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Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound June 1, 2022

Renee Chimino (left) was an assistant for Mary Pat Connolly at Marist, and took over for her mentor as RedHawks girls basketball coach after Connolly retired. Photo courtesy of Renee Chimino

‘The right gig’: Marist alum Renee Chimino to succeed Mary Pat Connolly

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Renee Chimino was like many people who thought Mary Pat Connolly was going to coach at Marist forever. But Connolly recently announced her retirement, and Chimino was hired to take her place last week. Chimino is a Marist graduate who played on Connolly’s best squad, the 2007-08 team that finished…

Chicago Christian's Luke Jelderks popses with his four medals with Knights coaches Jake Christiansen (left) and Jacob Goble. Photo courtesy of Chicago Christian High School

Postseason Roundup: Chicago Christian’s Jelderks is state high jump champ; Sandburg 3200 relay takes title

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer It was as easy as 1-2-3. Actually, it was more like it was easy as 1A-2A-3A. Two area individuals and a relay team emerged from the IHSA state boys track meet over the weekend as champions — one in each classification. Luke Jelderks of Chicago Christian won the Class 1A…


Pro Soccer Report: Pugh scores again in Red Stars draw; Fire II offense gets hot

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Chicago Red Stars coach Chris Petrucelli doesn’t mince words when it comes to describing star player Mallory Pugh. “Quite frankly, I think she’s the best player in the league,” the first-year coach said. “There’s nobody I would rather have, honestly. I’m lucky I get a chance to work with her…


Isabella Nuño, a woman of achievement on her way up

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] As usual, there’s no shortage of bright, energetic young people among us here in Clearing and Garfield Ridge—young men and women clearly on the way up. This week I have the pleasure to congratulate Clearing resident Isabella Nuño, who recently graduated from…

St. Faustina Kowalska Parish Secretary Parish Emilia Nienajadlo looks over some of the 656 pairs of shoes donated on the first day of the drive. --Photo courtesy of St. Faustina Kowalska Parish

Seeking soles for souls

Big shoe drive underway at St. Faustina By Tim Hadac A drive to collect 6,000 shoes is underway at St. Faustina Kowalska Parish in Garfield Ridge. Now through June 30, parish leaders are asking everyone to donate new or gently worn pairs of shoes. A goal of 3,000 pairs has been set, and the…


Kennedy students named Illinois State Scholars

Nineteen Kennedy High School students have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. The prestigious award is given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to high-achieving high school students from across the state. Illinois State Scholar winners rank in the top 10 percent of high school seniors from high schools across the state. Selection…

Anita Cummings, executive director of UBAM (center), talks at the May 11 UBAM meeting, flanked by guest speakers Alex Leon, deputy commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation, and Elizabeth Granados-Perez, managing deputy commissioner of Midway Airport. --Greater Southwest News-Herald photo by Dermot Connolly

Midway bouncing back

UBAM hears update from airport chief By Dermot Connolly Midway International Airport is bouncing back from the pandemic, and the $333 million Midway Modernization program is nearing completion, Chicago Department of Aviation officials told local business leaders earlier this month. Elizabeth Granados-Perez, managing deputy commissioner of Midway, and Alex Leon, deputy commissioner in charge of…


Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound May 25, 2022


Girls Soccer: De La Salle tops Bremen for program’s first regional title

By Steve Millar Correspondent De La Salle coach Carlos Nunez has seen his teams come up a bit short in the postseason repeatedly over the years. The Meteors had never won a regional championship in girls soccer. Until this year, that is. “I’ve been in every single one that we’ve lost in,” Nunez said. “We’ve…


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Lawmakers, Pritzker administration spar over projected fiscal year revenues

Lawmakers, Pritzker administration spar over projected fiscal year revenues

By RAYMON TRONCOSO Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Members of an Illinois Senate committee sparred with officials from Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration Friday in a hearing on tax changes proposed by the governor in an effort to balance the state’s budget for the 2022 fiscal year. The Senate Revenue and Appropriations committees held the joint…

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