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Marist wrestlers take Illini Classic crown; Shepard’s Damari Reed stays unbeaten

By Jason Maholy / January 16, 2022 /

By Steve Millar Correspondent When Peter Marinopoulos was a freshman, he served as the Marist wrestling team’s manager when the RedHawks would travel to tournaments. Two years later, he is finishing tournaments on top of the podium. Marinopolous, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 3A at 195 pounds by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches…

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The New Year Starts at Aquinas Literacy Center

By News Desk / January 12, 2016 / Comments Off on The New Year Starts at Aquinas Literacy Center

The holidays are over and the students and their volunteer literacy tutors are back at work at Aquinas Literacy Center in McKinley Park. Around 100 student-tutor pairs meet for an hour and a half every week as the students work to achieve their English-learning goals, ranging from a desire to improve workplace skills to a…

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Ashburn youth center adds new playlot at Kedzie location

By News Desk / June 26, 2015 / Comments Off on Ashburn youth center adds new playlot at Kedzie location

Live music, dancing, games and refreshments drew hundreds of people to the New Foundation of Hope’s first summer concert held Saturday in the youth center’s new playlot at 8144-48 S. Kedzie Ave., Chicago. Minnie Mouse greeted the children, and in between posing for pictures, she joined the crowd for a rendition of the nae-nae dance.…

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Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch honors Paralympic athlete

By News Desk / June 26, 2015 / Comments Off on Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch honors Paralympic athlete

Guest speakers at the Monday Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch meeting included Cook County Sheriff’s Police officials and state Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-11th), but Kennedy High School student-athlete Stella McMillan got the biggest ovation when the group presented her with an award for her achievements. Stella, a wheelchair athlete and honor student who is going into…

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Archer Heights man accused of killing his mother

By News Desk / May 29, 2015 / Comments Off on Archer Heights man accused of killing his mother

An Archer Heights man is accused of killing his mother during what police said was a moment of rage on May 20. Chicago police found Maria Sadelski, 54, in her basement with blunt trauma to her head and her body in her home on the 4800 block of South Karlov Avenue. According to police, a…

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Commander O’Donnell says Archer Heights crime is down

By News Desk / May 29, 2015 / Comments Off on Commander O’Donnell says Archer Heights crime is down

Chicago Lawn (8th) District Cmdr. James O’Donnell told a large crowd that attended a recent Archer Heights Civic Association meeting that crime has gone down in the neighborhood. O’Donnell told the audience that Archer Heights mirrors the city in overall diminishing crime. He made his comments at the association’s meeting on May 12 at the…

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Registration opens for City Colleges of Chicago

By News Desk / May 29, 2015 / Comments Off on Registration opens for City Colleges of Chicago

Summer session begins June 3; register for Fall 2015 courses by August 17 Chicagoans who want a quality, affordable education to prepare for further college or career can register now for the Summer and Fall 2015 semesters at City Colleges of Chicago, the largest community college system in Illinois. City Colleges offers a variety of…

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Police search for suspects in series of West Elsdon robberies

By News Desk / May 22, 2015 / Comments Off on Police search for suspects in series of West Elsdon robberies

Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police are alerting residents about a couple of robberies that have occurred this month in the West Elsdon neighborhood. In these incidents, two offenders approach the victims and demand and forcibly remove their property. One incident was reported to have taken place at 11:45 p.m. May 13 on the 4600 block…

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Achievements of local seniors celebrated

By News Desk / May 22, 2015 / Comments Off on Achievements of local seniors celebrated

Appropriately, a dozen seniors were celebrated at the 12th Annual 13th Ward Golden Spirit Awards ceremony held held last Friday at the West Lawn Park Field House, 4233 W. 65th St. Ald. Marty Quinn (13th) and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-22nd), the 13th Ward Democratic committeeman, sponsor the popular event that includes information about local…

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Garfield Ridge Chamber chooses Archer Chiropractic Clinic as ‘Business of Month’

By News Desk / May 22, 2015 / Comments Off on Garfield Ridge Chamber chooses Archer Chiropractic Clinic as ‘Business of Month’

Dr. John Baietti, chiropractic physician and acupuncturist at Archer Chiropractic Clinic, 6804 W. Archer Ave., Chicago, has enjoyed working in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community the past 22 years. Members of the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce believe Baietti’s presence on the Southwest Side is an asset. They have selected Archer Chiropractic Clinic as the chamber’s…

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In what is arguably the most ornate and beautiful house of worship on the Southwest Side—St. Joseph Church in Back of the Yards–the Polonijna Orkiestra Chicago played liturgical music selections last Sunday. Founded in 2011, the orchestra is designed to teach young musicians Polish music and culture. St. Joseph parishioner Konrad Pawelek served as conductor…

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Crime images spark outrage in Gage Park

Robbed at gunpoint in his own garage By Tim Hadac Home-security camera images of a 48-year-old Gage Park man being robbed at gunpoint in his own garage outraged a number of Southwest Siders this week. Images showed the man driving his car down the alley in the 5500 block of South Richmond at about 3:50…

Former Mother McAuley star Hannah Swiatek (right) smiles and walks off the court with Justene Charlesworth after a recent University of St. Francis victory over Cardinal Stritch. Photo by Jeff Vorva Former Mother McAuley star Hannah Swiatek (right) smiles and walks off the court with Justene Charlesworth after a recent University of St. Francis victory over Cardinal Stritch. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Report: McAuley grad Swiatek plays hero for St. Francis

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Hannah Swiatek comes off the bench for the University of St. Francis and is averaging 3.1 points per game. But when called on for the biggest shot of her college career, the 5-foot-8 junior guard from Oak Lawn delivered. Swiatek scored the winning basket in a wild 99-97 overtime road…

Mother McAuley’s Bella Finnegan launches a 3-point attempt over St. Laurence’s Lilliana Magana as Vikings coach George Shimko looks on in a game on Jan. 11. Finnegan scored her 1,000th career point in the game. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Stagg’s Laila Barakat and McAuley’s Bella Finnegan hit 1K career points; Richards’ Kortz gets 300th win

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Look what Laila Barakat started. The Stagg senior basketball star hit a milestone when she scored her 1,000th career point against Richards on Jan. 8. That was the first of three notable career accomplishments achieved the following week. It was followed by Mother McAuley senior Bella Finnegan scoring her 1,000th…

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Tax exemptions will be automatic, Kaegi says

From staff reports In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi’s office will continue the automatic renewal of the Senior Freeze, Veterans with Disabilities and Persons with Disabilities Exemptions. The Homeowner and Senior Exemptions will continue to auto-renew every year. If a homeowner received any of these five exemptions last year…

Shepard's Damari Reed takes on Minooka's Jake Hinders en route to the first of his four victories and the 152-pound championship at the Illini Classic. Photo by Jason Maholy

Marist wrestlers take Illini Classic crown; Shepard’s Damari Reed stays unbeaten

By Steve Millar Correspondent When Peter Marinopoulos was a freshman, he served as the Marist wrestling team’s manager when the RedHawks would travel to tournaments. Two years later, he is finishing tournaments on top of the podium. Marinopolous, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 3A at 195 pounds by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches…

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Troop 1441 Scout earns Eagle rank

From staff reports A journey that began years ago for Adrian Ayala recently culminated in Boy Scouting’s highest honor. Ayala, a member of Boy Scout Troop 1441 (sponsored by the St. Mary Star of the Sea Holy Name Society) was honored at an Eagle ceremony at Duggan Hall on Jan. 13. The Eagle rank is a…

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas

Scavenger Sale different this year, Pappas says

From staff reports Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ 2022 Scavenger Sale will look different, as the Treasurer’s Office takes steps to help small developers, homeowners and investors rebuild neighborhoods and create generational wealth. Under Illinois law, the Treasurer’s Office is required to conduct a Scavenger Sale every two years, offering at auction the taxes on…

U.S. Rep. Jesús "Chuy" García (D-4th)

Give poor countries a break, Chuy says

From staff reports U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-4th) is one of 18 Members of Congress who recently sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, urging her to use the voice and vote of the United States at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to abolish the IMF’s surcharge policy, which requires countries with substantial…

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush

Stop sale of dangerous drugs online, Rush says

From staff reports Legislation designed to ensure that social media platforms and websites are held accountable for failing to prevent the sale of dangerous, illegal drugs on their platforms has been introduced by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st). The Domain Reform for Unlawful Drug Sellers (DRUGS) Act also was introduced by U.S. David B. McKinley…

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New law ends parental notification in Illinois

New law ends parental notification in Illinois

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Gov. JB Pritzker signed a law on Friday that ends parental notification, a requirement that doctors notify the parents of a minor seeking an abortion. “With reproductive rights under attack across the nation, Illinois is once again establishing itself as a leader in ensuring access to health care…

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The unemployment rate in Illinois fell three-tenths of a point in November to 5.7 percent as employers added 19,500 payroll jobs to the economy. Preliminary data released by the Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the biggest job gains during…

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The unemployment rate in Illinois fell three-tenths of a point in November to 5.7 percent as employers added 19,500 payroll jobs to the economy. Preliminary data released by the Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the biggest job gains during…

Potential buyer identified for James R. Thompson Center

Potential buyer identified for James R. Thompson Center

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Plans are moving ahead for the sale of the James R. Thompson Center at 100 West Randolph Street in Chicago. Gov. JB Pritzker announced on Wednesday plans to enter into exclusive negotiations with JRTC Holdings, LLC, for the purposes of acquiring and redeveloping the Thompson Center…

CAPITOL RECAP: JRTC Holdings will enter negotiations with state for $70 million purchase of Thompson Center

CAPITOL RECAP: JRTC Holdings will enter negotiations with state for $70 million purchase of Thompson Center

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS CHICAGO – Plans are moving ahead for the sale of the James R. Thompson Center at 100 West Randolph Street in Chicago. Gov. JB Pritzker announced on Wednesday, Dec. 15, plans to enter into exclusive negotiations with JRTC Holdings, LLC, for the purposes of acquiring and redeveloping the Thompson Center that…

Lawmakers push for nursing home reforms this spring

Lawmakers push for nursing home reforms this spring

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Several Illinois lawmakers said this week they are determined to pass a bill in the spring that would overhaul the way nursing homes are paid through the state’s Medicaid program to address critical staffing shortages, but the state’s largest nursing home industry group is still pushing…

New law provides for licensure path of certified professional midwives in Illinois

New law provides for licensure path of certified professional midwives in Illinois

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Colleen Marotta has delivered hundreds of babies. Marotta, 43, of Arlington Heights, became a nurse in 2001. Ten years later, she became a certified professional midwife, or CPM. When Marotta was a CPM the law barred her from delivering babies in Illinois, forcing her to drive to Wisconsin…

Edwardsville chief on Amazon warehouse: ‘It was definitely one of our worst days’

Edwardsville chief on Amazon warehouse: ‘It was definitely one of our worst days’

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] In the wake of Friday night storms that left six dead at an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, a disaster proclamation was issued Monday for 28 counties in southern and central Illinois. The proclamation will bring personnel or equipment from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to assist with storm…

Reimagine Public Safety Act to drive violence intervention funds to state’s most dangerous areas

Reimagine Public Safety Act to drive violence intervention funds to state’s most dangerous areas

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A state program aiming to take a “comprehensive approach to ending Illinois’ firearm violence epidemic” will be expanded under a law signed Friday by Gov. JB Pritzker. The Reimagine Public Safety Act became law in June, but the expansion signed Friday clarifies guidelines in the original…

CAPITOL RECAP: Oral arguments begin in state redistricting challenges

CAPITOL RECAP: Oral arguments begin in state redistricting challenges

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS CHICAGO – Oral arguments began Tuesday, Dec. 7, in three lawsuits challenging the new legislative district maps that lawmakers passed earlier this year with three federal judges asking detailed questions of all the parties in the cases. Each case centers on the question of whether Democrats in the General Assembly violated…

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