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Jackson, Carlson headed for left-right clash in 1st

By Tim Hadac / July 1, 2022 / Comments Off on Jackson, Carlson headed for left-right clash in 1st

Danny Davis triumphs; will be unopposed this fall By Tim Hadac While the Sean Casten-Marie Newman clash of incumbents appeared to draw the most attention of all congressional races on the Southwest Side, two other races made news on June 28. In the battle to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st), Jonathan Jackson…

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Pekau vs. Casten ready to rumble in 6th Distict

By Jeff Vorva / June 29, 2022 / Comments Off on Pekau vs. Casten ready to rumble in 6th Distict

By Jeff Vorva The preliminaries are over in the newly aligned 6th Congressional District. Now it’s time for the main event. Pekau vs. Casten. After Tuesday’s primary election, Keith Pekau, the mayor of Orland Park, had a huge lead over five opponents on the Republican side and is ready to take on Democratic survivor Sean…

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Pekau joins crowded Republican field in 6th Congressional District

By Jeff Vorva / November 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Pekau joins crowded Republican field in 6th Congressional District

By Jeff Vorva In what could be one of the most interesting and heated congressional races in the state in 2022, Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau announced Monday he is planning on running in the new 6th Congressional District. He will be running as a Republican and, so far, will battle energy consultant Niki Conforti in the…

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García hails new push for roads, bridges, mass transit

By Tim Hadac / June 20, 2021 / Comments Off on García hails new push for roads, bridges, mass transit

Wants to ‘undo decades of racially motivated disinvestment’ From staff reports Passage of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act out of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure last week was applauded by U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-4th), a member of the committee. The…

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Rush hails move to protect black farmers

By Tim Hadac / June 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Rush hails move to protect black farmers

Wants Ag Dept. transparency From staff reports Legislation designed to “lift the veil of secrecy regarding the race and gender of farm subsidy recipients and help ensure an end to decades of discrimination against black farmers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture” was introduced recently by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st), a member of the…

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Red Star Yuki Nagasato became eligible for free agency Friday and Saturday scored two goals. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: NWSL approves free agency, says players can negotiate with other teams during season

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Things are getting serious in the NWSL. Free agency is now a thing and, in its first day, controversy abounded. And it affects the Chicago Red Stars. On Friday, the NWSL released a list of 26 players who are eligible for free agency. That included Red Stars veterans Yuki Nagasato…

Conte Stamas is the new basketball coach at Brother Rice. Photo courtesy of Brother Rice

Area Sports Roundup: Former Lyons and Morton College coach Stamas now the boss at Brother Rice

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer A guy who has seemingly done it all in the basketball world is coming to Brother Rice. Conte Stamas, a former Lyons and Morton College head coach, was hired Aug. 25 to replace Bobby Frasor Frasor left the program to work in the corporate field. If the the expected returnees…

Stagg coach Colt Nero and his players enjoy snapping a 23-game losing streak Friday night. Photo by Stagg High School

Pigskin Roundup: 23-skidoo — Stagg losing streak is history after season-opening win over Reavis

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The boss got it right. Before the Consolidated High School District 230 Board of Education Meeting on Aug. 25, Stagg Principal Eric Olsen talked to a news reporter about the coming football season. Olsen said the Chargers would soon snap their 23-game losing streak dating back to Week 2 of…

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High School Football: Mt. Carmel air attack, dominant ‘D’ star in season-opening romp over St. Rita

By Steve Millar Correspondent With Mount Carmel struggling to run the ball against a tough St. Rita defensive front early in the 2022 season opener, it was time for the Caravan to unleash an overlooked weapon: the passing game. “We started off slow running the ball but [coach Jordan Lynch” put together a game plan…

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Girls Volleyball: Mother McAuley tops Matea Valley for Oswego East title

By Randy Whalen Correspondent The storyline was simple for Mother McAuley. An opportunity to cap the first week of this season by gaining a measure of revenge from last year’s loss in the Class 4A state title match. The Mighty Macs did that as they came out clicking and didn’t let up in a 25-21,…

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Charge West Lawn man in hostage standoff

Was disgruntled man demanding pay, police say By Bob Bong A West Lawn man has been charged after holding two employees at gunpoint last week at Redline Towing in Chicago Ridge. Police said officers were dispatched at 10:50 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8 to Redline Towing, 10103 S. Kitty Ave., for an employee threatening his co-workers.…

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Peck students pumped up

It’s not every day that boys and girls are eager to end summer vacation and go back to class, but that was the vibe last week at Peck Elementary School. One student (right) showed that spirit as he high-fived 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares, who joined longtime Principal Okab Hassan (center), faculty, staff and parent…

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County funds gun violence work

‘Safe and thriving communities’ the goal, Preckwinkle says From staff reports Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was joined last week by Cook County Commissioners Brandon Johnson, Dennis Deer, Frank Aguilar, Alma Anaya and Bridget Degnen and Avik Das, Executive Director of the Justice Advisory Council, to announce the recipients of the County’s Gun Violence…

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Flood relief project starts in Gage Park

In providing flood relief to the Gage Park neighborhood, the Chicgo Department of Water Management last week began making a major tie end into the underground sewer system at 53rd and California. The work will require California to be closed through Thursday, Aug. 25. Motorists are advised to travel with caution, as 53rd Street (from…

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Police make gun bust

A 20-year-old man was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he was arrested in front of 5930 S. Kedzie by CPD Unit 862A at 3:19 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. David Banda was reportedly observed walking south on Kedzie while clutching onto his waistband area, a CPD spokesman said. As police officers approached,…

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Capitol Briefs: State announces energy assistance, violence prevention grants, EV rebates

Capitol Briefs: State announces energy assistance, violence prevention grants, EV rebates

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Beginning Thursday, low-income families in Illinois can begin applying for state assistance on their natural gas, propane and electricity bills. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, has $300 million available. Families can apply by visiting helpillinoisfamilies.com or by calling 1-833-711-0374. Information on other state…

Pritzker makes abortion rights central issue

Pritzker makes abortion rights central issue

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday that abortion rights will be a central issue in the 2022 election, not just in his bid for reelection but in races up and down the ballot. That includes races for Congress and the Illinois Supreme Court as well as…

Capitol Cast: Election Season Begins

Capitol Cast: Election Season Begins

The 2022 general election campaign season got into full swing with political events at the Illinois State Fair and the first gubernatorial candidate forum. Peter Hancock and Jerry Nowicki discuss the major themes and issues to watch. Listen to Capitol Cast here. Capitol News Illinois · Election Season Begins

ANALYSIS: Energy bill fact checks needed after first Bailey-Pritzker forum

ANALYSIS: Energy bill fact checks needed after first Bailey-Pritzker forum

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – There was a lot to unpack at Wednesday’s candidate forum which saw Gov. JB Pritzker and his Republican challenger state Sen. Darren Bailey appear on the same stage, albeit at different times, for the first time this campaign season. For starters, I wrote an article earlier…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker, Bailey make pitch to farmers

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker, Bailey make pitch to farmers

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The candidates for Illinois governor faced questioning about their agriculture-related policies Wednesday in an outbuilding on a McLean County farm. The Illinois Agricultural Legislative Roundtable – put together by a coalition of more than 100 of the state’s agriculture stakeholders – took place at Schuler Farms in rural Lexington.…

‘Democrats deliver’ is party’s rallying cry at State Fair festivities

‘Democrats deliver’ is party’s rallying cry at State Fair festivities

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – In one of the largest annual gatherings of Illinois Democrats on Wednesday, the party had a message for its faithful that attended a pair of Illinois State Fair week events: “Democrats deliver.” This year’s gathering of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association had 19 speakers,…

Bailey, Pritzker face off in agriculture forum with accusations of lies

Bailey, Pritzker face off in agriculture forum with accusations of lies

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] LEXINGTON – The candidates for Illinois governor faced questioning about their agriculture-related policies Wednesday in an outbuilding on a McLean County farm. Gov. JB Pritzker’s message was one of optimism, billing himself as the state’s “chief marketer.” His challenger, state Sen. Darren Bailey, a Republican from Xenia, told…

2022 Illinois State Fair officially opens

2022 Illinois State Fair officially opens

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The 2022 Illinois State Fair officially got underway Thursday when Gov. JB Pritzker and Secretary of State Jesse White cut the ceremonial ribbon in front of the main entrance to the fairgrounds. “As many of you know, the Illinois State Fair, one of my favorite events…

As Evidence Based Funding formula turns 5, lawmakers reflect on historic legislation

As Evidence Based Funding formula turns 5, lawmakers reflect on historic legislation

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Five years ago this month, Illinois lawmakers passed legislation that overhauled the way public schools in the state are funded. The so-called Evidence Based Funding formula, or EBF, was designed to calculate the actual cost for each district to provide the kind of education the state…

CAPITOL RECAP: Candidates make their pitch to voters at Illinois State Fair

CAPITOL RECAP: Candidates make their pitch to voters at Illinois State Fair

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – In one of the largest annual gatherings of Illinois Democrats on Wednesday, Aug. 17, the party had a message for its faithful that attended a pair of Illinois State Fair week events: “Democrats deliver.” This year’s gathering of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association had 19 speakers, including congressional…

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