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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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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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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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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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Police seeks suspects vandalizing Marquette Park golf course

By News Desk / May 22, 2015 / Comments Off on Police seeks suspects vandalizing Marquette Park golf course

Chicago Lawn (8th) District Cmdr. James O’Donnell said patrols have been increased at Marquette Park following reports of vandalism on the park district’s golf course. The first incident was reported overnight sometime between April 30 and May 1. The 8th District Police report that in the first incident broken windows were discovered in the golf…

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Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart speaks about ghost guns. --Photo courtesy of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

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

From staff reports Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart and Illinois 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…

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Police reports

Two elderly men killed in Brighton Park Two elderly men were shot and killed in an apartment building in the 4400 block of South Campbell at about 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7. Police said Juan Alvarado, 80, was found in a hallway with gunshot wounds to his chest and head. He was transported to Mount…

Shortly after she met President Joe Biden on the tarmac at O’Hare International Airport, Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted this photo and wrote, “Vaccination requirements work. Thank you @POTUS for supporting required vaccinations. The vaccine saves lives and helps us move closer to the end of this pandemic.” --Supplied photo

Pushback against vax

Some city workers say ‘No’ to shots By Tim Hadac As the Lightfoot Administration announced that all City of Chicago employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by today—or face disciplinary measures—some workers pushed back. One of the most public was 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares, who signed a letter of concern to the mayor–with…

An image of the Bicycle Bandit captured by a surveillance camera during a July 27 at Brighton Park Community Bank, 4334 S. Kedzie. --Photo courtesy of the FBI Chicago Office

FBI hunts ‘Bicycle Bandit’

Robbed banks in Bridgeport, Brighton Park, McKinley Park, Back of the Yards By Tim Hadac FBI agents continue to hunt for a serial criminal who has robbed four Southwest Side banks in recent months. Last week, the FBI’s Chicago Office reissued a community alert regarding a man they have dubbed the Bicycle Bandit because he…

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Police warn of armed robberies on Archer

By Tim Hadac Police issued a community alert last week regarding two armed robberies that occurred last month in Garfield Ridge, in the parking lot of the Chase Bank branch at 5687 S. Archer. One crime occurred at 3:37 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. The other was at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. The bandits were described as black…

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Burglars hitting Chicago Lawn

From staff reports A cluster of burglaries in Chicago Lawn has prompted police to issue a community alert. Some of the places burglarized were businesses, while others were garages behind people’s homes. Crime scenes include: 6300 block of South Kedzie on Sept. 26. 5900 block of South Kedzie on Sept. 28. 6400 block of South…

New life was celebrated at an old building last week, as Monarca Insurance & Financial Services celebrated its grand opening. Agency owner Jeanette Arteaga (right) smiles as her daughter, Ruby, uses a pair of oversized scissors to cut a ribbon. At left is Arteaga's sister, Lilia Herrera. --Supplied photo

Making 63rd and Spaulding vibrant

By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 On Saturday, Oct. 2, Jeanette Arteaga held the official grand opening for Monarca Financial Services. As I mentioned last time, we met here, Jeanette opened her business at the corner of 63rd and Spaulding last winter when we…

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Whaddya know, Miami Joe?

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Thank you to “Miami Joe” for giving me a phone call this past week. Joe was a bartender at the old Miami Bowl. We enjoyed reminiscing about the good spots in the old neighborhood. One of them…

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COVID-19 vax available at St. Gall

By Karen Sala Your correspondent in Gage Park (773) 471-1429 • [email protected] Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. October is Fire Prevention Month. Make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. St. Gall School, 5515 S. Sawyer, is holding a COVID-19 vaccine clinic today and also on Nov. 15.…

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Hunting for the right chicken recipe

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Did you know that today is Chicken Cacciatore Day? Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian, and it is hunters who first ate this dish centuries ago. I’ve made it several times. I basically brown chicken thighs in a little oil with onions. Then, I simmer…

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Illinois News

CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of veto session

CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of veto session

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly released a proposed set of new congressional district maps Friday, just days before lawmakers return to the Statehouse for the start of their fall veto session, which begins Oct. 19. All states redraw their congressional districts following each decennial census. The proposed new…

UPDATED: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of fall veto session

UPDATED: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of fall veto session

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly released a proposed set of new congressional district maps Friday, just days before lawmakers return to the Statehouse for the start of their fall veto session, which begins Oct. 19. All states redraw their congressional districts following each decennial census.…

Tax summaries show Pritzkers made $5 million last year – not including family trusts

Tax summaries show Pritzkers made $5 million last year – not including family trusts

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s campaign released summary documents of his 2020 tax returns Friday, which showed the first family reporting $5.14 million in adjusted gross income, all from taxable interest and dividends. The campaign released seven pages summarizing the governor’s and first lady MK Pritzker’s returns, which…

Democrats release draft congressional maps

Democrats release draft congressional maps

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers released the first draft of new congressional maps Friday, the latest step in a process that occurs every 10 years after the U.S. Census and could impact the balance of power in the U.S. Congress. The new maps are only a draft and will…

Report: Nursing homes in crisis with staff shortages

Report: Nursing homes in crisis with staff shortages

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new report released Wednesday says staffing shortages at nursing homes in Illinois have reached crisis proportions and that people of color are most at risk of suffering the consequences. That’s because those individuals are more likely to live in understaffed facilities or in “ward” rooms…

Springfield transportation hub to relieve rail congestion

Springfield transportation hub to relieve rail congestion

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A railway improvement project intended to greatly improve traffic congestion between St. Louis and Chicago reached a milestone Tuesday as work began on a multimodal transportation hub in the capital city. Gov. JB Pritzker was joined at a groundbreaking ceremony by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and…

CAPITOL RECAP: Congressional redistricting hearings begin

CAPITOL RECAP: Congressional redistricting hearings begin

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The process of redrawing congressional district maps in Illinois got off to a slow start Thursday when only one person showed up to testify at the first legislative public hearing, which was held in Chicago. Ryan Tolley, policy director for the advocacy group CHANGE Illinois, urged the House Redistricting…

Task force considers changes to qualified immunity for Illinois law enforcement officers

Task force considers changes to qualified immunity for Illinois law enforcement officers

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new state task force continued discussions Thursday as to what changes could be made to the way state law approaches qualified immunity for law enforcement officers. Qualified immunity is a court doctrine granting protection for law enforcement officers and other government officials from certain civil…

Only one testifies at first congressional redistricting hearing

Only one testifies at first congressional redistricting hearing

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The process of redrawing congressional district maps in Illinois got off to a slow start Thursday when only one person showed up to testify at the first legislative public hearing, which was held in Chicago. Ryan Tolley, policy director for the advocacy group CHANGE Illinois, urged…

Plaintiffs: New legislative maps dilute Latino vote

Plaintiffs: New legislative maps dilute Latino vote

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Plaintiffs in two lawsuits challenging the state’s legislative redistricting plan have filed new complaints in federal court charging that the district maps that lawmakers approved in August dilute Latino voting power and thus violate the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Mexican…

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