It’s the positive, thankful time of year


By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here. I try to focus on what I am really thankful for, all who make me happy and all that puts a smile on my face. At the same time, I turn my back on…

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Thanksgiving is a no-pressure holiday


By Karen Sala Your correspondent in Gage Park (773) 471-1429 • [email protected] One week closer to Turkey Day! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No pressure–just eating, so get those elastic waist pants on. I don’t get all the anxiety about cooking a turkey. I have never made a bad one. I’ve done them in cooking bags…

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St. Casimir nuns offer tour of history


By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 As we drift into the holiday season, hopefully we will be able to go back to some of our familiar traditions of visiting with family and friends, some maybe from out-of-town. If that is the case, and especially…

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Little thanks for vets’ service

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During my sophomore year at Northern Illinois University, I knew my life wasn’t going the way I wanted it, so I decided to enlist in the military. It was June 1973. Although President Nixon announced the Paris Peace Accords with North Vietnam in January, I was pretty sure the war was not going to end…

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Mayor plans to plant 75,000 trees

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Some SW Side neighborhoods may get greener By Tim Hadac A plan by Mayor Lori Lightfoot to expand and refocus the city’s tree-planting operations, funded by $46 million in city tax dollars, appears to be playing well in some Southwest Side neighborhoods. “We used to have tall, healthy trees up and down the street,” said…

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Pint-sized paletero

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Cameron Rivera, 16 months of age, stole everyone’s heart at Midway Baseball Association’s “trunk or treat” Halloween event. The son of Clifford Rivera and Rachel Navarro, little Cameron was dressed as a paletero, complete with a cart carrying treats of all kinds. –Supplied photo

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Three plans vie for $1.5 million

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Chicago Lawn, McKinley Park, Archer Park make their case By Tim Hadac Three Southwest Side public-land improvement proposals have been revealed as part of what Lightfoot Administration officials are calling the semi-finals of the Chicago Community Works Challenge Claremont Academy playground, 2300 W. 64th St. McKinley Park garden and skate park, 3700 S. Damen. Archer…

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Obituary: Daniel Carroll, award-winning wrestling coach

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From staff reports Daniel E. Carroll was a teacher and wrestling coach at St. Rita High School. In 2003, he was named Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Coach of the Year. A resident of Oak Lawn, he died Nov. 3. He was 61 years old. Born in Chicago, he attended Downers Grove North and…

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Chuy wants to end RR crossing delays


Wants billions for underpasses, overpasses By Tim Hadac As his newly remapped congressional district takes in new turf where railroad crossing delays are a major concern, U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-4th) is showing renewed interest in the issue. García, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10th), a…

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Kaegi hosts online workshop on assessments

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From staff reports People who own Southwest Side property are invited to learn about property assessments at an online meeting hosted by Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi’s office at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. To participate, join via Zoom at The event is for everyone owns property in Lake Township, which includes the entire…

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