Back to School sales tax holiday kicks in on Friday

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With the start of a new school year fast approaching, state Rep. Fran Hurley is encouraging parents to take advantage of a state sales tax decrease on school supplies, clothing, shoes and other items over a 10-day period from Aug. 5 through Aug. 14. “Back-to-school shopping can sometimes be a real hit on a parent’s…

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Citizens, cops fighting crime

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‘National Night Out’ events set for next week By Joan Hadac Hundreds and perhaps more than a thousand Southwest Side men, women and children are expected to take a public stand against crime at the Chicago Lawn (8th) Police District’s annual National Night Out Against Crime celebration, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 at…

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Time for Grandma to smile again

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By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] As sad as my columns were for the last two weeks (if you missed them, they’re posted at, it’s that much of a relief to write about something joyful. Something wonderful is happening to me next week. My grandsons are coming…

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Cuties at the carnival

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Giving the Two Holy Martyrs Family Fest plenty of “Awww” moments earlier this month were colorfully costumed children from Darla’s Dance Center, 6236 S Central. – Supplied photo

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City expands access to police exam

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Daley College one of seven testing sites By Tim Hadac As police retirements and resignations continue to greatly outpace recruits graduating from the police academy, the Lightfoot Administration has announced expanded access to the police exam. In-person police officer entry exams are set for all City Colleges locations on select dates this month. Men and…

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Comings & Goings: Macy’s to open 2 new stores in Evergreen Park

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By Bob Bong Macy’s has announced it will be opening its first dual Market by Macy’s and Macy’s Backstage stores at the Evergreen Plaza, located at 9700 S. Western Ave. Both stores will offer unique shopping experiences with Market by Macy’s offering customers the latest fashion trends and Macy’s Backstage appealing to those on the…

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Rest easy, Nathan

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By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] I am heartbroken as I write to you today. It’s only been two days since my family lost our dog, a lovable mutt (a rat terrier mix, we were told when we adopted him from a shelter) named Nathan. He was 7…

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Driving a bus not magical

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But it feels that way, I learned By Steve Metsch En route to my debut driving a school bus, I got psyched up listening to “Magic Bus” by The Who. “I don’t want to cause no fuss,” Roger Daltrey sang, “but can I buy your magic bus?” I didn’t have $100,000 to buy a new…

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‘Me? A school bus driver?’


Yes you, First Student says By Tim Hadac In a world where “Help Wanted” signs now outnumber “Wear a Mask” signs by about a thousand to one (or so it seems), employers across the board are scrambling to compete for prospective employees like never before. Having a leg up on the competition are companies already…

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