University of Chicago Medicine Breast Cancer June 2022
9-20-2017-1-12-59-PM-6265618

SW Regional Publishing Peoples MORTGAGE Banner Ad 728x90 03 31 22

Argo alumni enjoy Friday night Homecoming game

The first-ever homecoming football game played under the lights at Argo Community High School was met with mostly favorable reviews.

There were a few fans who prefer the 1-2-3 punch of a homecoming parade, football game and dance all on the same Saturday.

Jimmy Sinks, from the Class of ’87, said the nighttime setting “is different, for sure. I’d rather it be after the parade. Maybe it’s a good thing. We’ll find out.”

He brought wife Cathy, and two of their six children, Jack and Christopher, to the game. Cathy, who bought a couple of pairs of sweatpants, said “this is kind of different.”

{{more}}

But the Sinks family, of Justice, was in the minority. Most fans contacted before the game said they liked the idea of homecoming under the lights.

Argo’s team, evidently, agreed. The Argonauts (1-3) pulled out a 21-20 victory over Evergreen Park on the last play of the game.

Dana Kral, secretary to the activity director, was selling Argo gear, most of it at affordable prices. There was even a $5 T-shirt, a cartoon Argonaut branding a mustang. “They’re leftover from the last time we played Evergreen Park for homecoming four years ago,” she said.

Kral thought the change of game time to Friday night was a good idea for girls on the cheerleading and pom-pom squads, who no longer have to rush home after a Saturday afternoon game and get ready for the homecoming dance that night.

“It’s unusual for us, and it’s a culture shift,” Kral said, “but it’s not the end of the world.”

Karen O’Donnell, of Bridgeview, wore an Argo T-shirt and carried an Argo seat cushion. Her son, Craig Weis, is a junior starting on the offensive line.

“I think it’s awesome because the boys love playing at night and it’s got their spirits up higher. He’s ready,” said O’Donnell, a self-professed “sports geek.”

District 217 Supt. Jill Kingsfield called the game “a great opportunity for our student-athletes.”

“It will be interesting to see how it goes and the board can decide if we continue this or go back to Saturdays,” Kingsfield said. The Distinguished Alumni Breakfast was held at 7:30 a.m. before Saturday’s 9 a.m. parade, she said.

“Some alumni are disappointed it’s not a day-long event, but we’ll try it this way this year,” she said.

Kingsfield wore the Argo T-shirt she purchased at last year’s homecoming when she was investigating the job that would open up at the end of the 2016-17 school year. “I didn’t know I’d get this job, but this was the T-shirt I bought. It was destiny,” she said.

When the school board decided earlier this year to try a Friday night homecoming game, they hoped it would boost attendance. There were more fans at the game this year, said junior pom-pom Karolina Lisztwan, who was happy to have more time Saturday.

“I’d stay till halftime on Saturday. This is better. After the parade, I’ll get new eyelashes and get ready. I like it better this way, and the crowd is bigger, too,” Lisztwan, of Justice, said.

Argo alumni and longtime boosters Marty and Alice Vilimek, of Bridgeview, dressed head to toe in Argo gear, were among those happy with a Friday night game.

“I like it. The weather, for one thing, and the atmosphere. It’s different. Very nice,” Marty, Class of ’63, said.

Local News

Funeral-Flowers.4 logo

Obituaries June 30, 2022

VINCE BLACK Vince Black, age 52, passed away May 22. Survived by his daughter, Mary “Gabby”, her mother AnneMarie and step-daughters Samantha, Stephanie and Alyssa; dear godfather of Jackson Wertz; fond brother of the late Lance Corporal Larry (the late Joyce) Thompson. Beloved friend of Karen and devoted friend to many. Member of the Carpenters…

Kathy Headley

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…

Peggy Zabicki

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…

Laura Ortega

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…

Mary Stanek

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…

Joan Hadac

A mom’s heart broke, and now her children are broken-hearted

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] A mother’s heart, filled with love for her children, is unique. I understand that in a way only other moms can. I thought about that the other day as I read the profoundly sad story of Garfield Ridge mom Gisela “Chella” Ruiz.…

Nick Kantas

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…

Lyons Township Democratic Committeeman Steve Landek (left) congratulates Terry Carr Tuesday night at Carr's victory celebration in McCook (Photo by Carol McGowan)

Terry Carr elected as Lyons Township Republican Committeeperson

By Carol McGowan It was quite a celebration at JC’s Pub in McCook Tuesday night as the results came in for the race for Lyons Township Republican Committeeperson. McCook Mayor Terrance “Terry” Carr claimed victory in the race against GOP incumbent Catherine (Katie) Justak, by a 56-44% ratio (3,008-2,352) with all 69 precincts reporting. At…

George Cardenas

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…

Cook County Commissioner Frank Aguilar won the Democratic primary Tuesday night. (File photo)

Aguilar wins nomination in 16th Cook County District

By Bob Bong Incumbent Frank Aguilar held off a tough challenge from Letty Garcia in the Democratic primary for the 16th Cook County Board District Tuesday night. With all but one precinct reporting, Aguilar held a 1,326 vote lead over Garcia. His 8,615-7,289 win was tantamount to re-election as no Republicans filed to run in…

Neighbors

AladdinsBanquets WebAd
Temporary tax relief measures to begin Friday in Illinois

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.…

Candidate interview: Secretary of state hopeful David Moore

Candidate interview: Secretary of state hopeful David Moore

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 all of the candidates this week to discuss their policy positions and plans for the office should they be elected. Chicago…

Tom Cullerton sentenced to 1 year in prison for embezzlement

Tom Cullerton sentenced to 1 year in prison for embezzlement

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A federal judge in Chicago handed down a one-year prison sentence Tuesday for a former state senator who once chaired the Senate Labor Committee. Tom Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of embezzlement for receiving salary and benefits from…

Regional Aurelios Pizza House Ad
CRR NH Farmers Insurance Cavoto House Ad