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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 Castle, Pop and Pizza and Big Al’s. I realize how scary that job must be now. I always ask for a total and have my money and a good tip ready, so I don’t have to keep them waiting. Thanks again. Stay safe.

This is Father’s Day weekend. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20. Show Dad you appreciate him and all he did and still does for you with a card and a gift. It can be hands on gift like make your own ice cream or build a model together. Get him a sentimental gift like a photo of you together. You can get him something practical like a power tool that he’s had his eye on. Liquor works, too. Seriously, he probably just wants to spend time with you.

I don’t know about you, but toilet paper math is the hardest math for me. Everything comes in mega rolls where 12 rolls equal 48 rolls or 12 rolls equal 56 rolls. The rolls are so big I have to use half of the roll before it fits in the holder. I finally got smart and went to shop.charmin.com/charmin-roll-extender for my free toilet paper roll extender. Get one, you will not be sorry.

Here’s some good news. The Fire Museum of Greater Chicago, 5218 S. Western, might be reopening soon. They are having a board meeting in July. I will try to keep you posted.

I went to the gas station at 51st and Talman the other day to fill up. I live in the past and I still call it Tuxedo Junction. I noticed it is turning into a BP.

I went to ALDI on 49th and Kedzie, stopped in Family Dollar and TJ Maxx. It is such a shame that nothing is being done with the closed Kmart. It really makes you feel like you are living in a slum. That is such a big retail space. I would love to see some stores move in there. That would be a great place for a Ross. Make it into another shopping center like the Promenade on Pulaski. I could go for a closer Michael’s or how about a Hobby Lobby. Please if anyone reading this has the power, please do something with that property.

Take a book, leave a book. A Little Free Library has been installed in the Gage Park Community Garden, 3401 W. 53rd Place. They also have a plant shelf where you can take a plant and leave a plant. I really want to check this out. There is also a free little library by the playground in Gage Park on 55th Street.

Local News

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart speaks about ghost guns. --Photo courtesy of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Dart, State Sen. Collins propose legislation to ban ‘ghost guns’

From staff reports Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart and Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins have proposed legislation to ban “ghost guns”–homemade, untraceable weapons that are increasingly being found by police fighting Chicago area violence. “The rapid proliferation of these weapons is alarming, and they are intentionally being used by individuals who want to thwart…

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Police reports

Two elderly men killed in Brighton Park Two elderly men were shot and killed in an apartment building in the 4400 block of South Campbell at about 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7. Police said Juan Alvarado, 80, was found in a hallway with gunshot wounds to his chest and head. He was transported to Mount…

Shortly after she met President Joe Biden on the tarmac at O’Hare International Airport, Mayor Lori Lightfoot posted this photo and wrote, “Vaccination requirements work. Thank you @POTUS for supporting required vaccinations. The vaccine saves lives and helps us move closer to the end of this pandemic.” --Supplied photo

Pushback against vax

Some city workers say ‘No’ to shots By Tim Hadac As the Lightfoot Administration announced that all City of Chicago employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by today—or face disciplinary measures—some workers pushed back. One of the most public was 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares, who signed a letter of concern to the mayor–with…

An image of the Bicycle Bandit captured by a surveillance camera during a July 27 at Brighton Park Community Bank, 4334 S. Kedzie. --Photo courtesy of the FBI Chicago Office

FBI hunts ‘Bicycle Bandit’

Robbed banks in Bridgeport, Brighton Park, McKinley Park, Back of the Yards By Tim Hadac FBI agents continue to hunt for a serial criminal who has robbed four Southwest Side banks in recent months. Last week, the FBI’s Chicago Office reissued a community alert regarding a man they have dubbed the Bicycle Bandit because he…

Chicago Police Department

Police warn of armed robberies on Archer

By Tim Hadac Police issued a community alert last week regarding two armed robberies that occurred last month in Garfield Ridge, in the parking lot of the Chase Bank branch at 5687 S. Archer. One crime occurred at 3:37 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. The other was at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. The bandits were described as black…

Chicago Police Department

Burglars hitting Chicago Lawn

From staff reports A cluster of burglaries in Chicago Lawn has prompted police to issue a community alert. Some of the places burglarized were businesses, while others were garages behind people’s homes. Crime scenes include: 6300 block of South Kedzie on Sept. 26. 5900 block of South Kedzie on Sept. 28. 6400 block of South…

New life was celebrated at an old building last week, as Monarca Insurance & Financial Services celebrated its grand opening. Agency owner Jeanette Arteaga (right) smiles as her daughter, Ruby, uses a pair of oversized scissors to cut a ribbon. At left is Arteaga's sister, Lilia Herrera. --Supplied photo

Making 63rd and Spaulding vibrant

By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 On Saturday, Oct. 2, Jeanette Arteaga held the official grand opening for Monarca Financial Services. As I mentioned last time, we met here, Jeanette opened her business at the corner of 63rd and Spaulding last winter when we…

Mary Stanek

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.…

Peggy Zabicki

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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CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of veto session

CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of veto session

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly released a proposed set of new congressional district maps Friday, just days before lawmakers return to the Statehouse for the start of their fall veto session, which begins Oct. 19. All states redraw their congressional districts following each decennial census. The proposed new…

UPDATED: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of fall veto session

UPDATED: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of fall veto session

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly released a proposed set of new congressional district maps Friday, just days before lawmakers return to the Statehouse for the start of their fall veto session, which begins Oct. 19. All states redraw their congressional districts following each decennial census.…

Tax summaries show Pritzkers made $5 million last year – not including family trusts

Tax summaries show Pritzkers made $5 million last year – not including family trusts

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s campaign released summary documents of his 2020 tax returns Friday, which showed the first family reporting $5.14 million in adjusted gross income, all from taxable interest and dividends. The campaign released seven pages summarizing the governor’s and first lady MK Pritzker’s returns, which…

Democrats release draft congressional maps

Democrats release draft congressional maps

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers released the first draft of new congressional maps Friday, the latest step in a process that occurs every 10 years after the U.S. Census and could impact the balance of power in the U.S. Congress. The new maps are only a draft and will…

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…

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