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AREA WIDE ¥ Aging Care Connections’ 14th annual Sports Ball benefit gala will be held Friday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. at Pinstripes in Oak Brook. Comedian Pat McGann will headline an evening of tailgate cocktails, skybox dining, auctions, bocce and bowling. Sports Ball is Aging Care Connections’ major fundraising event held to support the organization’s social service programs assisting seniors 60 years of age and older in suburban Cook County. Tickets are $150 each and information about Sports Ball is available by calling Niki Chibucos, director of development and public relations, at 708-354-1323, ext. 226.

{{more}} ¥ St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, 99th and Throop, is celebrating its 140th anniversary and is searching for former students and parishioners. Anniversary activities include a Golf Outing on Sept.

9 at Gleneagles Country Club and an All School/Parish Reunion on Saturday, Sept.

12, at the school. For information, call 773-238-1088 ext. 15 or visit www.smoschicago.org/reunion-2015. St. Margaret of Scotland is a Catholic church and grammar school located on the far south side of Chicago serving the Beverly/Washington Heights neighborhoods. The parish operates a weekly food pantry on the premises as well as hosting the Society of St.

Vincent de Paul.

¥ Take a deeper dive into the story of the Museum of Science and Industry’s U-505 submarine. This private tour of the U-505 Submarine, the only German submarine captured by the U.S. Navy during World War II and on display at MSI since 1954, takes place on select Saturday and Sunday mornings, before the museum is open to the public. The experience begins at 8 a.m. and finishes at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12; Sunday, Sept. 20; Saturday, Oct. 17; Sunday, Nov. 15; Sunday, Dec. 6; Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive. The cost is $40 plus museum entry (adults, $18; children ages 3-11, $11; seniors, $17). For information, visit msichicago.org or call 773-684-1414.

¥ The 50th Reunion Committee of Chicago’s Kelly High School June 1965 and January 1965-66 graduating class would like to reach alumni throughout the Chicagoland area who may have an interest in attending events the weekend of Sept. 18-20. The 50th Reunion dinner will be held Friday, Sept. 18, at Polonia Banquets. A school tour on Saturday, Sept. 19 and a picnic on Sunday, Sept. 20, are also planned. For details email [email protected] or write Kelly HS 50th Reunion Committee, PO Box 138, Oak Forest, IL 60452.

¥ Calvary Baptist Church, 801 E. Glenwood Dyer Road, Glenwood, holds Sunday School from 9:30-10:30 a.m. They have a primary class for ages 2 to 9 and they meet in the Abraham room. Church service follows at 11 a.m. For information, visit www.calvarybaptistgln.org.

¥ Aging Care Connections hosts a caregiver support group on the third Thursday of every month from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Professional Office Building, Lower Level, Room E of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave., Melrose Park. For information, call Jennifer Nagy at Aging Care Connections, 708-354-1323, ext. 228.

¥ The South Polka Association meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Mayfield Banquet Facility, 6072 S. Archer Ave., Chicago.

The Senior Club welcomes all seniors age 55 and older from the surrounding areas. Annual membership dues are $10. Coffee and large sweet rolls are served at all meetings. The club has door prizes, 50/50 cards and bingo, with nice prizes. The club also offers two luncheons (June and December), special activities and speakers several times during the year. The Senior Club will be signing up new members at each meeting at 11 a.m. For information, contact Kathy Swiderski at 708-579-3966 or email [email protected]

BEDFORD PARK AREA ¥ Volunteers are needed to staff the National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. Each volunteer is asked to greet and meet visitors for one Sunday each month. Those interested can call Pat at 708-496-0193.

BRIDGEVIEW AREA ¥ The Bridgeview Park District is taking registration for the Home Alone workshop. Registration is being taken at the Bridgeview Park District Sports Complex, 8100 S. Beloit. Classes will be held at the Roberts Park Fire Station, 8611 S. Roberts Road in Justice. Registration is required. The class is designed to teach children to act responsibly when home alone. Children will learn important phone numbers, what to do in case of an emergency, how to answer the phone and door, among other home alone situations. Basic first aid will also be taught. There will be time for questions and answers. Parents are allowed to stay. The workshop will be held Monday, Sept. 14, from 6-8 p.m. for youth 8 to14 years old. The fee is $16 per child. Call the Park Office at 708-594-1818 for information.

¥ The Bridgeview Golden Agers will hold their regular meetings on Tuesday, Sept. 8 and 22, at the Bridgeview Community Center, 7900 S. Oketo Ave. Doors open at 11 a.m. Meeting starts at noon. We are seeking new members in Bridgeview and surrounding communities. You must be 55 years or older to join. We play 10 $5 games of bingo at each meeting. On the second Tuesday we also have a $25 cover-all. We have a raffle at each meeting. On the second Tuesday, we have coffee, tea, lemonade and delicious rolls. On the fourth Tuesday, we have a light lunch. We have seven special luncheons a year. We also have guest speakers and we also go on outings. Free pickup for Bridgeview residents only.

Call the day before a meeting at 708-458-4675 for pick up. For information, call Sharron Klopp at 708-929-4317.

¥ According to the Huffington Post and many others, “Coloring can be beneficial for adults — namely for its de-stressing power. The practice generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity.” Join us for drop-in coloring at Bridgeview Library on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and see for yourself. We provide the markers, crayons, colored pencils, and beautifully detailed coloring pages. You bring yourself (and friends), a soft drink (if you like), and leave all your stress, frustrations, and anxieties at the door.

¥ Bridgeview Senior Commissioners are having their regular movie day on Wednesday at the Bridgeview Community Center, 7900 S. Oketo Ave. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., movie starts at 10:30 a.m. You must be 55 years and up and be a Bridgeview resident to attend.

You will need a picture ID, which can be purchased for $3 at the community center and is good for one year. There is no movie day in August. Need a ride, call the center the day before movie day at 708-458-4675 and tell them you need a ride.

¥ The Bridgeview Public Library shows a newly released movie every Friday at 1 p.m. Popcorn is provided. You may bring your own soft drink. For information, call 708-458-2880.

¥ Bridgeview Public Library’s Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Registration is required to attend. The book we are reading this month is The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, we will be discussing it on Sept. 15. For information, call 708-458-2880 and ask for the Reference Department.

¥ The first Monday of each month is Senior Game Day at the Bridgeview Park District Sports Complex, 8100 S. Beloit, from 12:30-2 p.m.

Residents age 55 or older are invited to mix, mingle and have fun at this free program. Some of the games you can play include LCR, Bunco, Scrabble and cards.

You can also bring in your favorite game for everyone to play. For information, call 708-594-1818.

¥ The Bridgeview Park District’s Pinochle Club meets the second and third Monday of each month at the Sports Complex, 8100 S. Beloit, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Whether you are a seasoned player, a novice or in need of a refresher course, this club is for you. For information, call 708- 594-1818.

¥ Learn about the absolutely free fitness and education series that is being offered at Christ Medical Center and led by Physical and Occupational Therapists. It is a six-week series of classes that will allow you to exercise at your own fitness level, be evaluated for a personalized exercise program and receive education for a healthier spine. The actual sessions will be held at Christ Medical Center.

Bridgeview Library is hosting a presentation to explain the program. Please register in advance: 708-458-2880, ext. 105.

¥New craft class at the Bridgeview Library. This month’s project is an adorable Flip-Flop Halloween wreath! A big pot of coffee, a night out, friendly friends chatting, a great instructor, and a craft project you will take pride in creating! Sounds like fun doesn’t it? This is an adult activity, so please, no children under 12. Next time you are in the library, stop by and see the sample, it is cute as a button! Space is extremely limited for this activity so: you must register in advance! 708-458-2880 ext.105.

¥Join the Bridgeview Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. when Ray Johnson will be here to explain how to find your ancestors and trace your family history. This is a free program but we need you to register, call 708-458-2880 ext. 105.

BROOKFIELD AREA ¥ Work up a little sweat while helping endangered species at Brookfield Zoo’s Zoo Run Run for the Animal Care and Conservation Fund on Sunday, Sept. 20. The route will take place entirely within Brookfield Zoo, and participants can enjoy some of their favorite animals along the route. Everyone is welcome to participate individually or to form a team. The more you fundraise for the zoo’s Animal Care and Conservation Fund, the more prizes you win! The annual 5K event is $35 for a chipped-time run and $30 for a fun run and walk. The price includes admission to the zoo for registered participants, as well as family and friends they want to bring along to cheer them on. Zoo Run Run is presented by Walgreens, Aquafina, and Gatorade. For information and to register for the run, visit www.CZS.org/Events or call 708-688-8000.

¥ Visit Brookfield Zoo on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27, for a purr-fect weekend and learn about big cats like African lions, Amur leopards, Amur tigers, and snow leopards, as well as small ones, including servals, fishing cats, and house cats. There will be special Zoo Chats and cat-themed activities for cat lovers of all ages. For information, call 708-688-8000 or visit www.CZS.org/Events.

¥ The Brookfield Friends of the Library are accepting your gently used books as well as your working audio-visual materials. Please drop off all donations at the circulation desk during library hours, also if you need a pickup, please call the library at 708-485-6917 or email the friends at [email protected]

¥ The Brookfield Friends of the Library meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the lower level meeting room of the library, 3609 Grand Blvd. Everyone is welcome to come and meet the friends, as well as share ideas and comments. For information, call the library at 708-485-6917 or visit www.brookfieldpubliclibrary.info.

BURBANK AREA ¥ Artists and crafters are invited to sell their works at the fifth annual fall arts and crafts fair set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at Reavis High School, 6034 W. 77th St., Burbank. One of the more popular events in the area, it typically features as many as 200 artists and crafters and draws more than a thousand people, browsing and buying. The event is hosted by the school’s Drama Club, along with its Drama Mamas and Papas auxiliary. Admission to the event is a nonperishable food item or a minimum $1 donation to a local food pantry. The event also features raffles and food concessions. Application deadline for artists and crafters is Sept. 9. For more information and a crafter application, send an email to [email protected]

CENTRAL STICKNEY AREA ¥The Central Stickney Park District will host an exciting trip down famous U.S. Route 66 on Tuesday, Oct.

6. Guiding the tour will be local resident and Route 66 Association member Ed Kozak. This special trip, open to all members of the community, will explore and tour interesting and historic places along the road from Chicago to Pontiac. The bus departs from the Central Stickney Park District office, 47th and Long Avenue, at 8 a.m. Towns that will be visited include Plainfield, Joliet, Wilmington, Braidwood, Gardner, Dwight, Odell and Pontiac. Scheduled return back to Chicago is approximately at 6:30 p.m. Seats on the bus are limited.

The cost is $34 for Central Stickney residents and $35 for nonresidents. The group will stop for a late-morning lunch in Braidwood at the Polk-A-Dot Drive In (cost of meal is not included). For reservations and information, call the Park District at 708-496-8292.

COUNTRYSIDE AREA ¥ On Wednesday, Sept. 9 at noon Hope Lutheran Church, 6455 Joliet Road, Countryside in partnership with Aging Care Connections will host another in its SENIOR LUNCH ‘ MORE programs for seniors in the area. Dr. Maninder Kohli, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Adventist Hinsdale and LaGrange Hospitals will be the featured speaker. Dr. Kohli will present a program on maintaining a healthy quality of life for our senior citizens. A nutritious lunch will be provided by Salerno’s Pizzeria and Sport Bar for a suggested donation of $2. Please call 708-354-1323 by noon Tuesday, Sept. 8; and indicate that you are reserving a space at Hope Lutheran Church.

EVERGREEN PARK AREA ¥ Swing ‘n Sugar Squares Square Dance Club of Evergreen Park is pleased to welcome everyone in the area to give Square Dancing a try at our free “Intro to Square Dance” party .Swing ‘n Sugar Squares Square Dance Club is sponsored by the Evergreen Park Recreation Department. No experience is necessary, no partner is needed, and no special outfits are required. The Intro to Square Dance party will take place Sunday, Sept. 13, from 2-4 p.m. at Queen of Peace High School, 7659 S. Linder, Burbank.

The caller will be Chuck Witt.

Swing ‘n Sugar Squares will host beginning Square Dance Classes that start on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Central Middle School, 9431 S. Spaulding, Evergreen Park. The teacher will be Chuck Witt. Square Dance classes will be held once a week from September through May. Each class will review what was taught the previous week and will introduce from two to four new “calls.” HODGKINS AREA ¥ The Hodgkins Public Library District is having a book sale on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We’ll have a special 25-cent sale beginning at 1:30 p.m., but there will be great deals all day long. For information, contact the library at 708-579-1844.

JUSTICE AREA ¥ The Village of Justice Fall Garage Sale is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 25-27. Garage sale permits are free of charge and will be available starting Sept. 1. Don’t forget to register to be listed on our participant’s registry.

¥ The Justice Public Library hosts Lego Program for youth ages 12 months to 14. Toddler Legos, for ages 12 months to 3 years, meets Monday from 10-11 a.m. Lego Afternoon, for ages 4 to 14, meets Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. To register, or more information, call 708-496-1790.

¥ The Justice Senior Citizen Club hosts their regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in the all-purpose room located in the Village Hall, 7800 S. Archer Road, Justice. The Senior Club welcomes all seniors age 55 and older from Justice and the surrounding areas.

Annual membership dues are $7 and meeting dues are $3 per meeting. Coffee and dessert are available at all meetings. The club also offers a catered lunch at the first meeting of the month for members in good standing. The Senior Club will be signing up new members at every meeting between 11 a.m. and noon.

LA GRANGE AREA ¥ Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave., LaGrange, hosts an Alzheimer’s and related dementia caregivers support group for those who care for someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia meeting the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30-3 p.m. For information, contact Kathleen McKenzie at 708-354-1323, ext. 260.

¥ Aging Care Connections, 111 W. Harris Ave., LaGrange hosts Friday Morning Regulars, a support group for men only related to aging issues every Friday at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Intake Office at 708-354-1323, ext. 215.

LYONS AREA ¥ St. Hugh Girl Scout Troops areholding their annual Taco Dinner onSunday, Sept. 19, from 4-7 p.m. in St. Hugh’s Keating Hall, 4346 Prescott, Lyons. Please join us for dinner consisting of two tacos, rice, beans, dessert and a drink. Tickets are just $8 for each dinner, or an ala carte option of only two tacos is available for $4. There will also be bake sale and craft items for sale. For tickets or information,contact Tina Melendezat 708-442-5664 orvia email at [email protected]

Tickets are limited and might not be available at the door. Proceeds will support a trip to Savannah, the birthplace of Girl Scouts in 2016, and an international destination in 2018.

¥ The Lyons Retirees meet the first Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. and the third Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the Lyons Village Hall, 4200 Lawndale Ave. Residents 55 and older are welcome to attend.

OAK LAWN AREA ¥ Grace Community Church, 10415 S Kedvale in Oak Lawn, is hosting this family friendly event. Join us on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids can check out the Kids’ Tent, then jump around in the bounce house.

Take a walk around our parking lot to see a variety of cars, then step into the building to shop at the vendor fair that will include a bake sale table. If you’re hungry for a meal or a snack, stop by the food tent. Bring a toiletry item for the Roseland Christian Ministries Women’s Shelter and you will receive one free food ticket. (Limit of two items/tickets per person.) Download a registration form for your car or vendor table at www.gccrc.org. Space is limited.

¥ The Oak Lawn Park District is headed to Lake Geneva on Wednesday, Sept. 9. We will board the “Belle of the Lake” for a narrated two and half hour tour of the entire lake and enjoy a delicious plated luncheon. Afterward, there will be time for shopping on the main streets. The bus will depart from the Community Pavilion, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave., at 8:30 a.m. and will return at 6 p.m. Fee for residents is $80, fee for nonresidents is $90. For information on the trip, contact 708-857-2200.

PALOS HILLS AREA ¥ Moraine Valley Community College has announced the 2015 summer lineup for its popular Movie in the Moonlight event. The college will show new release movies on a 16-foot inflatable screen on the Gateway, between Buildings F and M, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Admission is free. The series will feature “Inside Out” on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and the final movie will be “Minions” on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the movies will be shown in the Moraine Rooms in Building M (except for “Inside Out,” which will be moved to a different day). Movies are subject to change. Families should bring their own blankets or chairs to sit on as well as food or snacks. A small concession stand will sell candy and drinks. Popcorn is always free. Alcohol is not allowed on Moraine Valley’s campus. Due to a new state law, on July 1, Moraine Valley is now smoke-free. Smoking will not be allowed anywhere on campus. For information, call at 708-974-5375.

¥ Moraine Valley Community College will host its series of telescope open viewing nights in 2015. This season’s schedule includes the following Fridays: Sept. 18, at 7:20 p.m.; and Oct. 23, at 6:15 p.m. Viewings will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or there are high winds. Dates and times are subject to change. All viewings are held at the telescope dome on the G.

Jack Bradley Observation Deck, located on the west side of the college’s Nature Study Area, off Kean Avenue near 107th Street. Observers can park in lots east of Building P or in the west section of the Building D parking lot and then walk on the path to the observation deck. Children must be accompanied by an adult or supervisor. Observers are reminded to dress for the weather, wear insect repellent and bring binoculars if they have them. For information call Maura Vizza at 708-974-5742.

¥ The lineup for Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center 22nd season has something for everyone. The Mainstage Series features world-class artists on the Dorothy Menker Theater stage. Tickets range from $25 to $40 for adults and $20 to $35 for seniors and students. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. The first artist will be Jim Brickman: The Platinum Tour on Sept. 26.

The Sunday Salon Series is returning with cabaret-style performances in the John and Angeline Oremus Theater. Table seating is $25 for the general public and $20 for seniors and students. Riser seating is $20 for the general public and $15 for seniors and students. Performances are at 2 and 5:30 p.m. The first performance is “My Fair Audrey,” which will take place on Sept. 20.

Tickets can be purchased online (additional fees will be incurred), in person, by mail, or over the phone. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and one hour prior to all performances. Additional information, updates, and new performances can be found at morainevalley.edu/fpac.

¥ Moraine Valley Community College will host the Halloween Hustle 5K on Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m., on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy. in Palos Hills. During and after the race there will be a free family area that includes a costume contest, trunk-or-treating, bounce house, pumpkin decorating, games, and more. Some post-race snacks will be provided by Moraine Valley’s Culinary Department. Early bird registration ends Sept. 30 and is $35 for the community, $30 for Moraine Valley alumni, $25 for Moraine Valley students, and $10 for the children’s 1K race. The price for community and alumni increases by $5 in October. Signing up on race day is $50 for community, $40 for alumni, $35 for students, and $15 for children.

¥ Moraine Valley Community College’s Corporate, Community and Continuing Education subdivision has moved its celebration of the 20th anniversary of its Business Champion Awards to Thursday, Feb. 18. As a result, the deadline to submit nominations has been extended to Friday, Dec. 18.

Complete an online nomination form at morainevalley.edu/ccce. For more information or to submit a nomination, call Jermaine Ford at 708-974-5661 or email him at [email protected]

SUMMIT AREA ¥ The Summit Public Library, 6233 S. Archer Ave. is hosting its back to school family matinee. Celebrate the return to school by watching the gang of the Harry Potter film series head back to Hogwarts for another year of mystery and magic. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be showing at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5.

¥ All area children and teens are invited to the yearly Back to School event host by the Summit Public Library, 6233 S. Archer Ave. This year’s event will be a fun time of dancing, music, and a chance to meet Staley, the Chicago Bears mascot. The event begins at noon on Saturday, Sept. 5.

¥ The Summit Public Library, 6233 S. Archer Ave. is continuing its foreign film series on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for this prearranged Indian wedding. Join us for a film from India, Monsoon Wedding.

¥ If you are interested in a brief overview of Medicare, its impact on seniors and older veterans, and have general questions about it, attend the seminar Helping Seniors Understand Medicare presented by a representative from Humana on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Summit Public Library, 6233 S. Archer Ave.

¥ Get into the patriotic spirit by watching the fighter pilots of Top Gun as they battle against all odds to protect the nation. The movie stars Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. Join the Summit Public Library, 6233 S. Archer Ave. Friday, Sept. 11 at noon to view this movie.

¥ Freshen up your basic computer skills at the Summit Public Library, 6233 S. Archer Ave. Attend one of our upcoming workshops, Wednesday, Sept. 9 starting at noon or Saturday, Sept. 12, starting at 1 p.m.

¥ The Summit Park District is looking for Fitness Instructors (Spin, Step, Kick box, Pilates, Zumba, WERQ Etc.)Please come to 5700 S. Archer Road to fill out a job application and include all certifications. Interviews will be set up once all paper work has been turned in.

¥ Join the Summit Park District for Fitness: Spark Walkers’ Fitness Club Monday, Wednesday – Friday from 8 a.m. at Spark Recreation Center, 5700 S. Archer Road. If you are looking to become more active, enjoy the weather, observe nature, and share a great morning with friends and make new friends, then join us as we spring back into fitness. All ages and all fitness levels are welcome. This is a free program. For more information, contact the park district at 708-496-1012 or visit us at www.summitparks.org.

¥ Join Pastor Eld. Wheeler Parker at Argo Temple COGIC, 7435 W. 64th St., Summit. Services include Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday morning worship at 11 a.m., Sunday afternoon worship at 6 p.m. We also hold services on Tuesday and Friday at 7 p.m. For information, call 708-458-2126.

¥ Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group meets at the Summit Public Library, 6233 S. Archer Road, on the last Thursday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. For information, contact Jennifer Nagy at 708-354-1323, ext. 228.

¥ The Desplaines Valley Memorial VFW Post 6863 hosts Bingo every Wednesday at the VFW Hall, 7256 W. 63rd St., Summit. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Card sales begin at 4:30 p.m. Early Bird games begin at 6:45 and regular games begin at 7 p.m. The Early Bird includes 16 games featuring two specials at $75, Texas Lone Star/Cover All at $250 and 12 regular games at $50. Prize is based on attendance of 75 or more paying customers. Regular games include $15 and $20 card books and $1 door cards. There is also a lightning game during intermission for $1 per card.

¥ The CNN Argo Summit Senior CafŽ meets every Tuesday and Thursday for Bingo, lunch and other activities such as casino trips and special occasion parties. They are located at 1st Congregational Church, 7438 W. 62nd Place, Summit. Members must be 60 years of age or older. Bingo starts at 9:30 a.m. They offer a nutritious lunch for a small donation but no senior will be turned away for inability to pay.

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Pritzker to call special session on reproductive rights

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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…

CAPITOL RECAP: State Supreme Court again declines to rule on FOID Act

CAPITOL RECAP: State Supreme Court again declines to rule on FOID Act

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – In a 4-3 decision with a blistering dissent from the Republican minority, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to rule on a question of whether Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Act is unconstitutional. It was the second time the case of the People v. Vivian Brown came before the court and…

State audit finds billions in unemployment fraud

State audit finds billions in unemployment fraud

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A state audit released Thursday found nearly $2 billion in federal money intended to help unemployed Illinoisans during the pandemic was lost to fraudulent claims in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Employment Security blamed “insufficient and flawed federal guidance” and a lack of controls on a…

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