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CLOSED: Coronavirus concerns close schools, businesses, municipalities

By News Desk / March 18, 2020 / Comments Off on CLOSED: Coronavirus concerns close schools, businesses, municipalities

By Bob Bong March 18. 2020 As the number of cases rise and the death toll from COVID-19 mounts in Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker has taken charge. Last week, Pritzker ordered schools to close for at least two weeks. On Sunday, he ordered restaurants, bars and casinos to close until at least March 31. On…

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Busy days ahead at Queen’s, St. Nick’s

By News Desk / August 18, 2017 / Comments Off on Busy days ahead at Queen’s, St. Nick’s

This weekend, Saturday August 19 and Sunday August 20,the parishioners of Queen of the Universe and their friends will be celebrating the Feast of Queen of the Universe. The celebration will start with Mass at 8 a.m. Saturday, with prayers for all the volunteers and blessing to begin thespecial day full of special events for…

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CPS budget cuts expected at Edwards and Gage Park, Catalyst-Maria receives more funding

By News Desk / July 24, 2015 / Comments Off on CPS budget cuts expected at Edwards and Gage Park, Catalyst-Maria receives more funding

Two Southwest Side schools may suffer severe cuts after the Chicago Public School Board said that a reduction of $60 million in funding will occur unless legislators in Springfield can come up with an agreement. Edwards Elementary School, 4815 S. Karlov Ave., was listed eighth among Chicago Public Schools in losing possible funding. The Archer…

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City may not be able to pay teacher pensions

By News Desk / June 26, 2015 / Comments Off on City may not be able to pay teacher pensions

While the debate continues in Springfield, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday that the pension payments for the Chicago Public School teachers may not be made at the end of the month. Emanuel said that the city is at the Òbreaking point” and may not be able fulfill their pension payment requirement by the Tuesday,…

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Plans in motion for saving St. Rene

By News Desk / November 13, 2014 / Comments Off on Plans in motion for saving St. Rene

Parishioners, students and community leaders gathered Nov. 6 at St. Rene School Hall to firm up their plans for trying to keep the school open. ÒWe are going to be strong, we are going to be aggressive,” Anita Cummings told a crowd of over 100 people gathered for the meeting. Cummings, a parishioner for 47…

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Businessman is killed in shooting on 57th Street

By News Desk / March 7, 2014 / Comments Off on Businessman is killed in shooting on 57th Street

Police are investigating the murder of Herbert L. Goode, who was shot multiple times Saturday in the 2300 block of West 57th Street. Goode, 66, was outside the six-space industrial building he owned on the block when he was shot about 2 p.m. Tenants, many of whom came to his assistance, said he was carrying…

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Caucus: Halt charter expansion

By News Desk / January 24, 2014 / Comments Off on Caucus: Halt charter expansion

The Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Caucus on Tuesday again called upon the Chicago Public Schools Board of Education and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to halt any charter school expansion in 2014 in light of the recent closing of 50 neighborhood public schools. The CPS Board was scheduled to vote at its Wednesday meeting on the…

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CPS Excited Over Smooth Start

By News Desk / September 6, 2013 / Comments Off on CPS Excited Over Smooth Start

Stark Contrast to 2012 and First Teachers Strike in 25 Years The Chicago Public School attendance on the first full day of school was up from a year ago. This, according to the CPS, occurred despite the fact the many students are now going to a new school because their old facilities have either closed…

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CPS Excited Over Smooth Start

By News Desk / September 6, 2013 / Comments Off on CPS Excited Over Smooth Start

Stark Contrast to 2012 and First Teachers Strike in 25 Years The Chicago Public School attendance on the first full day of school was up from a year ago. This, according to the CPS, occurred despite the fact the many students are now going to a new school because their old facilities have either closed…

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Install Energy-Saving Units in Burbank 111

By News Desk / May 17, 2013 / Comments Off on Install Energy-Saving Units in Burbank 111

Burbank School District 111 held ribbon-cutting celebrations on May 9 at two schools, Kennedy and McCord, officially unveiling the new geothermal heating, ventilation and air conditioning units that have been installed throughout both schools. The celebrations were initially planned for April 17, but had to be postponed due to torrential rains and flooding that closed…

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Girls Soccer: De La Salle tops Bremen for program’s first regional title

By Steve Millar Correspondent De La Salle coach Carlos Nunez has seen his teams come up a bit short in the postseason repeatedly over the years. The Meteors had never won a regional championship in girls soccer. Until this year, that is. “I’ve been in every single one that we’ve lost in,” Nunez said. “We’ve…

Mallory Pugh, middle, moves the ball during the preseason. She played her first NWSL game Sunday and had two goals and an assist. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro soccer report: Pugh tallies twice return in Red Stars’ win over Orlando

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Mallory Pugh gave a sample of what could be a big 2022 season when she scored four goals in the exhibition Challenge Cup series. But the Red Stars scoring threat missed the first two games of the NWSL season with an injury, and the team split decisions against Louisville and…

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New ward map OKed

Reflects Madigan’s power By Tim Hadac The City Council this week approved a new ward map that, among other things, will see all of Clearing and most of Garfield Ridge shifted to the 13th Ward. Midway International Airport also would shift from the 23rd Ward to the 13th. Monday’s 43-7 vote means the issue will…

Sandburg's Jeremy Johnson, the hero of a semifinal win over Homewood-Flossmoor, legs out a hit in a 6-3 loss to Lockport on Saturday at Ozinga Field. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Sandburg takes 2nd at Bajenski tourney

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer The Sandburg baseball team has had more downs than ups this season. But the Eagles finished the regular season on a strong note with a run to second place at the Steven M. Bajenski Memorial Tournament, which wrapped up May 21 at Ozinga Field in Crestwood. To get to the…

Sandburg's 3200 meter relay team of (left to right) Sean Marquardt Declan Tunney, Trent Anderson and Brock Rice ran the third-best time in the nation Thursday at Lockport and finished in second place. Photo courtesy of Sandburg High School.

Track Postseason Report: Sandburg boys 3200 relay records nation’s third-best time in 2022

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer How good was the competition in the boys track Class 3A Lockport Sectional in the 3200 meter relay? Sandburg’s relay team of Brock Rice, Declan Tunney, Trent Anderson and Sean Marquardt ran a time of 7:42.42, which tied for the third-best time in the nation in 2022. And that was…

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Summer weather means ice cream

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 And just like that, it’s summer in Chicago! At least for the week of May 9. That means ice cream for our family. We started with black walnut during that hot week. The old-fashioned flavors are the…

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Seeking answer to loose dog dilemma

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Happy May 20, dear readers. Today is National Rescue Dog Day. We are to recognize all the benefits of rescuing a dog and allowing it to adopt you into their lovable life. There are certainly a lot of dogs in our neighborhood that need rescuing. Every…

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Getting kids off their computers

By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 In case you were wondering, the gas company project over here on Francisco is moving along. I must say the contractors seem to be wasting no time and have been as respectful as possible. But alas, it is…

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Cubs Charities hits a homer for Gage Park

By Joan Hadac Greater Southwest News-Herald Columnist at Large Greetings, Gage Parkers! I’m pleased to be pinch hitting again, as the search continues for the next columnist for this neighborhood. It’s fun for me to report on Gage Park, the neighborhood where I lived for the first 26 years of my life. There’s always something…

The squeal of tires and roar of engines continue to be a nighttime nuisance for thousands of neighbors living along the Pulaski corridor, from Archer Heights on the north to Scottsdale on the south. --Images captured from cellphone videos

‘You knew this would happen’

Neighbors angry, but not surprised by shooting By Tim Hadac What a number of Southwest Siders living along the Pulaski corridor have been warning about appears to have occurred. A 22-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and buttocks as he stood with a group of people in a parking lot at 7050…

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GOP debate: Candidates address rising crime, Texas school shooting

GOP debate: Candidates address rising crime, Texas school shooting

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The six Republican candidates for Illinois governor faced off Tuesday night in Chicago, albeit on two separate debate stages, hours after a shooting at a Texas elementary school that dominated a large portion of the debates. A scheduling conflict between two TV networks – WGN and…

GOP Floor Leader Batinick ready to ‘pass the baton’

GOP Floor Leader Batinick ready to ‘pass the baton’

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Republican Floor Leader Mark Batinick, a self-described “policy guy,” came to Springfield with the goal of pushing good policy. A father of five who resides in Plainfield with his wife, Batinick said after eight years in the General Assembly, it was either time to…

Longtime lawmaker reflects on time in General Assembly, calls it ‘honor of lifetime’

Longtime lawmaker reflects on time in General Assembly, calls it ‘honor of lifetime’

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – House Majority Leader Greg Harris, the number two Democrat in the Illinois House of Representatives, never imagined landing the role of state representative – or that he would leave office feeling that he has been successful at it. The first openly LGTBQ leader in Illinois History,…

11th contempt citation filed against DCFS director

11th contempt citation filed against DCFS director

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – On Thursday afternoon, a Cook County judge found Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith in contempt of court for the 11th time for violating court orders to move children to proper placements. The 11-year-old girl at the center of the case has…

Criminal case against senior staff at state-run hospital dismissed

Criminal case against senior staff at state-run hospital dismissed

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The official misconduct case against a Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center senior staff member was dismissed on Thursday. Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Tripp dropped the charges, related to a cover-up of abuse at the state-run facility, against Choate’s quality assurance manager Gary Goins. The…

ANALYSIS: Fuel retailers sue over ‘compelled speech’ at the gas pump

ANALYSIS: Fuel retailers sue over ‘compelled speech’ at the gas pump

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] “As of July 1, 2022, the State of Illinois has suspended the inflation adjustment to the motor fuel tax through December 31, 2022. The price on this pump should reflect the suspension of the tax increase.” Those two sentences may be coming to a gas pump near you…

CAPITOL RECAP: Survey: Illinois undercounted in 2020 census

CAPITOL RECAP: Survey: Illinois undercounted in 2020 census

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The Census Bureau released new survey data Thursday, May 19, suggesting the population of Illinois may have been undercounted by nearly 2 percent in the 2020 headcount. That was one of the findings of the Census Bureau’s Post-Enumeration Survey, or PES, something the bureau does after each decennial census…

Census Bureau: Illinois may have been undercounted in 2020 census

Census Bureau: Illinois may have been undercounted in 2020 census

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Census Bureau released new survey data Thursday suggesting the population of Illinois may have been undercounted by nearly 2 percent in the 2020 headcount. That was one of the findings of the Census Bureau’s Post-Enumeration Survey, or PES, something the bureau does after each decennial…

Illinois rejoins federal Title X family planning program

Illinois rejoins federal Title X family planning program

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has resumed participation in the federal Title X family planning program after refusing to take part for the past three years in protest over a Trump administration policy regarding abortion services. Gov. JB Pritzker announced this week that the state has been awarded $5.4 million…

Pritzker signs bill requiring serialization of unfinished ‘ghost guns’

Pritzker signs bill requiring serialization of unfinished ‘ghost guns’

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFILED – Owners of firearms that do not have serial numbers – referred to as ghost guns – will have 180 days to take them to a federal firearm dealer to have them serialized or they will risk being charged with a misdemeanor. Gov. JB Pritzker signed the…

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