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Alex Knight, a Marist graduate now playing at Lake Forest College, was named to the All-Midwest Conference First Team. Knight’s average of 18.1 points per conference game led all players and he finished third in the conference in field goal percentage (52.6). Photo courtesy of Lake Forest College Athletics

College Notebook | Marist grad Alex Knight slaying buckets for Lake Forest

By Mike Walsh Correspondent Lake Forest College’s Alex Knight has been named to the All-Midwest Conference First Team in men’s basketball for the 2022-23 season. Knight, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard who prepped at Marist, was the league’s leading scorer this season, averaging 18.1 points per conference game. He finished third in the MWC in field…

The Chicago Hounds' Julian Dominguez (11) battles for the ball against Utah earlier this season. Dominguez scored two tries in a 24-22 victory over Dallas on March 18. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Sports Report | SeatGeek to host Major League Rugby championship; Hounds sniff out first win

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer SeatGeek Stadium, host of the expansion Chicago Hounds, will host this season’s Major League Rugby championship game. The game is scheduled to be played July 8 in Bridgeview. It will air nationally on FOX. “Moving the championship match to a predetermined venue has long been a goal of Major League…

Morton College's women's basketball team is playing in the NJCAA national tournament this week after celebrating its regional championship. Photo courtesy of Morton College

Area Sports Roundup | Nazareth grads Martinucci, Evans have unfinished business at NJCAA National Tourney

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer The Martinucci family carries a lot of weight in the Berwyn-Cicero area. Tony Martinucci has coached boys basketball at Morton High School for 24 years, racking up five regional titles and a trio of conference crowns during his tenure. His daughter, Jovanna, is hoping to do something even more spectacular:…

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‘He’s our brother’

. Clearing, Garfield Ridge mourn Officer Vásquez Lasso By Tim Hadac Chicago Police Officer Andrés Mauricio Vásquez Lasso didn’t live in Clearing or Garfield Ridge—he lived east of the airport, in West Lawn—but he and his family were essentially adopted by as many as 700 men, women and children here earlier this month. “Even though…

Officer Andrés Mauricio Vásquez Lasso and Milena in happier times. --Supplied photo

He died protecting others

. . By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Like most in Clearing and Garfield Ridge, I was stunned and saddened by news of the death of Officer Andrés Mauricio Vásquez Lasso. Perhaps it’s because I have relatives who are CPD. Perhaps it’s because as a wife, I empathize…

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Hale students fight hunger with food drive

By Dermot Connolly Students at Hale Elementary School in Clearing collected thousands of items in a food drive that became a community event when the United Business Association of Midway coordinated the delivery of the goods to local food pantries. Seventh and eighth graders in the student leadership team organized the food drive for the…

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Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound March 15, 2023

Century's Zedan Said (No. 52) starts to get mobbed by his teammates after he hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with four seconds left in the SWIC eighth-grade championship. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area grade school teams win SWIC championships

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Century Junior High School’s eighth grade boys basketball team had a target on its back all season. After enjoying an unbeaten campaign as seventh-graders, the Wildcats were the team everyone wanted to beat this season. Not one of them one did. Zedan Said made sure of it. The 5-foot, 90-pound…

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College Notebook | Area grads Hynes, McCormick earn honors

By Mike Walsh Correspondent University of Chicago women’s basketball player Grace Hynes has been named to the 2022-23 University Athletic Association’s First Team. The Maroons senior guard, a Mother McAuley graduate, led Chicago to a 23-4 overall record through their first 27 games, and went 10-4 in the UAA, good enough for second place in…

Jim Ramazinski is the new Evergreen Park football coach. Photo courtesy of Evergreen Park Community High School.

Area Sports Roundup | EP football gets new coach; Morton women head back to nationals

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer For the second time in two weeks, an area high school football team is getting a new head coach. Evergreen Park announced Jim Ramazinski has been named to the position. He will replace Jerry Verde. Ramazinski comes to the Mustangs with a wealth of coaching and teaching experience. He is…

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Illinois to relocate at least half of current residents at Choate

Illinois to relocate at least half of current residents at Choate

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois & MOLLY PARKER Lee Enterprises Midwest [email protected] This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Lee Enterprises, along with Capitol News Illinois. The Illinois Department of Human Services plans to dramatically reduce the number of patients with developmental disabilities who live at the embattled…

High prices, gaps in availability across Illinois highlight patchwork child care system

High prices, gaps in availability across Illinois highlight patchwork child care system

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois [email protected] In some Illinois communities, finding child care isn’t just a routine task for families to work through, but a seemingly impossible dream. In some of those places, costs are too high for middle class families to afford. In others, day cares have had to cut staff, limiting the…

Mendoza pushes for law requiring greater deposits in ‘rainy day’ fund

Mendoza pushes for law requiring greater deposits in ‘rainy day’ fund

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A bill that would trigger automatic payments into the state’s so-called “rainy day” fund is heading to the Illinois House for consideration after unanimous passage out of committee this week. Under House Bill 2515, automatic deposits in the rainy day fund and pension stabilization fund would…

Bill seeks to enforce federal anti-discrimination standards in state law

Bill seeks to enforce federal anti-discrimination standards in state law

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – In response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision restricting the ability of people to recover damages in federal court for certain discrimination claims, Democrats in the Illinois House are pushing a bill to allow the recovery of those damages in state court. House Bill 2248,…

Bill seeks to enforce federal anti-discrimination standards in state law

Bill seeks to enforce federal anti-discrimination standards in state law

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – In response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision restricting the ability of people to recover damages in federal court for certain discrimination claims, Democrats in the Illinois House are pushing a bill to allow the recovery of those damages in state court. House Bill 2248,…

Pritzker touts $70 million plan for addressing teacher shortage

Pritzker touts $70 million plan for addressing teacher shortage

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday highlighted a proposed grant program that would direct $70 million per year over the next three years to school districts facing the greatest teacher shortages. The Teacher Pipeline Grant Program, which Pritzker included in his budget proposal to lawmakers, would target…

Mendoza pushes for law requiring greater deposits in ‘rainy day’ fund

Mendoza pushes for law requiring greater deposits in ‘rainy day’ fund

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A bill that would trigger automatic payments into the state’s so-called “rainy day” fund is heading to the Illinois House for consideration after unanimous passage out of committee this week. Under House Bill 2515, automatic deposits in the rainy day fund and pension stabilization fund would…

One year after Madigan’s indictment, former speaker’s allies prepare for trial

One year after Madigan’s indictment, former speaker’s allies prepare for trial

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – One year ago today, former House Speaker Michael Madigan – for decades the most powerful figure in Illinois politics – was indicted on 22 counts of racketeering, bribery, wire fraud and extortion. The anniversary comes roughly two years after Madigan’s fellow Democrats forced him to cede…

Pritzker announces $60 million park grants, declines to endorse Chicago mayor candidate

Pritzker announces $60 million park grants, declines to endorse Chicago mayor candidate

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday announced the release of nearly $60 million in grant funding to help local governments develop public parks and open spaces, over 20 percent of which will go to “distressed” communities. The money through the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grants…

Court rulings supercharge Illinois’ strongest-in-nation biometric privacy law

Court rulings supercharge Illinois’ strongest-in-nation biometric privacy law

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – In the wake of a pair of recent decisions from the Illinois Supreme Court strengthening the state’s law governing how companies must treat employees’ and customers’ biometric data, longtime critics of the law see an opening to weaken it. But backers of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy…