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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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Ploggers coming to West Elsdon

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Are you ready to go plogging? Yes, plogging is a combination of jogging and picking up garbage. If you live in the area of 54th and Avers, next Saturday, Aug. 13, bring a garbage bag, gloves and/or…

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These folks know their lawns

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Have you driven or walked around our neighborhood lately? I have seen so many beautiful flowers and shrubbery. Residents have certainly been busy planting and landscaping, mowing and weeding. There are some lovely gardens and green lawns. West Lawners seem to know a thing…

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Back to School sales tax holiday kicks in on Friday

With the start of a new school year fast approaching, state Rep. Fran Hurley is encouraging parents to take advantage of a state sales tax decrease on school supplies, clothing, shoes and other items over a 10-day period from Aug. 5 through Aug. 14. “Back-to-school shopping can sometimes be a real hit on a parent’s…

Alex Costa, No. 1, was named Trinity Christian College's Male Athlete of the Year for 2021-22. The Oak Lawn resident is a Richards grad. Photo by Trinity Christian College

Area Sports Roundup: Costa and Busker named top athletes at Trinity; St. Rita’s Talty to kick for Tide

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Former Richards volleyball standout Alex Costa led the NAIA with 508 kills and 613.5 points last season. Not a bad season for the Trinity Christian College sophomore. It gets even better. Last week, Costa was named TCC’s Male Athlete of the Year. The Oak Lawn native also had top numbers…

Alyssa Mautz (center) is joined by her teammate for a ceremony Saturday at Soldier Field before the Red Stars' loss to San Diego. Mautz retired and will be an assistant women's soccer coach at Texas A&M. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: San Diego rookie Shaw, 17, scores lone goal in 1-0 win over Red Stars

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer The pregame attention went to 32-year-old Alyssa Mautz. The postgame attention – and surely a lot more attention to come – went to 17-year-old Jaedyn Shaw. Mautz announced that last Saturday’s game against the San Diego Wave would be her final last for the Chicago Red Stars. She has accepted…

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Moore shows concern for constituents

By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 Last Thursday, 17th Ward Ald. David Moore met with some of his constituents that will no longer be a part of the 17th Ward due to the city remapping. The meeting took place at the Marquette Park fieldhouse.…

Bobby Frasor (right) stepped down last week as Brother Rice's basketball coach after seven years at the helm. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Bobby Frasor steps down as coach at Brother Rice

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The wins. The mosh pits. The jokes. These are just a few of the things that will be missed by Bobby Frasor, who stepped down last week as the basketball coach at Brother Rice and is leaving the world of hoops. Frasor was a star player for the Crusaders who…

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Citizens, cops fighting crime

‘National Night Out’ events set for next week By Joan Hadac Hundreds and perhaps more than a thousand Southwest Side men, women and children are expected to take a public stand against crime at the Chicago Lawn (8th) Police District’s annual National Night Out Against Crime celebration, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 at…

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City expands access to police exam

Daley College one of seven testing sites By Tim Hadac As police retirements and resignations continue to greatly outpace recruits graduating from the police academy, the Lightfoot Administration has announced expanded access to the police exam. In-person police officer entry exams are set for all City Colleges locations on select dates this month. Men and…

Mary Stanek

Street looked like a flea market

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Well hello, August, on Monday. We are enjoying the hot, sultry dog days of summer. The Peck School play lot is complete. For now, it appears to be open to all the neighborhood children. From what I…

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Regulatory work behind 1 million EV push in full swing in Illinois

Regulatory work behind 1 million EV push in full swing in Illinois

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Ten months after Illinois lawmakers passed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act which set a goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on state roads by the end of the decade, state agencies are engaged in a flurry of regulatory planning aimed at meeting those goals.…

10-day sales tax reduction on clothing, school supplies begins Friday

10-day sales tax reduction on clothing, school supplies begins Friday

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Beginning Friday and lasting through Aug. 14, the state will reduce its sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 1.25 percent for certain clothing items costing less than $125 and school supplies. The “tax holiday” was included in Gov. JB Pritzker’s “family relief plan,” one prong…

Pritzker highlights Rebuild Illinois funding for Cahokia Heights sewers, Rend Lake Resort

Pritzker highlights Rebuild Illinois funding for Cahokia Heights sewers, Rend Lake Resort

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinoi [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – When state lawmakers voted on bipartisan lines in 2019 to double Illinois’ motor fuel tax and raise several driving-related fees, it laid the groundwork for a $45 billion infrastructure plan, the largest in Illinois’ history and the first in nearly a decade. The plan, spanning six…

CAPITOL RECAP: Democrats choose Hernandez as new party chair

CAPITOL RECAP: Democrats choose Hernandez as new party chair

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The vote for state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez as the Democratic Party of Illinois’ first Latino chairwoman was unanimous and uneventful Saturday morning – the drama had occurred in the days prior in a power struggle of some of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Hernandez was backed Gov. JB…

Pritzker: Monkeypox disaster declaration will aid in vaccine distribution

Pritzker: Monkeypox disaster declaration will aid in vaccine distribution

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker issued a public health emergency declaration and declared Illinois a disaster area in response to the monkeypox virus Monday, a move his office said would help mobilize resources. The governor’s office said the proclamation will aid in moving vaccines to the most impacted…

Dems seek unity as new, former chair take no questions from media after party vote

Dems seek unity as new, former chair take no questions from media after party vote

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The vote for state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez as the Democratic Party of Illinois’ first Latino chairwoman was unanimous and uneventful Saturday morning – the drama had occurred in the days prior in a power struggle of some of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Hernandez was…

Democratic Party chair bows out in re-election bid, paving way for state Rep. Lisa Hernandez

Democratic Party chair bows out in re-election bid, paving way for state Rep. Lisa Hernandez

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A contentious race for leadership of the state’s Democratic Party appears to be down to a single candidate ahead of a Saturday morning vote after the party’s current chair pulled herself from the running Friday. State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, backed by Gov. JB Pritzker and House…

State announces plan for $760 million in opioid settlement money

State announces plan for $760 million in opioid settlement money

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced plans Friday for how the state will distribute its share of funds from a national settlement with opioid companies. Illinois expects to receive approximately $760 million over 18 years from a $26 billion national settlement with three…

Thompson Center sale finalized with Google to be building’s lone occupant

Thompson Center sale finalized with Google to be building’s lone occupant

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – After years of failed efforts that spanned multiple administrations, the state has finalized the sale of the controversial James R. Thompson Center in Chicago to a company that will make it the new Chicago home of tech giant Google. Gov. JB Pritzker made the announcement during…

CAPITOL RECAP: Illinois Democrats hoping to host 2024 nominating convention

CAPITOL RECAP: Illinois Democrats hoping to host 2024 nominating convention

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Democrats are vying to make Chicago the host city for the Democratic National Convention in 2024. Officials for the Democratic National Committee were in Chicago on Tuesday as state leaders, including Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, called a news conference to tout the city as…

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