Plenty of ways to thank our veterans

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] And at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, peace was declared. The armistice that signaled the end of World War I, some 103 years ago, certainly was a cause for celebration. In the decades since, Armistice Day…

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COVID-19 vax now available for kids


From staff reports With final approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, all children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, Chicago Department of Public Health officials announced late last week. Pediatric vaccine doses have already begun…

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Obituary: Janet Barham, assistant principal at St. Laurence High School

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From staff reports For a quarter century, Janet Barham taught and served as assistant principal at St. Laurence High School. Mrs. Barham (nee Butler), a Tinley Park resident, died Oct. 26 at age 78. She loved mathematics–especially geometry–and kept her mind sharp with brain teasers, sudoku and competitive battles of Tenzi, Spot-It and Uno with loved…

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Kennedy girls are regional champs

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The Kennedy High School varsity girls volleyball team recently captured an IHSA regionals championship, reportedly the first in school history. At the regionals tournament, held at Mansueto High School, the Crusaders first defeated Morgan Park High School 25-14, 25-2 on Oct. 26, and then advanced to the finals, where they defeated Washington High School 18-25,…

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Biden plan a pittance for the elderly


By Ray Hanania The headlines in the pro-Biden mainstream media assert the president is expanding Medicare benefits. But that’s not true. He’s going to allow Medicare to cover the cost of hearing. The truth is Medicare is a screwed-up healthcare plan. Medicare is supposed to help seniors, especially those — the vast majority — who…

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Local journalism in Illinois needs a lifeline

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By State Senator Steve Stadelman Democracy dies in darkness. Those words underscore the masthead of The Washington Post every day. Sadly, the light journalism brings to many communities in Illinois and across the country is dimming. In the past 15 years or so, more than 2,000 newspapers around the country have closed, especially in rural…

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Time will tell on teen abortion law repeal

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By Rich Miller I interviewed Gov. JB Pritzker a few days before his Democratic Party was stunned by losses and near-losses in Virginia and New Jersey last week. Now, I am not one of those folks who automatically believe that candidates should plan for the next election based on the most recent election results. I…

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Pitties to parade at Feed Store

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By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Our friends at the Feed Store, 5408 S. Harlem, are holding their annual “It’s a Pittie” event to showcase Pit Bulls in need of adoption, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. This is a fun time, even for folks…

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Aldermen 3, Mayor 0

But Lightfoot budget passes over ‘No’ votes by Burke, Quinn, Tabares By Tim Hadac The three aldermen representing parts of Clearing and Garfield Ridge voted against Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s 2022 city budget last week, but they were in the minority, as the measure passed on a 37-13 vote. All three—Edward M. Burke (14th), Marty Quinn…

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St. Dan’s kids show unity against drug abuse

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As part of Red Ribbon Week, students (and even some teachers) at St. Daniel the Prophet School dressed alike with partners to stand together against drug abuse, including Kasey Pena, Samantha Jamro and Gianna Whalen. Red Ribbon Week, an initiative of the non-profit National Family Partnership, was launched in 1985 in response to the murder…

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