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Karen Sala

Hoping you have a dzien dobry

By Karen Sala Your correspondent in Gage Park (773) 471-1429 • [email protected] Dzien dobry (good day). October is Polish National Heritage Month. In 1608 the Jamestown Colony attracted the first wave of Polish immigrants. Many Poles immigrated to Texas in 1854. In 1870 a group of Polish people, along with Father Vincent Bryzinski, a Chicago pastor,…

Peggy Zabicki

The buck stops…at the store?

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Has anyone been to the new Dollar Tree at 8444 S. Pulaski? I haven’t been there yet, but I hope to visit this week. Let me know your opinions if you’ve gone there. I do like the looks of the outside of…

Mary Stanek

Halloween fun for kids, pets coming up

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Ladies, let’s dust off our brooms. It is riding season! Yes, Halloween is just around the corner. If you ask my husband, he probably will tell you I am always the wicked witch! A Halloween pet parade…

In what could have been the final inning of his life, Midway Baseball Association coach Julian Ortiz (left) needed a pinch hitter to spark a rally. A fellow MBA coach, Lisa Segura (right), did exactly that—donating her kidney and winning the game for Ortiz and his family. --Supplied photo

Late-inning rally

Baseball coach safe at home with new kidney By Kelly White When baseball coach Julian Ortiz learned he would need a kidney transplant, he and his wife, Claribel, were quick to act. For three years, the couple and their four children literally searched the world for a suitable donor; but little did they know the…

Sandburg junior quarterback Christian Evans, seen here earlier this season during a game against Andrew, completed 76 percent of his passes while throwing for 306 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-27 victory over Lincoln-Way East on Oct. 1. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Homecoming Wreckers: Sandburg ends 13-game winless streak v. LW East with stunning road victory

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Facing a perennial state power might not be considered by some people to be the best medicine for a struggling team coming off its worst game of the season. But the only choice a team has is to play the next opponent on its schedule, so to Frankfort went Sandburg…

Chicago Fire fans returned to SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview on Sept. 29 for a one-off game between the Fire and New York. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Fire wins in return to SeatGeek; NWSL cancels self amid abuse allegations

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent When the MLS and NWSL schedules were announced months ago, the Chicago Fire was supposed to host the New York City Football Club at Soldier Field on Sept. 29. The Red Stars were slated to host Orlando three days later at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. That’s not what happened. In a…

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High School Football: Lausch tosses 4 TDs, Crusaders top Caravan in wild Blue battle

By Steve Millar Correspondent Brother Rice quarterback Jack Lausch watched from the sidelines as Mount Carmel put together an improbable comeback in the final four minutes to tie Friday night’s game. Lausch, a senior who has committed to play football and baseball at Notre Dame, was eager to respond. “You’ve got to be ready,” he…

U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd)

Railroad crossing tie-ups to continue

No 65th Street overpass until 2025 or later, Newman aide says By Dermot Connolly Motorists looking for relief from railroad tie-ups in Clearing will have to wait until the end of 2025 at the earliest, a top aide to U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) told local business leaders last month. “The [Illinois Department of Transportation]…

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Lighting a memory for a fallen comrade

CPD Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. shows the commemorative lantern presented to him recently by Geno Randazzo of All Exterior Contractors, as well as Tracie Ellis, and her daughter, Jennifer New. The battery-powered lantern (inset) includes a likeness of fallen CPD Officer Ella French. Both Yanez and French were shot in the head during a traffic…

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Police reports

Woman shot, killed in West Elsdon An 18-year-old woman was shot and killed as she sat in a vehicle parked in the 5400 block of South Avers at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Melica De La Garza was shot multiple times in the torso as she sat in a vehicle. The gunman fled the…

Thirteenth Ward Ald. Mary Quinn (wearing dark sport jacket) joins Culver’s officials and frontline crew in cutting the ribbon on the company’s new restaurant at 6541 S. Cicero. --Greater Southwest News-Herald photo by Tim Hadac

Cicero Avenue rebirth marches forward

Culver’s is latest to join parade By Tim Hadac A four-block strip of Cicero Avenue that once stood stagnant in dilapidated ugliness is catching up to its prosperous suburban cousin across the street. Late last week, as Culver’s officials smiled for the cameras and cut the ribbon on their new restaurant at 6541 S. Cicero,…

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda shows a bit of a smile as he addresses Lithuanian-Americans at Nativity BVM Church on Sept. 23. --Greater Southwest News-Herald photo by Kathy Headley

Lithuanians greet president in Marquette Park

Praises keepers of Lithuanian language, culture By Kathy Headley Traffic slowed to a crawl on California Avenue late last week as drivers took notice of the Lithuanian National Guard standing on either side of the Darius-Girenus monument at Marquette Park’s northeast corner. A short walk away, another Guard contingent was lining up in the center…

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Family love in full bloom

On a recent outing to a farm in Indiana, 10-year-old Jesus Gonzalez Jr. used his own money to purchase a giant sunflower to brighten the day of his little sister, 6-year-old Maya. Jesus also bought sunflowers for his older sister, Itzel, and his cousins, Katelynn and Amelia. Jesus is the son of Evy Duran-Gonzalez and…

Detective Ginny Georgantas (center), flanked by Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart (left) and Cook County Sheriff’s Police Chief of Public Safety Leo P. Schmitz. --Supplied photo

Detective who cracked cold-case killing wins int’l award

IDed mom as killer of twin baby boys By Tim Hadac The Cook County Sheriff’s Police detective who solved the cold-case deaths of twin infant boys in Central Stickney has been named the 2021 Officer of the Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart recently announced. Detective…

Karen Sala

Always a project waiting for homeowners

By Karen Sala Your correspondent in Gage Park (773) 471-1429 • [email protected] Brrr! It’s pretty chilly outside, and then it’s not. It’s time to get your house ready for winter. I am so glad my front stairs and railings are done. I love it. My next project is a new storm door. A few years ago,…

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CAPITOL RECAP: Congressional redistricting hearings begin

CAPITOL RECAP: Congressional redistricting hearings begin

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The process of redrawing congressional district maps in Illinois got off to a slow start Thursday when only one person showed up to testify at the first legislative public hearing, which was held in Chicago. Ryan Tolley, policy director for the advocacy group CHANGE Illinois, urged the House Redistricting…

Task force considers changes to qualified immunity for Illinois law enforcement officers

Task force considers changes to qualified immunity for Illinois law enforcement officers

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new state task force continued discussions Thursday as to what changes could be made to the way state law approaches qualified immunity for law enforcement officers. Qualified immunity is a court doctrine granting protection for law enforcement officers and other government officials from certain civil…

Only one testifies at first congressional redistricting hearing

Only one testifies at first congressional redistricting hearing

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The process of redrawing congressional district maps in Illinois got off to a slow start Thursday when only one person showed up to testify at the first legislative public hearing, which was held in Chicago. Ryan Tolley, policy director for the advocacy group CHANGE Illinois, urged…

Plaintiffs: New legislative maps dilute Latino vote

Plaintiffs: New legislative maps dilute Latino vote

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Plaintiffs in two lawsuits challenging the state’s legislative redistricting plan have filed new complaints in federal court charging that the district maps that lawmakers approved in August dilute Latino voting power and thus violate the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Mexican…

Officials outline progress in Cairo river port development

Officials outline progress in Cairo river port development

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A proposed river port development in the southern Illinois town of Cairo is drawing much attention and interest from companies that believe it could open up greater access to international markets, officials behind the project said Tuesday. The Alexander-Cairo Port District project has been on the…

Report details disparities faced by aging LGBTQ Illinoisans

Report details disparities faced by aging LGBTQ Illinoisans

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Many aging LGBTQ Illinoisans face barriers to health care and financial security and fear discrimination in senior communities, according to a combined report from senior and LGBTQ advocacy groups released Tuesday. The Disrupting Disparities: Challenges and Solutions for 50+ LGBTQ Illinoisans report by the senior advocacy…

Law enforcement steps up efforts to fight online child exploitation

Law enforcement steps up efforts to fight online child exploitation

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – State Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined local and federal prosecutors Monday to announce new efforts to combat a rise in online child exploitation in Illinois. The efforts include greater outreach and education for parents and teachers, and a new mobile computer forensics unit that will…

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