Dems unanimous in praise of Welch


By Rich Miller On Nov. 19 of last year, the number of Illinois House Democrats who had publicly stated they would not vote to re-elect Speaker Michael Madigan grew from 12 to 17, meaning that Madigan at that point did not have enough votes to win. By Dec. 1, two more House Democrats, including a…

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Readin’ and writin’ and financial literacy

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Snows eighth graders score big in stock market game By Kelly White When GameStop stock soared in late 2020, a group of students at Our Lady of the Snows School saw it as an opportunity for investment growth and a chance to learn the market. Participating in the Stock Market Program, a financial literacy initiative…

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Cook County Assessor’s Office re-opens for in-person appointments

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Online services are also available for property owners From staff reports The Cook County Assessor’s Office has announced the resumption of in-person visits by the public to its downtown and branch offices, in accordance with Cook County’s reopening plan on Monday, June 14. All in-person visits are by appointment only and will require a mask, physical…

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Push for dog digs in West Lawn

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Quinn, pet lovers aim for ‘dog park’ at West Lawn Park By Tim Hadac A part of Chicago often called “dog crazy” by canine friends and foes alike appears to be on its way to getting a dog park at West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St. Leading the charge is 13th Ward Ald. Marty…

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Teens’ pony ride business trots along

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Popular with young kids By Tim Hadac A year after they launched their head-turning, smile-generating pony ride business on the Southwest Side, Matthew Orta and Armani Diaz continue to roll forward with their successful venture. “It’s becoming increasingly popular as more and more people hear about it,” Orta said recently. “Kids love it, and parents and…

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Tabares tackles Central Park Avenue

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For decades, Central Park Avenue (in West Elsdon and West Lawn) and its adjacent viaducts have been the poster child for government neglect–partly because the street abuts a Grand Trunk railroad embankment and is little used by motorists. Twenty-third Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares has decided to tackle Central Park to serve her constituents. Recently, she…

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Scottsdale, West Lawn in softball smackdown


Neighbors to square off in friendly game on 79th Street By Tim Hadac A cherished amateur athletic tradition that some assumed was gone for good from Chicago is returning—in a way—on the Southwest Side. A team led by the Scottsdale Neighborhood Watch will square off with a team from West Lawn at 7 p.m. Friday, June…

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Police seize gun from boy

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By Tim Hadac Police responding to call of criminal damage to property at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 1 near 51st and Spaulding detained a 14-year-old boy who they said matched a description given by a witness. A pat-down revealed that the teen was carrying a loaded pistol with a defaced serial number. The boy…

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Rush sees ‘sliver of optimism’ on mail delivery


From staff reports U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st) hosted a meeting recently with United States Postal Service (USPS) Vice President Elvin Mercado, Midwest District Manager Randy Stines, city Alds. King, Sawyer, Harris, and Coleman, Alsip Mayor John Ryan, Evergreen Park Mayor Kelly Burke and others to discuss persistent mail delays plaguing constituents in the…

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