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Clearing Night Force leaders Judy Ollry and Mary Shilney lead prayers and offer remarks at the annual National Night Out anti-crime event last week. As always, the focal point of the CNF’s effort was the monument to Carrie Hovel and Helen Martin at 62nd and Melvina. The girls, both age 13, died near the site in 1995 in a gang-related shooting. Neighborhood shock and outrage over the teens’ slaying led to the Clearing Night Force founding in 1996. It has operated ever since and has served as a model for other, newer neighborhood watch groups. The CNF patrols all of Clearing west of Central Avenue. New members are always welcome and are encouraged to visit clearingnightforce.com.

–Photo by Cosmo Hadac

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Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound May 11, 2022

Arin Wright, shown playing in the Chicago Red Stars' season opener on April 30, and her teammates were idle on Saturday night because their scheduled opponent, Washington, was playing in the exhibition Challenge Cup final. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Cup runneth over — Red Stars v. Washington postponed because of exhibition tourney

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer SeatGeek Stadium was empty the night of May 7. The NWSL game between Washington and the Chicago Red Stars that had been scheduled was postponed, and will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. The reason? It wasn’t weather related. It was a cool but dry night. A decent…

Former Orland Park police chief Tom McCarthy, shown at a May 2 village board meeting, has an Illinois football scholarship named in his honor. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Report: Illini football names scholarship after former Orland top cop Tim McCarthy

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Many area residents know Tim McCarthy as the former longtime police chief of Orland Park. Those who know history know McCarthy was a U.S. Secret Service agent who took a bullet for President Ronald Reagan during John Hinckley Jr.’s assassination attempt in 1981. Not as well known is that McCarthy…

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Senator Muñoz steps down

Future son-in-law has clear path to succeed him By Tim Hadac State Senator Antonio “Tony” Muñoz (D-1st) whose district includes all or parts of Garfield Ridge, Archer Heights, Brighton Park, McKinley Park, has suddenly withdrawn from his re-election race. No reason was offered, but in a statement he said he plans to continue “supporting the…

Southwest Sider Jessica Jendrzejak shows the results of her target practice during a recent women-only firearms training class held by Illinois Concealed Training. --Supplied photo

‘We have to protect ourselves’

Women push back against crime By Tim Hadac Years ago, a woman taking firearms training was a rare sight, at least compared to the number of men enrolled. But with spikes in crimes like carjacking, robbery, battery and more, women are increasingly found at gun ranges and in firearms classes—so much so that sessions just…

Kennedy High School senior Emily Pruim shows the letter notifying her of her designation as a Mary Wheeler Scholar by the West Suburban Teachers Union Local 571. Mary Wheeler was a teacher at Proviso High School from 1924-65 and served as Local 571 president, as well as president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. --Photo courtesy of Grace Pruim

Emily Pruim, a scholar with a bright future

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Spring is the season when, among other things, we celebrate the young people of Clearing and Garfield Ridge, their achievements and their future plans. It’s a wonderful and refreshing part of my duties to report this kind of good news. This week,…

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Newman praised by Muslim group

U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) accepts a Courage Award from Oussama Jammal of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations at the group’s annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner. She was recently praised by local Muslim leaders for objecting to “the illegal demolition of homes and annexation of Palestinian land [by Israel]; supporting legislation defending the human rights…

Clear-Ridge Historical Society programs endeavor to bring history to life, as was the case a few years back, when CRHS officer Ed Kozak (right) dressed up as a driver from the early days of automobiles.

Medicare, history programs coming to Clearing Library

From staff reports Two programs occurring at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 W. 63rd Place, have been announced by branch manager Ron Bitunjac. Those with questions about Medicare are encouraged to visit the library at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14 or Saturday, May 28. Staff from MA3 Financial will offer what they call Medicare 101…

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MWRD honors IUOE Local 150

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Mariyana Spyropoulos recently presented International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 President and Business Manager Jim Sweeney and Local 150 Business Agent Marty Durkan with a resolution hon- oring the IUOE on their 125th anniversary. “MWRD values the partnerships with our Labor Organizations. We are grateful for the dedication of…

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It’s ‘Batter up!’ for Clear Ridge kids

With the pandemic fading, boys and girls from Clear Ridge Little League paraded down Narragansett last week as part of Opening Day festivities that culminated in games at Hale Park. Regular-season games are scheduled for the next two months, followed by playoffs. – Photos by Julie Marano/Clear Ridge Little League

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Pritzker urges Congress to ‘be like Illinois’ in protecting abortion services

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Illinois Supreme Court weighs ex-lawmakers’ case for back pay

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Appellate Justice Lisa Holder White named to replace Justice Garman

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Garman to retire from state Supreme Court, setting up appointment to replace her

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By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republican Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman announced Monday that she will retire on July 7, marking the end of a long legal career that has included 48 years as a jurist. She would have been up for retention this year, but the timing of her…

DCFS director: ‘Stuck kids’ docket a problem years in the making

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By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith has faced nine cases of contempt of court in recent weeks for failing to comply with a judge’s order to place the state’s most vulnerable children in an appropriate setting. In a recent interview with Capitol News…

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By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Perhaps the biggest news affecting state government this week came not from Springfield but from Washington, D.C. That news was an unprecedented leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the landmark 1973 abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade. That case’s precedent protects access to…

UPDATED: Fitch, S&P announce Illinois credit ratings upgrades

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