Mayor unveils interim CPS chief

‘Thrilled beyond measure’ with Torres By Tim Hadac Weeks after the top three Chicago Public Schools leaders announced, separately, they are leaving CPS, Mayor Lori Lightfoot staged a press conference at a West Lawn school to announce her pick for interim CEO. Dr. José M. Torres will take over the reins temporarily from CEO Dr.…

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You may not be a winner, BBB warns

By Better Business Bureau staff Sweepstakes and lottery scams resulted in higher financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the previous three years, particularly for older people, according to new research from Better Business Bureau® (BBB). BBB warns consumers never to pay money to claim a prize. If anyone asks for money before delivering a prize, it is…

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Sometimes time is the best gift of all

By Karen Sala Today is National Fishing Day, International Picnic Day, National Cherry Tart Day, National Flip Flop Day and Wear Blue Day in honor of Men’s Health Week. I love when my husband utters my three favorite words: “Order for delivery.” Shout out to all delivery people out there, especially the ones from Pizza…

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Good year for roses in West Lawn

By Peggy Zabicki Summer is here. I love driving around our neighborhood and seeing all the nice flowers and landscaping. This must be a good year for roses. I’ve seen some beautiful ones all around West Lawn. Summer also means an increase in crime. Be a part of the solution by attending the next CAPS meeting for Beats 813 and 833…

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You’re on camera, Chicago Lawn

By Kathy Headley Over the past week I met with the director and filmmakers of the documentary being partially filmed here in Chicago Lawn. The film, once completed, will hopefully be airing on PBS. You may have already witnessed them in action in the neighborhood. Perhaps you glimpsed a drone flying over Marquette Park or…

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‘It’s not enough’

Drag racers at Ford City.

Impound cars of drag racers, civic leaders say By Tim Hadac Thomas S. Baliga and Jason Huff are typically among the first Southwest Side civic leaders to praise the dedication of Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police. But they also are among the first to say the Lightfoot Administration’s response to the drag racing problem along…

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Police Reports

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Claim man tried to carjack woman A 24-year-old Gage Park man was charged with aggravated attempted carjacking and aggravated attempted robbery after he was arrested in the 4900 block of South Kedzie at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 19. Axel A. Lopez, of the 3000 block of West 53rd Place, allegedly tried to carjack a 62-year-old…

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High School Boys Volleyball: Brother Rice and St. Rita reach Sweet 16


By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The four boys volleyball teams that battled it out on Saturday in the St. Rita Sectional all had major triumphs two days prior. All four Southwest Regional News teams won regional titles during this wild and unpredictable year. Top-seeded St. Rita beat fourth-seeded Argo 25-20, 25-16 in the first semifinal while…

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