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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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Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School hosted a Not-So-Haunted House on October 27 at the high school, 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago. (Supplied photos)

Mother McAuley hosts a Not-So-Haunted House

By Kelly White Keeping the spookiness to a minimum, Mother McAuley students hosted a Not-So-Haunted House for local area youngsters. The free event was held on October 27 at the high school, 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago, and was open to children of all ages with a parent and/or caregiver. “McAuley opens their hearts and doors and welcomes…

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Fun in the Cook County forests is nearby

From staff reports Officials at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County have announced a calendar of family-fun events, many of which are just minutes away from the Southwest Side. Seed Collecting Workday Saturday, Nov. 6 • 10 a.m. Trailside Museum of Natural History – 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. Join staff of Trailside Museum to collect…

Governor J.B. Pritzker meets AERO special needs student Yasmine Abazze at Monday’s groundbreaking for the AERO Therapeutic Center in Burbank. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

AERO, governor break ground on new campus on old Queen of Peace site

By Jeff Vorva The groundbreaking for the Aero special education cooperative’s Therapeutic Center building on the site of the former Queen of Peace campus in Burbank was an event that celebrated the State of Illinois’ willingness to kick in $25 million for the project. Because Gov. J.B. Pritzker made an appearance, a group of noisy…

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Skeleton back in the closet

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 My Halloween candy is all gone. My old, cardboard skeleton has been removed from my front door and put back in its home in the hall closet with coats, boots and suitcases. I have a skeleton in my closet once again. Many neighborhood…

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Monarca’s ‘spooky’ event was sweet

By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 Last Friday evening, Kayla and I attended the Spooky Vendor Market at Monarca Event Room, on the corner of 63rd and Spaulding. Decorated to the hilt for Halloween, the kids got to trick or treat at all of…

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Patience is prudent with traffic delays

By Karen Sala Your correspondent in Gage Park (773) 471-1429 • [email protected] Traffic is an absolute nightmare. There is road construction on Kedzie and detours along 55th Street. There is no left turn from 55th on to Kedzie, when you are traveling west. That doesn’t stop some special people that rules do not apply to, from…

Mary Stanek

So long, sunlight, ‘til 2022

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Welcome, November, and the end to a great portion of daylight. Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 and won’t be back until March 13. Twenty-third Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares is having her second…

Sandburg’s boys cross country team, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 3A by two ranking services, poses after winning the Hinsdale Central Sectional Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Sandburg boys eye state title as area sends army to state XC meet

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Sandburg’s boys team and Marist’s Jake Phillips earned sectional championships on sloppy-but-manageable courses on Saturday. A weeklong rain turned many Chicago-area courses to mush, but the Eagles and Phillips soldiered through and are heading with some momentum to this Saturday’s state cross country meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Sandburg, which…

Kaleb Brown, right, and Djabril McNabb talk before St. Rita’s playoff game against Rolling Meadows. Brown was ready to play after missing most of the season with an injury but sat out because of the rain and the Mustangs took a large lead early. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football Class 7A Playoffs: Sophomore RBs, Ulatowski lead St. Rita in romp over Rolling Meadows

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Kaleb Brown was all dressed up and ready to go. But he will have to wait another week before his return. The St. Rita senior star running back/wide receiver suited up for the first time since injuring a kneecap early in a loss to Mount Carmel the first game of the…

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Pappas in Dominican Republic to share success

From staff reports Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas this week is discussing how advancements in the Treasurer’s Office have increased transparency and efficiency while promoting social equity during a conference in the Dominican Republic. The Inter-American Conference on Cadastre and Property Registry brings together experts in the public and private sectors to discuss land registry…

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Redistricting lawsuit to be heard in early December

Redistricting lawsuit to be heard in early December

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel on Friday set the week of Dec. 6 as the time it will hear three consolidated cases challenging the new legislative district maps that were drawn by Democrats and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker earlier this year. During a…

Latest school report card shows impact of COVID-19 on learning

Latest school report card shows impact of COVID-19 on learning

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant drops in enrollment, academic performance and the likelihood of graduating high school on time, according to the latest school report card released recently by the Illinois State Board of Education. The report card is an annual report that tracks how…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a 'public health crisis,' governor says

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a ‘public health crisis,’ governor says

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday, Nov. 1, classifying ongoing gun violence in Illinois as a public health crisis and announced his intent to include greater funding for violence-prevention initiatives in upcoming budgets. At a news conference in Chicago, Pritzker touted the Reimagine Public Safety Act which…

Saying her district is at stake, Democratic lawmaker seeks to intervene in redistricting suit

Saying her district is at stake, Democratic lawmaker seeks to intervene in redistricting suit

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A Democratic member of the Illinois House has filed a motion in federal court to intervene as a separate defendant in a pair of lawsuits challenging the legislative redistricting plan that was signed into law in September. Rep. Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar, who represents the largely Latino 22nd…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a 'public health crisis,' governor says

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a ‘public health crisis,’ governor says

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday, Nov. 1, classifying ongoing gun violence in Illinois as a public health crisis and announced his intent to include greater funding for violence-prevention initiatives in upcoming budgets. At a news conference in Chicago, Pritzker touted the Reimagine Public Safety Act which…

State adopts federal guidance recommending Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

State adopts federal guidance recommending Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – One day after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that children between the ages of 5 and 11 receive the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech, the Illinois Department of Public Health adopted the same recommendations Wednesday. That vaccine had previously been…

Pritzker gets COVID-19 vaccine booster ahead of international trip

Pritzker gets COVID-19 vaccine booster ahead of international trip

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker became one of the 800,000-plus Illinoisans who have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot Tuesday ahead of his first overseas trip as governor. Pritzker and his top staff planned to depart to London on Tuesday to meet with business leaders on economic development…

Pritzker order calls gun violence a public health crisis, lays out prevention approach

Pritzker order calls gun violence a public health crisis, lays out prevention approach

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday classifying ongoing gun violence in Illinois as a public health crisis and announced his intent to include greater funding for violence-prevention initiatives in upcoming budgets. At a news conference in Chicago, Pritzker touted the Reimagine Public Safety Act…

Capitol Cast: Veto session in review

Capitol Cast: Veto session in review

Peter Hancock and Jerry Nowicki discuss passage of new congressional district maps and other legislation during the recently-completed fall veto session. Capitol News Illinois · Fall Veto Session

CAPITOL RECAP: Passage of congressional maps caps busy fall session

CAPITOL RECAP: Passage of congressional maps caps busy fall session

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers gave final approval in the early hours of Friday morning to a new congressional redistricting plan that divides the state into 17 districts, one fewer than it currently has due to its loss of population since the 2010 U.S. Census. It was the fourth draft plan that…

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