A Bipartisan Fix for America’s Looming Homecare Crisis

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By Tom Ryan Within the next 40 years, the number of people over the age of 65 in this country will increase by about 70%. Many older Americans — three in four, according to an AARP survey — want to live out their golden years at home. They won’t be able to, absent action to…

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State GOP making a hard right turn

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By Rich Miller The Illinois Republican Party has successfully avoided being dragged into the hard-right camp at the state level for decades. Those days may be over. With relatively liberal Republicans Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar and then George Ryan as governor, the state never embraced the sweeping policy changes that emerged from the “Reagan Revolution”…

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He’s a baseball player at heart

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By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] John Cruz-Barcenas is on his way to a career in mechanical engineering, but he’s a baseball player at heart. The photo his mom shared with me tells the tale. John recently graduated from the prestigious Milwaukee School of Engineering. But at commencement…

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St. Dan’s carnival coming

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The simple childhood joys of a neighborhood carnival are just a week away at St. Daniel the Prophet Church, 54th and Natoma. The fun starts Thursday, June 16 and runs through Sunday, June 19. St. Dan’s Summerfest will feature carnival rides, games of skill and chance, food and beverages, raffles and live musical entertainment. –…

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Knights of Columbus officers ready to serve

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Elected last month as officers of the Two Holy Martyrs Parish Knights of Columbus council are Darrin Bourette Deputy Grand Knight; Mike West, Treasurer; Jerry Hughes, Grand Knight; and Joe Donato, Financial Secretary. Founded on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant…

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Exhibit at Clearing Library honors war dead

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Former Gov. Pat Quinn talks with 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares at a recent public unveiling of Portrait of a Soldier, an exhibit that briefly visited the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 W. 63rd Place. The traveling exhibit features sketches of all Illinois soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines killed in the line of duty since Sept.…

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Honoring the last St. Adrian pastor


By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 Last Saturday was the memorial Mass and celebration of the life of former St. Adrian Parish pastor, the Rev. Tom Mescall. The main celebrant, Bishop Andrew Wypych, in talking about what a kind and strong leader their former…

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Summer fun’s just begun at the library


By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 “School’s Out for Summer” on Tuesday, June 14 for Chicago Public Schools. With that, students will need some fun things to do, and I have heard of just the place. There is fun brewing this summer over…

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Time to get walking, West Lawn


By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Hello, dear readers. I hope everyone is enjoying this good day. This is the Day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalms 118:24). The weather has certainly been nice. If you’d like to enjoy the pleasant temperatures…

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