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Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound May 4, 2022

Purdue-bound junior Cole Van Assen fires a pitch for Brother Rice against Providence on Thursday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Brother Rice learning from lull

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer No one thought Brother Rice’s juggernaut, nationally ranked baseball team was going to go undefeated, even though they looked unbeatable through the first 17 games this season. High school baseball in Illinois relies on deep pitching depth, and with the IHSA instituting pitch counts in recent years an attempt to…

Louisville's Emily Fox (left) and the Red Stars' Bianca St-Georges jostle in the first half of Saturday's game. Both scored goals in the Red Stars' 2-1 season-opening victory. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars catch lightning in season-opening win over Louisville

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The Chicago Red Stars had not won a season-opener since 2015, and the prospects for beginning the 2022 campaign with a ‘W’ were not at their most promising. The Stars had never beaten their Game 1 opponent, Racing Louisville, a franchise that was an expansion team in 2021. Tierna Davidson,…

Moraine Valley Athletics Director Bill Finn has a little fun with a sign at the school's celebration of 45 years of offering sports. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Report: Moraine Valley celebrates 45 years of athletics in Finn fashion

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Moraine Valley Community College celebrated its 45th year of offering athletics on April 30. Bill Finn has seen nearly all of them. Finn, the Cyclones’ athletic director, has spent 41 years at the college as a coach and administrator. The school opened up the Health, Fitness and Recreation Center for…

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Lions Club offers eyeglass vouchers

Will be at Archer Heights Library By Tim Hadac People of limited means who need eyeglasses but have trouble affording them are encouraged to be at the Archer Heights Branch Library, 5055 S. Archer, from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4–where a Lions Club International volunteer will be handing out vouchers worth $200 for…

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Stars and Stripes 5K run returns

Will honor fallen CPD commander By Tim Hadac Hundreds of men, women and children will run, jog, walk or roll through the streets of western Garfield Ridge in about nine weeks, in part to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by a Chicago Police commander. The Stars and Stripes 5K Run will be held Saturday, July 2…

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Chamber offers chance to hail grads

For the third year in a row, the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce is offering people an opportunity to salute graduates in a high-profile way. Congratulatory banners with the names of graduates will again fly over Archer Avenue and other main streets in the area. Banners cost $125 each and are about 6 feet tall.…

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Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound April 27, 2022

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Little visitors, big joy

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] As I write this, I am very excited about the upcoming visit of my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. They are coming for what I call a fly-by visit, short and brief; but no matter how long the visit is, I still get…

Farmers Insurance® agent Sandra Cavoto and her colleagues celebrate her selection as a Presidents Council member. --Supplied photo

Farmers Insurance® names Sandra Cavoto to Presidents Council

From staff reports Farmers Insurance® agent Sandra Cavoto has been named to the national insurer’s Presidents Council, the Los Angeles-based organization recently announced. Cavoto maintains an office in Clearing, at 6118 W. 63rd St., as well as in Burr Ridge and downtown Chicago. Membership in Presidents Council is the organization’s most elite honor for the…

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CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers react to leaked draft abortion decision

CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers react to leaked draft abortion decision

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois Democrats warned of an “end to the constitutional right to privacy” if a leaked U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the 1973 landmark decision in Roe v. Wade becomes finalized as precedent. “It means women who lose access to the full suite of medical advances…

Illinois has tangled history with abortion despite recent liberal push

Illinois has tangled history with abortion despite recent liberal push

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A leaked draft of an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision that could overturn the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade reignited a political debate over whether access to abortion is a constitutional right or something that can be regulated by the states. The draft opinion was…

Illinois lawmakers respond to leaked Supreme Court abortion decision

Illinois lawmakers respond to leaked Supreme Court abortion decision

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois Democrats warned of an “end to the constitutional right to privacy” if a leaked U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the 1973 landmark decision in Roe v. Wade becomes finalized as precedent. “It means women who lose access to the full suite…

Pritzker signs bills aimed at easing teacher shortage amid data suggesting progress

Pritzker signs bills aimed at easing teacher shortage amid data suggesting progress

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a package of bills Wednesday aimed at easing the state’s shortage of teachers and other education professionals, even as a new report shows Illinois just added a record number of new teachers to its ranks. Speaking in the library of Springfield High…

$309 million available through federally-funded mortgage assistance program

$309 million available through federally-funded mortgage assistance program

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker was joined by the Illinois Housing Development Authority and local elected officials in Chicago Friday to promote the Illinois Emergency Homeowner Assistance Fund for struggling homeowners. Overseen by IHDA, the emergency assistance fund is funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act and…

‘Stuck kids’ docket details challenges for DCFS wards in improper placements

‘Stuck kids’ docket details challenges for DCFS wards in improper placements

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The weekly docket for children who are wards of the state and waiting for placements recommended by the Department of Children and Family Services after an assessment of their needs took place as scheduled Thursday in Cook County. It’s the docket that has spawned nine contempt…

Educators push back against testing requirements

Educators push back against testing requirements

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Teachers and other education professionals are urging the Illinois State Board of Education to reduce the amount of time students spend on standardized tests each year and to adopt a new testing system that produces more useful information to help teachers improve their instruction. “One thing…

ANALYSIS: Supreme Court denies ex-Bear Richard Dent’s efforts to identify accusers

ANALYSIS: Supreme Court denies ex-Bear Richard Dent’s efforts to identify accusers

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Richard Dent won’t be able to learn the names of the people who accused him of sexual harassment and drunken disorderly conduct in 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled last week. The former Chicago Bear, Pro Football Hall-of-Famer and 1986 Super Bowl MVP had sought the identities of…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs bills aimed at making teacher licensure easier

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs bills aimed at making teacher licensure easier

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a package of bills Wednesday, April 27, aimed at easing the state’s shortage of teachers and other education professionals, even as a new report shows Illinois just added a record number of new teachers to its ranks. Speaking in the library of Springfield High School…

Rivian R1T truck named ‘Coolest Thing’ made in Illinois

Rivian R1T truck named ‘Coolest Thing’ made in Illinois

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Rivian’s all-electric R1T truck is 2022’s “Coolest Thing Made in Illinois.” That was the result of the third annual Makers Madness bracket-style tournament hosted by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association which allows Illinoisans to vote for the “coolest” product made in the state. This year’s winner was…

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