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CITY NEWS Dolton West Elementary District Teacher Selected for Fellowship A Washington Elementary School Educator was recently named as one of 15 teachers from across Illinois to participate in a highly-selective, statewide education program. Unique Morris, a multi-tiered system of supports facilitator at Washington School in Riverdale, has been named a Fellow with the Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship. During the year-long fellowship, the fellows participate in a specially-designed course of study in policy and advocacy. They also develop the skills necessary to advocate for policeis that will better serve Illinois students and teachers. “The Teach Plus Fellowship is an opportunity for me to learn about educational advocacy and policy making at the school, District and state level. Teach Plus also provides me the opportunity to be the voice of my students, parents and colleagues on educational issues,” Morris said. For the full story, visit chicagodefender.com

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NAACP Indiana To Train East Chicago Students to Test for Lead Pollution In response to the ongoing mismanaged lead crisis in East Chicago and the Trump administration’s cuts to the EPA and environmental justice programs, NAACP Indiana, in partnership with Indiana State University and the Union of Concerned Scientists, kicks off Our Community Scientists initiative with a series of student and community lead testing trainings this week. In a press release, the group said that “The Trump administration defunded EPA programs that test air and water quality in places like East Chicago. The agency also recently moved the Office of Environmental Justice internally to be closer to control of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt--a move advocates say is an attempt to ‘politicize’ the office’s work. It is becoming increasingly clear that communities like East Chicago will need to fight to protect their communities themselves. Their government cannot be trusted.” The NAACP sponsored program, Our Community Scientists, will help community members rely less on political leaders who have failed them and more on each other. The initiative consists of free trainings, organized by the NAACP Indiana State Conference, and will teach community members how to conduct tests of water, soil and air themselves. People will be able to have their dust samples (to test for air quality), soil, and water tested on site. The trainings will show how one community is standing up for justice and is taking steps to protect their families. For the full story, visit chicagodefender.com

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Chicago’s First Anti-Violence Talent Show By Andrew Jennings Defender Contributing Writer Chicago will have its first ever Anti-Violence Clean Talent show on October 28. The talent show focuses on rap, poetry, singing and dancing, and attempts to provide the youth (and anyone else who attends) with both a creative outlet, and a place to find positivity in a time where a lot of portrayals of Chicago are entirely negative. Organized by Chicago resident Paul Vann and the Talent 2000 Theater Workshop, the talent show will take place at King College Prep High School, 4445 S. Drexel, from 6:30-9 p.m. With this show, Vann and Talent 2000 Theater hope to, “unite people together in the name of peace,” through bringing the community together by engaging all of the talented performers from the neighborhood. Performers were mainly found through passing out flyers in person, leaving flyers in heavily populated areas, and word of mouth. Although a number of the flyers were accidentally sent out with the wrong phone number, Mr. Vann persevered and was able to find a number of unbelievably talented local musicians he’s excited to see perform. This is the third iteration of Paul Vann’s talent show, but the first one with a focus on nonviolence. The first one happened in 2000 and didn’t have any specific focus other than showcasing local talent. The second happened at the Kennedy King College, and was, in the words of Vann, “more on the gospel level,” as there were no prizes involved. However, the theme for this upcoming talent show was inspired by the desire to create a positive and kid-friendly space in Chicago, to counterbalance the media’s portrayal of the violence in Chicago. As Vann said, “It is just Talent 2000’s way of trying to bring something to the community that is positive, that would challenge the children.” Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, call Paul Vann at (773)-440-3107.

City Colleges of Chicago Now Accepting Bids for its downton headquarters building CBRE Marketing Property to Potential Buyers As City Colleges of Chicago plans to relocate its administrative office, would-be owners of a prime downtown Chicago property have an opportunity to place a bid on its significant headquarters building in Chicago’s West Loop. The community college system recently announced today that it has officially put the building up for sale and engaged real estate firm CBRE to market it on CCC’s behalf. “The sale of the administrative office building will enable City Colleges to invest more across our campuses, in our communities and will bring the staff closer to its students,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This represents another step forward towards ensuring City Colleges students are prepared with the tools and resources necessary to succeed in 21st century careers.” Among the relocation options CCC is considering is the utilization of space available on its Kennedy-King College campus in Englewood (100 jobs will come to that area) as well as at its Dawson Technical Institute in Bronzeville. City Colleges will also seek an additional small office space for staff to remain in the central business district. The community college system aims to close on the downtown headquarters building with a new buyer by the end of its FY18 fiscal year in late spring. The 185,000-square foot classically-styled office building located at 226 W. Jackson just east of the Willis Tower, represents an outstanding opportunity for redevelopment for office, hotel, residential or retail uses. It sits on 17,400 square feet at the Northeast corner of Jackson and Franklin and is currently zoned by the City of Chicago as “Downtown Core 16.” This flexible zoning allows mixed-use development that will continue the trend of repurposing significant older downtown buildings into modern offices, hotels or residences that has revitalized the Loop in recent years. For full story, see chicagodefender.com www.chicagodefender.com


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Fighting Back What Chicago groups are doing to combat domestic violencd By Lee Edwards Defender Contributing Writer Dozens upon dozens of Chicagoans are working tirelessly to support, protect, counsel, and ultimately save the lives of both victims and survivors of domestic violence as they face an uphill battle. In recognition of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Defender sought out local individuals who work tirelessly to provide services, resources, assistance, and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence. The United States’ Department of Justice defines domestic violence as: “..a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.” But what does a survivor of domestic violence look like? Debra Pogrund Stark, professor of law and founder/director of Family Law & Domestic Violence Clinic at the John Marshall Law School, asked attendees of the day-long 5th Annual Domestic Violence Clinical Advocacy Program Conference to answer that very question as she juxtaposed two pictures of music icon Rihanna. One picture of Rihanna was of the superstar at a police station after she was viciously attacked by then boyfriend R&B superstar Chris Brown prior to the 2009 Grammy Awards followed by a separate image of the star with flawlessly applied make-up on the red carpet. Stark contended that the two women were one in the same and that domestic violence survivors are more prevalent in our society than we realize. Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic Stark said she founded the Family Law & Domestic Violence Clinic at the John Marshall Law School to provide comprehensive support and services to survivors of domestic violence. She said the clinic attempts to cover all the barriers domestic violence survivors face in these areas: 1. Orders of protection 2. Divorce/parent protection cases 3. Employment protection 4. Housing protection 5. Debt relief 6. Federal income tax liability relief 7. Immigration law 8. Estate planning 9. Criminal self-defense cases 10. Crime/victim compensation For more information about the Family Law & Domestic Violence Clinic at the John Marshall Law School, visit www.chicagodefender.com

Ish Faith Orkar, a staff attorney for Life Span jmls.edu/clinics/domestic-violence/attorneys.php. “Our clinic is probably the only one in the country that covers 10 practice areas for domestic violence survivors,” said Stark. “We work with domestic violence service organizations that provide risk assessment and safety planning to the clients so that it’s safe for them to exercise their rights. We try to exercise their rights in a way that promotes their safety.” Stark said in order to work for the clinic an individual is required to be a student at the school in their second or third year. Clients must be victims of domestic violence who were referred through one of the clinics’ more than 10 agencies that it partners with in respect to domestic violence along with an intake form to notate the areas they need legal counsel. Stark said while she’s aware the clinic can’t help everyone, they make a true effort to “help deeply” those they can. She said last semester the clinic helped more than 30 individuals who typically needed assistance in two to three areas of law. She said 12 new students each semester address the needs of the clinic’s clients after they’ve been trained by their professors and always under the supervision of one of the clinic attorneys. Life Span Ish Faith Orkar, a staff attorney for Life Span, an agency that provides comprehensive services for women and children who face domestic violence and sexual assault, was among the attendees at the domestic violence conference. She said she was drawn to attend the conference because of her desire to learn more about domestic violence. She said she has been working at Life Span for nearly two years. To learn more about Life Span, visit life-span.org/. Orkar values her work calling it a “privilege” to serve people in this area of their lives. She said it’s important that women know they have affordable options to pursuing and achieving safety. “It’s really rewarding work to be part of and it’s also very humbling,” said Orkar. “Our survivors are extremely

strong and courageous, all of them.” Unfortunately, people don’t recognize the warning signs involved with domestic violence, Orkar noted. She said typically people become aware of domestic violence behaviors after they’re already invested. She said based on many societal stereotypes involving appearance, education, and social economic factors, some people are viewed to be more likely to be domestic abusers than others. “The reality is people who engage in acts of domestic violence want power and control and those are two factors that you cannot see from the outside,” said Orkar. “Whether or not someone is going to be an abuser or abusive in their relationship is unfortunately something survivors discover after the fact.” The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reported an Illinois fact sheet that supports Orkar’s claim. In 2014 only nearly 65,800 intimate partner incidents were reported in Illinois; however, the report asserts that number is much smaller than the true number of incidents. Nationwide, the NCADV reports 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience a form of physical violence from an intimate partner. Orkar said women of all races and ethnicities ultimately must maintain their same lives despite all of what they must endure due to domestic violence. However, she said that most African-American women have the feeling of not being able to catch their breath in their day-to-day lives. “I think particularly in the African-American community what you’re going to find is women who might struggle with feeling empowered in several areas of their lives so maybe at work they might feel like they’re not being heard or respected or promoted or recognized for their contributions as readily as people who are not minorities, and when they go home and they’re feeling further isolation or verbal abuse or being made to feel that they’re worthless, it sort of compounds the stress levels in their lives,” said Orkar. continued on page 4

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JB Pritzker Releases Domestic Violence Plan In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Illinois Gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker has released a domestic violence plan to help children and families break the cycle of violence across Illinois. State Representative Sara Feigenholtz (12th District), who has worked to ensure survivors and their families have the resources they need, supports Pritzker and endorses his plan. A statement from Pritzker says, “While more than 53,000 Illinoisans receive support from community-based providers each year, Bruce Rauner did long term damage to the tools domestic violence survivors need to build a path toward self-sufficiency. JB’s plan would put Illinois children on a path to success and give parents the tools they need to build better lives.” Pritzker vows to implement evidence-based screening, detection, and prevention modes to help children who witness domestic violence; ensure that schools and community-based providers help children who witness violence rebuild their lives by utilizing trauma-informed treatment models; ensure families have access to the tools they need to rebuild their lives by stabilizing state investment in domestic violence shelters and services that have been hurt by Governor Rauner’s budget crisis; work with community-based programs to help them build and maintain a trained workforce able to fully address the needs of domestic violence survivors. To read the complete plan, visit: bpritzker.com/domestic-violence/

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On a day-to-day basis Orkar said she encounters survivors at various stages of the assistance process. She said that when she counsels her clients who have not yet left an abusive relationship, one of her goals is to focus on “safety planning” to keep her clients safe. She said it’s important for survivors to have a support system including counseling, resources and more. “I think what people don’t understand is leaving a relationship is a multi-step process and it’s definitely not something that happens quickly or instantly, and even if a survivor makes the decision to leave, the after effects of that [abuse] last a really long time,” said Orkar. Navigating all domestic violence cases in court is not straightforward. In particular, domestic violence where the abuse is not physical but rather emotional or financial is especially hard to litigate, according to Orkar. She said domestic violence is even being extended to persons facing immigration uncertainty. “Abuse comes in so many various forms and being able to clearly tell your story to a criminal justice or civil justice system can be so challenging to survivors,” said Orkar. But how can one help their loved one(s) they suspect or can confirm are in a relationship plagued by domestic violence? Offering continuous support to victims of domestic violence or even suspected victims of domestic violence is the best way to help, said Orkar. She said it’s important to follow the lead of the survivors as they know what’s best for them. 04 October 11 - 17, 2017 • THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

“The most important thing is to not tell a survivor what to do or tell them what you think they need but certainly be there and let them know that with whatever they do need you’re ready to help them,” said Orkar. Looking beyond October, Orkar said increasing the comfortability and transparency around discussions surrounding domestic violence would go a long way toward putting an end to it. She said silence around the issue can be one of the most damaging impediments to survivors. She added that throughout society individuals should be more vocal about domestic violence awareness, acknowledge it as a problem, and actively seek ways to address it. “[These conversations] need to happen at home around the dinner table, it needs to happen in the schools in terms of how people treat each other and what’s defined as a healthy relationship, and certainly in government and the legislature when we’re talking about policies and how they may or may not affect survivors of domestic violence,” said Orkar. Metropolitan Family Services One group of women who are domestic violence survivors is reclaiming their power by helping others in similar situations. Elena Calafell, clinical program manager, Metropolitan Family Services (MFS), told the Defender a group of their former clients decided to obtain 40 hours of domestic violence training as well as leadership and community engagement training in order to give back to the community with Metropolitan Family Services’ assistance. She said the self-directed group hosts support groups on a weekly basis on self-care, immigration laws,

raise awareness about domestic violence, and more. “They’re very empowered to do for their community and that’s also a part of domestic violence,” said Calafell. The group’s name, Alas Con Valor, which roughly translates from Spanish to English as “brave wings,” is comprised mostly of Hispanic women, however, any and everyone is welcomed to join, according to Calafell. She said the group hosts weekly meetings at their Midway office, 3843 W. 63rd St., to discuss various topics. The Midway office services the Englewood, West Englewood, Chicago Lawn, West Lawn, and Clearing communities, according to its website. “One of the things that happens with domestic violence is willful intimidation and power and control, and what happens is perpetrators of domestic violence use isolation, precisely, willfully so they can have more power and control over the victims,” said Calafell. “So for these survivors to have a time and space in which they can network with other women who have gone through this thing who are already in stages where they are already empowered is really important because they don’t feel as isolated anymore.” Calafell offered statistics on the demographics her company assists based on MFS’ FY ‘17 report. The report stated MFS offered services to 1,573 women and 126 were children. She said according to MFS’ department of evaluation, 30 percent or roughly 513 clients were African American. She also stated that domestic violence is the leading injury for women even if you combine car accidents, mugging, and rapes. She added too that domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness in families. “We all should be involved in ending domestic violence and putting remedies to end domestic violence and to keep supporting services and survivors of domestic violence to keep sending the message that it is a crime,” said Calafell. To learn more about the services the Metropolitan Family Services offers, visit metrofamily.org/community-centers/midway/default.aspx. www.chicagodefender.com


POLITICS

CTU Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Heats Up

Gubernatorial candidates (l-r) Alex Paterakis, Ameya Pawar, J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, Daniel Biss, Tio Hardiman, and Bob Daiber By Mary L. Datcher Defender Senior Staff Writer On Sunday, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) hosted the Our Revolution Illinois gubernatorial candidate forum at CTU Union Center on the near Westside. Our Revolution is an advocacy group based on the mission of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in building a new generation of progressive leaders. Attended by CTU union members and several community organizations—the room was packed and the event was free to the public. Knowing the importance of presenting their platform to one of the biggest unions in the state, all eight Democratic candidates were present, which included Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, Chris Kennedy, Alex Paterakis, Ameya Pawar and J.B. Pritzker. Moderated by NBC-5 political reporter and veteran journalist Mary Ann Ahern, there were several topics of discussion which allowed each candidate 1-minute to present their platform. On free college, “We need to put ourselves on a path to free college for every child in Illinois who cannot afford to go to college. I do not think free college should be offered to my children—let’s be clear,” said JB Pritzker. “It is important, that we get the funding for it because it will be a part of the progressive income tax.” “Making sure you’re not strapped with debt for the rest of your life—that’s what we should be looking for and making sure there is vocational training for those kids who choose to not go to college.” www.chicagodefender.com

Daniel Biss added, “When you create programs that only apply to some, eventually those programs get eroded. Eventually the ‘powers’ that don’t want to pay their share will chip away and away and therefore we need to have universal college. We have an economy that requires that access to create equal opportunity to greater economy. The question is how do you create that?” Ameya Pawar: “I don’t think there should be any funding. I’m the son of immigrants and for me, the American dream meant my parents were able to pay for college.” There were a couple of elephants in the room addressed by Ahern, one of which was the property tax redemption Pritzker received in renovating a home. He answered in part. “We began a renovation project and at some point we stopped it. Like 50,000 other people in the county every year—like Chris Kennedy and Gov. Rauner--we asked for a reassessment for the property value. As you know, we have a very unfair assessment process. I discovered how flawed it really it is and that’s why we need to get rid of that system.” On Cook County Assessor, Joseph Berrios stepping down: Pritzker replied, “That’s going to be up to the voters.” Ahern asked Kennedy where he stood regarding the tax break on his commercial property, Wolf Point, and the family? Kennedy says, “What Mr. Pritzker did and everyone else who has reassessed their taxes did are two radically different things. We appealed our taxes, we had our house reclassified. That’s a different thing. I’ve been in real estate for 30 years and I never knew you could do that,” said

Kennedy. When it came Madigan’s control as Cook County Democratic Party Chair, will candidates work with the Speaker of the House in their bid for the governor’s seat? Ahern states, “some people say he has more power than the governor.” She asked about the candidates’ relationships with him. Tio Hardiman rebukes Madigan: “We need a governor who will stand up to Mike Madigan and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. We don’t get a governor to stand up to politics as usual in Illinois, it’s the same powers over and over,” he continues. “Once I become Governor, I believe Mike Madigan will retire because I don’t believe he wants to deal with me.” Biss adds, “Mike Madigan has been the Speaker for way too long and it’s held us back. It’s held the Democratic party back.” As one of the hundreds in attendance, community activist Wallace ‘Gator’ Bradley was miffed at the ant-Madigan comments. “I don’t think anyone should be afraid to stand with anyone who stands with them and what they feel is better for Illinois. That was a question in the debate. In the end, whoever becomes the nominee, they’re not going to turn away Madigan or Berrios’ support,” says Bradley, who is a supporter of Pritzker. As the campaign for the gubernatorial race heats up, the grassroots efforts by each campaign team will ultimately result in who resonates better with Illinois residents. CTU will no doubt hold the mantle as the leader in progressives as they decide on which candidate will hold their best interest in Springfield.

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LOCAL

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle: Beverage Tax Repeal Leads To Significant Lay-offs

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle By Mary L. Datcher Defender Senior Staff Writer Cook County residents are in trouble. On Tuesday, the County Board Finance Committee voted 15-1 to repeal the sweetened beverage tax before the entire board of commissioners officially vote at Wednesday’s board meeting. There will be crucial cuts to the 2018 budget according to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle when the repeal is in place—taking away crucial funding. The repeal looks very evident as more Cook County Board Commissioners shift sides which they previously approved, potentially bringing $200.6 million in revenue for county services. In one of the most highly visible challenges from the public since former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger’s penny sales tax proposal—the second term President finds herself on a similar hot seat. “If you want good government, you have to pay for it,” says Preckwinkle. “At the beginning of this budget, we’ve identified basically a shortfall of $150 billion which is the smallest one since I took office in 2010. When we started out, it was $487 million in the first year and that was a nightmare. Currently, we are at $115 million and we closed that gap largely by sweeping vacant positions.” She says they eliminated 254 positions since the County’s first budget in 2011, reducing the workforce by more than 10.3 percent. Very aware of the public backlash to the push back on the additional sweetened beverage tax, Preckwinkle stands solid on serious lay-offs that will result from the $200 million deficit. “Without this revenue there’s almost $200 million that we’re going to be short. We’ve already made $150 million in cuts and without revenue, we’ll have to make almost $200 million more, which will be a nightmare.” She feels it’s important for the public to understand the responsibilities of the county and why there is a necessity in additional revenue. Two of the main factors are public safety and public health.

“I think people understand city government a little better than they do county government. The fact that city government is police, fire and garbage collection. But what the county does isn’t always clear to people,” she explains. “Unless you talk to folks about the fact that the health care system, which serves us, and the criminal justice system, which is sometimes a challenge for our community, but nonetheless you know it’s the criminal justice system where most of our money goes... I think it’s not always apparent to folks,” Preckwinkle says. “The fact that most of the people in the jail are Black and Brown. It’s overwhelming. I remind people we have a county that’s 25 percent Latino, 25 percent African-American and 6 percent Asian. It’s a majority of people of color who are in [county] jail. Eighty-six percent of the people are Black and as I said, it’s the poorhouses at the intersection of racism and poverty. When we have to make 200 million dollars in cuts, it’s going to come out of our health care system, which serves our community, and it will have to come out of our criminal justice system, which imperils the progress that we’ve made in criminal justice reform. This is going to be a real challenge.” The real challenge was convincing the public why this particular sweetened beverage tax aka the “soda tax” was being pushed as an alarm to child obesity, diabetes and other health concerns in the Black and Latino communities. The Michael Bloomberg sponsored commercials were aired non-stop on Chicago television stations pushing Black faces on supporting the tax. But as taxpayers complained about confusion about natural sweeteners versus preservatives, adding the penny per ounce tax to additional taxed receipts—enough was enough. Opponents of the tax such as Commissioner Richard Boykin, who has opposed the proposal from the beginning, had various reasons. “I opposed the sweetened beverage tax because it is regressive and because it threatens our small businesses. But those of us who oppose also have a corresponding obligation to propose solutions. We need a common sense alternative fiscal blueprint for Cook County with alternate sources of revenue and savings,” said Boykin in an official statement.

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Preckwinkle refutes this claim. “I said from the very beginning this is about revenue. When I gave my budget address, I said we have a $200 million gap to close. We’ve already made $67 million in cuts. We need revenue. I proposed it from the beginning and I said this is about revenue—secondarily it has health benefits.” Proponents of repealing the beverage tax American Beverage Association (ABA), which lobbies on behalf of major corporations such as Pepsi and Coca Cola, has invested a great deal through grassroots efforts—flooding Chicago neighborhoods with anti-beverage tax collateral. Upon learning about the county’s finance committee’s decision, The Illinois Retail Merchants Association issued the following statement in response to the vote to repeal the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax. “This is great news for consumers and retailers throughout Cook County. Since its inception, this tax was poorly devised, placed an enormous operational and financial burden on retailers and saddled consumers with the responsibility to pick up the tab. We thank Commissioners Morrison and Boykin for leading the charge for repeal and all of the County Board members who have signed on to the repeal,” said Rob Karr, president & CEO, IRMA. Despite efforts by critics to focus on the alleged inefficiencies of government management—criticizing the high-paying salaries and bonuses for senior level managers—Preckwinkle stands by her record. “I’ve cut 10 percent of the workforce, which the city and the state hasn’t done. You know you’re working hard to be more efficient. They [ABA] doesn’t want that tax. That was the message—somehow an inefficiency of county government.” She says, “I would have supported raising the property tax and I would have supported raising the sales tax. We needed the money. We ended up with this sweetened beverage tax as we got nine votes for it.” In addition to levying the sales, property, alcohol and cigarette taxes—Preckwinkle says “90 percent of the budget that’s public health and public safety.” With ongoing supporters of Preckwinkle—the switch to repeal the beverage tax from her biggest allies Chairman of the Finance Committee Commissioner John Daley and Commissioner Stanley Moore was viewed as a major blow to the chink in Preckwinkle’s armor. Knowing the challenging road ahead with the possibility of the Affordable Healthcare Act being repealed and Medicaid expansion threatened—she believes her work is not over. “We have two hospitals including Provident Hospital in Cook County and we provide 45 percent of the charity care in our two hospitals. Almost half of the charity care is provided by the Cook County Health and Hospital System and all of the other hospital systems together provide more than half of our services,” she said. Without an alternate proposal to fill in the $200 million hole, she says lay-offs are inevitable. “It will affect health care and public safety. We’ll be laying off doctors, nurses, public defenders and states attorneys.” These cuts will be significant. At 70, the former 4th Ward alderman will run for re-election in 2018, and so far, she has no major threats for the third largest county seat in the country. “Dr. Rice, who is one of our predecessors in the hospital system, used to say, ‘You want everybody to be healthy even if you personally don’t use the health care system.’ We want people to ride the bus or the train in the morning, you want people who serve you at lunch, you want your coworkers to be in good health because that means you have a better chance of staying in good health,” she sighs. “So, even if you don’t use the system, it’s to your advantage to have a good public health system that serves people who need health care. We’re going to be challenged to do that if we don’t have the necessary resources.” www.chicagodefender.com


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Dr. Byron T. Brazier’s Mission: Investing in People, Not Buildings By Mary L. Datcher Defender Senior Staff Writer The economic growth of most communities can come from local small businesses, but most growth stems from businesses that employ multiple residents from the area. During a period where Chicago’s inner-city neighborhoods collectively had factories, distribution warehouses and major production plants fueled by the Midwest’s massive rail lines and river carriers—thousands of residents were employed within a few minutes of their homes. Over several decades much has changed with major businesses moving to the suburbs or overseas, leaving shadows of prosperous communities behind. But as technology has grown and the demand for a younger job force increases—major corporations are returning back to Chicago and to its neighborhoods. With the return of these companies, there is also more demand for an experienced job force to fill many of the jobs that require adequate training and technical skills. Chicago’s predominately African-American communities have suffered the most-- from U.S. Steel in the once vibrant middle-class community of Roseland to the Westside’s Brach’s Candies in Austin. Today, the playing field has changed, and recognizing the need to be a part of these changes has led one of the community’s most recognizable names to step up to the plate. Dr. Byron T. Brazier is the pastor of Apostolic Church of God in the Woodlawn community. The son of the late Rev. Dr. Arthur M. Brazier, the family has become a solid and long-time presence on the South Side of Chicago—leading various community building efforts which has reshaped the Woodlawn community over the last four decades. BSD Industries L3C is one of the pastor’s community initiatives to build and invest in people. BSD stands for Building Self Determination and is a manufacturing company that produces high quality, sustainable, plastic products. Beyond its production goals—the company’s robotics training and career development program has partnered with various collegiate institutions and CHA to prepare people for the next level in the job force. An Idea Put Into Motion The idea was put into motion after a particular Sunday when Brazier’s sermon focused on empowering people, not just buildings. He felt his family had invested and helped build enough buildings but investment in people is what matters. The sermon resonated with church member Trista Bonds, who has worked as an engineer for 20 years in the industry. Brazier remembers. “I said I’m not going to build another building. Our investment is going to be in people. She [Bonds] heard that and came to me and said she had this idea about training community residents in robotics. I thought about it and I said let’s work on it,” Brazier said. In addition to the robotics training program, he thought about developing a product they can sell to create funds to invest back into the community. They began to work on the process in 2015. 08 October 11 - 17, 2017 • THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

Brazier at BSD’s Manufacturing warehouse Throughout their search, space and location was important to maintain the program within the community that will benefit the most. “There were two things; one was available space; secondly, the kind of roofing and height. I talked with Alderman Michelle Harris [8th Ward] and when I explained our program to her, she was very interested.” Harris applied $1 million TIFF to the workforce development program in helping to train individuals applying for the program. In sourcing out spaces, talks began with Chicago State University, which owned several warehouses that could accommodate BSD’s space requirements. “It made it really easy then to transition to actually have our classes on the campus of Chicago State and not in the plant itself because our curriculum is college accredited,” explained Brazier. Bonds is VP of Engineering and Manufacturing Operations for BSD. Her vision and initial idea for the robotics training center stems from her love of science and childhood curiosity. “I watched my brothers take our radios apart in the house and make little devices on their bikes with the wheels that light up on their skates. I watched that growing up and I watched the innovation. I paid attention because I cared growing up. I made my career choice engineering.” Bonds made the final career choice while in the army. In the daytime, she worked in finance and accounting and at night she attended college to acquire her engineering degree. She says, “I’ve worked as an engineer for about 20 years. I was also coaching a robotics team and teaching some engineering workshops for a while when I had this idea. I’ve considered doing it for a few years, but I just didn’t have a way to do it. My idea was to train robotics technicians and to support the training with a manufacturing plant in it,” Bonds said. Bonds, a native of San Diego, Calif., relocated to Chicago with her husband after working in Michigan. “I worked at Ford Motor Company in Michigan. There was lots of exposure and really good opportunities to follow my dreams. I worked in R&D and that’s where I took hold to robotics, integrating how they all work together with the machines. So, I worked on a lot of robotics programs for Pilkington, which is a glass manufacturer that makes automotive glass, and I was traveling here for work.” Bonds says once she saw the lakefront and visited the beach, it reminded her of her hometown of San Diego. “I just love the melting pot, the blend of cultures, the scenery and the life—it’s just kind of happened in Chicago, I love it here.” Nikki Bravo, VP of Human Resources at BSD, said “We

have a social enterprise with a clear mission to transform communities through building self-determination of its residents. We learn the driving force is really around the individuals that we’re serving. Sometimes, it’s less on the H.R. side and more on the workforce development end. We deal with training program recruitment and working with Trista on the supportive. This leads to ultimately job placement for individuals.” JPMorgan Chase awarded a $50,000 grant to BSD LC3 along with CHA’s $2 million investment. Brazier said CHA provided the largest seed money to help over a long period. “They elected to put that into capital funding as opposed to programmatic funding that allowed us to build the plant and train the residents at no cost. BSD will train up to 90 residents per year for the next five years,” he said. “The math turns out to be $5,000 a year per resident.” The plant is preparing production to fulfill its orders on plastic compostable and polypropylene utensils to clients such as the Hyatt Regency hotels. “If you’re going to manufacture a product, in order for it to be profitable, it has to be sold in the open market. We have a product that is consumable, designed for ongoing use and we’re able to sell on the open market.” Through the Arthur M. Brazier Foundation, an endowment fund is set up for profits from the manufacturing plant to fund safety and economic development programs in Woodlawn. In addition, the goal is to raise $250,00 for each of the six schools in the community from BSD LC3. Having experienced senior management on board is the key to building a successful operation. Nikki Bravo has worked for the city of Chicago in various departments since 2008. In her former role as Deputy Commissioner for Finance and Human Resources, she has interviewed a great deal of candidates and met challenges along the way. Her last position with the city was in the Dept. of Public Building Commission as the chief administrative officer. “We work with the city of Chicago, the Illinois Manufacturers Association and the City Colleges so individuals can earn college credit. This work can lead towards an advanced manufacturing degree at Daley College if they want to pursue higher education. We also work with community organizations on the South Side of Chicago to make sure that we get our word out.” Bravo says this a viable model to duplicate for other communities of color throughout the city. “It certainly takes work and that’s what we hope to do, to show this type of enterprise is working in a way with a clear mission of building individuals, providing skills and sustaining communities.” www.chicagodefender.com


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Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Reopens By Lee Edwards Defender Contributing Writer

In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Hyundai Hope on Wheels gave $250,000 in research grants to local hospitals. (Photo by David Alexander)

Hyundai Hope On Wheels Awards $250,000 To Chicago Area Children’s Hospitals By Mary L. Datcher Defender Senior Staff Writer Life is very precious and for many of us, at one point in our lives, we are faced with serious challenges. The natural progression of life can take a sudden turn on our paths, changing our lives forever. Pediatric cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death for children in the U.S. As we recognize October as breast cancer awareness month and recently prostate cancer month, both diseases are highly present among African Americans. Likewise, the growing concern of cancer takes a hold of children every day. Every 36 minutes a child is diagnosed with the disease and one in five children diagnosed, sadly—will not survive. One major automotive company has made a long-term commitment to raise awareness and since 1998 has raised $130 million to fund pediatric cancer research in the states. Hyundai Hope On Wheels (HHOW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit started by the brand to create nationwide awareness of helping research and assisting families battling the disease. Initially launched by a group of New England area Hyundai dealers, their mission gradually spread to other dealerships growing to including 830 dealers around the country. In September, in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, HHOW hosted its Celebration of Life Dinner at the Park Hyatt to award $250,000 in research grants to area hospital programs. The Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant honored doctors and researchers of The University of Chicago Comer’s Children’s Hospital and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. In a beautiful setting, the program began with words from the Executive Director of HHOW, Corporate Social Responsibility for Hyundai Motor America, Zafar Brooks. The mistress of ceremonies for the evening, actress and blogger Jasmine Freeman along with musician/singer Luke Wade (NBC’s The Voice) entertained attendees with an inspiring live performance. Throughout the dinner ceremony, the stories from both parents and children battling the diseases were both uplifting and revealed the emotional challenges families are faced with throughout treatment. Young survivors were in attendance as part of the National Youth Ambassador Program; Hannah Adams and Ryan Darby, both 13, travel around the country telling their stories—providing encouragement to other children. As a symbolic bond of the organization’s logo of three small handprints—youth cancer survivors created their own painted handprints to represent their hopes and dreams. The handprints also are for the thousands of children who lose their battle to pediatric cancer. Across the country, Hope on Wheels has awarded 40 research grants in the amount of $8.5 million. These grants have helped to advance technology, research collaboration, and data analysis for early detection and added resources. Today, nearly 80 percent of pediatric cancer can be cured. www.chicagodefender.com

Small businesses in search of a financial boost will have another opportunity to access the city’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) following Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent announcement. The NOF is an initiative launched in 2016 by Emanuel which, through the reworking of a City Zoning Code, permits funds generated from development projects from downtown Chicago to be collected for the purpose of development projects in the city’s South, West and Southwest communities, according to the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund website. Emanuel revealed that $2.5 million in grants will be made available for applicants that meet designated requirements. However, not all of the funds collected go toward the NFO. In fact, the NFO receives 80 percent and the remaining 20 percent goes toward development and infrastructure projects, according to a press release issued by the mayor’s office. The NFO is facilitated by the Department of Planning and Development. Eligible applicants must be business or property owners whose business offers cultural experiences to the public or conducts sales in the realm of goods and services. “This second round of investments will support even more neighborhood entrepreneurs on Chicago’s South, Southwest and West sides,” said Emanuel. “By linking growth downtown directly to growth in our neighborhoods, we can create jobs and new community amenities and ensure the entire city of Chicago thrives for generations to come.” Over the summer, the first 32 grant recipients received their stipends of various amounts totaling $3.2 million. NOF grant awardees were selected out of a pool of almost 700 applicants. Owners of one of the businesses to receive a grant, Gallery Guichard, spoke to the Defender about their experience. Frances Guichard, co-owner of Gallery Guichard, 436 E. 47th St., said she and her husband, Andre, her fellow co-owner, are active listeners to developments within the community. She said when they learned of the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund they immediately submitted their application in February prior to the April deadline. The Guichards applied for funding for an out-

door sculpture garden for rotating exhibits including an accompanying fence, according to the NOF website. Frances Guichard described the application process as “straight forward” while noting information concerning additional funding, why you’re asking for funds, and how the funds will be utilized were a part of the application among other questions. “Because we live in the Bronzeville Artist Loft, we were able to apply for the maximum give through the grant and I believe that was 65 percent of whatever amount it cost to do the project,” said Guichard. “When we first got the call, we got it from Andrea Zopp (deputy mayor of Chicago), and when she informed us that we would be receiving the grant, Andre and I were in tears because we could have never done this on our own right away.” Frances said the City of Chicago provided them with classes which gave them the opportunity to work with bankers and support staff who are able to answer questions, provide guidance, and more. Andre said the NOF is a “life changer” for the neighborhood with the ability to “turn the tide” in terms of disparities within some communities around Chicago. “Our mayor gets a lot of bad press of what goes on in the city but this is an initiative that I think the city should get their due credit for because there are so many small businesses and entrepreneurs in our communities who are gifted, talented, have amazing ideas and products but unfortunately historically we have not been able to get the capital to maximize our dreams and abilities,” said Andre. Multiple people have expressed their interest in applying for the NOF, according to Frances. She said people are fearful about applying for loans and grants like the NOF because they do not expect to be recipients. Andre’s advice to future applicants is: “you cannot win, if you do not apply.” “I know it’s a scary proposition to submit all of your information to try and not win, but you can’t win if you don’t try,” said Andre. “We didn’t think we would win, and we were awarded like some of the other grantees, and we are very happy with it.” Applications will be available at www.neighborhoodopportunityfund.com and are due on Dec. 22.

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Motown The Musical: The Soulful Sound That Changed The History of American Music Cadillac Palace Presented Motown The Musical October 3 – October 8, 2017 Directed by: Charles Randolph-Wright Book by: Berry Gordy Music by arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing By Brenda and Rick McCain Let’s Play! Detroit, Michigan, is known for a lot of different things; however, two distinct monuments will always be engraved into the blueprint of American history: Ford Motor Company and Motown Record Brenda and Rick McCain Corporation. And even though Ford is the only company remaining, it’s the Motown sound that will live forever. Founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. as Tamla Records on January 12, 1959, and incorporated as Mo-

town Record Corporation on April 14, 1960, Motown launched so many singing careers into the stratosphere of music history and even today, people around the world recognize the infamous letter “M” and know that it represents some soulful sounds that changed the history of American music! “Motown the Musical” is the true American dream story of the greatest record label of all time! The musical with the distinctive sound was cleverly orchestrated so that you can experience the life of Motown’s founder Berry Gordy Jr (Kenneth Mosley) and the story behind some of the great hits from heavyweights such as Diana Ross (Trencye), Smokey Robinson (Justin Reynolds), Marvin Gaye (Matt Manuel) and so many others who made this well-tuned team so successful. The evening began with Berry Gordy, Jr. not wanting to attend Motown’s 25th Year Anniversary Tribute to him. “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” was originally televised in 1983 and was produced by Suzanne de Passe for Motown Records. The program was taped before a live audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium

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and was broadcasted on NBC, however with all of the love that the former artists from Motown wanted to share with him, Berry Gordy and his ego almost killed this spectacular event. After discussing his feelings as to why he didn’t want to attend the gala event, the musical shifts and takes you on a journey of Gordy’s reminiscing about how he went from featherweight boxer to a heavyweight music mogul. We learn about what made him decide to be the Joe Louis of music and the pride of the Black community. The Soundtrack of Our Youth Motown gave us the soundtracks of our youth with Hitsville U.S.A. This is where the sound of soul music was crafted with an ear towards pop appeal. However, to churn out hits after hits, Berry Gordy, Jr. implemented The Motown production process, which has been described as a factory-like method. Gordy begins this music mogul corporation by signing unknown singers and groups who most record labels would overlook; however, using the Ford Motor Company assembly line process, he developed a complete training manual that produced the “Motown Sound” which facilitated in developing the ultimate stars like Mary Wells, Martha Reeves, The Jackson 5 / Michael Jackson, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Four Tops and The Supremes. This included “artist development” in which the acts on the Motown label were meticulously groomed, dressed and choreographed for live performances. It also included rigorous Friday “quality meetings” with a veto method to ensure that only the best material and performances would be released.

Kenneth Mosley as Berry Gordy and Trenyce as Diana Ross Throughout the sensational backstory of how Berry Gordy, Jr. built his Motown brand, we got to hear the music of our youth with more than 40 classic hits such as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “My Girl,” “Mr. Postman,” and “Where Did Our Love Go.” At times the music seemed as though it was moving too fast to really enjoy the fullness of the song; nonetheless, the songs made you sing along and reminiscence about your past. We watched this music giant and the Motown Family fight against the probabilities to fashion the soundtrack of transformation in America with songs such as “What’s Going On” and “War.” This musical allows you to reach back and enjoy that soulful sound just like you were young again, and along the way, you get a chance to watch the first relationship of soul develop between Berry Gordy, Jr. and Diana Ross both professionally and personally. Trenyce who played Diana Ross was pitch perfect and she mesmerized us with her amazing singing throughout the musical. Her glamour and ability to make you feel you were actually listening and seeing the iconic legend was remarkable. This musical delivered and will provide everything you would expect from a Motion show; however, we agreed that the women singers outperformed the men in singing, but the men of Motown stole the show with their famous Motown dance moves.

Director Charles Randolph-Wright gave us a towering stack of collective memorable hits with behind the scenes performances. This spectacular, exhilarating and jubilant musical allowed us to see why “Motown” is such a blockbuster musical with non-stop hits. While this show has ended, we highly recommend that you hurry to go see this musical whenever and wherever it plays again; the energy in the room is simply contagious! The cast Includes: Kenneth Mosley (Berry Gordy) Trenyce (Diana Ross) Justin Reynolds (Smokey Robinson) Matt Manuel (Marvin Gaye) Chase Phillips (Young Berry Gordy/Young Stevie Wonder/ Young Michael Jackson) Kai Calhoun (Young Berry Gordy/Young Stevie Wonder/ Young Michael Jackson) Nick Abbott (Swing) Tracy Byrd (Ensemble) Arielle Crosby (Ensemble) Devin Holloway (Ensemble) Quiana Holmes (Ensemble) Kayla Jenerson (Ensemble) King David Jones (Swing) EJ King (Ensemble) Brett Michael Lockley (Ensemble) Jasmine Maslanova-Brown (Ensemble) Rob McCaffrey (Ensemble) Trey McCoy (Ensemble) Alia Munsch (Ensemble) Erick Patrick (Ensemble) Eric Peters (Ensemble) Isaac Saunders, Jr. (Ensemble) Eran Scoggins (Swing) Ayla Stackhouse (Swing) Nya Trysha (Ensemble) Cartreze Tucker (Ensemble) Dre’ Woods (Ensemble) Jamari Johnson Williams (Ensemble) Nazarria Workman (Swing) www.chicagodefender.com


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New Regal, New Rules By Lee Edwards Defender Contributing Writer With new management comes new ideas. That much is clear as Jerald Gary, the owner of the Avalon Regal Theater (ART), 1645 E. 79th St., formerly known as the Regal Theater, plans to host an open house to raise funds to purchase new state-of-the-art projector equipment, which would make the ART the first theater in the country to offer both live and hologram performances. Hologram USA Networks, Inc., the producer of the projectors, which has reproduced the likeness of multiple stars both past and present, is one of Gary’s technology partners. Currently, a miniature replica of the hologram project has already been set up at the ticket booth at the ART. Gary anticipates the ART will soon become an international tourist destination while serving as a community anchor. With a listed seating capacity of more than 2,200, the theater stands as one of if not the largest theater south of downtown Chicago. He said once fully operational, entertainment such as live music, comedy shows, dance performances, films, and the like will be on the stage. “Obviously, the Regal Theater is a Chicago landmark but more importantly it’s a cultural landmark and an economic landmark, at least the potential is there,” said Gary. “I believe with a community and the power of technology these days, we have the ability to come together and with things like crowd funding it has enabled people within the

income A major component of the open house is the opportunity for community residents to become stakeholders in the ART moving forward. Creating an opportunity for community members to have a stake in the future of the Avalon Regal Theater is paramount in order to guarantee success, said Gary. He suggested the concept of community development has become “outdated” “We can no longer rely on single benefactors or for that matter any benefactors,” said Gary. To that end, Gary said interested parties can invest in ART by purchasing tickets through Seat Bond or by supporting an Indiegogo page setup to raise $150,000 in revenue, which will go toward the installation of the projector inside the theater. For more information about supporting the project visit the Indiegogo website: indiegogo.com/projects/sci-fisoul#/. Gary said a goal of his is to cultivate investment capital from within the community and then reinvest it back into the community. He referenced a rumor that Beyoncé’ and Jay Z would purchase the Regal when it was first on sale because he said people were in search of hope. He pointed out that the power couple is not even from Chicago. He said people have been waiting on Superman in some respect. “They thought it was Jay Z but it’s J.G from down the street,” said Gary. “That’s what people need to be looking to because we cannot look outward, we must look inward to ourselves in order to get out of our condition. We have to go inside.” The open houses will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on both days. For more information about the Avalon Regal Theater, visit regaltheater.org/.

community to pull resources together where they can lift up these cultural landmarks.” Gary said his desire is to build an arts and innovation corridor around the Avalon Regal Theater similar to attractions like Beale Street in Memphis or L.A. Live in Los Angeles. He prefaced his comments by stating “that’s a longer term vision,” however, a few of his short-term goals involve prioritizing of economic development, sowing financial resources into established businesses currently owned by local residents, and through economic development enrich the lives of current community residents. Gary said visitors at the open house can expect guided tours of the building in addition to an introduction to his other crowd sourcing program, Seat Bond. Seat Bond offers prospective investors the opportunity to purchase 10 tickets to upcoming events at the ART along with other tie-ins. According to the Regal Theater website, Seat Bond provides these elements for $1,000: •10 tickets to performances per year (does not include private events) •8% return on each $1,000 investment •Return of initial investment after 1 year, with the ability to re-invest •Embossed name plaque positioned on an auditorium seat •Framed Seat Bond Certificate and duplicate name plaque •Annual 1099-INT form for reporting taxable interest

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Kenny McReynolds and Others Honored at Hall of Fame Celebration Congratulations to Kenny McReynolds, Sports Director for WWME-TV and WCIU-TV, for receiving the 2017 Media Achievement Award at the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame 21st Annual Awards Induction Dinner and Program. The star studded event was held at the beautiful new Wintrust Arena at McCormick Square in Chicago. The program featured as MC’s my favorite Corey McPherrin, Fox 32 Reporter, and Peggy Kusinski of NBC-5 Chicago. Among the honorees were Tom Ricketts, Owner Chicago Cubs; Andrew Hauptman, Owner Chicago Fire; Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks; Tim Brown, Los Angeles Raiders; and Chicago’s own Cappie Pondexter, two-time WNBA Champion, seven-time WNBA All-Star, 2008 U.S. Olympic gold medal winner and 2007 WNBA Finals MVP. Orr High School Basketball team was also present and acknowledged for their 2A Basketball State Championship win this year. Many thanks to Vincent and Anniece Browder, CEOs Chicago Balfour, for everything and the beautiful Hall of Fame ring presented to Kenny. Andre Dawson, Cubs Hall of Famer, and Evan-Allen Gessesse accepted the award for Kenny who was unable to attend due to illness. Keep him in your prayers! I also attended “Power & Purpose Chicago,” which is a luncheon series launched this year by The Chicago (IL) Chapter of Andre Dawson, the Links, Incorporated to Cubs Hall of Famer, bring philanthropic, civic and Evan-Allen and corporate leaders toGessesse gether to discuss issues that affect the lives of African Americans in our city. The event raised over $100,000 and over $50,000 will be used towards Mental Health Programming on the West and South sides of Chicago. The Links also awarded $30,000 in grants to Allies of Innocence, MASK (Mothers Against Senseless Killings), NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness), Project PLEASE (Peer Lead Education and Access to Services through Encouragement), Chicago Family Partnership, CEO Lola Jenkins and Gloria Jenkins, Executive Director. An awesome and inspiring luncheon. Micah Materre of WGN Channel 9 was the beautiful and gracious mistress of ceremonies. The week ended with the announcement from U.S. Congressman Danny Davis that he will be seeking another term in the U.S. Congress. Congressman Davis simply stated that this is not the time for him to leave with all of his seniority. We all know why! Join “Verve Up” Women’s Conference on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Chicago Conference Center, Loop/River room, Jewel Holly Ware 525 South State, Chicago for engaging, thought-provoking presentations, interactive sessions and dynamic networking. Presenters include: Jewel Holly Ware, Alex Hunter, Sheree Franklin, Kimya Barden, PhD, and Marlen Vick, among others. Contact: 312-421-0493 or info@jewels-of-success.com.

The family of Cappie Pondexter (Chicago Marshall High School) celebrates her induction into the Hall of Fame.

Tim Brown, 1987 Heisman Trophy Winner and 2015 Pro Football Players Hall of Fame, 2017 Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

Lee Poindexter, Vincent Browder, CEO Chicago Balfour, Larry Stewart, GM of the Bulls Sox Academy and Tyrone Thomas, Entrepreneur, support the honorees at the Sports Hall of Fame.

Carolyn with Chicago’s Own Mark Aguirre

The members of the Chicagother Chapter if the Links, Incorporated President Teresa Dunbar Garrett, Co-Chairs of the Event Dianne Derrick and Rhonda Brown. Great job ladies!

Terry Hillard, Former Superintendent of the Chicago Police, Lori Lightfoot, President Chicago Police Board and Guest Speaker for the Links, Kimberly Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney and State Rep. Julianna Stratton

Cherita Logan, U.S. Congressman Danny Davis, Commissioner Barbara McGowan, 29th Ward Alderman Christopher Taliaferro and Commissioner Kari Steele

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Karry Young, CEO of KLY Development LLC and Commissioner Richard Boykin

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iHeart Media Presents Cracker Barrel “Sista Strut” Breast Cancer Walk

Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) and CPD Chief Barbara West

WGCI FM radio host Frankie Robinson hosts the day’s festivities.

Attendees arrive at the finish line at Kroc Center

Young attendee pink at the park.

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VH1’s “Black Ink Chicago” cast makes appearance at “Sista Strut.”

Inherit Chicago Presents “World Dumpling Fest” By Chicago Cultural Alliance

Live performances at the World Dumpling Fest

Keiana Barrett, Jada Russell and Diana Peyton

Hema’s Famous Vegetable Samosas

Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant & Bar

Attendees sample food and patronize Chicago area vendors

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Local actress lands role on hit TV show Empire

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By Wendell Hutson Defender Contributing Writer Fresh out of college local actress Alanna Lovely has landed a recurring role on one of television’s hottest shows, “Empire.” The one-hour drama show, which is filmed in Chicago, airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on Fox. Lovely makes her debut on season two during episode three on Oct. 11 as Lana Dubois, a member of a politically connected family at war with the Lyon family, which includes the show’s stars Terrence Howard aka Lucious Lyon and Taraji P. Henson aka Cookie Lyon. The show also features Ta’Rhonda Jones aka Porsha, another Chicago-native. The Defender recently caught up with Lovely, 24, at the Chicago Hilton & Towers hotel to discuss her rising career as an actress and model and what the future holds for her. Lovely, who grew up in south suburban Calumet City and now lives in Lincoln Park on the city’s North Side, said being chosen for the role was a blessing. “God is so good. He makes all things possible,” said Lovely, a longtime member of Sheldon Heights Church of Christ in Roseland where her mother and grandparents are also longtime members. After auditioning for the role Lovely said her agent, BMG Chicago, called her the same day to say the show wanted her to do a second audition. “So I auditioned a second time and this time the director for that episode was there to watch me and another actress audition,” recalled the slender, 5- foot-8-inch actress. “My agent called me again to say I got the part. I screamed when I got the

news. I called my mom and my friends to tell them the good news.” But after the excitement wore off, Lovely said she got nervous because she knew she was about to be seen by millions of viewers and work with legendary actress Phylicia Rashad, who plays her mother “Diana Dubois,” the matriarch of the Dubois family. “It was intimidating at first to be sitting next to someone [like Phylicia Rashad] who is a legend,” said Lovely, who studied theatre at Columbia College Chicago. “But I felt a little less nervous after I completed my first shoot and once I got to know the cast. Terrence and Taraji are funny and cool and make working with them comfortable.” And like many entertainers starting their careers, Lovely said she has a “day job” until her acting gigs can pay the bills. “Let’s see, I am a nanny, I am a bartender and I do other odd jobs. I have jobs with flexible schedules because when showbiz calls, you have to be ready and available,” explained Lovely. “Both jobs are interesting but I’ll be glad when I can just concentrate on acting.” Looking into the future Lovely, who is single, said if she does not get married or have children, “I am fine with that because I am one of those persons who puts career first.” Besides her role on “Empire,” Lovely is also a model, does TV commercials and theatre performances, which she said is her first love. This summer she performed in the musical play “Ragtime,” which was presented by Chicago-based Griffin Theatre Company. “It’s something about performing in front of a live audience that really makes me feel good,” she said. “Entertainment is all about having fun and doing theatre is a lot of fun.” Ultimately, Lovely said her career may have her relocate to California or New York, and while she loves living in Chicago, she is ready for the next chapter in her life. She added that her success thus far as an actress has not gone to her head, thanks to her mother Moleska Smith, a veteran public relations guru. “My mom has done a great job of keeping me focused and grounded. She is my unofficial publicist and my biggest fan,” said Lovely. “She was the one who introduced me to the arts by taking me to film festivals.” As far as role models, Lovely’s favorite actress is Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, who starred in the musicals “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Ragtime” and “Porgy and Bess.” Her favorite actors are Tom Hanks and John C. Riley, and her favorite TV show after “Empire” is the HBO comedy series “Insecure.” A fan of Mexican food, Lovely enjoys listening to music by Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar, and when she is not working, she enjoys hanging out with friends. “We [my friends and I] get together and find something fun to do on weekends,” she added. “I am a super normal person and I like hanging out with people who are also super normal.” www.chicagodefender.com


ENTERTAINMENT

Louis Carr’s “Dirty Little Secrets” Conference Seeks to Empower Men By Lee Edwards Defender Contributing Writer Chicago-born “Renaissance Man” Louis Carr seeks to change the culture for men in Chicago through his multi-layered men’s conference entitled, “Louis Carr Presents: Dirty Little Secrets | Men Only Edition,” at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, 633 N. Saint Clair St., on both Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct.14. Although Carr’s day job is president of Media Sales at Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks, his resume is littered with other credits such as author, motivational speaker, among others, according to his website. He explained the genesis of the potentially annual conference came from the feedback he’s received from individuals he’s encountered during his book signings and speaking engagements. He said because everyone is looking for solutions within their lives, he decided to offer men an opportunity to address a select number of topics. He said the planning for the conference began in earnest in February/March. He said the conversations had throughout the two-day conference will be “nothing but real.” A few of the speakers Carr said will be in attendance at the conference are: •Dougie Fresh, Hip-Hop pioneer •Daymond John, FUBU founder •Chris Gardner, business owner Carr said he’s been “blessed” to have dodged any significant road bumps while going through the planning process for the conference. He said during the early stages of the planning process, he couldn’t recall conferences geared towards men outside of the church. He shared that he may host the conference in other cities in the years to come. “I think it’s important that many voices are heard and that they come from many different perspectives,” said Carr. “Each one of us has our own personal journey and through that journey we all learn something that we can share. I don’t want this to be just about me. I’m hoping by the end of the day that people come out of this event with a bigger vision for themselves, their families and their communities with an improved skill set as to how to execute that.” Despite his accomplishments and acclaim, Carr is not removed from his roots; in fact, he said he currently resides in the Kenwood/Hyde Park community. The Lane Technical College Prep HS alumnus said he wanted to bring “energy” and “excitement” to the city through the conference. Among the topics he intends to address directly are how to navigate corporate America, how to grow and sustain business, how to save and invest money, relationship dynamics, fashion do’s and don’ts, and more. Carr said on Oct. 14 he intends to host a “hope” luncheon for nearly 100 African American and Hispanic young men in high school where he will give them the opportunity to meet and speak with successful people across multiple fields. The costs of tickets for the conference ($350) come for good reason, according to Carr. He said while he’s cognizant of the price tag, conferences like his are costly and that he’s not seeking to make a profit. He said he’s offered discounts to students, non-profit organizations, 100 Black Men of Chicago, and Urban League. Currently, slightly more than 200 people have signed www.chicagodefender.com

Media mogul Louis Carr is hosting a two-day conference to empower and uplift men to be their best. “Louis Carr Presents: Dirty Little Secrets | Men Only Edition” will be at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, 633 N. Saint Clair St., on both Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct.14. up for the conference, said Carr. His message to any naysayers of the event is to find their vehicle to improve the lives of men. He said his formula isn’t the only successful idea. He hopes that event attendees will network with one-another to gain lasting value from the conference long after its conclusion.

Individuals interested in attending the Louis Carr Presents: Dirty Little Secrets | Men Only Edition conference can purchase tickets here: eventbrite.com/e/louis-carr-presents-dirty-little-secrets-men-only-edition-tickets-36560991911/ THE CHICAGO DEFENDER • October 11 - 17, 2017 15


IN THE MIXX

In the MIXX: 53rd Chicago International Film Fest Kicks Off, CPD Seeks Black Applicants By Mary L. Datcher Defender Senior Staff Writer The city is lit this week as the longest running film festival in the country, the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, and the 6th Annual Social Change Film Festival takes flight. Kicking off on Oct. 12, the Chicago International Film Festival will run throughout most of the month at AMC River East 21 and end on Oct.26. This year’s festival will feature 150 indie and major films offering a variety of highlights. There is so much to choose from; the Mary L. Datcher featured categories include International entries, World Cinema, After Dark, Out-Look, Black Perspectives, Shorts and plenty more. On Thursday’s opening night, the festival will host the critically acclaimed film “Marshall” starring Chadwick Boseman. Director Reginald Hudlin, producer Paula Wagner and co-star Josh Gad will be in attendance with Boseman. The film is based on the life of young Civil Rights attorney Thurgood Marshall and his defense of a Black chauffer wrongfully accused of raping a White woman during 1930’s. The archives of The Chicago Defender are featured in at least three films during the festival’s Black Perspectives programming. The importance of how Black media plays a vital role in social activism reflects the narrative in “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” and “’63 Boycott”—they are also entered in the Documentary category. Other films reflecting the African-American experience to check out are: “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,” “Black Cop,” “Mud Bound” and “For Ahkeem.” Two iconic film stars will be honored at this year’s festival. The Academy Award winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, known for her ‘knock-em out the ballpark performance in “Howard’s End,” “Morgan,” “Mary Queen of Scotland,” among many will be honored on Oct. 16. Wrapping up the festival, Oct. 25, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor Sir Patrick Stewart takes a bow for his work in the blockbuster film franchise “X-Men,” and most recognizable as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” All films will be shown at the AMC River East 21 located at 322 E. Illinois and opened to the public for special prices. For a listing of films, showings and ticket admission, visit: chicagofilmfestival.com. There is special validated parking for $17 or take the Grand Ave. bus to save some coins. Across town, the Social Change Film Festival opens on Oct.13 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center in the heart of Bronzeville. There will be a red-carpet reception with a premiere of several films including “Tanya,” “Deadbeat,” “Maryville,” “America: I Too” and others. On both Saturday and Sunday, several panel discussions will take place addressing the issues of social activism, criminal 16 October 11 - 17, 2017 • THE CHICAGO DEFENDER

The film “Marshall” will open up the 53rd Chicago Int’l Film Festival on Oct.12 justice reform, community engagement and violence as films are shown. I would love to list additional panelist guests or who will be in an attendance, but it’s kind of hard to determine much from the festival’s website. The Social Chicago Film Festival will also expand to Los Angeles and New York as important topics spark necessary dialogue and hopefully “change.” For more information on ticket admission and the schedule, visit: www.chicagosocialchange.org CPD Aggressively Seek Black Applicants Speaking of changing the perspective, the Chicago Police Department is pushing aggressively to encourage Chicago residents to apply for the Chicago Police Academy. For the past two Saturdays, there have been on-site demonstrations at academy headquarters. The Be the Change campaign is focused on recruiting more potential candidates of color as CPD changes the perception of community engagement. CPD’s Chief Barbara West has taken the initiative to talk one-on-one with people in the community. “We want officers to come with a vast array of experiences from their background. Most people think that you have to have a criminal justice degree to become a police officer. But we have officers who are nurses, teachers, social scientists and attorneys,” West said. The department hopes to draw the same pool of candidates who are reflective of the community. She says, “We’ve had great success with increasing more diversity. We’ve also had additional female applicants that we’ve not had in the past.” Under the direction of Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, West says it’s important to encourage “community policing” to build trust among residents. “The superintendent has designated a committee to

Chicago Model/actress celebrates birthday on Oct.12

“Be the Change” CPD recruitment campaign.

Jazz and R&B duo The Baylors celebrate October birthdays come up with an initiative plan for community policing — the community policing advisory panel is led by our Chief Patrol. They’ve come up with some great recommendations in terms of improving our actual commitment to community engagement and improving our officers time allotment,” West explains. “In order to build trust, we have to have a relationship.” The actual CPD test will take place on December 15, but we encourage those who are interested in applying to take the exam to submit applications in person or online no later than Sunday, October 15. Attorney General Pool Gets Deeper On Tuesday, no surprise to political insiders, former federal prosecutor and criminal justice reformer, Sharon Fairley announced her candidacy for Attorney General of Illinois. She joins Senator Kwame Raoul and GOP candidate Erika Harold on the list of African-American candidates running in the March 2018 primary. Birthday Shout-outs The bossy Libras continue to reign this month. Happy belated to musician wife and husband Jean Baylor (Oct. 9) and Marcus Baylor (Oct.10) of the Baylor Project. DJ Geno Vantrease, Erik ‘E-Dub’ Edwards, Black In-Chicago celebrate on Oct.11. Music director and Chicago native Brazil Helton Siqueira; businesswoman Portia Mittons; and fashion model and style curator Andrea Parsons kick up on Oct. 12. Thea Cameron, KC Kandi Conda and music executive legend Miller London on Oct. 13. Co-Founder of African Festival of Life Patrick Woodtor on Oct. 16. The party continues with marketing and branding guru Rona Mercado; music producer/radio personality Naki the Beatman; singer Aniba Hotep; publicist Anita Luckett and Digiwaxx founder Corey “CL” Llewellyn on Oct.16 www.chicagodefender.com


COMMUNITY CALENDER

Sigma Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

OCTOBER 15

Real Men Wear Pink Sigma Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. hosts its signature event, with the theme “A Celebration of Art and Soul.” The gala spotlights local artists and performances; the headliners will be national recording artist Marqueal Jordan and the Players. The annual gala recognizes men who have been caregivers of women affected by breast cancer and benefits the sorority’s scholarship and service programs. Guests will also have the opportunity to shop a gallery of unique artwork while enjoying performances by spoken word artists, dances and musicians. Avalon Manor 3550 East U.S. Route 30 Merrillville, Ind. 2-7 p.m. $50 ticket includes 3-course meal and entertainment Tickets can be purchased from members or from chairperson Linnea Ferguson at linneamina@icloud.com

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October 21-22; 28-29 Boo! at the Zoo

Brookfield Zoo’s Annual Boo! At the Zoo provides family fun during the Halloween season. The event, sponsored by Ferrara Candy Company and Meijer, invites guests of all ages to show off their costumes and enjoy family-friendly and spooky fun activities. Kids can bring their trick-or-treat bags to the zoo and visit five candy stations for treats. All guests are welcome to join the costume parade, which kicks off at 1 p.m. in front of the Discovery Center and ends on the West Mall each of the four days. The costume contest begins at 1:30 p.m. each day. Other activities include a crazed maize corn maze, a creepy cowboy carousel, a pumpkin smasher, a haunted hayride, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and fun facts about animals. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. each day General admission for adults: $19.85; $14.50 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and over; additional fees apply for some activities Parking is $12. For more information, visit: czs.org/events

OCTOBER 26

South Shore Drill Team Fundraiser You are invited to engage, encourage and empower young people at the South Shore Drill Team Flags and Flips Fundraiser. Celebrating 37 years of performing arts, education support and leadership programs for youth, South Shore Drill team youth have achieved 100 percent high school graduation since 2012. Their alumni include teachers, police officers, firefighters, business managers and medical professionals. Your support will help engage the 70 new recruits and encourage more experienced members to stay focused on education and empower all of the amazing performers. South Shore Cultural Center 7059 South Shore Drive 6:30-8:30 p.m. Purchase tickets or donate online at southshoredrillteam.org

OCTOBER 29 The Poet

South Shore Opera Company of Chicago presents “The Poet,” vignettes from “Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows,” an opera based on the lives and love of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore. Featuring the world premiere of the opera’s newly composed full orchestration. South Shore Cultural Center 7059 South Shore Drive Tickets: $50-$175 Reception: 3 p.m. Opera: 4 p.m. Dinner/Entertainment: 6 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: southshoreopera.org/purchase-tickets/

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BUSINESS

NIU New Chairman of the Board Wheeler Coleman Gives Back By Andrew Jennings Defender Contributing Writer Almost 34 years since he graduated from NIU, Wheeler Coleman returns as the chairman of the NIU Board of Trustees. In 2011, Coleman, a CEO and Entrepreneur, joined NIU’s alumni board. He’d always felt a special relationship with NIU because it was the place that he met his wife, the place that he fine-tuned his technology skills, and the place that allowed him to “grow and develop as a person, as an individual, and as a leader.” After graduating from NIU with a degree in computer science, he started his career working with Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), where he was a software developer. From there, he moved up through the company, eventually becoming Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He then became the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Lifetime Health Care companies, the biggest health care company in upstate New York. There, he shifted the direction of the company’s IT operations and prepared the company for the changes that came with the Affordable Care Act. And in 2014, while he was on the alumni board, he started at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Michigan, managing a $320 million dollar budget and 2,000 employees. All this experience, along with the additional half dozen non-profit boards that he’s served on, has given Coleman a wealth of experience in doing everything from managing teams of people, to dealing with budgets, to organizing and leading efficient meetings. And it’s this experience that made him such a perfect fit for his new role at NIU. Like many institutions right now, NIU faces some challenges, and as chairman, Coleman has already pinpointed a lot of the main issues that he wants to address over the next few years. One such example is NIU’s enrollment problem: over the last 5-6 years, they’ve experienced a decline in enrollment, especially among non-freshmen. To combat this, the board plans to revisit and improve upon current strategies for enrollment, work with junior colleges to create a program that would allow their students to receive their B.S. from NIU, and try to find more scholarship money for students in an effort to make their college education more affordable. Another thing Coleman looks to address is the financial stability of his students. With each year, the state has allocated less and less money to NIU, making it more and more difficult for the school to do everything from maintain/improve on their current facilities, to providing the best quality education for students. To combat this, Coleman plans to work towards improving the school’s fiscal responsibility and gaining more financial independence. This strategy is very much interconnected with NIU’s enrollment, as improving their enrollment numbers is the most effective way to lessen the school’s dependency on the state for funding. However,

Wheeler Coleman the board also plans to lobby the state in an effort to get them to fund higher education. And lastly, the board wants to improve education. They want to increase the number of graduates they have every year, and make sure that they, as Coleman said, “go on to do great things in the state, the city, and nationwide.” This too, is determined in large part by the success of their push for funding. Coleman’s willingness to give back, however, doesn’t only extend to NIU. In addition to the board, he’s a fellow at Leadership Greater Chicago, has been a Little League coach on the South Side, writes career blogs, and started his own scholarship, named the Wheeler & Sharon Coleman Family Scholarship at Trinity United Church of Christ. This scholarship is an excellent representation of who Coleman is. The scholarship isn’t for students who excel in school, but for students who, like he did, try hard but stay in the middle of the pack. And this all comes back to one of his core beliefs: a successful person, especially a person of color, can’t just focus only on his or her own career, but also has to think about how to give back to the community and empower those people. He says he gives back in three areas: “Time, Talent, and Treasure.” And giving back is what he’s most proud of. He’s happy to have opportunities to interact with students on campus, and share his story of being a kid from the projects who was able to get to NIU, graduate, and become successful in corporate America. Coleman says that he inspires these kids by letting them know that, ”If I can do it, you can do it. All the disadvantages I’ve had in my life, I’ve never used that as an excuse. So no matter what they’re facing, no matter where they came from, the hardships they engaged in, there are people who came before them that were able to overcome those hardships, and they can too.” You can read Wheeler Coleman’s blog at wheelercoleman.com/blog/.

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The Loss Of Formality By Gina B. Defender Guest Columnist In the early 2000s as a fresh journalist, I kicked off my relationship column, “The G-Spot,” with an article titled “The Loss of Formality.” It was an examination of the social scene and how, at the time, I felt that manners had escaped us as a culture. A decade and a half latGina B. er, we have devolved. As far as I can tell, etiquette has been relegated to folklore. I since chose a profession – executive recruiting – where the presence of manners remains significant. Irrespective of the de-evolution of society, clients remain particular about the addition of new team members. There’s a formal process which involves a combination of work history, personal presence, appearance and, for certain roles, charm. It might seem old-world, but it somehow gives me great pleasure to operate in a field where social graces are critical, if not crucial, to success. My mission is not easy. While I always hope that candidates rise to the occasion, they often fail the test, and unfortunately pay the price. To provide perspective, the hiring executives are under great pressure to choose a candidate who will meaningfully contribute to the organization. If the candidate eventually joins the firm and succeeds, the interviewer will receive accolades. If the candidate fails, the decision-making process of that hiring exec will get called into question. Like, forever. To guard against making a bad hiring decision, interviewers are critical, imagining how this candidate will behave with clients, vendors and consumers. That said, for those who have been immersed in our society for so long that protocol is no longer second nature, I’m here to help. And before anyone reads further and believes that I’m giving rudimentary information or that I’m making light of this situation, I promise that each one of these topics has caused otherwise qualified candidates to get passed over for great opportunities. 1. When choosing interview attire, err on the conservative side. Some companies will insist that candidates wear business casual clothing. I’ve even heard of requests for candidates to wear jeans to an interview. Unless you have received specific instruction for casual attire, it’s best to suit up!

2. Plan your outfit ahead of time. At risk of sounding like someone’s mother, it’s the best way to make sure that you don’t have any wardrobe snafus. One of my candidates once got cut because, according to the hiring executive, “her clothes were wrinkled and it looked like she just rolled out of bed.” Give yourself enough time to be impeccable. 3. Don’t over-accessorize. Your jewelry should not outshine your personal content--nor should it make noise. 4. Tame the mane. I know. We’re all sensitive about our hair. Please maintain your personal style . . . within reason during an interview. Again, the goal is for the interviewer to marvel at your experience and content without distraction. 5. No gum-chewing during interviews. This should be self-explanatory, yet here we are. 6. Be polite to every person you encounter in the office. The hiring exec will ask the receptionist and his assistant their impressions of your encounters. Their opinions are seriously considered. 7. Eat light during lunch interviews. Interviews over a meal are a big test. It’s usually safe to order a salad, or something that you can quickly chew and swallow while answering intermittent questions. 8. Brush up on your table manners. Again, not trying to be your mother, but your proper use of utensils, napkins in the lap, polite treatment of wait staff will not go unnoticed. A candidate once had an offer rescinded after a dinner meeting with the President of the company where he buttered his bread with his fingers. (I can’t make this stuff up). 9. Consume alcohol sparingly. This is another test, and it can be a sticky situation. If your interview is over a meal and you don’t drink, politely refuse. If, and only if, your interviewer is having a cocktail and you do partake, have one drink which you can sip throughout. Do NOT order a shot. You can celebrate after you get the job. 10. Have impeccable bathroom habits. It’s unbelievable that I have to coach this, but it’s apparently necessary. Another candidate found himself in the restroom with the hiring exec after a lunch meeting... and failed to wash his hands. Guess who didn’t get an offer? Or a handshake? 11. Follow up with each person you meet. If you’re wondering whether thank you notes are still appropriate, don’t hesitate. They’ll never go out of style. At least I hope not. Gina B. is an executive search consultant, podcaster and President/ Chief Alchemist of Naturals by Gina B. For more information about Gina, go to www.IAmGinaB.com. www.chicagodefender.com


CLASSIFIEDS LEGAL NOTICE

PROPERTY FOR SALE

PROPERTY FOR SALE

NOTICE INVITATION TO BID METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT OF GREATER CHICAGO

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC DBA CHAMPION MORTGAGE P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; JHC ACQUISITION LLC DBA OMNCARE OF N. ILLINOIS; ASSET ACCEPTANCE LLC; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF KENNETH CRAWFORD, DECEASED; ANTHONY LEWIS; GERALD NORDGREN, AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF KENNETH CRAWFORD, D E C E A S E D ; � D e f e n d a n t s , � 17 CH 592 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, November 9, 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. 25-05-318-026-0000. Commonly known as 9326 South Bishop 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 Sales Department at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, One East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614) 220-5611. 16-030438 F2 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3063384

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION DITECH FINANCIAL LLC P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � PATRICIA S. SWEEZER; CITY OF CHICAGO, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION Defendants, 17 CH 5423 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Monday, October 30, 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. 20-33-102-031-0000. Commonly known as 7930 South Lowe 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 Sales Department at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, One East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614) 220-5611. 16-031908 F2 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3062429

Sealed proposals, endorsed as below, will be deposited in the sealed bid depository located in the lobby of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Administration Building, 100 East Erie Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611, from the date of the Invitation to Bid, up to 11:00 A.M. on the bid opening date, and will be opened publicly by the Director of Procurement and Materials Management or her designee at 11:00 A.M. on the stated bid opening date below for: CONTRACT 16-805-21 FURNISH, DELIVER, AND INSTALL A BOILER FOR THE EQUIPMENT GARAGE AT THE CALUMET WATER RECLAMATION PLANT Estimated Cost: $240,000.00 Bid Deposit: $12,000.00 Mandatory Pre-Bid Walk-Through: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m. Chicago Time Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, Admin Building Conference Room 400 E. 130th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60628 Mandatory Technical Pre-Bid Conference: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Immediately Following Walk-Through Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, Admin Building Conference Room 400 E. 130th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60628 Bid Opening: November 7, 2017 Compliance with the District’s Multi-Project Labor Agreement, Affirmative Action Ordinance Revised Appendix D and Appendix C are required on this contract. ******************************************************************************************************* The above is an abbreviated version of the Notice- Invitation to Bid. A full version which includes a brief description of the project and/or service can be found on the District’s website, www.mwrd.org; Click the Contracts and Proposal quick link on the District’s Home page. Go to Contracts Currently Being Advertised and click for further information. Specifications, proposal forms and/or plans may be obtained from the Department of Procurement & Materials Management, Room 508, 100 East Erie Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611, Monday - Friday, between 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Documents, unless stated above to the contrary, will be mailed in response to a fax request (#312/751-3042). The vendor may also download specifications, proposal forms and/or plans online from the District’s website, www.mwrd.org. No fee is required for the contract documents unless stated above. All Contracts for the Construction of Public Works are subject to the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act (820 ILCS 130/1-et.seq.), where it is stated in the Invitation to Bid Page. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals if deemed in the public’s best interest. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Chicago, Illinois October 11, 2017

By Darlene A. LoCascio Director of Procurement and Materials Management

LEGAL NOTICE

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE OF CHANGE OF MEETING LOCATIONS FOR COMMITTEE/BOARD MEETINGS OF OCTOBER 17 AND NOVEMBER 21, 2017 CHICAGO HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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: D17152322 on the October 5, 2017. Under the Assumed Name of HOY CONSULTING with the business located at 18591 MEADOW LANE, HAZEL CREST, IL 60429. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owners(s)/partner(s) is: Owner/Partner Full Name: DR. COLZETTE HOY Complete Address: 18591 MEADOW LANE, HAZEL CREST, IL 60429, USA

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the locations of the October 17, and November 21, 2017, Committee Meetings (Finance & Audit Committee, Tenant Services Committee and Real Estate Operations Development Committee) and Board Meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Housing Authority have changed. The meetings for October 17, and November 21, 2017, will be held at CHA Corporate Offices, 60 E. Van Buren, 12 fl. Loft, Chicago, Illinois. If you have any questions, please contact Lee Chuc, Board Secretary at 312-913-7282.

s:b Lee Chuc, Secretary CHA Board of Commissioners

Date: October 4, 2017

LEGAL NOTICE City of Chicago

Specification No.: 487025 Chicago-Department of Aviation Chicago-O’Hare International Airport Employee Parking Package #1 Bids Due to Walsh Construction Company II, LLC up to October 30, 2017 5:00 PM (CST) We request a proposal from your firm for the Chicago-O’Hare International Airport, Department of Aviation. Subcontractors and suppliers can access plans and specifications online at the Walsh Group Site, https:// secure.smartbidnet.com/External/PublicPlanRoom.aspx?Id=329762 or are available to review at Walsh Construction Company II, LLC office located at 929 W. Adams Street Chicago, IL 60607. In order to assist certified DBE Enterprise, Contractors and Suppliers, we will divide total requirements into smaller activities or quantities and establish delivery and construction schedules which will permit maximum participation of disadvantaged businesses where feasible. All subcontractors and material suppliers are required to execute our standard “Subcontract Agreement” and/or “Purchase Order”. We do require 100% Performance & Payment or supply bonds. If there are any questions or concerns with our standard subcontract, bonding requirements, insurance, or any other matter regarding this project please feel free to contact us.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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FOR SALE Ladies Charity Shoe Sale October 13 & 14 (9am-3pm) 11201 S Cottage Grove, Chicago IL 60628 We will be selling ladies high heel shoes, dress shoes/boots, career/fashion Prices range from 5 dollars and up (no checks)

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LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to “An Act in relation to the use of an Assumed Business Name in the conduct or transaction of Business in the State, “as amended, that a certification was registered by the undersigned with the County Clerk of Cook County, Registration Number: D17152165 on the September 26, 2017. Under the Assumed Name of SANDY MILL WORKS with the business located at 5126 S. KIMBARK AVE APT #GE, CHICAGO, IL 60615. The true and real full name(s) and residence address of the owners(s)/ partner(s) is: Owner/Partner Full Name: CASSANDRA MILLER Complete Address: 5126 S. KIMBARK AVE APT #GE, CHICAGO, IL 60615, USA

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION AMERICAN ADVISORS GROUP P l a i n t i f f , � v . � UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF PRISCILLA HILL, DECEASED, UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS AND LIENHOLDERS AGAINST THE ESTATE OF PRISCILLA HILL, DECEASED, UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS AND LIENHOLDERS AGAINST THE UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF PRISCILLA HILL, DECEASED, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ACTING BY AND THROUGH THE SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, WILLIAM BUTCHER, AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF PRISCILLA HILL, DECEASED D e f e n d a n t s � 17 CH 03018 7704 S. OGLESBY 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 August 18, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 21, 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 7704 S. OGLESBY AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60649 Property Index No. 2 0 - 2 5 - 4 2 2 - 0 2 0 - 0 0 0 0 . � The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $ 1 5 5 , 4 3 1 . 2 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. 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, contact Plaintiff's attorney: HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC, 111 East Main Street, DECATUR, IL 62523, (217) 422-1719 Please refer to file number 2120-13336. If the sale is not confirmed for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the purchase price paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's a t t o r n e y . � 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 . � HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, L L C � 111 East Main Street DECATUR, IL 62523 (217) 422-1719 Fax #: (217) 422-1754 CookPleadings@hsbattys.c o m � Attorney File No. 2120-13336 Attorney Code. 40387 Case Number: 17 CH 03018 TJSC#: 37-7649 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. I3060330

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 PRETIUM MORTGAGE ACQUISITION T R U S T � P l a i n t i f f , � v . � RACHELLE BLACKMON, HAROLD BLACKMON, CITY OF CHICAGO, THE CRANSTON C O N D O M I N I U M � D e f e n d a n t s � 17 CH 006860 6937 S. CRANDON AVENUE UNIT 4E 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 August 14, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 22, 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 6937 S. CRANDON AVENUE UNIT 4E, CHICAGO, IL 60649 Property Index No. � 20-24-419-018-1017.� The real estate is improved with a condo/town h o u s 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 14-17-03975. 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 RIDGE, IL 60527 �BURR (630) 794-5300 � E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-17-03975 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 �Case Number: 17 CH 006860 TJSC#: 37-7669 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. I3061650

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CLASSIFIEDS PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION BAYVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC; P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � WILLIE MCGEE; HELEN MCGEE; DEPARTMENT OF HEALTHERCARE AND FAMILY SERVICES; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLA I M A N T S ; � De f e n d a n t s , � 16 ch 5118 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 Thursday, November 16, 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. 20-25-113-053-0000. Commonly known as 7208 South East End Avenue, Chicago, IL 6 0 6 4 9 . � The mortgaged real estate is a townhouse 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: 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 i n s p e c t i o n . � For information call Mr. Stephen G. Daday at Plaintiff's Attorney, Klein, Daday, Aretos & O'Donoghue, LLC, 2550 West Golf Road, Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008. (847) 5 9 0 - 8 7 0 0 . � INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3064089

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION P l a i n t i f f , � v . � BERTHA TOWNSEND D e f e n d a n t s � 17 CH 05471 7817 S. CHAPPEL AVE. 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 24, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 21, 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 7817 S. CHAPPEL AVE., CHICAGO, IL 60649 Property Index No. 20-25-425-005-0000.� The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $ 1 4 1 , 4 1 0 . 2 6 . � 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: HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC, 111 East Main Street, DECATUR, IL 62523, (217) 422-1719 Please refer to file number 2120-13526. If the sale is not confirmed for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the purchase price paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's a t t o r n e y . � 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 . � HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, L L C � 111 East Main Street DECATUR, IL 62523 (217) 422-1719 Fax #: (217) 422-1754 CookPleadings@hsbattys.c o m � Attorney File No. 2120-13526 Attorney Code. 40387 Case Number: 17 CH 05471 TJSC#: 37-6986 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. I3058111

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION MID AMERICA MORTGAGE, INC P l a i n t i f f , � v . � KEVIN SMITH, ANGELA SMITH D e f e n d a n t s � 16 CH 011747 8950 S. CRANDON 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 August 15, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 17, 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 8950 S. CRANDON AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60617 Property Index No. 25-01-221-038-0000.� The real estate is improved with a single family residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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 14-16-05078. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending s a l e s . � CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-16-05078 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 16 CH 011747 TJSC#: 37-7690 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. I3061631

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PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION REVERSE MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC. P l a i n t i f f , � �v . � � JACQUELINE A. WHITAKER, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA � DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, STATE OF ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF HILDA M. WHITAKER, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, JACQUELINE A. WHITAKER AS INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF HILDA M. WHITAKER (DECEASED), JOHN W H I T A K E R � D e f e n d a n t s � 17 CH 000054 8009 S. VINCENNES AVENUE CHICAGO, IL 60620 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on July 21, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 15, 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 8009 S. VINCENNES AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60620 Property Index No. 2 0 - 3 3 - 1 1 5 - 0 0 3 - 0 0 0 0 . � 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., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876 Please refer to file number 14-16-13787. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � One South Wacker Drive, 24th � Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending s a l e s . � CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-16-13787 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 17 CH 000054 TJSC#: 37-6917 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. I3061440

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, DOING BUSINESS AS CHRISTIANA TRUST, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR BCAT 2014-9TT P l a i n t i f f , � v . � CAROLINE L. ODOM-WADE, ILLINOIS HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, STATE OF ILLINOIS D e f e n d a n t s � 16 CH 014527 8817 S. EAST END 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 August 9, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 13, 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 8817 S. EAST END AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 6 0 6 1 7 � Property Index No. 25-01-112-038-0000.� The real estate is improved with a r e s i d e n c e . � Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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 14-16-15077. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending s a l e s . � CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-16-15077 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 16 CH 014527 TJSC#: 37-7516 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. I3061189

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION CITIZENS BANK N.A. F/K/A RBS CITIZENS N.A. SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHARTER ONE BANK, F.S.B. P l a i n t i f f , � v . � ANGEL HAWTHORNE, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF ORA HAWTHORNE, THOMAS P. QUINN, AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR ORA HAWTHORNE (DECEASED), MYRTIS HAWTHORNE D e f e n d a n t s � 16 CH 014194 7410 S. SANGAMON STREET CHICAGO, IL 60621 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on July 7, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 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 7410 S. SANGAMON STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60621 Property Index No. 20-29-227-020-0000.� The real estate is improved with a r e s i d e n c e . � Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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 14-16-12541. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending s a l e s . � CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-16-12541 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 16 CH 014194 TJSC#: 37-6483 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. I3058214

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PROPERTY FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC P l a i n t i f f , � v . � ANITA L. BRONNER, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA � DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING � AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, ILLINOIS HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS D e f e n d a n t s � 16 CH 010356 3129 S. INDIANA AVENUE 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 1, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on October 25, 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 3129 S. INDIANA AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 6 0 6 1 6 � Property Index No. 17-34-103-047-0000.� The real estate is improved with a single family residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire � transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by mortgagee acquiring the � 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 14-16-02506. � THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com � for a 7 day status report of pending s a l e s . � CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-16-02506 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 16 CH 010356 TJSC#: 37-8603 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. I3062918

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION LENDINGHOME FUNDING C O R P O R A T I O N � P l a i n t i f f , � v . � CASH FLOW INVESTORS II, LLC, JUSTIN ERICSSON D e f e n d a n t s � 17 CH 5619 7955 SOUTH LOOMIS 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 September 12, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on October 24, 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 7955 SOUTH LOOMIS STREET, Chicago, IL 6 0 6 2 0 � Property Index No. 20-32-104-023. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $ 1 3 7 , 8 3 9 . 5 7 . � 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 17-0645. 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. 17-0645 Attorney Code. 40342 Case Number: 17 CH 5619 TJSC#: 37-8558 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. I3062791

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR STRUCTURED ASSET INVESTMENT LOAN TRUST MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2 0 0 6 - B N C 3 � P l a i n t i f f , � v . � MARCUS KLINE, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF ASHAKI BOCHUM-KLINE, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, GERALD NORDGREN, AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR ASHAKI BOCHUM-KLINE ( D E C E A S E D ) � D e f e n d a n t s � 15 CH 016205 8257 S. CORNELL AVENUE CHICAGO, IL 60617 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on April 18, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on 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 8257 S. CORNELL AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60617 Property Index No. 20-36-119-014-0000.� The real estate is improved with a single family residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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 14-15-15814. THE JUDICIAL SALES C O R P O R A T I O N � One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending s a l e s . � CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File No. 14-15-15814 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 15 CH 016205 TJSC#: 37-8482 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. I3062674

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.; Plai n t i f f , � v s . � ROSEMARY GARCIA; THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; CITY OF CHICAGO, A MUNICIPAL COR P O R A T I O N ; � Defenda n t s , ) � 16 CH 12254 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 wil on Thursday, November 2, 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. 26-06-407-024-0000. Commonly known as 9258 South Anthony Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property wil NOT be open for inspection.� For information call Sales Department at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, One East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614) 220-5611. 17-030618 F2 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3062627

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION COLFIN BULLS FUNDING A, AS SUCCESSOR-IN-INTEREST TO MB FINANCIAL BANK, N.A., AS SUCCESSOR-IN-INTEREST TO FDIC, AS RECEIVER FOR INBANK F/K/A INTERSTATE B A N K , � P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � MICHAEL W. BRADLEY A/K/A MICHAEL BRADLEY, LAKESIDE BANK, AS TRUSTEE U/T/A DATED JANUARY 13, 2004 A/K/A TRUST NUMBER 10-2622, ARROW FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC, UNKNOWN O W N E R S , � TENANTS AND NON-RECORD CLA I M A N T S , � De f e n d a n t s , � 09 CH 42821 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 will on Monday, October 30, 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. 20-03-111-004-0000. Commonly known as 4013-15 S. Calumet, Chicago, IL 60653. The mortgaged real estate is a multi-family residence. The successful purchaser is entitled to possession of the property only. The purchaser may only obtain possession of units within the multi-unit property occupied by individuals named in the order of possession. The property may be made for inspection by contacting R.Baker Thompson of RBT Advisor LLC at (312) 255-0505. 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. For information call Ms. Kristine M. Kolky at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, 111 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601-3713. (312) 5 2 7 - 4 0 0 0 . � INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3062424

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � FRANCISCO NEVAREZ, AKA FRANCISCO JAVIER NEVAREZ, AKA FRANCISCO J. NEVAREZ; MARIA C. NEVAREZ; CARMEN NEVAREZ; THE CITY OF CHICAGO; PORTFOLIO RECOVERY ASSOCIATES, LLC De f e n d a n t s , � 17 CH 3645 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 wil on Monday, October 30, 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. 20-07-318-020-0000. Commonly known as 2212 West 54th Place, Chicago, IL 60609. 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 Sales Department at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, One East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (614) 220-5611. 17-006462 F2 INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I3062421

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY P l a i n t i f f , � v . � JESSIE BERRY, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD C L A I M A N T S � D e f e n d a n t s � 2016 CH 5943 8724 SOUTH WINCHESTER A V E N U E � 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 July 26, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 8, 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 8724 SOUTH WINCHESTER AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60620 Property Index No. 25-06-200-050-0000.� The real estate is improved with a single family home with no garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. 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 254361. 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. 254361 Attorney Code. 61256 Case Number: 2016 CH 5943 TJSC#: 37-7826 I3061155

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION TCF NATIONAL BANK Plaintiff, -v.MARQUETTE BANK F/K/A MARQUETTE NATIONAL BANK, AS TRUSTEE UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF A TRUST AGREEMENT DATED SEPTEMBER 23, 1996 AND KNOWN AS TRUST NUMBER 13890, KANDY J. KRUSE A/K/A KANDY KRUSE, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 17 CH 01498 5710 S. MASSASOIT AVENUE Chicago, IL 60638 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on August 15, 2017, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on November 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 5710 S. MASSASOIT AVENUE, Chicago, IL 60638 Property Index No. 19-17-220-025-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $224,314.68. 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 part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver’s license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact DAVID T. COHEN, COHEN JUTLA DOVITZ MAKOWKA, LLC, 10729 WEST 159TH STREET, ORLAND PARK, IL 60467, (708) 4607711 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. COHEN JUTLA DOVITZ MAKOWKA, LLC 10729 WEST 159TH STREET ORLAND PARK, IL 60467 (708) 460-7711 E-Mail: Foreclosure@CJDM.Legal Attorney Code. 25602 Case Number: 17 CH 01498 TJSC#: 37-7962 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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MEMORIES Leak & Sons Funeral Home

SEVIER Elaine Sevier…..Wake was held: Saturday, October 07, 2017; TBA @ Bethlehem Star M.B. Church, 9231 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Funeral: TBA Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HAYNES Pamela Haynes…..Wake was held: Saturday, October 07, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Funeral: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. ALLEN Jean Allen…..Wake was held: Saturday, October 07, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. PLEDGER Harriet Pledger…..Wake was held: Saturday, October 07, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. DAVIS Katrece Davis…..Wake was held: Saturday, October 07, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel King 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. VERNA Jeannise Verna…..Wake was held: Saturday, October 07, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ South Haitian Church of God, 8901 S. Baltimore 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. WALKER Jarell Walker…..Wake was held: Saturday, October 07, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Zion Grove M B C, 231 -33 E. Pershing 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. LANGHAM Cedric Langham…..Wake was held: Saturday, October 07, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. MONTGOMERY Karen Montgomery…..Wake was held: Sunday, October 08, 2017; 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson 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. JACKSON Roland Jackson…..Memorial was held: Monday, October 09, 2017; TBA @ Cornell Baptist Church, 5001 S. Ellis Ave. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. TYLER Calvin Tyler…..Wake was held: Monday, October 09, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Abe Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

MONTGOMERY Craig Montgomery…..Wake was held: Monday, October 09, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Greater Little Rock the Lords, 647 N. Kedzie 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. BOYD Devoy Boyd…..Wake was held: Monday, October 09, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Antioch B. C., 62nd Stewart 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. JONES Keith Jones…..Wake was held: Monday, October 09, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel 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. CRAFT- BAILEY Cynthia Craft-Bailey…..Wake was held: Monday, October 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. SMITH, SR. Henry Smith, Sr…..Wake was held: Tuesday, October 10, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel King 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. RODGERS Clarence Rodgers…..Wake was held: Tuesday, October 10, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Interment: Abraham Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

ROBINSON Eddie Robinson…..Wake: Wednesday, October 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

MOORE, JR. Jesse Moore, Jr…..Wake: Friday, October 13, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ St. Mark B.C., 14618 S. Lincoln Funeral: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Interment: Abe Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

HICKINGBOTTOM, JR. Michael Hickingbottom, Jr….. Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. @ Word of Truth, 415 W. 111th Funeral: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

CARTER Terrence Carter…..Wake: Wednesday, October 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ St. Marks B.C., 147th, Harvey, IL 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.

WILLIAMS Benjamin Williams…..Wake: Friday, October 13, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Sanctuary of Holiness C O G I C, 700 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Interment: Forest Home Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

MOORE Barbara Moore…..Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Interment: Burr Oak Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

DAVIS Marcus Davis…..Wake: Friday, October 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.

HOWARD Melvin Howard…..Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ Chapel 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.

CHIN Jamal Chin…..Wake: Friday, October 13, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Original Philadelphia Baptist, 6558 S. Carpenter St. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

LEWIS Marques Lewis…..Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ New Life Covenant, 1021 E. 78th St. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

GARNER Mary Garner…..Wake: Friday, October 13, 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: Evergreen Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

BLACKMAN Teresa Blackman…..Wake: Sunday, October 15, 2017; 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ Chapel Jackson 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.

ISOM Willie Isom…..Wake: Wednesday, October 11, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Rain or Shine Baptist Church, 704 E. 43rd St. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. WILLIS Sylvia Willis…..Wake: Wednesday, October 11, 2017; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ St. John Lutheran, 4247 W. 183rd St. Funeral: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Interment: Thursday, October 12, 2017; 10:00 a.m. Union Ridge, 6700 W. Higgins Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HILL Garnell Hill…..Wake: Thursday, October 12, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Interment: Abe Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. GILLAIRD, SR. Eugene Gillaird, Sr…..Wake: Thursday, October 12, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Veterans Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

SANDERS Sarah Sanders…..Wake was held: Tuesday, October 10, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

TAYLOR Kenneth Taylor…..Wake: Thursday, October 12, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson 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.

LEMON Charnella Lemon…..Wake was held: Tuesday, October 10, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ St. John Baptist Church, 211 East 115th St. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

WILLIAMSON Lillian Williamson…..Wake: Thursday, October 12, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Monument of Faith, 2800 Columbus Dr. 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.

COOK Juanita Cook…..Wake was held: Tuesday, October 10, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Lunford Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Oak Wood Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. HOLMES Phelps Holmes…..Wake was held: Tuesday, October 10, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Pleasant Green, 144 W. 59th 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. COLE Leotis Cole…..Wake was held: Tuesday, October 10, 2017; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

MC GREW Nila McGrew…..Wake: Friday, October 13, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. AMOS Pierre Amos…..Wake: Friday, October 13, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Lunford Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. DUNCAN Darryl Duncan…..Wake: Friday, October 13, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel Jackson Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

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HAWKINS - LUCKETT Hellene Hawkins - Luckett….. Wake: Friday, October 13, 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. DAVIS Tony Davis…..Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist, 6352 S. Eggleston 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. DAILEY, JR. Cleveland Dailey, Jr…..Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Liberty Baptist, 4849 S. King 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. WILSON Mattie Wilson…..Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Hazel Crest Assembly, 17801 S. Cicero Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Oak Wood Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. COLEMAN, JR. John Coleman, Jr…..Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ St. Michael Baptist Church, 4106 W. Monroe 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. CAMPBELL Adrian Campbell…..Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Apostolic Assembly, 10706 S. Vincennes 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.

WRIGHT Hattie Wright…..Wake: Saturday, October 21, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. @ Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Road Funeral: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567. CAMPBELL Marcus Campbell…..Wake: Saturday, October 21, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Chapel King Funeral: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements Entrusted To: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 846-6567.

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Funeral Home HAYES Donald Hayes, Sr.....….. Wake was held: Saturday, October 7, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral was held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cremation. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com BERGMAN William D. Bergman…….. Wake was held: Saturday, October 7, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Greater Metropolitan Baptist Church, 5846 South Wabash Avenue. Funeral will be held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mount Hope Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome. com BARLOW Barbara K. Barlow…….. Wake was held: Monday, October 9, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Bellevue Baptist Church, 10701 South Emerald Avenue. Funeral will be held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Washington Memory Gardens, Homewood, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com

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KIRK-WALKER Isabel Kirk-Walker.…….. Wake was held: Monday, October 9, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Garden of Peace Ministries, 245 Monee Road, Park Forest, Illinois. Funeral was held: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cremation. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com JINKS Randal Jinks….. Wake was held: Tuesday, October 10, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.@ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral was held: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 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 LOFTON Katie M. Lofton….. Wake was held: Wednesday, October 11, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.@ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral was held: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Interment: Homewood Memorial Gardens, Homewood, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com WATKINS Irma M. Watkins.....….. Wake will be held: Friday, October 13, 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: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome. com COOK Lawrence J. Cook…….. Wake will be held: Friday, October 13, 2017; 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Apostolic Church of God, 6320 South Dorchester Avenue. Funeral will be held: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome. com BRIDGEFORTH Asa Bridgeforth.....….. Wake will be held: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Taylor Funeral Home. Funeral will be held: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Interment: Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois. Arrangements Entrusted To: Taylor Funeral Home, 63 East 79th. Street, Chicago, IL 60619: (773) 488.7300 cbtaylorfuneralhome.com

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GIBSON Donald Gibson..…..Wake was held: Tuesday, October 10, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ New Grace Emmanuel Community COGIC, 2734 East 83rd St. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Restvale Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. TRIPLETT Edna Triplett..…..Wake: Saturday, October 14, 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. GRIFFIN Otis Griffin..…..Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Rose of Light, 1302 West 74th Street Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Abraham Lincoln Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. NORVELL Louise Norvell..…..Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Greater MT Hebron Baptist Church, 8000 S. Woods Funeral: 11:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. NELSON Ruby Jean Nelson..…..Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 9:00 a.m. @ Antioch South Baptist, 6953 S. Stewart Funeral: 10:00 a.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. TYLER Katherine Tyler..…..Funeral: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 11:00 a.m. @ New Covenant MBC, 754 E. 77th St. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400. ROSE Mark Rose..…..Wake: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 10:00 a.m. @ Original Holy Ark, 5338 South Morgan Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements by: Calahan Funeral Home Inc., 7030 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60621: (773) 723-4400.

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In “CJ” We Trust Cubs reliever Carl Edwards, Jr. had a lil something for the Nationals’ Bryce Harper By Eugene McIntosh The Bigs Media

Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky made his first career start on Monday Night Football vs the Minnesota Vikings (Photo by Quinn Harris/ The Bigs Visuals)

Aww Snap! The Bears Have Themselves A Quarterback! The Bears FINALLY give the people what they want -- Mitch Trubisky By Terrence Tomlin The Bigs Media The Bears rookie quarterback had already reached the mythical level of “last name only” status before he even took the first snap of his career. Trubisky. That’s the name that every Bears fan is hoping they see behind center for years to come, effectively cleansing their memory of the false prophets that came before him. After a plethora (30 to be exact) of quarterbacks we’d love to forget--including four dreadful weeks of being force fed the high-priced, statuesque Mike Glennon, who never showed any signs of being a competent starter in the NFL, the Bears finally decided to take the O’Jays’ advice and give the people what they want. Monday night versus the Vikings of Minnesota was officially “Mitch-A-Palooza” and it seems everybody-- from the fans to the coaching staff-- had the fever! A quarterback making plays outside of the pocket, a fake punt play-call that lead to a touchdown, a double option to Trubisky for a 2-point conversion that was a thing of beauty, and a tipped pass that resulted in a touchdown had Bears fans everywhere asking themselves… Whose Bears are these? Never mind the truck load of penalties that the Bears racked up, dropped passes that should have been completed, questionable play-calling that has plagued the coaching staff, or that interception Trubisky threw on the Bears most important drive of the game, those all now seem like fixable problems thanks to the biggest takeaway from Monday night’s 20-17 loss that sent them to 1-4… The Chicago Bears have themselves a quarterback… and he’s already earning the respect of his players. “I thought he was really good. He extended plays for us, made plays downfield, made plays with his legs, put us in position to win that game. What we need to do is be better, collectively, around him,” said tight end Zach Miller when asked about his www.chicagodefender.com

quarterback’s first career start. “Too many pre-snap penalties, too many plays breaking down technique – 50-something-yard run for a touchdown called back. I think he did everything he could for us to win that game. I’m excited for his future,” he continued. Zack told you no lies. Dropped passes and untimely penalties made this a game that the Bears didn’t deserve to win, but Trubisky, in true leadership form, took the L right on the chin and told his guys that this one was on him. “Just taking ownership. I feel like that’s what a quarterback is supposed to do. That’s what I’ve been doing my whole life – you just take it.” Kendall Wright, who has had to tolerate playing with Mike Glennon for 4 weeks, made no excuses. “He was calm; he was cool. We can’t put him in those positions though. We had plenty of opportunities to win that game before the last minutes. We had plenty of chances in that game to win it early on.” The optimism that the team expressed postgame, even after a loss, was a clear sign that the fans weren’t the only ones craving a change at the quarterback position. “I think our guys feel it. They feel his presence,” said Head Coach John Fox. “For a first outing, I thought he was really good. I know his teammates feel the same way. He’ll just get better with time.” It’s refreshing to hear John Fox, who usually uses his time at the podium to skate circles around reporters with typical “Coach Talk,” offer something of substance, but having a quarterback you genuinely believe in will do that to you. He offered up high praise when asked about what lies ahead for the rookie QB. “He’s got what it takes. There’s no doubt in my mind. For a first game, I go back to watching guys like Montana in his first game. I’ve seen a few of them. I’m not making comparisons at this point. But he will do nothing but get better.” The Bears have themselves a quarterback! Follow The Bigs on Twitter & Instagram @itsthebigs

“Harper better hope he isn’t my last batter the next time I face him,” said Carl Edwards, Jr. just one day after Nationals stud Bryce Harper hit a 3-run BOMB in the bottom of the 7th inning to tie the game at 3 and help Washington pull off a thrilling 6-3 win over the Cubs to tie their best of 5 NLDS series at 1 game a piece. Harper returned from a stint on the DL with left knee bursitis and wasn’t looking like the normal “B-Harp” until “CJ” left a 3-1 curveball hanging in his wheelhouse. “I just knew he was going to throw a curveball in the dirt. Once I saw the spin on the ball, I knew it was mine,” Harper said. Bryce admired the homerun from the batter’s box as it went into the right field upper deck. “I missed my pitch...simple as that. I bet I won’t miss next Cubs reliever Carl Edwards time,” Edwards said. Fans and analysts alike ques- Jr. (Photos by John L. Alexander/

tioned Joe Maddon’s decision (like The Bigs Visuals)” they know any better) on leaving Edwards in to face Harper. CJ got him to pop out to Javier Baez the night before so it was the perfect situation again for him to show and prove. “CJ was the right man for the job and he will get the call again. If he makes his pitch, we get out of that inning and who knows what happens after that,” says Cubs skipper Joe Maddon. Fast forward to Game 3 Monday afternoon; Top of the 8th with the game tied at 1 and the top of the Nationals lineup is up. Edwards gets the call! Leadoff man Trea Turner (0-11 in the series) grounds out to Ben Zobrist (who looked like #ELMaZO after a diving stop) for the 1st out. HARPER COMES TO THE PLATE!...and CJ gets his chance at revenge. He wastes no time. First pitch fastball- foul. Second pitch fastballball. Third pitch fastball- foul. Fourth pitch fastball- ball. At this point I’m sure Harp is anticipating the good ole deuce like he caught the other night. Edwards had a different approach this time around. ALL HEAT. Fifth pitch fastball- Harper goes down swinging. Payback! Joe Maddon knows what the Cubs have in Edwards, Jr. “He’s got a tremendous talent and he came back to face the same part of the batting order and did it again, just a little bit better tonight. Just did not make the mistake. I’m really happy for him, seriously, because that’s something you don’t want a kid to carry with him too far. He’s a big part of our future.” For CJ, it’s quite simple. Since he was drafted in the 48th round (which no longer exists) of the 2011 MLB draft, he’s had a piece of paper above his locker that he refers to as he prepares for his outings. Whether it’s situational or he comes in to a clean inning, the mental approach is still the same. “First pitch strike, four pitches or less to a hitter, get the leadoff guy out and no more than 15 pitches per inning. Think about it. If I can do that and get some innings with 9-11 pitches; if I was a starter, I could still be under 100 pitches through 9.” He doesn’t lack a bit of confidence. CJ held opponents to a .134 batting avg, which was the lowest in the major league. That’s HUGE and he didn’t even know it when I mentioned it to him. “I take pride in coming in to those pressure situations as a young player. I refer back to last year when I was coming in in those spots. It led to where I’m at today.” Follow The Bigs on Twitter & Instagram @itsthebigs THE CHICAGO DEFENDER • October 11 - 17, 2017 23


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