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Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound July 13, 2022

Red Stars defender Amanda Kowalski laughs as she adjusts her headband at the news conference minutes after scoring the final goal in an improbable tie over North Carolina. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Stoppage time goals one minute apart give Red Stars improbable draw

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The Chicago Red Stars have reached the halfway point of their 22-game NWSL schedule and find themselves in second place, one point behind front-running San Diego. They had a chance to climb into first place, but their chances slipped away with wild 2-2 draw to last-place North Carolina on July…

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Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound July 6, 2022

Tatumn Milazzo was named one of the top players in the NWSL in June. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Milazzo, Pugh named to NWSL’s Best XI for June; Red Stars win eight straight

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer She’s not just the Chicago area’s secret anymore. The progress of Orland Park native Tatumn Milazzo as a professional soccer player is not catching only Chicago’s attention, but that of the NWSL. The second-year Chicago Red Stars defender opened her career seeing a lot of bench time early in her…

Back of the Yards graduate Roxy Herrera receives a hug after winning an award for being one of the top goalies in the country on Thursday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Clean Sheet: Back of the Yards grad Roxy Herrera honored as one of top high school goalies in U.S.

Jeff Vorva Staff writer Roxy Herrera thinks she was 9 or 10 years old when she was the new kid on the Pumas soccer team in Gage Park. Thus, she was immediately used as a goalie for the first time in her life. “They told me the new player plays in goal,” Herrera said. “So,…

Joan Hadac

A mom’s heart broke, and now her children are broken-hearted

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] A mother’s heart, filled with love for her children, is unique. I understand that in a way only other moms can. I thought about that the other day as I read the profoundly sad story of Garfield Ridge mom Gisela “Chella” Ruiz.…

Nick Kantas

Kantas wins bid for 4th Subcircuit vacancy

By Carol McGowan Nick Kantas came out on top in the Democratic primary for Cook County judge in the 4th Subcircuit. He won over Amanda Moira Pillsbury in the race to fill the Gavin vacancy. Kantas had 12,652 votes to 10,393 for Pillsbury with 99 percent the vote in (218 of 221 precincts), according to…

George Cardenas

Cardenas ousts Wendt in Dem primary for Board of Review

By Bob Bong Palos Heights attorney and Realtor Tammy Wendt was denied a second term Tuesday night when she was defeated by Chicago Ald. George Cardenas in the Democratic primary for the Board of Review 1st District. Wendt said the party had been out to get her since she surprisingly prevailed in 2020 over endorsed…

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau poses at Liberty School Tuesday during the primary election. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Pekau vs. Casten ready to rumble in 6th Distict

By Jeff Vorva The preliminaries are over in the newly aligned 6th Congressional District. Now it’s time for the main event. Pekau vs. Casten. After Tuesday’s primary election, Keith Pekau, the mayor of Orland Park, had a huge lead over five opponents on the Republican side and is ready to take on Democratic survivor Sean…

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Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound June 29, 2022

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Planned Parenthood announces Illinois-Wisconsin partnership in Waukegan

Planned Parenthood announces Illinois-Wisconsin partnership in Waukegan

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Planned Parenthood affiliates in Illinois and Wisconsin said Thursday they have formed a partnership to expand services at an abortion clinic in Waukegan to help serve residents of Wisconsin, where abortion services are now banned. That announcement came three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned…

DCFS yet to release timeline of involvement after death of southern Illinois 3-year-old

DCFS yet to release timeline of involvement after death of southern Illinois 3-year-old

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – I’Kera Hill, 3, died of malnutrition and dehydration at a Carbondale hospital on June 22, 2022, according to the child endangerment charges filed in Jackson County against her parents, Isaac Hill and Katrina Simelton Hill. Her obituary stated that I’Kera died after a bout with COVID-19,…

Pritzker announces new IDPH pick, further scales back COVID-19 orders

Pritzker announces new IDPH pick, further scales back COVID-19 orders

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois will soon have a new Department of Public Health director and its first electric vehicles coordinator after Gov. JB Pritzker announced those appointments in recent days. Dr. Sameer Vohra, a Springfield pediatrician, will still need approval from the state Senate to become the permanent replacement…

Pritzker pushes for assault weapons ban, federal action

Pritzker pushes for assault weapons ban, federal action

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – In the wake of a July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park that left seven people dead and dozens more injured, Gov. JB Pritzker is calling for a ban at both the state and national levels on military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. The governor made…

Temporary tax relief measures to begin Friday in Illinois

Temporary tax relief measures to begin Friday in Illinois

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinoisans will receive some modest tax relief starting Friday when the state’s new fiscal year begins. That includes some income tax rebates, property tax rebates, a suspension of the state’s 1 percent tax on groceries, and a six-month pause on the scheduled inflationary increase in the…

FOID, red flags and restraining orders: How state laws regulate firearm purchases

FOID, red flags and restraining orders: How state laws regulate firearm purchases

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] A mass shooting in Highland Park at a Fourth of July parade prompted questions about how the suspect was able to obtain a gun in a state with some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Law enforcement officials have said that the Highland Park shooting suspect,…

CAPITOL RECAP: Holder White seated to state Supreme Court in historic ceremony

CAPITOL RECAP: Holder White seated to state Supreme Court in historic ceremony

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Lisa Holder White was sworn in Thursday, July 7, as the first Black woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court. Holder White, who previously served on the 4th District Court of Appeals, was chosen to succeed one of her mentors in the legal profession, retiring Justice Rita B.…

Major fundraising underdogs among challengers to unseat incumbents

Major fundraising underdogs among challengers to unseat incumbents

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Four months before the general election, six incumbent state lawmakers appeared primed for an early rejection by voters based on unofficial tallies this week. The longest-serving of the incumbents to lose their primary election was Democratic Rep. Mike Zalewski, of Riverside, a founding member of the…

State general revenues top $50 billion for first time in FY 2022

State general revenues top $50 billion for first time in FY 2022

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – State tax revenues grew by $5.5 billion in the fiscal year that concluded on June 30, exceeding $50 billion for the first time in Illinois’ history, according to a new report from a state budgeting agency. The 12 percent base revenue growth in Fiscal Year 2022…

Holder White sworn in as first Black woman on state Supreme Court

Holder White sworn in as first Black woman on state Supreme Court

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lisa Holder White was sworn in Thursday as the first Black woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court. Holder White, who previously served on the 4th District Court of Appeals, was chosen to succeed one of her mentors in the legal profession, retiring Justice Rita…

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