Newman touts move to make rail accessible


From staff reports U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) announced last week that her bipartisan All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act of 2021 will be included as part of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which the Senate passed last month. Introduced last spring by Newman, the ASAP Act would establish a federal grant program to…

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Hoping for a long, slow autumn


By Karen Sala Your correspondent in Gage Park (773) 471-1429 • [email protected] Is everybody ready for Labor Day? It’s the unofficial end of summer. I must say I’m looking forward to some cooler weather, but not too cold too fast. I’m especially looking forward to some fall cooking and baking. I sure don’t want to see…

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Mural to brighten Central Park viaduct


By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 “This world is not one color or culture. Everybody has a story. To tell that story or see that story reflected through art is extremely valuable to the community. The arts belong to everyone and our work…

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Things looking good at Universidad Popular


By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 I attended the open house at Universidad Popular, 3702 W. 60th St., last week. My hubby, Ro, went with me. We toured the completely renovated building and surrounding property. Everything looks so fresh and ready for all their programs and activities. This all volunteer,…

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Golf in full swing at Marquette Park


By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 Congratulations to the top finishers in the 38th Annual Amateur Senior Golf Tournament at Marquette Park. Taking first place was Jim Zartman. Tom Biagi took second, and third was Ted Paleczny. Mark Walsh took fourth place; and tied…

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Clearing gets its first high school

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Quinn leads opening of Hancock High School’s new home By Tim Hadac The Clearing neighborhood’s first-ever public high school opened its doors this week. Hancock High School, which had been located at 56th and Komensky (in the old Lourdes High School building), cut the ribbon at its brand-new campus at 5437 W. 64th Place. At…

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West Nile virus spreads across SW Side


But no plans to spray insecticide yet, Health Dept. says By Tim Hadac The West Nile virus has now been detected in four Southwest Side neighborhoods, as the potentially dangerous organism continues its annual spread across the area. Back of the Yards and Ashburn this week joined Clearing and Chicago Lawn as neighborhoods where Chicago…

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Check your tax bill closely, Kaegi says

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From staff reports As homeowners in Cook County receive their 2020 Second Installment Tax Bills (tax bill) in the mail, they are encouraged to look at the bottom left corner to ensure that the correct exemption(s) are applied, Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi said last week. If a homeowner believes they are entitled to an…

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Counterfeit fed badges may be out there

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From staff reports The seizure of counterfeit U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigations badges late last month raises the possibility that others may be circulating and used by criminals—possibly to swindle and rob immigrants in the Chicago area and elsewhere. Twice in August, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Chicago…

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Crime fighters renew efforts

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‘National Night Out’ event serves as rallying point By Tim Hadac Dog-days heat and humidity could not wilt the resolve of hundreds of Southwest Siders who showed up at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District observance of National Night Out at West Lawn Park. The Eighth is by some measures the largest police district in Chicago.…

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