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Scottsdale, West Lawn in softball smackdown

By Tim Hadac / June 9, 2021 / Comments Off on Scottsdale, West Lawn in softball smackdown

Neighbors to square off in friendly game on 79th Street By Tim Hadac A cherished amateur athletic tradition that some assumed was gone for good from Chicago is returning—in a way—on the Southwest Side. A team led by the Scottsdale Neighborhood Watch will square off with a team from West Lawn at 7 p.m. Friday, June…

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Police workshop for landlords, tenants was useful

By News Desk / September 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Police workshop for landlords, tenants was useful

I had a very busy Saturday last week. I started my day by attending a “landlord/tenant rights: workshop at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District police station. I recommend to anyone who has any investment/rental properties, make the time to attend one of these sessions. It is filled with valuable information. The goal for these free…

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Smoky Mountains were quite an adventure

By News Desk / August 23, 2019 / Comments Off on Smoky Mountains were quite an adventure

Not sure if you missed my column last week or not. In case you were wondering, we took a short family vacation to the Smoky Mountains. It was such a nice break from the day-to-day routine and city life. We stayed in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. and traveled back and forth to Gatlinburg and the Smoky…

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Neighbors making Scottsdale a better place

By News Desk / June 21, 2019 / Comments Off on Neighbors making Scottsdale a better place

Last week, on our way to my son’s soccer practice, we drove past the traffic circle on 82nd, where the street meets Kolmar and Scottsdale. I noticed a group of people working tediously to remove weeds and shrubbery. I wondered if they were part of the Chicago Area Project organization that has been working on…

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Sunrise at the lake was a real gift

By News Desk / June 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Sunrise at the lake was a real gift

Last Saturday I experienced one of Mother Earth’s beauties–sunrise by the lake. It was my sister’s 40th birthday, and she wanted me to join her for a morning jog by the lakefront after watching the sunrise. What started off as a gift for her (me agreeing to get up early and join her), turned out…

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Town hall meeting coming up

By News Desk / June 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Town hall meeting coming up

Would you like to learn more about the process and timing of City services like tree trimming and removal, street and alley light outages, vacant properties, animal control, sewer issues, etc.? Then you should attend the City Service Town Hall Meeting to speak with representatives from City departments like Streets & Sanitation, Buildings, Transportation, Water…

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New month, with plenty to do

By News Desk / May 31, 2019 / Comments Off on New month, with plenty to do

Tomorrow we start a new month. June is a busy and fun month. It marks the end of the school year, the start of summer vacation, graduations, many birthdays, Father’s Day and backyard barbecues. What are you most looking forward to this summer? A revised date has been set for 18th Ward Ald. Derrick Curtis’…

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Spring break was a real whirlwind

By News Desk / April 26, 2019 / Comments Off on Spring break was a real whirlwind

Between home showings, writing up contracts, shuttling kids to their practices/games/activities and last minute income tax preparation, I totally missed last week’s column deadline. Now I have a whole lot to write about! My boys were on spring break and it was nice to do some fun stuff with CAR (Chicago Area Project). On Tuesday,…

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Blood drive turnout was a let down

By News Desk / March 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Blood drive turnout was a let down

I am disappointed. For weeks, if not months, talks and plans were made of having a blood drive to show that our community cares and has a great heart. Today, I don’t know that this holds truth. I had a very busy morning. Started off by registering my son for high school, dropped him off…

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Queen of Hearts is one elusive lady

By News Desk / March 1, 2019 / Comments Off on Queen of Hearts is one elusive lady

By Carolina Franco Greater Ashburn Correspondent Greater Southwest News-Herald I’ve been running around showing houses, attending home inspections, sports meetings, shuttling kids to/from soccer practices and games and I realize I didn’t set time to write my column this week! I’m in between games now, so this week’s column may be on the short side…

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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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Police reports

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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Illinois News

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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