INGALLS ST MAM AD 728x90px 03 30 21
SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Top-level congrats to SWOP for vax efforts

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

I’m sure you all heard that the Second Gentleman of the United States, Douglas Emhoff, was in Chicago shortly before the holiday, but I wasn’t sure if you heard that while he was in town, he gave special acknowledgement to our own Southwest Organizing Project–recognizing them for all of the work they have done in getting the community vaccinated.

SWOP has a team that has continued to go out door-to-door offering needed help and information. I thought that was nice to hear.

Recently, we talked about Daina Cyvas, the Communications and Project Director for the Sisters of St. Casimir, and her plan to participate once again in Bike MS: Tour de Farms in honor of her boss, Sister Margaret Zalot SSC. She had been gearing up for the ride by taking out her bike and pedaling 15 to 20 miles at least three times a week, which had simply amazed me.

kathyheadley2021

Kathy Headley

Well, with the heavy rains pouring down the Saturday of the scheduled ride, the organizers had to cancel the event. Not to be impeded in their determination to raise much needed funds to help put an end to multiple sclerosis, her team is hoping to participate in the Bike MS ride in Wisconsin on Aug. 7, To make sure she stays in shape, Daina rode 38.6 miles last Sunday. And to think I was amazed when she was chronicling 15 and 20 miles a day!

Welcome to the Rev. Sam Joutras, OSA who joins the staff at St. Rita of Cascia Parish. Father Sam, who grew up in Evergreen Park, was ordained June 12 by Bishop Dan Turley at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, just a few days shy of his 30th birthday.

A reminder that if you are looking for a large hall to rent, both St. Rita and Nativity BVM parishes have halls available. Due to the pandemic, they both have several openings available. To look into using St. Rita’s St. Augustine Hall, call the office at (773) 434-9600; and Nativity’s recently remodeled auditorium by calling (773) 776-4600.

If you are a longtime member of St. Thomas More Parish, you will no doubt remember the Rev. Michael Joseph Bowler, who recently passed away. He was ordained in 1957 and then sent to Tommy More as his first assignment. His funeral was last Friday. His obituary appears on page 2 of the July 16 edition of the Greater Southwest News-Herald.

It is time to place your vote in the Chicago Bungalow Association Garden Contest. This year, Steve Bice of Chicago Lawn is in the finals. He submitted “before” and “after” photos which really gives a good picture of the work he has done. It looks great! Steve lives on the next block from me, on 66th and Richmond. It would be nice if you could take a minute and vote for Steve at chicagobungalowassociation.org. The contest ends this week.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 27 when Movies in the Parks comes to Marquette Park. The feature film is Toy Story 4 and will run from 8:15 to 9:55 p.m.

When last we met here, we talked about Neringa Restaurant on 71st Street. Just about everyone that called remembering the tasty soups and great food thought there was some connection between Neringa and Mabenka on 78th and Cicero. I kind of thought so, too, but I wasn’t sure. Well, I happened to go to breakfast there last Sunday. I asked, and the answer is yes, same owners.

Now back to the good old days. We have closed the book on 1966. My plan was to spend the summer in another year but since many of you came up with good suggestions on what to do next, I thought we’d take a little time and just jump around the decades, enjoying some of the things I have learned from you. Sound like a good idea?

Here we go. This one was suggested by Paul B. It is the late 1980s. We are at the park, racing around the playground on the 71st Street side. One of us fell and scraped his knee. It won’t stop bleeding. We need a Band-Aid. We are going to the closest drug store. It is on the southeast corner of 71st and California. We enter. We look up. What is the name we see above the door?

 

 

 

 

Local News

Mr. Vondrak

A ‘businessman with a heart’

Colleagues pay tribute to Jim Vondrak By Joan Hadac In a business world frequently competitive to the point of being harsh and even cruel, James C. “Jim” Vondrak stood out as a businessman with a heart. The scion of a Southwest Side newspaper family, Mr. Vondrak owned and operated a chain of community newspapers led…

Officer Maureen O’Neill in her final days on the job at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police Station. --Greater Southwest News-Herald photo by Lorena Paredes

She bleeds blue

Officer Maureen O’Neill retires after 38 years By Tim Hadac If things appear a little unglued in the commander’s office at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police Station, it’s because Officer Maureen O’Neill recently retired after serving in the district for 38 years, 7 months and 1 day. “It’s fair to say that in some…

GSWNH_PurpleForAPuurpose_102221

Purple for a purpose

Taking a momentary break from tying purple ribbons around trees and fenceposts at West Lawn Park last Saturday are CPD Officers Sarai Trevino, Maria DeLaTorre, Raymond Tracy and Jose Supulveda, and Shari Grassmuck and Nancy Arroyo. The group made the park go purple in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DVAM has been a national…

GSWNH_HoubyParade_102221

Scouts march in Houby Parade

  Members of Boy Scout Troop 1441, sponsored by St. Mary Star of the Sea Holy Name Society, participated in the annual Houby (Czech word for mushroom) Parade, held in suburban Cicero earlier this month. Scouts enjoyed food vendors, live music, games and a carnival. Any boys ages 11 to 17 from any school interested…

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st)

Rush wants lower phone rates for inmates

From staff reports U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st) this month continued his push for his Martha Wright Prison Phone Justice Act (H.R. 2489) in the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. The bill would ban the commissions that prisons and other confinement facilities receive from communications providers, which are the primary cause…

pancakes110721

Scouts set pancake breakfast fundraiser

From staff reports Boy Scout Troop 465 and Cub Scout Pack 3465 will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 at Five Holy Martyrs Church’s Abramowicz Hall, 4327 S. Richmond. Meals will consist of pancakes, sausages, eggs, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. Meals are priced at $8…

CPSlogo033121

Greene, Calmeca set for heating, cooling repairs

From staff reports Two public schools—one in McKinley Park and the other in Brighton Park—are among seven public grade schools set to receive improvements Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced last week. Nathaniel Greene School, 3525 S. Honore, will be given $159,000 in TIF funds for heating and cooling system repairs. Calmeca…

U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd)

Support older workers, Newman says

From staff reports U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) recently joined three Democratic House colleagues in introducing the Supporting Older Workers Act, a new bill designed to improve and advance the employment, economic success and the well-being of America’s older workers. Newman said the legislation would strengthen the workforce development system for older workers and reduce…

GOAL CELEBRATION – Chicago’s Kealia Watt jumps into the arms of Tierna Davidson after scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Orlando on Oct. 13. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars battling for home playoff match

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Chicago Red Stars played their final regular-season game at SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over Kansas City in a National Women’s Soccer League game. Is there a chance they will be back in Bridgeview for a postseason match? Even though the top four teams in the…

A Cook County Jail Chess Team member ponders his next move again an opponent in a facility on the other side of the world. --Photo courtesy of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office

Making their move

Cook County Jail Chess Team competes in int’l tourney From staff reports The Cook County Jail’s Chess Team finished in third place in its division during the championship round of the largest international chess competition for detained individuals, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced last week. Hosted by Cook County Jail and sanctioned by the International…

Neighbors

CRR NH Prusak Roofing House Ad
CRR NH Niego Real Estate House Ad
Illinois Supreme Court strikes down Cook County tax on guns

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down Cook County tax on guns

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Cook County tax on gun purchases is unconstitutional, but it left the door open for a more tailored tax that specifically goes toward mitigating gun violence and its effects. The Cook County gun tax, which took effect in…

Public speaks out on proposed congressional maps

Public speaks out on proposed congressional maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Members of the public got their first chance to speak directly to state lawmakers Wednesday about a proposed set of new congressional district maps, and most of those who did were critical of the plan. Democrats in the General Assembly released a proposed new map Friday…

Heavy workload expected next week as lawmakers cancel Thursday session

Heavy workload expected next week as lawmakers cancel Thursday session

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The legislative action was light during the General Assembly’s first week of fall session, and lawmakers in both chambers left town a day early after leadership canceled the Thursday session. That means bigger items, such as a vote on congressional maps and potential changes to the…

Federal court throws out June legislative maps, declines to send issue to bipartisan commission

Federal court throws out June legislative maps, declines to send issue to bipartisan commission

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the legislative redistricting plan that Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law in June – before official 2020 U.S. Census numbers were available – was unconstitutional because the population variances among districts violated the “one-person, one-vote” doctrine.…

State ramping up vaccine booster campaign

State ramping up vaccine booster campaign

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday urged eligible Illinoisans to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot and called on skilled nursing facilities to make booster shots available to patients and staff by Thanksgiving. Currently anyone who received the Pfizer vaccine and is over 65 years of age…

State worker vaccine deadline extended to Oct. 26 for first dose

State worker vaccine deadline extended to Oct. 26 for first dose

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday that his administration has reached agreement with multiple trade unions requiring certain state workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is extending the deadline for workers to get their first shot to Oct. 26 while negotiations continue with the state’s…

Lawmakers returning to Springfield to consider congressional remap, more

Lawmakers returning to Springfield to consider congressional remap, more

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ first congressional remap draft is out but changes could be in store as lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday for the first of their final two weeks of scheduled session in 2022. It’s customary for lawmakers to meet each fall to consider overriding or accepting any…

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…

House Ad Subscription2
CRR NH Remax Villegas House Ad