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A sweet way to observe Nougat Day

By News Desk / March 26, 2021 / Comments Off on A sweet way to observe Nougat Day

Today is National Nougat Day. White nougat is made with beaten egg whites and honey. Brown nougat is egg whites, which makes it firmer and sometimes crunchy. Viennese or German nougat contains chocolate and nut praline. Modern candy makers use sucrose and corn syrup aerated with a whipping agent like hydrolyzed soy protein or gelatin…

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Wear red to honor St. Joseph

By News Desk / March 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Wear red to honor St. Joseph

Wear red today in honor of St. Joseph and have a Happy St. Joseph’s Day. Pope Francis declared Dec. 8, 2020 to Dec. 8, 2021 as the Year of St. Joseph. It marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. I baked Irish/Polish soda…

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Home fires are burning

By News Desk / April 24, 2020 / Comments Off on Home fires are burning

By Ray Hanania April 24, 2020 There have been a couple of times I went out to work at one of my offices because of the coronavirus; but over the past three weeks, I’ve spent most of my time working out of my home. Sounds like a “vacation,” but it’s not. In fact, many media…

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No injuries in car crash into Regional and Reporter news offices

By News Desk / December 7, 2018 / Comments Off on No injuries in car crash into Regional and Reporter news offices

From Staff Reports A vehicle crashed into the Southwest Regional Publishing offices Thursday afternoon, causing substantial damage to the newsroom but resulting in no injuries.Ê Ê Ê Southwest Regional Publishing produces The Regional News and The Reporter, weekly suburban papers that are sister publications to the Southwest News-Herald. The Toyota Highlander SUV plowed in reverse…

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Fire Museum will be on TV

By News Desk / October 19, 2018 / Comments Off on Fire Museum will be on TV

I am trying to decide what to be for Halloween. Maybe Uncle Fester because of my bald head. Mark your calendars! The TV show Chicago Fire used our Fire Museum of Greater Chicago, 5218 S. Western, in an episode that will air on Nov 7. I am definitely watching. The museum holds a free open…

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Remember those smoke detector batteries

By News Desk / October 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Remember those smoke detector batteries

Next week is Fire Prevention Week. Remember to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Some people do it when we change our clocks. Just do it. October also is National Pizza Month. Some say that soldiers returning to the U.S. from Italy after World War II brought the concept of pizza…

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Willowbrook Ballroom fire rekindles old memories

By News Desk / November 4, 2016 / Comments Off on Willowbrook Ballroom fire rekindles old memories

As he carefully stepped along the gravel shoulder of Archer Avenue on Monday morning near the iconic Willowbrook Ballroom, Greg Sikorsky had a sad look on his face. “It’s a shame,” the Countryside man said. ÒIt’s been an institution for so long, and then to have it burn down.” On Friday, fire swept through the…

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Fire Museum opens its doors this Saturday

By News Desk / August 26, 2016 / Comments Off on Fire Museum opens its doors this Saturday

The next open house at the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago, 5218 S. Western, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum was started to preserve the history of the Chicago Fire Department and its neighboring communities. They will have a few other rigs from their collection out…

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Two killed in Garfield Ridge fire

By News Desk / September 4, 2015 / Comments Off on Two killed in Garfield Ridge fire

A deadly house fire that appears to be arsonÑand possibly gang relatedÑhas shaken a number of Garfield Ridge residents, as the normally peaceful neighborhood reacted to the second fatal incident in as many weeks. Two people were killed Saturday morning in the blaze, as a 100-year-old, single-family frame house at 5209 S. Lorel burned quickly.…

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Little firefighter

By News Desk / June 26, 2015 / Comments Off on Little firefighter

Kindergarten students and teachers from Bridgeview School, 7800 S. Thomas Ave., recently went on a field trip to the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum. The kids took part in a variety of activities, including the youngster above who was a firefighter for a day.

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Hoping you have a dzien dobry

By Karen Sala Your correspondent in Gage Park (773) 471-1429 • [email protected] Dzien dobry (good day). October is Polish National Heritage Month. In 1608 the Jamestown Colony attracted the first wave of Polish immigrants. Many Poles immigrated to Texas in 1854. In 1870 a group of Polish people, along with Father Vincent Bryzinski, a Chicago pastor,…

Peggy Zabicki

The buck stops…at the store?

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Has anyone been to the new Dollar Tree at 8444 S. Pulaski? I haven’t been there yet, but I hope to visit this week. Let me know your opinions if you’ve gone there. I do like the looks of the outside of…

Mary Stanek

Halloween fun for kids, pets coming up

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Ladies, let’s dust off our brooms. It is riding season! Yes, Halloween is just around the corner. If you ask my husband, he probably will tell you I am always the wicked witch! A Halloween pet parade…

In what could have been the final inning of his life, Midway Baseball Association coach Julian Ortiz (left) needed a pinch hitter to spark a rally. A fellow MBA coach, Lisa Segura (right), did exactly that—donating her kidney and winning the game for Ortiz and his family. --Supplied photo

Late-inning rally

Baseball coach safe at home with new kidney By Kelly White When baseball coach Julian Ortiz learned he would need a kidney transplant, he and his wife, Claribel, were quick to act. For three years, the couple and their four children literally searched the world for a suitable donor; but little did they know the…

Sandburg junior quarterback Christian Evans, seen here earlier this season during a game against Andrew, completed 76 percent of his passes while throwing for 306 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-27 victory over Lincoln-Way East on Oct. 1. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Homecoming Wreckers: Sandburg ends 13-game winless streak v. LW East with stunning road victory

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Facing a perennial state power might not be considered by some people to be the best medicine for a struggling team coming off its worst game of the season. But the only choice a team has is to play the next opponent on its schedule, so to Frankfort went Sandburg…

Chicago Fire fans returned to SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview on Sept. 29 for a one-off game between the Fire and New York. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Fire wins in return to SeatGeek; NWSL cancels self amid abuse allegations

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent When the MLS and NWSL schedules were announced months ago, the Chicago Fire was supposed to host the New York City Football Club at Soldier Field on Sept. 29. The Red Stars were slated to host Orlando three days later at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. That’s not what happened. In a…

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High School Football: Lausch tosses 4 TDs, Crusaders top Caravan in wild Blue battle

By Steve Millar Correspondent Brother Rice quarterback Jack Lausch watched from the sidelines as Mount Carmel put together an improbable comeback in the final four minutes to tie Friday night’s game. Lausch, a senior who has committed to play football and baseball at Notre Dame, was eager to respond. “You’ve got to be ready,” he…

U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd)

Railroad crossing tie-ups to continue

No 65th Street overpass until 2025 or later, Newman aide says By Dermot Connolly Motorists looking for relief from railroad tie-ups in Clearing will have to wait until the end of 2025 at the earliest, a top aide to U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) told local business leaders last month. “The [Illinois Department of Transportation]…

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Lighting a memory for a fallen comrade

CPD Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. shows the commemorative lantern presented to him recently by Geno Randazzo of All Exterior Contractors, as well as Tracie Ellis, and her daughter, Jennifer New. The battery-powered lantern (inset) includes a likeness of fallen CPD Officer Ella French. Both Yanez and French were shot in the head during a traffic…

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Woman shot, killed in West Elsdon An 18-year-old woman was shot and killed as she sat in a vehicle parked in the 5400 block of South Avers at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Melica De La Garza was shot multiple times in the torso as she sat in a vehicle. The gunman fled the…

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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…

Officials outline progress in Cairo river port development

Officials outline progress in Cairo river port development

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A proposed river port development in the southern Illinois town of Cairo is drawing much attention and interest from companies that believe it could open up greater access to international markets, officials behind the project said Tuesday. The Alexander-Cairo Port District project has been on the…

Report details disparities faced by aging LGBTQ Illinoisans

Report details disparities faced by aging LGBTQ Illinoisans

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Many aging LGBTQ Illinoisans face barriers to health care and financial security and fear discrimination in senior communities, according to a combined report from senior and LGBTQ advocacy groups released Tuesday. The Disrupting Disparities: Challenges and Solutions for 50+ LGBTQ Illinoisans report by the senior advocacy…

Law enforcement steps up efforts to fight online child exploitation

Law enforcement steps up efforts to fight online child exploitation

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – State Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined local and federal prosecutors Monday to announce new efforts to combat a rise in online child exploitation in Illinois. The efforts include greater outreach and education for parents and teachers, and a new mobile computer forensics unit that will…

Pritzker order aims to end subminimum wage for disabled people in state contracts

Pritzker order aims to end subminimum wage for disabled people in state contracts

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday that would prevent companies contracting with the state from paying disabled workers at less than the minimum wage. Pritzker took the action in what he said was a broader effort to try to push federal lawmakers to change…

CAPITOL RECAP: What to know as state's eviction moratorium expires

CAPITOL RECAP: What to know as state’s eviction moratorium expires

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The state’s eviction moratorium will expire Sunday, Oct. 3, and what comes next for renters will likely depend on their county of residence, as county courts and sheriffs will all have different approaches to executing evictions. Susan Simone, director of litigation and advocacy at Land of Lincoln Legal Aid,…

What to know ahead of this weekend’s eviction moratorium expiration

What to know ahead of this weekend’s eviction moratorium expiration

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The state’s eviction moratorium will expire Sunday, and what comes next for renters will likely depend on their county of residence, as county courts and sheriffs will all have different approaches to executing evictions. The original eviction moratorium was issued in March 2020 when the COVID-19…

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