Rashid surprises Zalewski in 21st District Dem primary

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By Steve Metsch Abdelnasser Rashid beat incumbent state Rep. Michael Zalewski in the 21st District’s Democratic primary Tuesday, with strong support from suburban Cook County residents. According to unofficial totals, Rashid received 3,893 votes (52 percent) to 3,637 for Zalewski (48 percent). Rashid had just 215 votes (31 percent) to Zalewski’s 480 votes (69 percent)…

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Garfield Ridge native is new Vikes’ volleyball coach

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From staff reports A Garfield Ridge native has been named head boys’ volleyball coach at St. Laurence High School. Laura Bugarin “brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge to the Vikings, with 11 years of coaching experience for 1st Alliance Volleyball Club, Illinois’ top USA Volleyball (USAV) club and a nationally ranked program,” school officials said. Coaching some of the…

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Another pro soccer team in Chicago is in the House

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By Jeff Vorva Peter Wilt is at it again. The man who was a huge influence in bringing the Chicago Fire and Chicago Red Stars to the area and helped pioneer other soccer teams in the Midwest, said Chicago is big enough to support another pro team and has hatched the Chicago House Athletic Club,…

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St. Bruno makes reading fun for kids

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By Mary Stanek It’s time to fly our American flag once again. Flag Day is celebrated this Monday, June 14. The day commemorates the adoption of our flag on June 14, 1777 as stated, “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen…

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Boitsov Ballet will expand

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Acclaimed ballet teacher to launch production company By Mary Hadac Eight years after she brought her classical ballet school to the Southwest Side, Madame Elizabeth Boitsov is looking to expand. An internationally acclaimed ballerina and ballet teacher, Boitsov recently hosted an invitation-only luncheon at her school’s storefront near Archer and Mason. Several Southwest Side leaders,…

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Obituaries for May 9

NICK G. BACUROS Nick Bacuros, age 89, lifelong resident of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community, passed away April 29. He was a Navy veteran. Throughout his life, Mr. Bacuros worked in the transportation industry and was the owner of Centennial Limousine Co., where he provided transportation services to celebrities visiting and working in Chicago. Beloved husband…

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Obituaries for April 22

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FRANCIS ‘FRANKIE’ BLANDA Francis “Frankie” Blanda, 57, of Justice, passed away April 10. Devoted son of Lydia (nee Volmer) and the late Daniel A. Blanda Sr.; dearest brother of Julie (late William) Dahlke, Suzanne Kelly, Jennifer Kolodziejczyk and the late Daniel A. Blanda Jr.; fond uncle of Michelle, Michael, Stephen (Lindsay), Suzanne (Cory), Joshua, Jacob,…

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Obituaries for April 1

MAUREEN C. BARRETT Maureen Catherine Barrett (nee LaVelle), 82, of Seminole, Fla., formerly of Chicago, passed away March 15. Beloved wife of the late Arthur Barrett; loving mother of Nancy (Donald) Lynn and Kimberley (the late Joseph) Speck; dear grandmother of Jennifer (Francis) Raycroft, Laura Speck, Stephanie Lynn, and Kelley Speck; great grandmother of Adelaide…

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