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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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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,…

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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

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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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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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