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The night Yes We Can, became Yes We Did

THE PRESIDENT OF the United States Barack Obama is joined on the stage in Chicago by first lady Michelle Obama, their oldest daughter Malia and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden. The Obamas and numerous other members of his administration were in Chicago for his farewell address to Americans on January 10, 2016 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. (See story on page 2.)

Alderman Beale responds to changes at Roseland Mental Health Clinic By J. Coyden Palmer The Chicago Crusader published a story in December about the changes coming to one of the few remaining mental health clinics in the city. As the Crusader’s press deadline approached, this reporter was unable to reach Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) in whose ward the Roseland Mental Health Clinic, the subject of the story, is located. The Crusader printed the story without his comments. Beale objected to some information the story contained and was offered the opportunity to respond. He accepted the invitation and visited the Crusader’s office on Jan. 5th to provide more details on what is happening at the Roseland Mental Health Clinic. The Cook County Health and Hospital System will now manage the Roseland

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Mental Health Clinic. Beale said having the Cook County Health and Hospital System take over the clinic will benefit the community more, because they have more resources and will be able to handle more patients. He said the unique thing about the clinic is that it will house a 24-hour mental health triage team, meaning police who encounter mentally unstable people on the streets can bring them to the clinic instead of taking them to jail. “We have a big mental health problem in my ward and this is a tool we can use to address the problem,” Beale said. “We need to get the people the help they need. It makes the job less dangerous for our officers and increases public safety.” The Crusader questioned Beale if he was concerned or not about the county contracting some of the services out to the non-profit entity, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4), which in May, 2015 closed its doors on its North Side clinic. Beale said that like anything else when a

deal is made, you have to watch the people you contract with. Back in April of 2016, Beale said he would evaluate the situation for a year and then decide if the contract with the county should be renewed. He reiterated that point last week. “I want to see progress. If I see the same person on the block consistently who I know is in need of mental health treatment, well that’s a sign that things aren’t going (Continued on page 3)

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The night Yes We Can, became Yes We Did By Patrick Forrest President-elect Barack Obama won the election back in November 2008. The day was filled with hope as thousands of people from all walks of life clamored and screamed, “Yes we can, yes we can!” Obama had taken his supporters on a historical account of the experiences in the life of 106year-old Ann Nixon Cooper in his acceptance speech. Before he finished, he had invited the nation on a new journey to correct the wrongs and change things for the better. His election represented a dream realized and the hopes of many, but especially for future generations of Blacks. The number of people that came to support him far exceeded the capacity of Grant Park on that unseasonably warm November day. Similarly, the day

BARACK OBAMA, GESTURES to the thousands of supporters as he delivers a farewell speech that highlighted the goals and accomplishments of his presidency. The theme of his address was hope and at times chants of “four more year” indicated that was the hope for some.

A SAD OCCASION made happy by the cheering from the thousands that packed Chicago’s McCormick Center to hear the President’s farewell address. Smiling as he waved to the many supporters of the Obama Administration is from l-r: Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Malia Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and President Barack Obama. he gave his farewell speech was warm for that time of year in Chicago and the supporters were filled with the same hope if not more, despite his imminent departure from the office. President Barack Obama returned home to Chicago in the final days of his presidency to deliver his national farewell address. He did so before a packed auditorium and cheering crowd at Chicago’s McCormick Place on Jan. 10. “So, I first came to Chicago when I was in my early twenties, and I was still trying to figure out who I was; still searching for a purpose to my life. And, it was in a neighborhood not far from here where I began working with church groups in the shadows of closed steel mills,” Obama said. “It was on these streets where I 2

witnessed the power of faith and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss.” During his speech—slightly longer than 50 minutes—Obama marked his accomplishments over the past eight years and thanked those present, as well as those who could not be present, for the support they offered. “If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history…if I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, take out the mastermind of 911…if I had told you that we would win marriage equality and secure the

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right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens…if I had told you all that, you might have said our sights were set a little too high.” Though the audience listened attentively, the thought of this being Obama’s final public address struck many and some could not hold back their emotions. “I was there when he was in Grant Park in 2008—that was when all of this started, and to see this all come full turn, it’s a lot to handle,” stated Maria McClain. The President took time to return to the tone of his 2008 campaign and compared it to today. Specifically surrounding race relations, he observed there is still work to be done. “After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America. And such a vision, however well in-

THE NUMBER OF people attending President Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago was not diminished by the unseasonably warm but rainy weather for this time of year. Throughout his speech the crowds ere brought to their feet with loud clapping, cheering and often times chanting of various slogans from President Obama’s campaign. tended, was never realistic,” Obama said. “Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society. “If every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hard-working, white middle class and an undeserving minority, then workers of all shades are going to be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves.” Obama did contend that though race relations are frequently the subject of news headlines and are not good at the moment; they are better than they have been in the past. “Now, I’ve lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, no matter what some folks say,” Obama said. “You can see it not just in statistics. You see it in the attitudes of young Americans across the political spectrum. But, we’re not where we need to be. And all of us have more work to do.” Obama even laid out what he believes will help alleviate the problems. “And we have shown that our economy doesn’t have to be a zerosum game. Last year, incomes rose for all races, all age groups, for men and for women,” Obama said. “So, if we’re going to be serious about race going forward, we need to uphold laws against discrimination—in hiring and in housing and in education and in

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the criminal justice system.” The President also thanked Vice President Joe Biden for being “the first and best executive decision” he ever made, as well as his wife, Michelle. As they exited the stage, cheers of “Yes we can, yes we did” could be heard throughout the auditorium. “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side,” Obama said. “You took on a role you didn’t ask for. And you made it your own with grace and with grit and with style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody, and a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model.” Obama’s second and final term as president will end Jan. 20 when President-elect Donald Trump assumes the office. Comments, criticism and praise immediately followed Obama’s address. Among those expressing positive remarks was Cong. Elijah E. Cummings, representing Maryl and’s 7th District. He noted that during his entire career in Congress, he had “never seen any president face the levels of obstruction that President Obama faced from congressional Republicans.” In spite of that he said that Obama, in his farewell address, “exhibited the same poise and leadership he has exhibited since he was inaugurated in 2009.”

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Attorneys for cop who killed Laquan McDonald want charges dropped By J. Coyden Palmer Lawyers for Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Black teen Laquan McDonald in 2014, asked a Cook County judge on January 10 to dismiss the charges against Van Dyke. Attorney Daniel Herbert argued that statements made by Van Dyke and other officers, which were used by prosecutors to bring charges in the case, are inadmissible in court. Van Dyke made statements to the Independent Police Review Authority and to the city’s Inspector General. Herbert argued in a three-page filing that “Garrity Rights” offer protections to public employees so they do not incriminate themselves during investigatory interviews conducted by their employers. “The statements were given under duress and are protected by the immunity,” read a part of the motion filed by Herbert. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan did not issue a ruling on the matter. Instead he said it will be addressed at the next hearing, scheduled for February 3. Van Dyke did not attend the hearing himself. His lawyers claim he and

his family have received death threats since the case became public last year. The video of Van Dyke shooting McDonald, who was walking away from the officer with a knife in his hand, was not released until a year after the shooting, after a judge ordered the city to do so. The video’s release caused months of protests in the city, along with calls for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several city council members who signed off on a multimillion dollar settlement with the McDonald family. Former Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was also accused of not doing her job, because she did not levy charges against McDonald until after the video was made public. Alvarez was voted out of office last year, losing to Kim Foxx, an opponent who promised during the campaign that she and her office will prosecute officers who do wrong. Attorneys for Van Dyke also asked Gaughan to give them the juvenile records of Laquan McDonald. Requests made on two previous occasions for the records were denied by another judge. McDonald was a troubled teen, who on the fateful October night in 2014, was seen slashing car tires

Alderman Beale responds (Continued from page 1) well,” he said. “I’ve made it clear the contract renewal is not guaranteed, and will be based on performance.” Beale spokesperson Brian Berg added that C4 has a “good track record of providing mental health care services in communities on the North Side.” He said the city and county had worked together to ensure a smooth transition for all clients, which has included phone calls, letters and other forms of communication to let people know what is happening. Beale claimed that he was unaware that C4 had closed one of its facilities on the North Side without warning, unexpectedly leaving hundreds of patients with nowhere to go. He said during the meeting with the Crusader that he will now keep an eye on the company. Both he and Berg added

that closure of the Roseland Mental Health Clinic will not happen because of an agreement between the county and city that requires the clinic to remain in operation and that all current clients will be seen at the new facility for as long as they require services. In the Crusader article, a proposed ordinance by Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) was mentioned that would provide some protections to mental health patients. Support for the ordinance was signed by 31 of 50 aldermen, but Beale was not one of them. He said he had no knowledge of the proposed ordinance sponsored by Ervin. The ordinance has not been presented to the full City Council. Beale said it is important to note that the clinic will now be able to serve youth patients, which is an expansion of services at the Roseland location.

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Laquan McDonald with a knife and behaving erratically in the area of 47th and Pulaski, according to witnesses who called the police. When officers arrived they chased McDonald on foot and then eventually followed him a few blocks south on Pulaski Street from their squad cars, and on foot. Nearly a dozen officers were on the scene when Van Dyke and his partner arrived. Van Dyke jumped from the passenger’s seat with his gun drawn and within a few seconds began firing over a dozen rounds into McDonald’s body, as seen on the

video. He continued to fire even after McDonald was on the ground, helpless and writhing in pain. No other officers fired a shot during the incident. A total of 16 shots were fired at McDonald by Van Dyke. However, many other officers were disciplined in the case, which has drawn national outrage. One officer resigned; two others retired. According to the city, five are in the process of being fired, including Van Dyke. The city said the officers made false statements in the case Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson filed administrative charges against Officers Van Dyke, Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian, Ricardo Viramontes and Sgt. Stephen Franko back in August. Their cases will be heard by the Chicago Police Board, which will rule as to whether or not the officers will be terminated. On December 23, 2016, city Inspector General Joseph Ferguson recommended that four additional officers be disciplined in the case, bringing the total number to 15. The names of the latest four officers were not made public, but police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said none of them were recommended to be

Jason Van Dyke fired, although Supt. Johnson could still elect to do so. The CPD has 30 days to respond to the recommendation. President Barack Obama, who ironically was in town to give his farewell speech to the nation on the same day Van Dyke’s lawyers filed the motion, ordered the Justice Department to do an investigation into the city’s police department in the wake of the McDonald case. Justice Department findings are expected to be released before the President leaves office on Jan. 20.

Closings in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ALL CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY locations, including the downtown Harold Washington Library Center and the Woodson and Sulzer Regional Libraries, will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday. ILLINOIS SECRETARY OF STATE Jesse White announced that all Monday through Friday offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In addition, all Tuesday through Saturday Driver Services facilities will be closed on January 14th.

Kim Foxx making history again in diversifying her office By Chinta Strausberg Just in office a few weeks, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is diversifying her office at historic levels “We are actively reorganizing the States Attorney’s office, being mindful about diversity in our senior leadership positions,” Foxx told the Chicago Crusader. “We’ve hired our chief diversity officer, and we will be announcing several executive level leadership positions that will be filled with people of color for the first time ever. “We are looking at our procedures and protocols for police involved shootings and hopefully within the next several weeks we will be unveiling a new protocol,” she said. Foxx grew up in the now demolished Cabrini Green, a Chicago Housing project. She is now the

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Kim Foxx county’s top prosecutor, and vows to bring “transparency and justice” to that office. Foxx is actively trying to visit every community her office serves and is “partnering with community organizations and other elected officials to meet our constituents where they are,” she said. Asked about the U.S. Justice Department’s waning existence

and its report on the Chicago Police Department, Foxx said the DOJ will release its report on the pattern of practice investigation into the Chicago Police Department this Friday. “The word that I received from various sources is that we can expect to see that report as early as Friday, January 13th,” Foxx said.

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SPIRITUAL RETARDATION IN AMERICA A big story that has surfaced recently involves four African American youths, ages 18–24, who held a mentally challenged white youth in bondage while they tortured him. The perpetrators are now in custody and will stand trial for the dastardly act. Allegedly, they shouted racial epithets at their captive, and used the name Trump while abusing their victim. Interestingly, the teen was a friend of one of his attackers and was in Chicago visiting him. The young man eventually escaped, and is now recovering from non-life-threatening injuries, but he will undoubtedly suffer psychological damage from the experience. This was a terrible act by any standards of morality. Even though this is a true story, a lot of African Americans can’t help but recall a situation some time ago where white teens invited two Black friends to a gathering and ended up torturing and killing them. Admittedly, there was publicity around the situation, but it seems that the outcry around this most recent event is overkill. Though both acts were egregious, the Black teens SEEM to be getting far more attention than their white counterparts, even though their victim was not killed, as were the Black teens who were victimized by their white friends. The truth of the matter, however, is that two wrongs don’t make a right. We can’t blame every outrageous act on president-elect Donald Trump, but we can acknowledge the fact that his reckless xenophobic rhetoric has helped set the tone for an increasing degeneracy among the American populace. On the other hand, we must also admit the fact that general decency in America has been eroding for quite a few years. Ultimately, the blame for all of the evil mayhem in our country (and our world) boils down to spiritual retardation. This is the real problem! For example, one of the young ladies implicated in the attack on the white youth allegedly went downstairs to her neighbor’s home, who had complained about the noise, and verbally abused the woman and allegedly stole items from her home. That was an example of spiritual retardation! The climate in this country (and around the globe) is increasingly volatile, as shown by the growing numbers of random attacks on citizens in public places. People are stirred up, frustrated, and they are taking it out on those who have nothing to do with their circumstances. We are becoming an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth society. No one wins in that kind of scenario. And the sad fact is that we stand to get further involved in retaliatory behavior, since our incoming political leader, the most powerful man in the free world, advocates the use of that strategy. One of the reasons that people feel emboldened to behave in a manner that is selfish and, actually evil, is because people have been convinced that there will be no repercussions. A great number of people have completely embraced a materialistic outlook on life and refuse to believe that anything else exists; they refuse to believe that you reap what you sow. One of the things exacerbating this situation is the behavior of religious and political leaders who are blatant advocates of materialism. People have been known to complain about leaders who have prosperity as a goal, without connecting the dots between people’s actions and the responsibility that we all have for one another. Whatever affects one group on this planet will affect everyone else, one way or another. Snowballing crime in urban areas causes people to move away, leaving those behind with few resources. Whites who want to rid the world of Blacks and others, are showing deep, deep spiritual retardation, in that it takes all kinds to keep the world productive. A need for diversity is real, and those who do not understand this run the risk of making it bad for everyone. Just ask someone who survived the decimation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the last World War. If something like that should happen again, there will be greater consequences because more nations possess nuclear weapons. Yet, some of the world’s current leaders are still willing to play footsie with the notion of an arms race. Heaven forbid if the spiritually retarded camp wins out. If it does, the biblical admonition of “The fire next time” just might come true. A luta continua.

In an article in the Buffalo, NY alt magazine Artvoice, Buffalo developer, school board member and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is quoted as saying in 2017 he would like to see President Barack Obama catch mad cow disease and die. Responding to what he would like to see go away in 2017, Paladino responded: “Michelle Obama. I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.” Given the chance to walk back these execrable remarks, Paladino said, “Yeah, I’m not politically correct ... they asked what I want for Christmas and I told them.” This is not the first time Paladino has made such repellent comments about President Obama. In April 2010, the millionaire acknowledged forwarding emails, including images of bestiality and derogatory characterizations of the president, including one offering a video clip of an African tribesman dancing that characterized the video as “Barack Obama’s inauguration rehearsal.” So what has been the reaction from the president-elect? After all, Paladino is a personal friend, longtime supporter, and former co-chair of

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Does Trump Even Care? Dear Editor:

Trump’s 2016 New York campaign. he even care? According to Trump team spokesperson Jessica Ditto, “Carl’s comments George “Casey” Payne are absolutely reprehensible, and Professor, Finger Lakes they serve no place in our public disCommunity College course.” Upstate New York and founder Strong words. But why did they of Gandhi Earth Keepers not come emphatically from Trump International. himself?; Immediately after the election a more sober and contemplative (Continued on page 16) Trump made a plea for national unity. “I say it is time for us to come toCHICAGO CRUSADER gether as one united people. ... For (U.S.P.S. 596080) those who have chosen not to supEditor-Publisher port me in the past, of which there Dorothy R. Leavell were a few people, I’m reaching out Advertising Director to you for your guidance and your J.L. Smith help so we can work together and 6429 South King Drive unify our great country,” he said. Chicago, Illinois 60637 773-752-2500 What happened to a call for unity? Rather than make a declarative state- An independent newspaper serving the Southside and Northside, printing the news impartially ment about why Paladino’s com- Westside empowering what it believes to be right and appealling ments were so savage, spiteful and what it believes to be wrong without regard to party Devoted to the Industrial, Educational, Socioshudder some, we get passivity and politics. Political and Educational advancement of Black people. boilerplate statements from surrogates. Trump would rather maintain VOL LXXVI NO. 39 JAN. 14, 2017 a political ally and major donor than Published Weekly show the nation that he is categoriNATIONAL ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE cally opposed to racism, bigotry and New Concept Media Service P.O. Box 377946 Chicago, IL 60637 hate speech. Simply put: Trump’s lack of response was hardly surprisMember ing but still pathetic. National Newspaper Publishers Association Paladino may be boorish, erratic Subscription Rates - $25 Per Year $14.00 for 6 months and out of touch with reality, but his $44.00 for 2 years words remain extremely hurtful and damaging. Why not disavow him? Periodicals Paid at Chicago, IL Why not take advantage of this opPOSTMASTER: Send address changes to: portunity to mend race relations rather than sever them more? THE CHICAGO CRUSADER 6429 South King Drive Does Trump really believe that Chicago, IL 60637 what Paladino said is immoral? Does __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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What’s Wrong with Senator Sessions? Nothing Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford Unless you think all conservative Republicans are bad, I dare you to find anything horrible about Senator Jeff Sessions. There is an immense outcry by Democrats and a few civil rights advocates of whom I find little credibility. I haven’t seen such an organized character assassination since the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. Why do they hate him? I believe it is all about politics. He is so loved by his constituents who are 27 percent Black. He is so loved that not one person opposed him during his last election. Has any other senator won by a margin of 97 percent? Maybe he is picked out for character assassination because he speaks with a deep southern drawl and is from the old Jim Crow state of Alabama which is very republican in its voting pattern. His appearance and demeanor can give people the impression of a mean person. His conservatism is clearly apparent and unbending. These things can drive a progressive liberal to action. That action can be extreme enough to make impressionable people join in on the hatred. Perhaps the biggest reason for

Harry C. Alford all this hatred is that President elect Donald Trump is a fan of Jeff Sessions and the feeling is mutual. One of the first supporters of Donald Trump was Senator Sessions. He hosted a big rally for him in Madison, Alabama and that infuriated democrats. The Senator is also an advisor and confidant of Trump. Those democrats who are still in a state of shock about the election see the

Senator as a soft target to voice their outrage. The democrats are going to push against every cabinet nominee that Trump nominates. For the above reasons, this is going to be one they fight against most. By their reasoning, he is the “Devil.” He fiercely fights against illegal immigration. Also, he has no tolerance for amnesty and isn’t too fond of legal immigration because migrants are willing to work for cheap labor and compete against middle class wages. For this and his conservative southern mannerisms he is called a racist. Just like they smeared Trump as an evil racist. He is also a climate change skeptic and that makes the environmentalists rise against him. These are the people who have no tolerance for any doubters. So now we have the radical side of the democratic party, the environmentalists and minorities ganging up on this public servant. He has been nominated as Attorney General of the United States. First, Trump will become President of the United States and now this “boogey man” is going to enforce law over all of us. They can’t handle it. There is also something else that is bothering the left side of the political spectrum. If he becomes Attorney General will

Hillary Clinton be at risk. She undoubtedly has been protected from prosecution for all the possible crimes she has committed during her tenure of Secretary of State. Jeff Sessions as an Attorney General will bring anyone to justice who has broken the law. Bringing Hillary Clinton to justice would be an extreme legacy of corruption and maybe many Americans could not mentally handle that. Thus, many feel this person, Jeff Sessions, must be stopped. They are trying to take a fine American away from his destiny. He has an impeccable record and has worked diligently towards serving the state of Alabama and its citizens. One of his major accomplishments as Attorney General for Alabama is his crushing victory over the Ku Klux Klan. He brought them to their knees. However, his political enemies call him a racist as if he is a friend of the Klan. They seem to ignore that as the negative propaganda rolls on and on. The senate must stand firm against all this propaganda and do the right thing. His confirma-

tion would be consistent with the hard work and determination he has displayed while serving his civic duties. Blacks who have worked under him are proud of their experience. They aren’t complaining. The media who constantly maligned the character of Donald Trump quickly switched gears after the election and pounced on this gentleman from Alabama. They call him a racist although his son-in-law is Asian and sat behind him during the hearings. There have been no discrimination lawsuits against him. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions will become our Attorney General. The press and democrats won’t block him as they did in 1986. Led by Senator Ted Kennedy the same tactics against him were used. He was denied a federal judgeship. Things will be different this time. Mr. Alford is the co–founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: www.nationalbcc.org Email: halford@nationalbcc.org

Consumers to receive over $17 million, thanks to CFPB Dodd-Frank Reform Act violations hold credit reporting agencies accountable By Charlene Crowell Millions of consumers who were duped into paying fees for their own credit scores will soon receive more than $17.6 million, thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Affected consumers can expect to receive notification letters in the mail. TransUnion and Equifax, two of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies, sold credit scores, credit reports and credit monitoring services to consumers although the “credit scores” sold were not typically used by lenders to make credit decisions. As a result, what consumers paid to these two firms was of questionable value. As credit scores are often cited as the basis for many consumers of color to either be denied access to credit or be charged higher than average interest rates, it is likely that many will also be eligible for restitution. TransUnion must now provide restitution of $13.9 million to affected consumers, while Equifax���s cost of restitution is $3.8 million. Assessed fines on the violations will www.chicagocrusader.coM

add additional costs of $3 million to TransUnion and $2.5 million for Equifax. “TransUnion and Equifax deceived consumers about the usefulness of the credit scores they marketed, and lured consumers into expensive recurring payments with false promises,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Credit scores are central to a consumer’s financial life and people deserve honest and accurate information about them.” Both TransUnion and Equifax are charged with violations of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act from 2011 to 2014 and included: • Deceiving consumers about the value of the credit scores they sold; and • Deceiving consumers into enrolling in subscription programs. In its advertising, Equifax falsely claimed that credit scores and credit-related products were free. In the case of TransUnion, the cost was promised to be only $1. What neither made clear to consumers was that unless the ‘service’ was cancelled during its 30-

Charlene Crowell day trial period, consumers would be charged a recurring fee – usually $16 or more per month. Additionally, Equifax violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which requires a credit reporting agency to provide a free credit re-

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port once every 12 months and to operate a central source – AnnualCreditReport.com – where consumers can get their report. Until January 2014, consumers getting their report through Equifax first had to view Equifax advertisements – another illegal act. By law, such advertising is allowed after consumers receive their report. Beyond the costs of restitution and fines, CFPB will now hold Equifax and TransUnion accountable for changes in the way they operate. From clearly informing consumers about the nature of the scores they are selling to consumers; to providing simple, easy to understand information on how to cancel the purchase of any credit-related product, and ending billing and collection payments for any recurring charge once a consumer cancels the service. The two final enforcement requirements are probably the most important of all: 1. Before enrolling a consumer in any credit-related product with a negative option feature, TransUnion and Equifax must

obtain the consumer’s consent; and 2. Truthfully represent the value or usefulness of products sold. “We applaud the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for taking strong and vigorous actions against TransUnion and Equifax to protect the interests of American consumers,” said National Consumer Law Center staff attorney Chi Wu. “In addition to obtaining tens of millions of dollars in relief for consumers, this consent order will protect consumers from being ripped off in the future over deceptive credit monitoring products and sales practices.” For more information on credit scores, visit CFPB’s web at: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/aboutus/blog/what-you-need-know-understanding-why-offers-your-credit-scoreare-not-all-same/. Charlene Crowell is the communications deputy director with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at Charlene. crowell@responsiblelending.org.

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EXAMINING OUR INTELLECTUAL CRISIS THE 50TH YEAR Negro Intellectual, published in 1967 at the height of the Black Power Movement. This insightful book stirred up a spirited conversation in the African Liberation Movement. That conversation revolves around the weaknesses of our movement, the direction of our movement, and the inability of some of the leaders and thinkers of our movement to understand what Brother Cruse calls “The Great American Ideal.” This problem continues to linger with us today. Brother Cruse spent most of his activist and organizing days in Harlem, New York, from the 1940s until he accepted a professorship in 1967 at the University of Michigan and helped develop their Black Studies Program. In Harlem, Brother Cruse was an active participant for over twenty years in most of the major organizing activities that swept through New York. The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual is a summation of those experiences as it related to the literature and history of the African Liberation Movement. This year, 2017, marks the 50th year of the publication of The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual. Its importance to our movement has still not reDr. Conrad Worrill ceived the attention it deserves, priOne of our great ancestors, Harold marily because Brother Cruse was so Cruse, wrote a book, The Crisis of the honest in his criticisms of our move-

Dr. Conrad Worrill, Professor Emeritus, Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS) . New office location is at 1809 E. 71st Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60649, 773-592-2598. Email:cwworrill@neiu.edu Website: www.drconradworrill.com

ment and many of its well-known leaders. Therefore, the book was blocked in many circles from receiving the kind of legitimacy its substance deserved. However, a small group of scholars/activists have discussed and debated Brother Cruse’s ideas during this 48 year period, and organized study groups from time to time that have aided in understanding the ideas that Cruse presents in his book. When we use the term intellectual, we are talking about people who struggle around ideas— writers, poets, scholars, researchers, teachers, students, and activists. Intellectuals are people who grapple with ideas and who function in the cultural, political, educational, and economic domains of the society. As Dr. Anderson Thompson always says, “Ideas are weapons of war.” With this definition, let us review briefly some of the ideas and concepts that Brother Cruse presented in The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual. One of the major points Cruse makes is that the African American intellectuals are pathological in their approach to the choices available to them. It is Cruse’s observation that they appear to adopt the values of the dominant group, which he describes as the white Anglo Saxon

Protestant. It was in the first chapter of The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual that Cruse raised this question of the problem of identity of the African in America people. The question of our identity still remains a fundamental problem with the African in America Community today. There is a tendency in the African in America Community to identify with, emulate, and support other races and ethnic groups at the expense of our own race. Cruse illustrated this in his book when he described the following: “In 1940, as one of my first acts in the pursuit of becoming a more social being, I joined a YMCA amateur drama group in Harlem. I wanted to learn about theater so I became a stage technician— meaning a handyman for all backstage chores. But the first thing about this drama group that struck me as highly curious was the fact that all the members were overwhelmingly in favor of doing white plays with Negro casts.” Cruse continued on this point, “I wondered why, and very naively expressed my sentiments about it. The replies that I got clearly indicated these amateur actors were not very favorable to the play about Negro life, although they would not plainly say so. Despite the fact that this ques-

tion of identity was first presented to me within the context of the program of a small, insignificant amateur drama group, its implications ranged far beyond.” Another problem Cruse addresses is that the African in America intellectual’s conceptualization of our condition is not based on the ethnic reality of America. The American Ideal espouses one set of principles through the Constitution, but the basis of reality of this society is founded on ethnic and religious pluralism not individualism, according to Brother Cruse. From the point of view of Brother Cruse, the African in America intellectual is not accepted by whites and does not identify with his own racial group. Cruse concludes that the crisis of the African in America intellectual is an identity crisis, and misunderstanding of the false postulation of the American Ideal. For Brother Cruse, the crisis was whether the African in America intellectual would accept the challenge of being the spokesman or spokeswoman of the African in America masses. Setting guidelines for our movement and understanding the issues of our race, making proper analyses, and proceeding to help build our movement, is still the crisis we face today.

WHITE WOMEN CAN’T SPEAK FOR ME, SO I WILL SUPPORT THE WOMEN’S MARCH By Julianne Malveaux “Ain’t I A Woman?” railed Sojourner Truth. “I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well. And ain’t I a woman? I’ve borne thirteen children and seen most all sold off and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?” The similarities and differences between Black and white women are captured in that famous Sojourner Truth speech, December, 1851. She movingly talks about the men who say women should be “helped into carriages, and moved over ditches, and have the best place everywhere,” while “nobody ever helps me into carriages or over mud puddles, or gives me any best place.” Both Black and white women cry a mother’s grief for the loss of a child, and both endure labor pains. Black women’s lives, while similar, are different and more often disadvantaged, because they lack the privileges that white 6

women so easily take for granted, and often fail to notice or remedy. Thus it did not surprise me that a white woman in Hawaii called for a “Million Women’s March” on Washington to take place on the day after the Presidential inauguration. And it did not surprise me when white women took up the call. Too bad these same white women did not advocate more forcefully against the man who won the Electoral College vote. My first inclination was to ignore this women’s march. The organizers have repeatedly struck me as tone-deaf and indifferent to the diverse needs of women. But when I talked to Tamika Mallory, the dynamic young woman activist who was once Executive Director of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, I shifted my perspective. Tamika shared that, just a few days after the initial Call to March was issued, organizers reached out to her asking for help. She said they “needed to ensure that women of color were involved.” I applaud Tamika Mallory. She told me “I was not willing to let this convening come together without having Black women involved.” Now, there are four co-chairs of

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Dr. Julianne Malveaux the Women’s March on Washington, including Tamika Mallory, African American activist; Carmen Perez, Latina activist and part of Harry Belafonte’s Gathering for Justice; Bob Bland, a white woman entrepreneur whose t-shirts have been galvanizing; and Linda Sarsour, Palestinian activist. I applaud the diversity in leadership, but wonder how many women of color will turn out on January 21. Tens of thousands of

women from all over the country are expected, with more than 100,000 saying they plan to be there. But many African American women have looked askance, perhaps with distaste, at the appropriation of the initial organizing, cultural descriptive, “Million Women’s March.” Perhaps it’s because we recoil from the strong support white women gave the President-elect, choosing race loyalty over gender, class, or personal interest. In other words, white women cannot speak for all women. If white women had their way, the March and rally would probably focus only on equal pay and reproductive rights. Thanks to Tamika and her colleagues, a statement of principles to be issued next week will also address racial justice, police brutality, criminal justice reform, and mass incarceration. Absent the involvement of young Black women like Tamika, it would be extremely easy for me to ignore this March. But because some women have drawn a line in the sand and insisted on space for Black women in this March, they deserve support. They remind me of the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,

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Inc., who in 1913 elbowed their way into the Women’s Suffrage March when their involvement was unwelcome. They reminded the Women’s Suffrage Association that Black women were also women, and we would not be excluded. Now, white women are at it again, but strong, brave, Black women, the descendants of Ida B. Wells, aren’t willing to sit on the sidelines. The march is to remind all watching that “women’s rights are human rights.” Black women’s rights will be considered in this gathering because some Black women dared place themselves in an uncomfortable space (working with privileged white women is never easy) in order to make a difference. Information on the women’s march is available from https://www.womensmarch.com/. Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via www. amazon.com for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit www.juliannemalveaux.com. www.chicagocrusader.com


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Democrats Search for the Next Obama By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) She’s a lawyer by trade and an accomplished politician who in November became just the second African-American woman to become a U.S. Senator. He’s considered a favorite to become the next head of the Democratic National Committee. Senator Kamala Harris of California and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota are among the new movers and shakers of the Democratic Party. But, are they the next Barack Obama? That’s what many Democrats are wondering. Obama’s meteoric rise was first

the Democratic National Convention and then went on to win election to the senate later that year. America’s 44th president is now completing his second and final term in the Oval Office and his party is in a state of disarray after Hillary Clinton’s disappointing loss to Donald Trump in November. The unexpected and epic loss means that Democrats have four years to come up with the right candidate, someone who might just be African-American or a woman. Harris and Ellison are among the names political watchers have bandied about along with New Jersey’s Corey Booker and even

Senator Kamala Harris detected in 2004 — four years before stunning the world to become the first Black president. He’d given a powerful keynote at

CNN contributor and former White House aide Van Jones. “Barack Obama will be a hard act to follow,” said Riley H.

Rogers, the mayor of Dolton, Illinois, which is just south of the president’s hometown of Chicago. “Everything came into alignment and facilitated Obama’s victory.” Rogers, who was selected as a floor delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., said that Obama is a brilliant and unique individual who came at the right time, but he believes there are others who can ascend to the national stage and become leaders. “There are some bright stars in the Democratic Party such as Senator Napoleon Harris and Congresswoman Robin Kelly,” Rogers said. The 6-foot-3 and 250 pound Harris, a former pro football player and current Illinois state senator, made news recently when he was ambushed by four men as he was delivering a pizza for a franchise that he owns. Harris survived the attack and helped police track down his assailants, who were later linked to a murder. Kelly succeeded Jesse Jackson Jr. as the Illinois lawmaker in the House of Representatives and she’s been mentioned throughout the Chicago area for more than a decade as a potential star. Rogers, a member of the African American Mayors Association, said there’s a need for someone with new ideas and leaders with a vision. “Not just the same ideas of the past,” he said. “The next elected official who captures that energy can be successful, but it won’t be

Rep. Keith Ellison easy.” Several others noted that Corey Booker, who was on the short list for vice president under Clinton before she chose Tim Kaine, has to be considered as a rising star. “There’s Kamala Harris and Senator Corey Booker who has risen to fame because of his youth, fresh ideas and political intellect,” said Jasmine Burney, a Floridabased political consultant and founder of the online community, “Chicks ‘n Politics.” Burney continued: “Booker possesses the same hope that Obama had when he was first introduced to us during his first DNC speech, which mirrored a speech Booker gave this past summer at the DNC.” Booker has proven to have the political stamina needed to take on a seat in the United States Congress when there have only been a total of nine [AfricanAmericans] in that seat in U.S. history, she said. “Now, there are 10 with the ad-

dition of Senator Kamala Harris who is only the second AfricanAmerican woman in United States history to hold that seat,” Burney said. “Harris is paving the way for many minorities to follow as she currently employs the only African-American Legislative Director in the Senate. She’s reaching back as she climbs and training a team around her for a successful term and possibly a move to the next level of leadership.” Much is to be said about rising stars who aren’t already holding an office, Burney noted, adding that Van Jones and Angela Rye both fit that mold. “Both are political commentators and they each lead political firms that focus on an array of issues from technology to environmental justice,” she said. “Their depth on the issues make them a real asset as advisors, cabinet members or even high-profile seats in the future.”

Youth organize delegation to attend Jan 21 Women’s March on Washington As part of a national and statewide movement, the Women’s March on Washington – Illinois Youth Chapter will join thousands of people in Washington D.C. on January 21st, the day after the inauguration of President-elect Trump. They will stand in solidarity against the hateful rhetoric of this past election cycle. Chicago teenagers Chloe Wagner and Morenike Fabiyi, juniors at Francis W. Parker High School, have been working with the Women’s March on Washington – Illinois Chapter, and Chicago Women Take Action, to coordinate sending a group of teens from the Chicagoland area to Washington to attend the march. Wagner and Fabiyi’s efforts include raising funds to subsidize the cost for the teens, and raising awareness among their peers. “The 2016 election left me feeling confused and vulnerable. Knowing that many youths felt the same way, Chloe and I created the Illinois Youth Chapter in order to let our peers know that their voices are valuable,”

Fabiyi said. “It is critical to us that youths are involved in this movement and we are excited to lead a group of peers that will be politically engaged in the future.” “The Illinois Youth Chapter, a diverse group of teens, will march along with thousands of people in Washington D.C. to take a stand for the causes that they believe in most. The inability to vote, for youths under 18, in this past election, left many feeling powerless in our schools and communities. We hope to give rise to a new group of teens who are engaged and active in political communities despite the fact that we are unable to vote,” Chloe Wagner stated. About The Women’s March on Washington The Women’s March on Washington began in response to the divisive rhetoric of the past election cycle, which demonized and threatened the rights of women, immigrants, the LGBTQIA community, survivors of sexual assault, and various other religious and ethnic minorities. This is a

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grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state and local level. The effort is helmed by four National Co-chairs and a National Committee of organizers who are working around the clock to make this march a success and send a bold message to the new administration on their first day in office. The Women’s March on Washington will start at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the United States Capitol, at 10:00 AM on January 21, 2017. There will be a march (the route of which will be released in the upcoming weeks) followed by a rally. A program featuring nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and others will be announced in the coming weeks, as well.

CHICAGO TEENAGERS CHLOE WAGNER (third from left) and Morenike Fabiyi (far right), who are juniors at Francis W. Parker High School, have been working along with Women’s March on Washington – Illinois Chapter, as well as Chicago Women Take Action, to coordinate a group of teens from the Chicagoland area to travel to Washington and attend the Women’s March on Washington.

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= ACADEMY OF SCICHICAGO ENCES: NATURE MUSEUM CELEBRATES 160TH BIRTHDAY: Light the candles and make a wish! The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the city’s oldest museum, celebrates its 160th birthday.

A special opening of the vault showcasing never-before-seen specimens and artifacts from the Academy’s 390,000-piece collection took place on January 12. Specimens on display included a Roseate Spoonbill, a gorgeous, bright pink bird of southern coasts, and a Cooper’s Hawk. Additional rare specimens highlighting the Academy’s legacy, including those collected by founder Robert Kennicott, will also be featured through the weekend, January 14 – 16. Ongoing events through Monday, January 16 include: daily historical scavenger hunt; up close and personal time with colorful, exotic species of animals in the exhibit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors; participate in animal feedings; interact with Critter Connections featuring Kennicott the Turtle; a daily butterfly release at 2 pm in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven; view additional rare items from the 160-year-old collection; create taxidermy mounts, and make your own twig notebook; enjoy free snacks; view historic photos of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its founders; note fun facts that will be featured on the Nature Museum’s blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is located at 2430 North Cannon Drive, just off Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton in Lincoln Park. ADLER PLANETARIUM: FREE ADMISSION DAYS IN JANUARY: Spend a day at one of Chicago’s top cultural institutions—the Adler Planetarium— for FREE! The Adler is offering all Illinois residents FREE general admission with proof of residency on select days in January including Martin Luther King Day! Whether you are enjoying a rare, free weekend at a Chicago museum or bringing the kids for the school holiday—take advantage of one of the free days offered by the Adler Planetarium and see why space is freaking awesome! Dates: Friday, January 13, Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Day), Tuesday, January 17, and Friday, January 20. Hours: 9:30am–4pm; 9:30am–6pm (Martin Luther King Day). The FREE general admission at the Adler Planetarium is for Illinois residents with proof of residency. Illinois residents also may upgrade to an All Access Pass at a discounted price: $17.95 for adults; $16.95 for children. Tickets are required for any of the sky shows. The 8

Adler Planetarium is located at 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605. For more information and to plan your visit, please visit: adlerplanetarium.org. CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER: JABBERWOCKY MARIONETTES AT CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL PUPPET THEATER FESTIVAL: Explore the imaginative world of puppets and marionettes with a series of FREE family performances at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) on Friday, January 20; Saturday, January 21; and Sunday, January 22, presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. On Friday, January 20, the Jabberworky Marionettes will perform at 11am in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North. As part of Juicebox children’s performance series at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Chicagobased Jabberwocky Marionettes will perform with original and expertlycrafted marionettes and puppets. With its engaging music and dance performances in a kid-friendly setting, the biweekly Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family. The Puppet Festival runs January 19 through January 29 at venues throughout the city. For a complete schedule of performances, visit chicagopuppetfest. org. CHICAGO LANDMARKS BEFORE THE LENS: This ONGOING exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center is presented by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and features 72 black and white photographs of 24 landmarks and historic districts by Richard Nickel, Barbara Crane, Bob Thall, and Stephen Beal. DAME MYRA HESS MEMORIAL CONCERTS: Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts feature solo and ensemble performances of classical music that showcase emerging performers. Held year ‘round in Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center. These ONGOINGconcerts take place on Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center. The Chicago Cultural Center is located at 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602. For more information, please call 312744-6630. CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM: LINCOLN’S UNDYING WORDS: Discover how Abraham Lincoln’s changing views toward slavery transformed America. The exhibition, ONGOINGthrough February 20, explores this powerful story through five key speeches made by Lincoln between 1858-65. An Eternal Platform - In 1860, Abraham Lincoln takes office as a political moderate. While he firmly opposes slavery on moral and political grounds, he does not publicly call for its abolition, for fear of revolutionary con-

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RE-ELECTED COMMISSIONERS OF the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will again serve the people of Cook County. Pictured left to right are Commissioner Barbara McGowan, re-elected vice president for her fourth term; Board president, Commissioner Mariyana Spyropoulos, re-elected for a second term; Commissioner Frank Avila, re-elected to a second term as chairman of finance. The Commissioners were re-elected at the January 5 meeting. Each thanked colleagues and voters for allowing them to serve. The MWRD is a government agency responsible for wastewater treatment and storm water management. sequences. It is America’s greatest crisis — the Civil War — which transforms his political views on racial equality and defines him as one of the nation’s most extraordinary leaders. Through the words of his most significant speeches, Lincoln’s pen became his most powerful weapon. Lincoln’s Undying Words celebrates his courage and eloquence, with which he helped create a new defi-

nition of equality and ultimately saved the Union. Visit the exhibit to learn how Lincoln’s words still challenge and inspire us today, and leave a legacy of hope, inspiration, and the eternal pursuit of human equality. Rare treasures, including Lincoln’s family carriage and the bed in which he died, will be on view, supplemented by an audio program of selected excerpts from the

speeches. Hours - Mondays - Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p. m.; Sundays: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The exhibition is included with Museum admission. The Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614. Special discounted group rates available. Call 312-799-2162 or email grouptours- @chicago history.org for details.

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Comcast joins LISC Southwest Corridor Collaborative Collaborative’s goal to revitalize south side retail areas Comcast late last year joined the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), several community organizations, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel to launch the “Southwest Corridor Collaborative� (SWCC). A global telecommunications conglomerate, Comcast is the largest broadcasting and cable company in the world by revenue. The goal of this economic development partnership is to revitalize retail corridors on the South Side of Chicago through investments in real estate, housing, small businesses, transit, and employment opportunities. The first project of this kind on the south side was the development of the Englewood Square shopping center which houses some national businesses including Whole Foods Market, Starbucks, Chipotle and several other businesses. In line with its commitment to closing the digital divide, Comcast expanded its advanced telecommunications network to Englewood Square. The goal of the collaborative is to reestablish key sections of the corridor as strong, viable and walkable

communities by creating crosscommunity commercial centers that provide business opportunities, local employment, accessible transit, housing, and goods and services for neighborhood residents. LISC has pledged $500,000 in seed funding to the SWCC and an additional $50 million investment over the next 10 years. Comcast was an early supporter of LISC’s vision, committing both financial resources to the initiative and serving on a steering committee to attract more businesses to the project. Other community-based organizations, including Teamwork Englewood, the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation and the Southwest Organizing Project, have joined with Chicago Cares, World Business Chicago and a number of banks and elected officials in support of the initiative. Business community involvement is critical to advancing the SWCC. “To deliver meaningful and longterm economic impact through the SWCC requires engaging with local residents, community organizations, stakeholders and private capital sources,� said Meghan Harte, LISC Chicago’s Executive Director. “The early support and investment from business partners like Com-

MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL and LISC Chicago in partnership with the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, Southwest Organizing Project and Teamwork Engelwood announce the Southwest Corridor Collaborative in 2016 in the photograph above. Comcast was also an economic development partner in this goal to revitalize areas of the South Side. cast reinforces the need for targeted between Comcast and LISC to ex- coalition of partners focused on ineconomic growth and the potential pand digital literacy to underserved novative ways to drive growth and to create cross-community com- populations, which has included ac- create new economic opportunimercial centers.� cess to low-cost internet service ties,� Mayor Rham Emmanuel Comcast will also work with LISC through Comcast’s Internet Essen- said. “I look forward to working to guide strategies designed to in- tials program, and digital literacy with these partners as we build crease digital access along the revital- training. world-class city with a world-class ized corridor. These efforts will “The Southwest Corridor Collab- future, block by block and neighbuild on the existing collaboration orative is bringing together a broad (Continued on page 16)

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Concordia-Chicago’s Center for Language and Literacy announces expanded leadership team, spacious new campus location The Center for Language and Literacy at Concordia University Chicago has moved to a new location in the Christopher Center on the University’s River Forest campus. The transfer of resources from the Center’s smaller, prior location began in August 2016, and is expected to be fully completed in early 2017. An initiative spearheaded by Dr. Thomas Jandris, then Dean of the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, the Center has expanded at an unexpected pace since its founding three years ago. Anticipating future growth, an expansion was deemed necessary to accommodate the needs of both teachers and learners. “Our new facility alongside the University’s education library is filled with natural light and a wonderful sense of calm,” reported Dr. Veronica Richard, a Center director. “Individuals and small groups will find the new location to be conducive to focus-

ing, learning, and interacting with staff and fellow students.” Simultaneous with its move to a new physical space, the Center’s administrative team has been expanded to include four Concordia-Chicago faculty members. Dr. Dara Soljaga continues her role as the Center’s executive director. Richard will assume the role of director of adolescent and adult literacy programs. Dr. Simeon Stumme, a key contributor to the Center since its inception, will serve as director of English learner programs. Dr. Kari Pawl has been appointed director of the Center’s early childhood education and elementary programs. “The expansion of our leadership team through the appointments of Richard, Stumme, and Pawl—all gifted, experienced professionals—will set us up to better serve our community,” explained Soljaga, who also serves as chair of the department of literacy and early childhood educa-

Dr. Thomas Jandris tion. “The infusion of vision and commitment into our programming will certainly transform how we design and deliver litera-

cy programming at all levels.” As it begins its fourth year of operation, the Center for Language and Literacy continues to fulfill its mission as an institution committed to creating access to meaningful and innovative language and literacy-related experiences in research, education, practice, service and scholarship. The Center fosters responsive collaborations, policy efforts, and advocacy programs for the greater community and university addressing language and literacy development. “We are proud of the Center’s success in inspiring external support, allowing us to be a self-funding unit of Concordia-Chicago,” said Soljaga. “At the same time, we are well on our way toward achieving our longstanding goal of earning recognition nationally as a hub for literacy research and innovation.” The positive impact of the Center’s suite of programs is felt by students in elementary, middle

and high schools throughout the Chicago area, as well as by language and literacy educators. The Center draws hundreds of students and adults annually for targeted programs, delivered through the school year and intensive summer programs. In addition, Center staff members have partnered with public and private/parochial schools to deliver quality programs in historically underserved neighborhoods and populations. Looking forward, the Center anticipates continued growth in the delivery of its mission-based teaching and training products. “We are excited to be on the cutting edge of language and literacy programs,” explained Soljaga. “And as we refine and enhance the way we work with those we serve, our results and research will be shared with other language and literacy experts around the world, compounding the benefit of the pioneering work we do in this region.”

Black Girls CODE Chicago Looks to Change Digital Landscape By Lee Edwards Black Girls CODE Chicago is striving to create a generation of African American women prepared to take on careers in the digital workforce. Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls CODE (BGC) founder and executive director who launched the non-profit organization in 2011, says BGC teaches girls of color how to become digital creators and technology leaders. Girls ages 7-17 learn to construct web

pages, build mobile apps, and use robotics. Providing African American female youths with the skills essential to secure the estimated 1.4 million computing jobs in the United States, and training one million girls by 2040, is the organization’s goal. BGC chapters function in Oakland, CA; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Detroit, and Memphis. Black Girls CODE Chicago’s charge is to change the digital work-

ONE OF THE Chicagoland volunteers at Black Girls CODE instructs a student in one of the classes. (Photo by Lee Edwards) Chicago is to empower young women States. place for African American women Funding for African American to overcome the hurdles African and girls. The challenge comes at a women tech start-ups is traditionally American women face in the tech intime when it’s needed the most. Acsparse. According to The #ProjectDi- dustry. Monique Wingard, BGC cording to a February, 2016 report by ane study, African American female Chicago community outreach lead CNN Money, the #ProjectDiane tech start-ups constituted just 0.2 and social media associate, said lack of study titled, “The Real Unicorns of percent of all venture capital deals exposure to programming is the numTech: Black Women Founders” by from 2012 to 2014. Wingard says ber one barrier to women starting tech DigitalUndivided stated tech startups there are women who have perfect related careers. led by African American women She recalled a mother at a BGC business plans, great marketing, and constituted just four percent of all may even be starting to make money Chicago event asking why there were women led startups, which is an estiTHESE GIRLS RANGING in age from 7-17 are getting a head mated 88 out of 2,200. #ProjectDibut when it comes to funding to not more STEM events held in the grow, or hire a staff, that still seems to city for her daughter to attend. start in technology by learning the computer codes used to cre- ane is a research study that delves into Wingard said BGC Chicago has combe an issue. ate web pages, apps and programming for robotics. (Photo by the state of African American women (Continued on page 16) One mission of Black Girls CODE tech entrepreneurs in the United Jamila Parham) 10

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MLK events around Chicagoland Attorney Tom Todd to keynote Dr. King program Rev. Jakes honors King

will highlight memorable moments in his life and career as a civil rights advocate.

Reverend Paul L. Jakes, Jr., pastor of the New Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church, will host a special service commemorating the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 15, 2017. “Dr. King was the conscience of America during one of the most turbulent times in this nation’s history” notes Jakes. The service

The commemorative service will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army Building, 825 N. Christiana Avenue. Attorney Thomas N. Todd will be the keynote speaker at the program. Todd, an activist, author, and lecturer, is a dynamic and en-

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ergetic speaker known throughout the Chicago area, and nationally. He was once president of the Chicago branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Council and president of Operation PUSH. Dr. King, assassinated April 4, 1968 at the age of 39, would have been 88-years-old this January 15th.

Honoring Dr. King and building the future 27th Annual PUSH Excel Scholarship Breakfast with Cardinal Blasé Cupich

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Cardinal Blasé J. Cupich, leader of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s 2.3 million Catholics, and Dr. Juan Andrade, a nationally known advocate for human rights and the Latino community, will join Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. on Monday, January 16, 2017, at PUSH Excel’s 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. The program will present dialogue about a present day response to the same issues of immigration, poverty and violence that Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement faced. Cardinal Cupich and Dr. Andrade will be among five prominent Chicagoans honored at the breakfast. PUSH Excel is the educational arm of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, founded and lead by Rev. Jackson. The breakfast, honoring the work and memory of Dr. King, will raise money for college scholarships for financially challenged students. Some 2,249 scholarships

Dr Martin Luther Kung with a value of $5.5 million have been awarded since the inception of the event in 1990. “The students the breakfast helps have everything they need to go to college – grades, persistence, hope – everything, except money,” says Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson, executive director of PUSH Excel.

In the last 27 years, PUSH Excel’s annual King Breakfast has helped send students from across the country to colleges and universities such as Central State University, University of North Carolina, Western Michigan University, University of Pennsylvania and many more. The breakfast also allows students and their families to gain a deeper understanding of the life and legacy of Dr. King, and is an opportunity for them to witness the talent and achievements of their peers. Such examples of the push for excellence and hope have never been needed more as Chicago and much of the rest of the nation celebrates Dr. King’s birthday against a backdrop of extreme social conditions that produce the educational problems that plague school communities across the country. In his 1967 book, “Where Do We

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Ford Men of Courage on MLK Holiday Ford Motor Company is pulling together African American leaders from across the United States to make this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day of action for advancing the narrative of Black men and creating positive social change. The Men of Courage event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

takes place Monday, January 16, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1871, Technology & Entrepreneurship Center, suite 1212 of the Merchandise Mart. “Men of Courage enables African American men to unite behind a common mission of being great family men, innovators

and barrier breakers through storytelling, visioning sessions and action pacts,” said Shawn Wilson, manager, multicultural community development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Dr. King often spoke about poverty as the root cause for many of our social ills. I’m excited to hear the solutions

we develop in Chicago and around the U.S. that will benefit not just African American men — but all of our communities.” Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, launched Men of Courage in Detroit in August 2015, aiming to connect diverse

Black men from local communities with a growing list of advocates and celebrities working to create positive social change for African American men. Ford Fund has joined with Sean Anderson Foundation and Dave Bing Youth Institute to promote Men of Courage.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly to keynote MLK event in South Suburbs The Thornton Township Human Relations Commission, in partnership with South Suburban College and Thornton Township High School District 205, will present a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday, January 16, at 10 a.m. at South Suburban College. Titled Love and Unity Conquers Hatred and Violence, the free event commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. King and features speeches about coming together as a community. “People should attend the MLK www.chicagocrusader.com

Celebration because it is the day that we recognize and honor one of the most dynamic African-American figures in American history,” said Loretta Wells, chair for the event and a member of the Thornton Township Human Relations Commission. “It is a day that we teach our youth about the contribution Dr. King made and his struggle for equality. We should all remember that this is not a “Day Off” but a “Day On.” The annual event takes place at the Kindig Performing Arts Center at

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South Suburban College, 15800 South State Street in South Holland, IL. “Dr. King said ‘We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools,” said Frank M. Zuccarelli, Thornton Township supervisor and South Suburban College board chairman. “We have to trust each other, love each other and work together.” The celebration features Keynote Speaker Congresswoman Robin Kelly and performances by students from District #205, including

singers and steppers. “The Annual MLK celebration is necessary because it is an important reminder of Dr. King’s life, dream, legacy, and the contribution of those that helped make his vision a reality,” added Wells. “This year’s theme “Love & Unity Conquers Hatred & Violence” was chosen because we want to remind everyone, especially our youth that Dr. King was able to overcome hatred by preaching love and unity. We must strive in today’s society to return to that basic message.”

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Hidden Figures adds up to great numbers while Golden Globes nods Moonlight and Fences By Raymond Ward

Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2017 CELEBRATE! The DuSable Museum of African American History will celebrate the legacy of Civil Rights leader and Noble Peace Prize winner, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during King Day 2017: Reaching Back, Moving Forward” on Monday, January 16, 2017. A fullday of exciting, educational activities for the entire family, will be on the schedule, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The event will take place at the DuSable Museum, 740 East 56th Plae (57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue) in Chicago.

The following is an excerpt from The New York Times, after folks associated with the recent Golden Globes awards seemed to create a new movie called “Hidden Fences.” Let’s just be very clear about

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“Reaching Back, Moving Forward,” is the theme of the day-long event designed to “elevate your consciousness” and will include: a presentation by noted Civil Rights attorney, Thomas “TNT” Todd; a poetic salute to Dr. King; storytelling; Youth and Family Make & Take Art Project Workshops; and family-friendly films dedicated to Dr. King’s legacy. Visitors will also have the opportunity to send a very special “thank you” to President Barack Obama for his eight great years of leadership by signing a special “Thank You Mr. President” banner, which will be sent to the President. The day will also include the 2nd annual DuSable Museum Membership RadioThon hosted by Chicago’s first and only African American-owned radio station WVON-1690 AM, along with radio station

Dr. Martin Luther King 106.3 FM Chicago’s R&B station. This RadioThon invites the listening audience to become members of the DuSable Museum during the King Day celebration, thereby helping to keep the legacy of education and enlightment flourishing for generations to come. In addition, M.L.King Day at The DuSable will also kick-off a year-long celebration of the Museum’s founder, Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs. “The DuSable Museum is proud to present our annual King Day celebration, which has become by far our busiest day of the year,” said Perri Irmer, President of the Museum. “The DuSable’s mission and the legacy of Dr. King are now more important than ever. We are so appreciative of our partners, WVON and 106.3 FM, for their continued support of this special event and of the DuSable, and we look forward to welcoming Chicagoans from all communities to join us on the 16th.” While at the Museum celebrating Dr. King, guests are also encouraged to experience the new exhibitions: Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American Quilt Scholar, A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History & Culture and also the impactful Freedom, Resistance and The Journey Towards Equality, plus The DuSable Masterworks Collection Series I: Paintings. 12

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JANELLE MONAE AS Mary Jackson, Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson and Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan share a celebratory moment in “Hidden Figures,” the top grossing movie for the weekend of January 8th. this: There is no movie called about his best original score nom- “Hidden Fences” when listing “Hidden Fences.” ination for “Hidden Figures,” a the nominees for best supporting But you would be forgiven for movie about three Black women actress in a motion picture. Since thinking otherwise after watching who would play crucial roles in the camera was focused on the the Golden Globes, where the the American space program. actresses, it’s unclear if Mr. nonexistent movie was mentioned Surely she didn’t mean to ask Keaton said it with a wink and a twice. him about “Fences,” a similarly nod. The first time was definitely a renowned film starring Viola Twitter reacted as swiftly as mistake. The second time is not so Davis and Denzel Washington. President-elect Donald Trump did afterward in reaction to Meryl Streep’s unkind mention of him during the ceremonies. The reaction of Twitter is probably what prompted the newspaper article by The New York Times. While “Hidden Figures” didn’t win any awards at the starstudded event, it was a great film, filled with great historical data and fantastic performances by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, as well as Mahershala Ali and Kevin Costner. “Hidden Figures” broke box office records, because it was the highest grossing movie for the weekend ending January 8, surpassing the franchise installment OCTAVIA SPENCER AS Dorothy Vaughan leads her team of of the latest Star Wars film — “computers,” as they were called, into the room where the new Rogue One-A Star Wars Story. “Hidden Figures” tells the inmainframe IBM computer was housed in a scene from credible untold story of Kather“Hidden Figures,” which is set in the early 1960s. ine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughclear. Mr. Williams had no involvement an and Mary Jackson—brilliant First, NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager, in that. African-American women worktaking her first turn at Golden That seemed to be the end of ing at NASA, who served as the Globes reporting, presumably things, but for some reason, brains behind one of the greatest meant to ask Pharrell Williams Michael Keaton also referred to (Continued on page 13) Blacks Must control their own coMMunity

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DuSable Museum elects new Board of Trustee Members Chance the Rapper among new Trustees, Joyce Johnson-Miller named Chairman of the Board The DuSable Museum of African American History is proud to announce the election of five new Board of Trustee Members and a new Chairman of the Board. Joyce Johnson-Miller, the Executive Vice President of Quadrum Global, will now serve as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees after being elected by the Board on Monday, November 21, 2016. Among the newly elected Board Members is Chancelor “Chance the Rapper” Bennett, the highly popular American hip hop artist who recently made history by receiving seven 2016 Grammy Award nominations including, “Best New Artist” and “Best Rap Album” for “Coloring Book,” a first for a “streaming-only” album. Hailing from the West Chatham neighborhood, Bennett has become one of music’s most prominent and prolific artists and was named a 2015 ‘Chicagoan of the Year’ by Chicago Magazine. Thanks to his work actively combating gun violence in Chicago, Chance the Rapper has been a champion for promoting racial justice throughout the city and the nation. Dr. Eric E. Whitaker is a prominent Chicago-based physician investor whose work intersects healthcare, public health and fi-

(Continued from page 12) operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This was a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. All major cast members delivered extraordinary performances. It is so shameful that Blacks still struggle with some situations presented in the film. “Hidden Figures,” which is heavy on the math, is a great movie for all family members, particularly young Black girls who are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professions. “Moonlight,” which also stars Mahershala Ali, won a Golden Globe for Best Picture and is an unforgettable film at the intersection of race, sexuality, masculinity, identity, family, and love, and establishes Jenkins as a major American filmmaker for his abili-

nancial services. Dr. Whitaker is Chairman and CEO of TWG Partners LLC. He is also the former Executive Vice President, Strategic Affiliations and Associate Dean of Community-based Research at the University of Chicago Medical Center and served as the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, and as an attending physician in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Also joining the Board is Ken Bennett, a former Obama Administration aide and current Senior Advisor of Policy and Community Affairs at Choose Chicago. Bennett, Chance the Rapper’s father, has been a champion for Chicago since his start in politics as an aide to the late Chicago Mayor, Harold Washington. His deep commitment to public service has helped to enhance the economic development of tourism within the city of Chicago and he will be a wonderful asset for the DuSable Museum. Wilbur Milhouse, III, has been a staunch supporter of the DuSable Museum. As the Founder, President and CEO of Milhouse Engineering and Construction, Inc., Mr. Milhouse has created a full-service engineering and architecture firm serving both the public and private sector. With a stellar reputation in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Structural Engineering, Milhouse Engineering & Construction works to ensure

ty to capture the pure feeling of longing and heartache playing out over the years. Featuring a trio of gifted actors (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes) inhabiting a single character named Chiron during three phases of his life, Moonlight tells the story of Chiron’s life in a tough Miami neighborhood. As Chiron (who also goes by the names Little and Black during different phases of the film) grows from an uncertain and tentative boy into a bullied teenager grappling with his sexuality and finally into a grown man, Jenkins skillfully shows through three distinct chapters a life in full, revealing how the powerful moments in each of our lives coalesce to shape our identities and define our fates. Also during the awards ceremony, Viola Davis won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for “Fences.” “Fences” is a 1983 play by Wilson that is set in the 1950s in Pittsburgh. It is the sixth play in Wilson’s ten-part “Pittsburgh Cy-

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Chance the Rapper that they are improving the communities they serve. Also, a new Board Member and sharing in Mr. Milhouse’s expertise in construction and community re-development is Lisa Pilot Livingston, one of Chicago’s premier African American female experts in the industry. Born and raised in Hyde Park, Pilot Liv-

cle” that explores the Black experience, while examining race relations, among other themes. The plot centers around Washington, who plays a former baseball player named Troy Maxson who creates tension in his family when he denies his teenage son’s dream of playing college football and comes home with the baby he had through an affair. The teenage son whose name is Corey is played by Jovan Adepo, and the wife Rose is played by Viola Davis. Other actors include Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby and Stephen Henderson in their respective Broadway roles. As well, Tracee Ellis Ross won a Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series for her performance in ABC’s “Blackish.” For more on the movie “Fences,” refer to my previous column, and “Hidden Figures” is playing everywhere.

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ingston is currently the CEO of LCP Management Inc. and has built properties in Hyde Park, Kenwood and Bronzeville, and her contributions to the Southside of Chicago have been unprecedented. Lisa Pilot Livingston’s commitment is not to just building buildings, but building the community as well. “We welcome these exciting new additions to our board. They join a group of dedicated Trustees who are committed to the success of the DuSable Museum and our mission, which is now more important than ever,” said Perri Irmer, President and CEO of The DuSable. “The DuSable’s mission has always had education as a focus, but today we are energized and inspired to pursue our goals of portraying the excellence and resilience of the African American spirit through our history, art and culture.” Members of the DuSable Museum Board of Trustees include: Tunji Alausa, M.D., Kidney Care Center; William A. Burton, Professional Systems, Inc.; Janet Langhart Cohen, Langhart Communications; William S. Cohen, The Cohen Group; Theaster Gates Jr., University of Chicago; Maria C. Green, Ingersoll-Rand plc; Perri L. Irmer, DuSable Museum of African American History; Patricia Knazze, Retired, Chicago Board of Education; Kimberly McCullough-Starks, Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services; Franz Mullings, International Steel Services, Inc.; Mildred

Olivier, M.D., Midwest Glaucoma Center; Lisa M. Pope, Merrill Lynch; Timothy Rand, Midway Airport Concessionaires; Charles Walls, Commonwealth Edison; Kenneth Warren, PhD., University of Chicago; Joyce W. Washington, The Washington Group, Ltd. and Sheila Wilson-Freelon, Esq., MDiv, Turner Memorial AME Church. Chairmen Emeriti: Clarence K. Bourne, Loop Capital Markets; Don Jackson, Central City Productions; and Peggy A. Montes, Bronzeville Children’s Museum. About The DuSable Museum of African American History The DuSable Museum of African American History is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the country. Our mission is to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art. The DuSable Museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. For more information on the Museum and its programs, please call (773) 947-0600 or visit us at www.dusablemuseum.org. The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s partnership and also thanks United Airlines, the official airline of the DuSable Museum for its support.

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THE BOOK WORM SEZ “Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File”

By John Edgar Wideman $25.00 / $34.00 Canada 195 pages c.2016, Scribner Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t escape your father. For most of your life, you were known as Little Him. Junior. Insertyour-father’s-name-here’s kid. You’re a chip off the ol’ block, maybe named after your Pops, forever known as your Dad’s offspring. But, as John Edgar Wideman indicates in “Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File,” that doesn’t mean that the supposed sins of a father should be laid at the feet of his child. On a hot Chicago summer day in 1955, fourteen-year-old Emmett Till took a train south to visit family in Mississippi. He left with a sense of excitement and came home in a specially-ordered, glass-lidded coffin, because his mother wanted “the world” to know what had happened to him. There was, of course, a trial for his

murder, and fourteen-year-old John Edgar Wideman watched it unfold. He’d always wanted to write “Emmett Till fiction” but real-life turned out to be more compelling: two weeks before the Grand Jury convened, someone leaked Emmett’s father’s confidential military records, revealing that Private Louis Till had been hanged in Italy a decade earlier for the crimes of rape and murder. The revelation changed the expected outcome of the trial. In that same summer of 1955, Wideman fell in love, became brokenhearted, and saw pictures of dead Emmett in Jet magazine. That summer, he was sad, confused, angry and so, he says, was his father. There were other parallels, too; so many lines drawn from fathers to sons that made Wideman and his dad “afraid of each other.” With that in mind, Wideman requested Louis Till’s file and discovered “helter-skelter” papers and a “hodgepodge of this and that…” Till had been just “a kid” when hanged, the probable victim of an “ugly story.” Had he been around to “school his son… about the south,” would Emmett have come home alive? Can a

man change the outcome of his child’s existence? Though “Writing to Save a Life” is an intriguing, even provocative book, it may be a struggle to read. For sure, it’s going to take some getting used to. With news clips, files, history, current events, and reconstructions of what might have happened decades ago to Louis, Mamie, and Emmett Till, author John Edgar Wideman melts his own experiences and his imagination. That’s a great method of storytelling, and it lends urgency and relevancy but it’s not very well delineated here – meaning that it sometimes takes a minute to understand when this book takes a fictional turn and when it turns back again. That can be a distraction, even as those switch-and-switch-backs add to the emotional feel of the story. Purists may also find an occasional lack of punctuation to be quite irritating. And yet – keep reading. This is a hard-hitting, raw-spirited tale that ultimately gets under your skin, and it’ll make you think about fathers, sons, and what they might leave one another. Keep reading – because “Writing to Save a Life” may become a book you can’t forget, even if you wanted to.

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A Moment to Super Size Your Thinking By Effie Rolfe Imagine 2017 It Can Be Yours! You have your own imagination. Use it to visualize your dreams, desires and God given potential. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is greater than knowledge!” This concept is proven over and over again. To me imagination is being alive and one of the most precious gifts given to man. Imaging without imagination? No way! All that you see begins with imagination. Look at yourself. It was through God’s imagination that we were beautifully formed in His very own image (Psalm 139:14). Imagination literally means to form into purpose or squeeze into shape. God squeezed us into shape for His good pleasure. You are undoubtedly a purposeful part of the Master’s plan. Amen, somebody! Let’s talk Bill Gates. He makes an estimated $385,000 a second,

which is equal to 23 million dollars a day. Can you imagine that amount of wealth? Maybe, maybe not… After all, your imagination is undeniably your imagination. “…and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” (Genesis 11: 6) Your destiny is not dependent on what people say or think. God’s plan and purpose concerning your life is specific and individually tailored for you only. (Jer. 29:11). Therefore, any attempts to sabotage or undermine you will boomerang. The Bible refers to this ungodly act as heaping coals of fire upon oneself. Clearly, sabotage at the core is self-destruction. An attempt to hold you back is a direct affront to creation, more importantly, to the Creator. Whatever God has created to come forth through you, must come forth. Never ever conform to fear or self-will. God’s will

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is first and foremost. Always. I once heard on the Oprah Winfrey Show that by the time women in Kuwait reach the age of 30 they each have mansions. This is a rich example of the Christian’s life. Deuteronomy 28 states, “We are the head and not the tail, the lender and not the borrower, above only and not beneath.” Unfortunately, most of what Christians possess is borrowed. We wear borrowed clothes, sleep in borrowed beds, live in borrowed homes, drive borrowed cars, use borrowed computers, as well as borrow more money to eat out, vacation, or to pay the bills for the things that are already borrowed. I know that this may sound redundant, but anything that you don’t own is borrowed. We are really slaves to our creditors, whereas, the Bible clearly states to “owe no man nothing but brotherly love.” Proverbs 22 states, “…the

borrower is servant to the lender.” I remember words in a song by Keith Pringle that asked the following question: Why should I be bound when Christ has set me free? The choice is yours. You don’t have to be bound! You can be free! Don’t leave your life to chance, use up what God has given you—your life depends on it. Imagine freedom, implement your plan and make 2017 the year of more than you have ever imagined. What can you imagine? Imagine that. © Effie Rolfe is an Author of “Supersize Your Thinking,” Media Personality and Motivational Speaker. You can contact her on twitter.com/ effiedrolfe. Listen to her show daily on urbanpraiseradio.org (2015 Stellar Award Winner for Best Internet Radio Station).

The Crusader Gospel Corner Singer Kim Burrell has been in the hot seat lately, receiving massive backlash regarding a sermon she preached during a worship service and mentioned that a ‘homosexual lifestyle was perverted.’ According to a YouTube video, Burrell further stated that God doesn’t like any ‘sin.’ Then the unthinkable happened. A member of the audience recorded a specific segment of the former BET Sunday Best vocal coach’s anti-gay statements. It was also disclosed to this congregation that Bishop Eddie Long has AIDs. As a result of this untimely incident, Ellen DeGeneres cancelled Ms. Burrell’s scheduled appearance to sing “I See a Victory” with Pharrell to promote the new

Marvin Sapp. To add insult to injury, Texas Southern University pulled her radio show, “Bridging the Gap” from the airwaves. Lastly, sources say that Frank Ocean’s mother is requesting that he disassociate himself from her and remove her song from his album as well. So far, the only gospel artists to publicly defend Burrell’s statements are Tasha Paige Lockhart and Pastor Shirley Caesar, who released a video saying ‘You should have said something four years ago when the President made that stuff legal.’ Pastor Caesar also stated we have all made mistakes, and

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was written by Wilson and produced by Warryn Campbell. The passionate song of restoration showcases Wilson’s distinct vocals which resonate with emotion. “This song is for anyone who believes in God’s power to heal and refuses to give up hope,” Wilson says. The album also features other Motown Gospel GRAMMY®-winning and chart-topping artists, including Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett, Smokie Norful, VaShawn Mitchell, Myron Butler and more. From social justice and civil rights issues to the inauguration of a new President, ‘Heal: Songs of Hope for Our Nation’ unifies us through music, reminding us of God’s power to heal and restore. After a slight detour to promote his holiday music, accomplished singer, songwriter, producer, clinician and psalmist, Terrance Bell is back to business as usual, promoting God is God, the single from his studio effort “God My Hero” on Houston-based record label Virtual Valor Group, LLC. With precise production, delight-

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Chris Brown using her song “Hold My Mule” recorded nearly 30 years ago. Caesar, the reigning ‘Queen of Gospel,’ is scheduled to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammy Awards. The Grammy Awards will air on February 12th. Motown Gospel speaks to the heart of our communities and collective souls. In recent days of confusion, tension, and uncertain times Motown Gospel released ‘HEAL: Songs of Hope for Our Nation’ on January 13. The compilation album features songs from the label’s top artists includ-

reiterated the power of thinking before speaking, while suggesting that phones be disallowed in church services. According to the 11 time Grammy Award winner, this effort will prevent people from taping and posting sermons. In the meantime, Caesar was surprised by the popularity of the UNameItChallenge, initiated by

ing a brand new song from Brian Courtney Wilson — “Heal (Find A Way).” As always Brian ‘finds a way’ to touch our hearts and connect to what we’re all feeling. The 10-song collection will soothe souls and reignite trust in God through powerful songs of inspiration and encouragement. Wilson’s “Heal (Find A Way),”

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ful vocal arrangements, and simple yet powerful lyrics, the song is bringing joy to everyone who hears it. “He’s God/Authority He has Power and command/He controls all the lands He’s God/He’s got all the right to see you/Live in harmony/Free from all captivity.” As a musician who started playing a variety of instruments at the age of seven, and a minister of music whose leadership has enhanced and transcended several church worship services, there is no surprise that “God Is God” is coined as the epitome of a strong praise and worship song and is making an immediate impact on radio. “We call God many things. He’s awesome! He’s Powerful! He’s our Creator! He’s Mighty! He’s all of these things,” exclaims Bell. “The most powerful name ever is God, so I thought instead of saying God is good, God is great, God is mighty, why not just say God is God.” Bell, a contributing blogger for The Gospel Source, is currently working on three new books: “True Life,” an inspirational book that will encompass spiritual quotes and bible scriptures, incorporating his personal life experiences; an educational book entitled, “The Ability to Sing,” that will instruct readers on understanding their voice, how to properly use it from a technical perspective, and how to maintain it from a healthy standpoint. While writing the second book, he realized the importance of this knowledge reaching singers and speakers all over, so he launched a series of vocal health workshops entitled “The Ability (Continued on page 16)

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Comcast joins LISC, community-based . . . (Continued from page 9) borhood by neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? A committed SWCC partner, Comcast is joined by Ald. Foulkes, 16th Ward, Chicago Cares, Community Investment Corporation (CIC), Cook County Land Bank, The National Equity Fund, The Private Bank, Urban Partnership Bank, US Bank and World Business Chicago. The SWCC is a coordinated effort primarily along 63rd Street from Cottage Grove to Pulaski, incorporating key nodes along south Halsted and 79th Street. It will produce communityled strategies at targeted intersections along the corridor that will leverage investments in real estate, housing, small businesses, transit and employment opportunities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we invest in the economic backbone of our neighborhoods, we invest in the future of the people who live there,â&#x20AC;? said Maurice Jones, president and CEO of LISC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People want to work. They want to spend their hard-earned money in their own neighborhood. They want safe streets for their children and a decent place to live. This initiative addresses all of that at once, while also contributing to a stronger, healthier city.â&#x20AC;? LISCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to the SWCC includes seed funding the effort with $500,000 to cover capacity building and support for the neighborhood partner organiza-

tions and an additional $50 million over the next 10 years in lending for investments in real estate and local neighborhood businesses targeted as part of this initiative.

The SWCC is designed to take a new approach to economic development investment by creating a community-led, tightly-coordinated approach to planning and in-

vestment that engages community residents, the City of Chicago, and public/private capital sources to develop a model for impacting neighborhood economies.

Black Girls CODE Chicago Looks to Change , , , (Continued from page 10) batted the exposure deficit by building a strong core team (of which she is a member), and establishing a committed group of volunteers to host events throughout the year. In 2017, in addition to its trademark programming workshops, BGC Chicago plans to continue Women of Color in STEM, panels which provide an opportunity for female STEM professionals in Chicago to share information about their paths to success. Additionally, BGC Chicago hopes to launch the robotics program, typically its most expensive and detail oriented program. Black Girls CODE Chicago has received corporate sponsorships from Capitol One, Chase Bank, Leap Innovations, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. BCBS recently donated a workspace with computer based tools, lunch, and volun-

teers for a BGC Chicago weekend event. More than 50 percent of the young women who have attended workshops in Chicago had registrations paid for by the donations to the BGC Chicago website, according to Wingard. Donations cover the costs for food and instructors. Working in the tech sector as an African American woman can be daunting. Chicago native Jamila Parham, BGC Chicago event/volunteer lead, who works as an IT Project Manager at Chicago Transit Authority, identified a double standard in positions of leadership, especially for women of color. She said being labeled too â&#x20AC;&#x153;bossy,â&#x20AC;? along with more colorful language, as a specific barrier sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had to overcome. Parham, who graduated from DePaul University with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in computer graphics/animation and a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

degree in information project management from Keller Graduate School in Chicago, said she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have role models in technology to look up to, which is why sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s committed to BGC Chicago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe this is my purpose, to encourage young women of color, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career-wise or even personal growth; to reach back like women before me did,â&#x20AC;? said Parham. Parham suggested that young women interested in tech related fields should try everything, to learn what they love first, and then pursue it. BGC Chicago will take some of its youths to see â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hidden Figures,â&#x20AC;? the story of the African American women who contributed to NASA winning the space race in the 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. To learn more about Black Girls CODE Chicago visit http://www.blackgirlscode.com/.

The Crusader Gospel Corner to Sing and Speak.â&#x20AC;? His third work in progress is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bachelor,â&#x20AC;? based on the life of a single man serving God. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want God to preserve my life and help me to live

(Continued from page 15) my life in such a way that the legacy I leave will be honorable,â&#x20AC;? says Bell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I make no excuses or justifications for my setbacks nor failures in my life. I am going to make mistakes and I am going to stumble some-

times, but in my heart, I have salvation. With this, I will receive deliverance, and if I trust and believe in God, Redemption is what Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give me.â&#x20AC;? For more information, please visit terrancebell.com

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Let the Jacksons be Dear Editor: It is really disheartening to pick up the newspaper and see a picture of Sandi Jackson and Jesse Jackson, Jr. on the front page. Of course, the story that accompanied the picture was about the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s divorce. The fact they have split up is no secret, nor is the fact it is turning into a pretty ugly divorce. Lately, whenever I see these stories I find myself asking why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the news media just let the Jackson be. Right now, neither are public officials. Neither have held office for more than three years so why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they get on with their private lives? 16

I know and can accept that stuff that at one time they were one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most notable political couples, with people in many corners predicting he would one day be President of the United States. We probably know every detail about the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stupidity and greed in spending his campaign cash on nonsense. We also know that millions of people get divorced every year. So I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the value in reporting on the Jacksonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; split, especially when the big dispute is over where the case will be heard - D.C. or Chicago. Whenever a decision is made about the location, the news media will dredge up all of the old stories again. Why they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until there is something really new to report is beyond me. The Jackson divorce is not going to have

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any impact on Chicago. Nor with it change anything happening in D.C. To write about the divorce repeatedly, in my opinion, amounts to gossip. What we are getting from the Chicago daily newspapers is what we expect from one of the tabloid papers. There is no reason to report on it other than to gossip, and with all of the news happening in our city, it seems there are many more important things to take up room in the newspaper. The latest batch of â&#x20AC;&#x153;storiesâ&#x20AC;? was loaded with as much innuendo as facts. I guess that is what the news business has stooped to these days. I know the news business is rarely, if ever, interested in collateral damage, but in this instance that should be taken into account, namely the Jackson children. I would not be surprised to

learn that they are probably taunted relentlessly for what their parents did. That taunting comes from other children no doubt. Regardless of what reporters and editors think of the parents, they should look at the likely discomfort they are causing the Jackson childrenpeople who had nothing to do with the campaign, elected office or the decision to make the dumb purchases. Yet, every story is another poke at their mental wellbeing. They are already dealing with the fact both of their parents have been in prison, and now what they have known as a family is about to implode. The news media should ask itself if pouring more salt in the Jacksonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wounds worth it.

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p y calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in \"AS IS\" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the The by required assessments 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 OF ORDER AN OF ENTRY ACCORDANCE IN POSSESSION, WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact The sales clerk, SHAPIRO KREISMAN & ASSOCIATES, LLC, 2121 WAUKEGAN RD., SUITE 301, Bannockburn, IL 60015, (847) 291-1717 For information call between the hours of 1pm - 3pm. Please refer to file number 15-075208. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The at Corporation Sales Judicial www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. SHAPIRO KREISMAN & ASSOCIATES, LLC 2121 WAUKEGAN RD., SUITE 301 Bannockburn, IL 60015 E-Mail: 291-1717 (847) ILNotices@logs.com Attorney File No. 15-075208 Attorney Code. 42168 Case Number: 15 CH 3770 TJSC#: 37-215 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 purpose. that for I712350

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION CIT BANK, N.A. F/K/A ONEWEST BANK N . A . P l a i n t i f f , v . UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF ANNIE M. ANDERSON, PAMELA JOHNSON, WILLIAM P. BUTCHER, AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR ANNIE M. ANDERSON (DECEASED) D e f e n d a n t s 16 CH 002364 10224 S. PERRY AVENUE CHICAGO, IL 6 0 6 2 8 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 2, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 6, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 10224 S. PERRY AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60628 Property Index No. 25-09-428-024-0000. The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in \"AS IS\" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. Where a sale of real estate is made to satisfy a lien prior to that of the United States, the United States shall have one year from the date of sale within which to redeem, except that with respect to a lien arising under the internal revenue laws the period shall be 120 days or the period allowable for redemption under State law, whichever is longer, and in any case in which, under the provisions of section 505 of the Housing Act of 1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1701k), and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title 38 of the United States Code, the right to redeem does not arise, there shall be no right of redemption. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, 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 14-16-01919. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION LAKEVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC P l a i n t i f f , v . MARY R. HARDWICK A/K/A MARY H A R D W I C K D e f e n d a n t s 15 CH 05512 444 WEST 100TH PLACE CHICAGO, IL 6 0 6 2 8 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on October 5, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on January 31, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate:Commonly known as 444 WEST 100TH PLACE, CHICAGO, IL 60628 Property Index No. 25-09-314-012-0000. The real estate is improved with a red, brick, single family home, two car detached garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in \"AS IS\" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information: Visit our website at service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. McCalla Raymer Pierce, LLC, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number 2132. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. McCalla Raymer Pierce, LLC One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 E-Mail: pleadings@pierceservices.com Attorney File No. 2132 Attorney Code. 60489 Case Number: 15 CH 05512 TJSC#: 36-13506 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. I710976

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION FIFTH THIRD MORTGAGE COMPANY P l a i n t i f f , v . KELVIN L. PHIPPS A/K/A KELVIN P H I P P S , JUANITA RILEY-PHIPPS, SMITH-ROTHCHILD FINANCIAL C O M P A N Y , UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT D e f e n d a n t s 16 CH 003419 8136 S. JUSTINE STREET CHICAGO, IL 6 0 6 2 0 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 4, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 6, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 8136 S. JUSTINE STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60620 Property Index No. 20-32-116-030-0000. The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in \"AS IS\" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. Where a sale of real estate is made to satisfy a lien prior to that of the United States, the United States shall have one year from the date of sale within which to redeem, except that with respect to a lien arising under the internal revenue laws the period shall be 120 days or the period allowable for redemption under State law, whichever is longer, and in any case in which, under the provisions of section 505 of the Housing Act of 1950, as amended (12 U.S.C. 1701k), and subsection (d) of section 3720 of title 38 of the United States Code, the right to redeem does not arise, there shall be no right of redemption. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, 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 14-16-02776. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 E-Mail: pleadings@il.cslegal.com Attorney File

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No. 14-16-02776 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 16 CH 003419 TJSC#: 36-13251 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. I711168 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE A S S O C I A T I O N P l a i n t i f f , v . DOROTHY T ROGERS A/K/A DOROTHY T TAYLOR, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS D e f e n d a n t s 15 CH 14283 9006 SOUTH MORGAN STREET CHICAGO, IL 60620 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on October 31, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 2, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 9006 SOUTH MORGAN STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60620 Property Index No. 25-05-229-027-0000. The real estate is improved with a tan, brick, single family home, two car detached garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in \"AS IS\" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information: Visit our website at service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. McCalla Raymer Pierce, LLC, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number 10686. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. McCalla Raymer Pierce, LLC One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 E-Mail: pleadings@pierceservices.com Attorney File No. 10686 Attorney Code. 60489 Case Number: 15 CH 14283 TJSC#: 36-13451 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. I711157

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HOUSES FOR SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT CHANCERY DIVISION ILLINOIS HOUSING DEVELOPMENT A U T H O R I T Y P l a i n t i f f , v . REGINA THURSTON A/K/A REGINA E. THURSTON A/K/A REGINA ELAINE THURSTON, BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. S/B/M TO LASALLE BANK, N.A., CITY OF CHICAGO D e f e n d a n t s 15 CH 4977 9679 S LUELLA AVENUE CHICAGO, IL 6 0 6 1 7 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 3, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 7, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 9679 S LUELLA AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60617 Property Index No. 25-12-229-022-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family home, 1 car attached 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, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in \"AS IS\" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information: Visit our website at service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. McCalla Raymer Pierce, LLC, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number 7826. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. McCalla Raymer Pierce, LLC One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 E-Mail: pleadings@pierceservices.com Attorney File No. 7826 Attorney Code. 60489 Case Number: 15 CH 4977 TJSC#: 36-13207 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. I711154

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION (''FANNIE MAE''), A CORPORATION ORGANIZED AND EXISTING UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA P l a i n t i f f , v . JOEANN MACK A/K/A JOE ANN MACK D e f e n d a n t s 16 CH 04953 7613 S. MARSHFIELD AVE. Chicago, IL 6 0 6 2 0 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 22, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 24, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 7613 S. MARSHFIELD AVE., Chicago, IL 60620 Property Index No. 20-30-419-005-0000 Vol. 438. The real estate is improved with a multi-family residence. The judgment amount was $183,978.99. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in \"AS IS\" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: JOHNSON, BLUMBERG & ASSOCIATES, LLC, 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1125, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 541-9710 Please refer to file number 16-3424. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. JOHNSON, BLUMBERG & ASSOCIATES, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1125 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 541-9710 E-Mail: ilpleadings@johnsonbl u m b e r g . c o m Attorney File No. 16-3424 Attorney Code. 40342 Case Number: 16 CH 04953 TJSC#: 36-13639 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. I712339

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 . UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF GEORGIA A. LANDFAIR AKA GEORGIA A N D F A I R , D CLAIMANTS Blacks Must control theirUNKNOWN own coMMunity A N D L F G A N D F A I R , D UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS A N D L AGAINST THE U HEIRS AND D GEORGIA L DECEASED, EMMA H WILLIAM BUTCHER, A REPRESENTATIVE OF G A. LANDFAIR A f e n d a n t s 1 CH 16570 8 S. Escanaba Ave C IL 60617

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L A N D F A I R , DECEASED, UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS A N D LIENHOLDERS AGAINST THE ESTATE O F GEORGIA A. LANDFAIR AKA GEORGIA L A N D F A I R , DECEASED, UNKNOWN CLAIMANTS A N D LIENHOLDERS AGAINST THE UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF GEORGIA A. LANDFAIR AKA GEORGIA LANDFAIR, DECEASED, EMMA HUBERT, WILLIAM BUTCHER, AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF GEORGIA A. LANDFAIR AKA GEORGIA LANDFAIR, DECEASED D e f e n d a n t s 15 CH 16570 8949 S. Escanaba Ave Chicago, IL 60617 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on October 17, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 21, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 8949 S. Escanaba Ave, Chicago, IL 60617 Property Index No. 26-06-215-019-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $62,545.33. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in \"AS IS\" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC, 111 East Main Street, DECATUR, IL 62523, (217) 422-1719 If the sale is not confirmed for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the purchase price paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC 111 East Main Street DECATUR, IL 62523 (217) 422-1719 Fax #: (217) 422-1754 CookPleadings@hsbattys.com Attorney Code. 40387 Case Number: 15 CH 16570 TJSC#: 36-12373 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. I711018

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL A S S O C I A T I O N P l a i n t i f f , v . NIMAT Z. MUHAMMAD, CITY OF CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF WATER MANAGEMENT, FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK OF CHICAGO, WINTRUST MORTGAGE, A DIVISION OF BARRINGTON BANK & TRUST CO., NA Defendants 16 CH 00866 9400 S. Emerald Ave. Chicago, IL 60620 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on August 2, 2016, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 15, 2017, at The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate:Commonly known as 9400 S. Emerald Ave., Chicago, IL 60620 Property Index No. 25-04-323-024-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $146,963.41. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in \"AS IS\" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. You will need a photo identification issued by a government agency (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to gain entry into our building and the foreclosure sale room in Cook County and the same identification for sales held at other county venues where The Judicial Sales Corporation conducts foreclosure sales. For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC, 111 East Main Street, DECATUR, IL 62523, (217) 422-1719 If the sale is not confirmed for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the purchase price paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. HEAVNER, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC 111 East Main Street DECATUR, IL 62523 (217) 422-1719 Fax #: (217) 422-1754 CookPleadings@hsbattys.com Attorney Code. 40387 Case Number: 16 CH 00866 TJSC#: 36-14176 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. I710653

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21 to tryout for McDonald’s All American Games McDonald’s to unveil final rosters for 40th Games Jan. 15; tickets for United Center games on sale Feb. 4 Illinois’ top high school basketball talents have the opportunity to play against other great players from around the country at the 40th annual McDonald’s All American Games. McDonald’s recently announced this year’s list of Illinois nominated seniors – 12 boys and 8 girls – each vying for a chance to play in front of a homestate crowd March 29 at Chicago’s United Center. The final rosters of 24 boys and 24 girls from across the nation will be revealed at 9:30 p.m. CST Jan. 15 during the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU. Players were nominated by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. The 21 Illinois 2017 boy nominees are: Nana Akenten (Bolingbrook High School – Bolingbrook), Nojel Eastern (Evanston Township High School – Evanston), Evan Gilyard (Simeon Career Academy – Chicago), Jordan Goodwin (Althoff Catholic High School – Belleville), Temon Green (St. Rita of Cascia High School – Chicago), Paul Kingsley (St. Rita of Cascia High School – Chicago), Shawn “PJ” Pipes (Lemont High School – Lemont), Justin Smith (Adlai E. Stevenson High School – Lincolnshire), Jeremi-

Flossmoor High School – Flossmoor), Cymone Goodrich (South Shore International College Preparatory High School – Chicago), Nadia Green (Homewood-Flossmoor High School – Flossmoor), Claire Gritt (John Hersey High School – Arlington Heights), Destiny Harden (Morgan Park High School – Chicago), Eva Rubin (Homewood-Flossmoor High School – Flossmoor), Karli Seay (Homewood-Flossmoor High School – Flossmoor), Jnaya Walker (Bolingbrook High School – Bolingbrook) and Jada Wright (Rich Township High School, East Campus – Park Forest). The complete list of nominees is available at mcdaag.com. Nationally, high school players from Texas received the most nominations this year (132), followed by California (76), Pennsylvania (32) and Maryland and Georgia (each with 30). In total, 729 players from 45 states and the District of Columbia were nominated by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. “We’re proud to have 21 of Illinois’ top basketball stars nominated for this year’s games. Along with the other outstanding players, this group of young men and women are the best

DERRICK ROSE, WHO now plays for the New York Knicks, was a student at Simeon HS when he played in the 2007 McDonald’s All Star Game. ah Tilmon (East St. Louis Senior representation of high school basketHigh School – East St. Louis), Alon- ball talent in the country,” said Morzo Verge Jr. (Thornton Township gan Wootten, Hall-of-Fame basketHigh School – Harvey), DaMonte ball coach and McDonald’s All Williams (Manual Academy – Peo- American Games Selection Comria) and RaShaad Williams (St. Rita mittee Chairman. “We look forward to the fun but difficult task of narof Cascia High School – Chicago). The 21 Illinois 2017 boy nominees rowing down this list to the final 24 are: Finess Dickson (Homewood- girls and 24 boys players later this www.chicagocrusader.com

NOW A NEW ORLEANS Pelican Anthony Davis, who plays both the forward and center position, was attending Perspectives Charter school in 2011 when he played in the McDonald’s All Star Games. – Wearing black jersey #32 in tip-off. week.” The boys and girls rosters will be selected by the McDonald’s All American Games selection committee through a series of balloting system votes. Wootten leads the process and committee. 2017 McDonald’s All American Games Tickets Tickets for the 2017 McDonald’s All American Games go on sale Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. CST via Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-866-909GAME (4263). Ticket prices start as low as $10, and are also available in a popular family four-pack, which includes four tickets, four soft drinks and four hot dogs – all for $70. United Center parking is free the night of the Games. Each year, the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and its network of local Chapters. RMHC provides comfort and compassion to families with sick children so they are fully supported and able to be a part of their children’s care. The 16th Annual McDonald’s All

American Girls Game will tip off at 4 p.m. CST Wednesday, March 29. The 40th Annual Boys Game immediately follows at 6 p.m. CST. @McDAAG Get in the Game by following the McDonald’s All American Games on Twitter and Instagram @McDAAG to receive up-to-date information and a behind-the-scenes look at the 2017 Games including; key announcements, local player/coach recognitions, fan giveaways and historical Games facts and figures. About McDonald’s USA McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and

Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds. ABOUT RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES® Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of over 290 Chapters in more than 63 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children’s programs worldwide, RMHC provides compassionate care and resources to children and families being served by leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs provide access to quality health care and enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their child’s care. For more information, visit rmhc.org.

BEFORE THE 2016 All American Game players get down to the business of playing basketball against one another. These players from all around the country have a little fun competing in the basketball-dunking contest.

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