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Hunting for the right chicken recipe

By Tim Hadac / October 14, 2021 /

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Did you know that today is Chicken Cacciatore Day? Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian, and it is hunters who first ate this dish centuries ago. I’ve made it several times. I basically brown chicken thighs in a little oil with onions. Then, I simmer…

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The buck stops…at the store?

By Tim Hadac / October 8, 2021 /

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…

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Turns out, everything will be OK

By Tim Hadac / October 1, 2021 /

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Do you remember last week when I said that as long as babies are being born, everything will be OK? Well, everything’s OK. My friend and neighbor, Jennifer, gave birth to an adorable baby boy. His name is Thomas Francis. Welcome to the…

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Seeking solutions to gang crime

By Tim Hadac / September 25, 2021 / Comments Off on Seeking solutions to gang crime

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church Parish held their annual carnival earlier this month. I wrote about it weeks before it took place. Many people attended and had fun. But then, two people were shot. These people are in stable condition. The shooting was gang…

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U.S. unity starts with neighborhood unity

By Tim Hadac / September 16, 2021 / Comments Off on U.S. unity starts with neighborhood unity

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 I was a Girl Scout for more than 10 years. One of the many great experiences I had was marching in parades with my troop. Wearing my green uniform, sash and hat I felt so proud and happy, as people watched and waved.…

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Was good to get away to Corn Fest

By Tim Hadac / September 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Was good to get away to Corn Fest

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day. The Annual Corn Festival in Hoopeston, Ill. took place over Labor Day weekend. Ro and I like to go to this fun fest. It’s about two and a half hours south of here. There is…

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Things looking good at Universidad Popular

By Tim Hadac / September 3, 2021 / Comments Off on Things looking good at Universidad Popular

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 I attended the open house at Universidad Popular, 3702 W. 60th St., last week. My hubby, Ro, went with me. We toured the completely renovated building and surrounding property. Everything looks so fresh and ready for all their programs and activities. This all volunteer,…

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New sub sandwich shop was a pleasure

By Tim Hadac / August 27, 2021 / Comments Off on New sub sandwich shop was a pleasure

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 My hubby, Ro, and I went to an outdoor concert recently. We decided to bring food and beverages with us. We stopped at the new Mr. Submarine, 8502 S. Pulaski, for sub sandwiches. This is a few blocks out of my West Lawn…

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Universidad Popular opens its doors

By Tim Hadac / August 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Universidad Popular opens its doors

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Are you busy on Friday, Aug. 27? If you have an opening in your schedule sometime between the hours of noon and 4 p.m., head over to Universidad Popular, 3702 W. 60th St. This wonderful community center is hosting an open house.…

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Simple pleasures bring best joy

By Tim Hadac / August 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Simple pleasures bring best joy

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 I hope everyone is enjoying our summer season. I have been enjoying all the activities, festivals and restaurants that have opened back up. Some of the best things are the simple activities I used to take for granted. I like to…

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Whaddya know, Miami Joe?

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Thank you to “Miami Joe” for giving me a phone call this past week. Joe was a bartender at the old Miami Bowl. We enjoyed reminiscing about the good spots in the old neighborhood. One of them…

Karen Sala

COVID-19 vax available at St. Gall

By Karen Sala Your correspondent in Gage Park (773) 471-1429 • [email protected] Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. October is Fire Prevention Month. Make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. St. Gall School, 5515 S. Sawyer, is holding a COVID-19 vaccine clinic today and also on Nov. 15.…

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Hunting for the right chicken recipe

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Did you know that today is Chicken Cacciatore Day? Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian, and it is hunters who first ate this dish centuries ago. I’ve made it several times. I basically brown chicken thighs in a little oil with onions. Then, I simmer…

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Overnight closures for Roberts Road and 87th Street

Overnight road closures on Roberts Road and 87th Street with posted detours are scheduled to begin this weekend to accommodate mainline bridge removal work for the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project. The overnight closures of the local roads are necessary to safely accommodate the removal of the I-294 mainline bridge deck and beams over Roberts Road and 87th Street.…

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High School Football: JCA beats Rice in battle of top-rated teams

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Brother Rice quarterback Jack Lausch has put up some impressive running and passing numbers in both wins and losses this year. The Crusaders, who were ranked No. 1 in the state by the sportswriters in the Associated Press poll heading into Friday’s action, had a 49-46 setback to Class 8A No.…

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College Football: Olivet tops Saint Xavier in offensive showdown

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The number 13 was not lucky the second time. For the second time in as many home games, St. Xavier University faced the 13th-ranked team in the nation in NAIA play according to the coaches polls. While they stunned 13th-ranked St. Francis, Indiana, 38-0, on Sept. 25, the 18th-ranked Cougars had…

Chicago House players celebrate Ian Cerro’s second-minute goal to give the team its first victory in SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: House wins first game at home; Milazzo scores first pro goal

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent It was a weekend of firsts when it came to the area’s professional soccer teams. The Chicago House won its historic first home game Saturday at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview with a 1-0 triumph over San Diego 1904 FC. Sunday night, Orland Park’s Tatumn Milazzo, a defender who doesn’t get many…

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Expand access to home dialysis, Rush says

From staff reports Legislation to expand access to home dialysis for kidney patients was recently introduced by U.S. Reps. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st) and Jason Smith, a Republican from Missouri. Home dialysis often leads to better health outcomes and fewer hospitalizations for kidney patients; it is also far more flexible than in-center dialysis, making it…

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Help here for renters, landlords

Eviction moratorium ends, but aid flows By Capitol News Illinois staff and Tim Hadac The state’s eviction moratorium expired last Sunday, but city renters, as well as landlords, appear to have a range of options to receive relief. Governor JB Pritzker’s office said it has released $443 million in legal aid Illinois has received from…

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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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Report: Nursing homes in crisis with staff shortages

Report: Nursing homes in crisis with staff shortages

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new report released Wednesday says staffing shortages at nursing homes in Illinois have reached crisis proportions and that people of color are most at risk of suffering the consequences. That’s because those individuals are more likely to live in understaffed facilities or in “ward” rooms…

Springfield transportation hub to relieve rail congestion

Springfield transportation hub to relieve rail congestion

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A railway improvement project intended to greatly improve traffic congestion between St. Louis and Chicago reached a milestone Tuesday as work began on a multimodal transportation hub in the capital city. Gov. JB Pritzker was joined at a groundbreaking ceremony by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and…

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…

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