Residents can tour Fire Museum
Today is Friday, May 2.
Timmy turned 1 year old on April 30. Where did that
first year go? He will be having his first birthday party tomorrow with family and
friends. Happy Birthday to the cutest and sweetest baby boy in the world!
The Fire Museum of Chicago is located at 5218 S. Western Ave. It is housed in an
old fire station that closed over 35 years ago. Becoming a museum took a long
time but it was a labor of love.Volunteers worked tirelessly for years cleaning, installed plumbing,
doing wood working and any other jobs just to bring this firehouse back to
Chicago has had quite a few historic fires. The Great
Chicago Fire and the Our Lady of the Angels Fire come to mind. They always
learned something while fighting these disasters.
They learned builders should use other building materials and different
floor plans for safety, they learned different ways to fight different kinds of
fires. This museum houses a collection
of vintage fire trucks, even handwritten logs and records, badges, helmets,
other apparatus and many photographs.
The next open house is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 24. So come out a visit a gem in our own neighborhood.
Thomas Hajek wants me to make sure I remind you that there will be
a Marquette Park Reunion Saturday, June 7 at Rubio Woods Forest Preserve in
Crestwood. Hang out and relive the memories from sun up till sun down. See old
friends and make new ones. Look for a 1971 Buick Skylark and other cool cars.
Gage Park High School, Class of 1964 invites other
Gage Park Alumni from 1963 and 1965 in celebrating their 50th reunion on Oct.
18 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park, from 6 until 10 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person.
When sending payment, include the year you graduated
on the check. For more information, contact Donna Kuropas-Fiore at (708)
532-6534 or [email protected]; Bob Vondrak at (815) 698-2005 or
or Mary Oprondek Humenik at (773) 436-3057or at [email protected]
Checks should be made out to Gage Park 50th Reunion
c/o Robert Vondrak, P.O. Box 37, Ashkum, IL 60911.
residents are urged to come out and
support two great causes, Hi Kitty Kitty and Dogs Are Deserving, beginning at 6
p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Elks Lodge 4428, 4428 Midlothian Turnpike,
Crestwood. It’s $15 per person or $25 for a couple. There will be food, music by
Chicago King Snakes, cash bar and raffles. Bring a donation of cat or dog food,
clumpable kitty litter, pet beds, blankets, toys, bleach, paper towels or pet
toys and get a free raffle ticket for a chance to win great prizes.
There will also be a split the pot raffle. All
proceeds go to not-for-profit, no-kill Hi Kitty Kitty and Dogs Are Deserving
Pro Soccer Report: Milazzo, Pugh named to NWSL’s Best XI for June
By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer She’s not just the Chicago area’s secret anymore. The progress of Orland Park native Tatumn Milazzo as a professional soccer player is not catching only Chicago’s attention, but that of the NWSL. The second-year Chicago Red Stars defender opened her career seeing a lot of bench time early in…
Clean Sheet: Back of the Yards grad Roxy Herrera honored as one of top high school goalies in U.S.
Jeff Vorva Staff writer Roxy Herrera thinks she was 9 or 10 years old when she was the new kid on the Pumas soccer team in Gage Park. Thus, she was immediately used as a goalie for the first time in her life. “They told me the new player plays in goal,” Herrera said. “So,…
Jackson, Carlson headed for left-right clash in 1st
Danny Davis triumphs; will be unopposed this fall By Tim Hadac While the Sean Casten-Marie Newman clash of incumbents appeared to draw the most attention of all congressional races on the Southwest Side, two other races made news on June 28. In the battle to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st), Jonathan Jackson…
Farewell and thanks to Nathan, Connor and David
By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 As June ends, we at St. Rita of Casica Parish and St. Clare of Montefalco Shrine sadly say goodbye to Nathan Fernandes, Connor Fitzmaurice and David Marshall. The three are pre-novices discerning a vocation to the priesthood in…
Grateful for the freedoms we have
By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Happy Birthday USA! I am so grateful for the freedom we have in our wonderful country. I hope those who choose to celebrate our freedom by lighting illegal fireworks will be arrested by our police, who I hope will have the…
Graduations are so bittersweet
By Laura Ortega Your correspondent in Greater Ashburn 4214 W. 82nd Place • (773) 627-6679 Congratulations to the Class of 2022! It’s bittersweet to see everyone graduate, especially when you can remember those same individuals graduating kindergarten not so long ago. A huge congratulations to my daughter, Liliana, who graduated eighth grade. I look forward…
Peck playlot taking shape
By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 “It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that makes a great difference in our lives” – Fred Rogers. Who remembers the play lots of the 60s and 70s? Can you recall…
Kantas wins bid for 4th Subcircuit vacancy
By Carol McGowan Nick Kantas came out on top in the Democratic primary for Cook County judge in the 4th Subcircuit. He won over Amanda Moira Pillsbury in the race to fill the Gavin vacancy. Kantas had 12,652 votes to 10,393 for Pillsbury with 99 percent the vote in (218 of 221 precincts), according to…
Cardenas ousts Wendt in Dem primary for Board of Review
By Bob Bong Palos Heights attorney and Realtor Tammy Wendt was denied a second term Tuesday night when she was defeated by Chicago Ald. George Cardenas in the Democratic primary for the Board of Review 1st District. Wendt said the party had been out to get her since she surprisingly prevailed in 2020 over endorsed…
Pekau vs. Casten ready to rumble in 6th Distict
By Jeff Vorva The preliminaries are over in the newly aligned 6th Congressional District. Now it’s time for the main event. Pekau vs. Casten. After Tuesday’s primary election, Keith Pekau, the mayor of Orland Park, had a huge lead over five opponents on the Republican side and is ready to take on Democratic survivor Sean…
WITH PODCAST: Pritzker says balanced budget, ‘big things’ remain priority ahead of second term
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Inflation, crime, pandemic response, abortion rights and Donald Trump are all set to be major issues in the 2022 race for Illinois governor, if the winning candidates’ election night speeches are any guide. “(Gov. JB) Pritzker doesn’t understand how skyrocketing gas prices and soaring food prices…
Justices urge lawmakers to allow more public access to rivers
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that the public has no right to boat, fish or swim in small rivers that flow across private property, but two justices are urging the General Assembly to change that law. “The legislature should redefine navigability to be more inclusive…
Temporary tax relief measures to begin Friday in Illinois
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinoisans will receive some modest tax relief starting Friday when the state’s new fiscal year begins. That includes some income tax rebates, property tax rebates, a suspension of the state’s 1 percent tax on groceries, and a six-month pause on the scheduled inflationary increase in the…
UPDATED Bailey wins GOP nomination to challenge Pritzker
By JERRY NOWICKI & PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] State Sen. Darren Bailey, who gained statewide notoriety challenging Gov. JB Pritzker’s pandemic executive order authority in court, will be the incumbent’s challenger in the November general election. As of about 9 p.m. Tuesday, Bailey had carried over 55 percent of the GOP vote from…
CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker to call special session after Roe v. Wade overturned
By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will call a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to focus on legislation to strengthen women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health services in Illinois. Pritzker made that announcement Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released an opinion overturning…
6 Republicans vie to unseat Pritzker
By PETER HANCOCK & JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republican voters in Illinois will choose from six candidates to challenge incumbent Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker in the upcoming June 28 primary. The field includes a conservative farmer and state lawmakers who is the recent polling frontrunner, the mayor of Illinois’ second largest…
Candidate interview: Alexi Giannoulias looking to reclaim statewide office
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Illinois voters might know Alexi Giannoulias as the state’s treasurer from 2007 to 2011, or they might know him as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate who lost to Republican Mark Kirk in 2010. He’s now looking to get back into public life as he runs for secretary…
Pritzker to call special session on reproductive rights
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will call a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to focus on legislation to strengthen women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health services in Illinois. Pritzker made that announcement Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released…
Candidate interview: Anna Valencia running for secretary of state
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] This story is part of Capitol News Illinois’ coverage of the race for secretary of state ahead of the Tuesday, June 28 primary. We’re reaching out to the candidates this week to discuss their policy positions and plans for the office should they be elected. Chicago City Clerk…
Republicans see opening in secretary of state race
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – For the first time in nearly a quarter century, there is an open race for the office of Illinois secretary of state as incumbent Democrat Jesse White prepares to retire, and Republicans hope that will give them an opportunity to pick up a statewide elected office.…