A ‘businessman with a heart’

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Colleagues pay tribute to Jim Vondrak By Joan Hadac In a business world frequently competitive to the point of being harsh and even cruel, James C. “Jim” Vondrak stood out as a businessman with a heart. The scion of a Southwest Side newspaper family, Mr. Vondrak owned and operated a chain of community newspapers led…

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She bleeds blue

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Officer Maureen O’Neill retires after 38 years By Tim Hadac If things appear a little unglued in the commander’s office at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police Station, it’s because Officer Maureen O’Neill recently retired after serving in the district for 38 years, 7 months and 1 day. “It’s fair to say that in some…

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Purple for a purpose

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Taking a momentary break from tying purple ribbons around trees and fenceposts at West Lawn Park last Saturday are CPD Officers Sarai Trevino, Maria DeLaTorre, Raymond Tracy and Jose Supulveda, and Shari Grassmuck and Nancy Arroyo. The group made the park go purple in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DVAM has been a national…

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Tabares leads way to big success for police

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Raises $21,000 for protective vests By Joan Hadac When 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares planned her annual Get Behind the Vest pancake breakfast at St. Daniel the Prophet Church, her goal was to surpass last year’s total of $10,500. To say she succeeded is an understatement. After the final pancake was sold at the drive-through…

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Homecoming court crowned at Nazareth Academy

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Two local students are among the 2021 homecoming court at Nazareth Academy. Serving as queen is Isabella Romano, a 2017 graduate of St. Daniel the Prophet School. On the court is Ryan Spain, a 2019 graduate of of St. Symphorosa School. The court was announced at an all-school pep rally during their recent Spirit Week.…

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Leaders push back against vax

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Aldermen, FOP chief butt heads with Lightfoot By Tim Hadac A week after the Lightfoot Administration announced that all city workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19—or face disciplinary measures—some employees pushed back. One of the most public was 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares, who signed a letter of concern to the mayor–with five of…

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Support older workers, Newman says


From staff reports U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) recently joined three Democratic House colleagues in introducing the Supporting Older Workers Act, a new bill designed to improve and advance the employment, economic success and the well-being of America’s older workers. Newman said the legislation would strengthen the workforce development system for older workers and reduce…

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Making their move

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Cook County Jail Chess Team competes in int’l tourney From staff reports The Cook County Jail’s Chess Team finished in third place in its division during the championship round of the largest international chess competition for detained individuals, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced last week. Hosted by Cook County Jail and sanctioned by the International…

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Sheriff Dart, state Sen. Collins propose legislation to ban ‘ghost guns’

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From staff reports Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart and state Senator Jacqueline Collins have proposed legislation to ban “ghost guns”–homemade, untraceable weapons that are increasingly being found by police fighting Chicago area violence. “The rapid proliferation of these weapons is alarming, and they are intentionally being used by individuals who want to thwart investigations…

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