top-quality hospitals in California tend to deliver better care to White babies compared with Black or Hispanic newborns, researchers report. In addition, Black and Hispanic infants are more likely than White newborns to receive care at poor-quality NICUs, the study found. While these trends are real, they were not present across the board, the researchers added. Some California hospitals provided better care to minority babies than White infants, for example. The disparities in care are caused by many social, economic and organizational factors in the hospital and its surrounding Some of those disparities could result community, said lead researcher Dr. Jo- from the community in which the hospichen Profit. He’s an associate professor tal is located, said Dr. Deborah Campbell, of pediatrics with the Stanford University chief of neonatology at Children’s Hospital School of Medicine. at Montefiore in New York City. Profit does not believe racism is one of “Hospitals with higher percentages of those factors. uninsured or Medicaid-insured patients “I don’t think any health care provider in may have fewer resources available to the NICU or anywhere else goes to work them,” said Campbell, who wasn’t inand says, ‘I’m going to provide worse care volved in the study. “It’s not necessarily to African-American babies than White ba- intentional.” bies,’” Profit said. “Their goal is to provide For example, medical teams in poorthe best care to all patients they see.” er communities may not be able to afford specialists that But these recould improve care, sults show that “I don’t think any health such as respiratory some hospitals have not adapted care provider in the NICU therapists or nutritionists, Campbell to their specific paor anywhere else goes to said. tient populations well enough to adwork and says, ‘I’m going While that may equately meet the be Profit to provide worse care to doesonenotfactor, needs of the combelieve it munity, Profit addAfrican-American babies explains all the dised. than White babies. Their parities found by his research team. “There’s opporgoal is to provide the best tunity for improve“There are some ment,” Profit said. hospitals like that care to all patients that actually do realFor the study, they see.” ly well, even though Profit and his team their population reviewed data on Dr. Jochen Profit. would predict them premature births in to be one of our California. They inmore lower-performcluded more than 18,600 babies born with very low birth ing centers,” Profit said. “The main mesweight -- less than 3.3 pounds -- between sage from this paper is it’s not that simple.” 2010 and 2014. Instead, Profit believes every hospital The research team evaluated the NICU needs to individualize care. care each newborn received based on a One question used as a quality measure set of nine yes/no questions. These in- was whether newborns had received any cluded whether anyone died as a result of mother’s milk by the time they left the hosthe birth, whether the baby suffered health pital, he noted. problems such as infections or chronic “It requires a lot of team and parenlung disease, how quickly the newborn tal engagement to support a mother who grew in the NICU, and whether the baby spends months of time after this traumatreceived a timely eye exam. ic birth in the NICU, and help her pump Although racial and ethnic differences breast milk throughout that entire time,” in NICU care were fairly small across Cali- Profit said. “It’s an arduous process, and fornia as a whole, some hospitals had large requires a lot of education and support.” gaps in how they care for babies of differTraditionally, Black mothers breastent backgrounds, researchers found. feed at a lower rate than other ethnic sub-

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groups, and likely require more counseling and assistance, he said. “As expected, we find that babies of African-American moms receive less human milk by hospital discharge than their White counterparts,” Profit said. Another quality question involved whether moms were provided steroids pri-

or to delivery, to better mature the lungs of their infants and provide them with other health benefits. Researchers found that Hispanic women received these steroids less often than White women, Profit said. That could be chalked up to insufficient communication and coordination between the expecting mother and her doctors, especially if she doesn’t speak English, he said. Hispanic mothers simply may not have grasped that they needed to get to the hospital sooner so they could receive the steroids. “Even though you may have language services available, parents may not receive the same level of information flow that they would get if communication was easier,” Profit said. Closing these gaps in care will require a lot of effort from hospitals and doctors, Profit said. “A lot of the solutions to addressing these disparities in care require extra work by providers beyond the busy care for the baby’s illness and keeping the baby stable and thriving and growing,” he said. “You must go out of your way and address the needs of the vulnerable families.” The findings were published Aug. 28 in the journal Pediatrics.

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Is drinking good for your health? everal recent studies have suggested that alcohol in moderation offers health benefits and may even help you live longer. Yet in 2014, the World Health Organization labeled alcohol as a carcinogen and said no amount is safe. The question gained new relevance this month with the release of a sobering report that documents a significant rise in the number of people with drinking problems in the U.S. The problems were noted especially among women, minorities, and the elderly, as well as those with less education and lower incomes. Is any amount of alcohol better than none at all? “That’s by far the most difficult question, because we don’t have perfect studies that answer it, and the data we do have are complex,” says alcohol researcher Kenneth Mukamal, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Consider heart disease and cancer risk, he says: “The World Health Organization says there’s no safe amount of alcohol when it comes to cancer risk, but

Cocktail Confusion:

Is Drinking Healthy or Risky? you could argue that there’s no safe level of not drinking in terms of cardiovascular disease.” A large study published this month illustrates his point. It showed that light to moderate drinkers lowered their chances of an early death by about 20%, compared with nondrinkers. Their risk of dying from heart disease dropped even more dramatically. But only light drinkers saw a drop in cancer deaths. Light drinkers were those who had fewer than three drinks per week, while moderate drinkers had more than three drinks, but no more than 14 for men and seven for women per week. Heavy drinkers, on the other hand, fared considerably worse. They had a 27% higher chance of dying of cancer and an 11% higher chance of dying early from any cause. Binge drinkers had similar risks. “It’s clear that heavy drinking is bad for your health, and it’s bad for nearly every aspect of your health,” says Mukamal, “but

even occasionally exceeding these limits is often bad for one’s health, even if you normally drink moderately.” George Koob, PhD, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, points to alcohol’s potential for helping prevent diabetes and stroke. Another recent study found that men who had 14 drinks per week and women who had nine per week have the lowest chance of having type 2 diabetes. But Koob notes that alcohol has been linked to many cancers, including breast cancer. “There’s evidence that for every drink you take, especially if you’re a woman, you increase your risk of breast cancer by a small percentage,” he says. “The risk is very small, but it’s there.” Recent studies have also looked at how moderate drinking affects the aging brain. One published this month found that daily drinkers (up to three drinks for women and four drinks for men) were about twice as likely as nondrinkers to live to 85 without thinking and memory problems. Alison Moore, MD, studies alcohol’s impact on older people. A geriatrician at the University of California San Diego, she says its possible positive effects on heart health may, in turn, protect against dementia. Meanwhile, a study from June that followed its participants for 30 years raises cause for concern. Moderate drinkers had

a 3 times higher chance of deterioration in certain brain regions by their 70s. They also performed more poorly on one of several brain strength tests than nondrinkers. This study defined moderate drinking as 14 to 21 drinks per week. “No one likes brain atrophy, but does it equal problems with cognition in this study?” Moore says. “It’s a maybe. We have more to learn.” So, how do you decide whether or not to take a drink, let alone how much and how often? It’s complicated. “This is a very, very individual issue,” says cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, the director of Women’s Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “There’s no one size fits all for alcohol.” Federal dietary guidelines recommend no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. Women are advised to drink less than men because their bodies absorb more alcohol and metabolize it more slowly. Man or woman, it’s critical to pay attention to portion sizes when pouring a drink or when ordering at a restaurant, says Steinbaum. Your one glass of wine could easily contain the equivalent of two or more drinks. Age, health, and things about your lifestyle -- like whether you smoke or exercise -- should also be part of your decision to imbibe or abstain. “As we get older, we tend to be on more medications, which can interact with alcohol,” says Steinbaum. “You have to be very, very careful.” Alcohol can make you more prone to falls and can boost your blood pressure. It also contains a lot of sugar, a concern for anyone with diabetes or prediabetes, she says. Finally, alcohol’s possible health bene-

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fits only become relevant later in life, when you’re more likely to have chronic diseases, says Mukamal. “When you’re young and at low risk of disease, there’s practically no chance that drinking is good for you. At best, it may be neutral,” he says. “But you are at risk for all of the harms related to alcohol. Young people should focus on developing responsible drinking habits rather than the health benefits.” Talk to your doctor about any concerns, but know that they have imperfect evidence and can’t offer a definite answer, Mukamal says. While large studies designed to better answer questions about the health benefits and risks are being planned, the results may be a decade away. “My hope is that if you can make it through the next 10 years safely,” Mukamal says, “then we’ll actually have good evidence that both policymakers and physicians can use.” www.chicagodefender.com


Peoples Gas – Helping You Stay Warm As fall weather approaches, it’s time to start thinking about heating your home this winter. Here you can find information about rebates as well as free and low-cost ways to conserve energy. We’ve also included information on financial assistance for those who need help paying their energy bills.

Free energy-saving products

Offered in partnership with ComEd, the Peoples Gas Home Energy Jumpstart program provides free installation of energy- and water-saving products, including programmable thermostats, showerheads, faucet aerators, pipe insulation, LEDs and smart power strips. Smart thermostats are available for purchase at a discount. Call 844-367-5867 to see if you qualify. You will need your Peoples Gas and ComEd account numbers.

Rebates for energy upgrades

The Peoples Gas Home Energy Rebate program provides rebates to customers who make qualifying energy-efficient upgrades to their homes. Rebates are available for high-efficiency furnaces, boilers, smart and programmable thermostats, water heaters, attic and wall insulation, air sealing and duct sealing. Learn more at peoplesgasrebates.com.

Affordable improvements

Install a smart or programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically, based on your work and sleeping schedule. Get one installed for free through the Peoples Gas Home Energy Jumpstart program. Call 844-367-5867 to see if you qualify or to make an appointment. •Replace your furnace filter as needed •Install plastic sheeting over drafty windows •Install weather-stripping around door frames •Caulk around drafty window and door casings •Use caulk or foam to seal gaps where pipes penetrate exterior walls •Install foam insulators under electrical outlet covers

Simple lifestyle changes

•Set your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower. When you go to sleep or leave the home or office, turn it down to 60 degrees or set your programmable thermostat to do it automatically. •Adjust any ceiling fans to winter setting to move warm air away from ceiling. •Open blinds or drapes during the day to gain warmth from the sun. Close them at night. •Close heating vents in rooms you don’t use regularly and close the doors. We understand it’s sometimes difficult www.chicagodefender.com

to keep up with monthly energy bills. That’s why we want you to know about available financial assistance.

LIHEAP opens in October

Applications for energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will open a month later this year due to state budget issues. LIHEAP helps low-income customers pay past-due balances on energy bills and reconnect service that has been disconnected. Eligibility and grant amount depend on household size and income.

Application dates

•Oct. 1 – Households that include people age 60 and older or people with disabilities •Nov. 1 – Households with children under 6 or those who may have been disconnected •Dec. 1 – All other customers

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•skin on or around breast is dimpled or has an appearance similar to an orange peel •skin on breast that is red or blotchy •sudden increase in breast size that is not related to menstrual cycle •nipple discharge (clear or bloody) •nipple pain or scaly nipples •persistent breast pain or tenderness that is unrelated to menstrual cycle •swelling of the lymph nodes of the armpit •a breast lump, swelling, or mass While some symptoms of breast cancer can be seen or touched, there are instances in early breast cancer where no symptoms can be detected by physical examination. Imaging tests like mammograms and MRI can detect breast abnormalities that cannot be seen or felt.

Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

Regular breast cancer screenings can reveal breast abnormalities that require additional testing. Some women detect breast abnormalities through breast self-exams at home or through a clinical breast exam by their doctor. Most breast abnormalities are found through mammography. Only 10 percent of symptoms are initially found through a physical exam. The remaining 90 percent are detected through mammograms, proving just how vital it is to have regular mammograms. The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin having annual mammograms at age 40. Women who are at higher risk of developing breast cancer may begin screenings earlier. When mammograms reveal an abnormality, further testing is done to determine if breast cancer is present and what stage the disease is in. A breast biopsy may be done. This involves the doctor removing a small amount of breast tissue to be studied under a microscope.

Requirements

•Proof of gross income for all household members over age 18 •Current residential heating bill •Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members •Medical Eligibility Card for any household member receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) •Rental agreement in cases where utilities are included in rent

Share the Warmth grants

Eligible customers are reminded that additional assistance is available through the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth program. Administered for Peoples Gas by the Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA), Share the Warmth provides heating grants to limited and fixed-income households. Eligible customers who make a payment toward their bills receive matching grants of up to $200.

Supporting our community Peoples Gas is proud to support the Chicago Defender’s Living Well Health and Wellness Fair. Together, we are empowering the communities we serve.

Applicants are required to submit:

•Proof of household income or any financial assistance for the past 30 days for all members of the household over age 18 •Your current residential heating bill To learn more, call the Community and Economic Development Association at 800-571-2332 or visit cedaorg.net to find the LIHEAP or Share the Warmth application site nearest you. If you can’t find the information you need here, call 866-556-6001 to speak with a customer service representative, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. or Saturday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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