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St. Xavier’s Maia Fawcett is guarded closely by Trinity Chkrstian’s Summer Cramer in a Dec. 1 CCAC game. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Report: SXU feasting after Thanksgiving famine

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent A spoiled Thanksgiving for St. Xavier University’s women’s basketball team could mean trouble for the rest of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Cougars, who were ranked 16th in the nation by an NAIA committee after two losses to ranked non-conference foes, took their frustrations out on Trinity Christian College, scoring…

Longtime Red Stars star Julie Ertz is one of the players traded earlier this month. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Sports Analysis: Red Stars in a state of flux after trades

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The next coach of the Chicago Red Stars will have his or her work cut out for them. After two straight runner-up finishes in the NWSL playoffs, the team appeared to have been maybe a player or two away from getting over the hump and winning a championship. Then, shortly after…

St. Rita junior Kaiden Space scored 16 first-quarter points in a win over De La Salle on Friday night. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Boys Basketball: St. Rita’s young stars too much for De La Salle

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent St. Rita’s team of heralded young superstars finally played a home game in front of a crowd with their peers. The Mustangs feature starting freshman Melvin Bell sophomores James Brown, Morez Johnson and Jaedin Reyna plus junior Kaiden Space and last season, the stands featured family members because of COVID concerns.…

Bella Finnegan led Mother McAuley with 26 points against Sandburg last Thursday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Basketball: Well-traveled Macs have happy homecoming

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The kids were putting on a show for the kids. Mother McAuley’s girls basketball team has three sophomores starting on the varsity and the Mighty Macs won their first home game of the season with a 48-39 non-conference won over Sandburg last Thursday in front of a crowd that featured several…

Kathy Headley

Tommy More celebrates its 75th

By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 GSWNH Chicago Lawn Column 120321 As I’m sure you remember, St. Thomas More Parish recently celebrated their 75th anniversary. Of course, an anniversary–especially a big one–usually means a celebration. Some 225 parishioners and alumni gathered to take part…

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“It’s a Wonderful Life” bars come to Joe’s Saloon in Brookfield

By Steve Metsch Don’t be surprised if you see Clarence the Angel, George Bailey or Mister Potter at Joe’s Saloon in Brookfield on Dec. 3 and 4. People dressed like those and other characters from the holiday movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” will likely be there tipping back a few flaming rum punches. For the…

Karen Sala

Slow down and enjoy the holiday season

By Karen Sala Your correspondent in Gage Park (773) 471-1429 • [email protected] It’s beginning to look like Christmas on this first Friday of December. It has looked like Christmas in a lot of places early this year. Everybody is in a rush. No matter what they are doing, they rush it–be it driving, shopping, eating, they…

Mary Stanek

A sad goodbye to the mayor of 57th Place

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 A very sad column this week. My block on 57th Place will never be the same again. Linda Young, our neighbor down the block, has passed away. She and her husband, Paul, were one of our first…

Peggy Zabicki

Library set to re-open in January

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Did you know that on Dec. 10, 1851 Melvil Dewey was born? He created the Dewey Decimal Classification System used in libraries all over the world. I’m sure that librarians, as well as library patrons, are appreciative. Speaking of librarians, I spoke to…

A moment after ground was broken and tossed, smiles broke out among dignitaries celebrating PODER’s coming renovation. A computer-generated video offering a glimpse of what the new facility will look like is posted at southwestregionalpublishing.com. --Photo courtesy of Jorge Garza Norrick/JorgeTookYourPicture.com

New life for old city building

New PODER HQ to serve immigrants By Tim Hadac Ceremonial ground was broken on the west end of Gage Park last week to mark the coming renovation of a 94-year-old City of Chicago building and creation what is billed as Chicago’s first immigrant integration and job center. A lineup of political and business muscle…

UBAM President Anita Cummings and 22nd Ward Ald. Michael Rodriguez listen to feedback from UBAM members about the LeClaire redevelopment. --Greater Southwest News-Herald photo by Dermot Connolly

UBAM leaders hear LeClaire Courts plan

May break ground in mid-2022 By Dermot Connolly The $400 million redevelopment plans for the former LeClaire Courts public housing site were laid out over lunch at a recent meeting of the United Business Association of Midway. Several dozen business owners and community representatives attended the Nov. 10 event at the Red Barrel restaurant on…

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Sanad feeds the hungry in Chicago Lawn

More than a thousand served By Kathy Headley Have faith. Keep going. It will all work out. That was the advice Fatima Abu Eid, director of Sanad Social Services, gave to her daughter Aber, who runs the Sanad Food Pantry, upon being notified that the Greater Chicago Food Depository would indeed be giving them hundreds…

Chicago Police Department

Robbery crew hits Back of the Yards

From staff reports A cluster of robberies in Back of the Yards has promoted police to issue a community alert. Police said the bandits “approach the victims in or near the alley and demand property. Offenders then would flee in dark colored SUV or a red vehicle.” Crime scenes include: 1700 block of West 49th…

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Hug for a hero

CPD Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. (dark shirt) receives a welcoming hug from Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President John Catanzara, as Yanez’s family and friends shed tears of joy and applaud. Yanez walked into FOP Lodge 7 headquarters to pay a visit to his union brothers and sisters. Back in August, Yanez was shot…

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau announces his intention to run for the 6th Congressional District. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Pekau joins crowded Republican field in 6th Congressional District

By Jeff Vorva In what could be one of the most interesting and heated congressional races in the state in 2022, Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau announced Monday he is planning on running in the new 6th Congressional District. He will be running as a Republican and, so far, will battle energy consultant Niki Conforti in the…

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CAPITOL RECAP: Oral arguments begin in state redistrcting challenges

CAPITOL RECAP: Oral arguments begin in state redistrcting challenges

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS CHICAGO – Oral arguments began Tuesday, Dec. 7, in three lawsuits challenging the new legislative district maps that lawmakers passed earlier this year with three federal judges asking detailed questions of all the parties in the cases. Each case centers on the question of whether Democrats in the General Assembly violated…

Judges question lawyers in redistricting suits

Judges question lawyers in redistricting suits

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] CHICAGO – Oral arguments began Tuesday in three lawsuits challenging the new legislative district maps that lawmakers passed earlier this year with three federal judges asking detailed questions of all the parties in the cases. Each case centers on the question of whether Democrats in the General Assembly…

Application portal opens for new round of Illinois rental assistance

Application portal opens for new round of Illinois rental assistance

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The application portal is now open for another $297 million of rental assistance for Illinoisans who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Illinois Rental Payment Program, or ILRPP, money comes from the federal American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Joe Biden…

Oral arguments to begin Tuesday in redistricting cases

Oral arguments to begin Tuesday in redistricting cases

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel in Chicago will begin hearing oral arguments Tuesday in three cases that could determine the makeup of state legislative maps in the Chicago area and Metro East region for the next 10 years. The panel announced during a status hearing Friday…

Millions of dollars of stolen goods recovered in ‘organized retail crime’ bust, AG says

Millions of dollars of stolen goods recovered in ‘organized retail crime’ bust, AG says

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – An unrelated arrest by the Chicago Police Department on Sunday led to a state task force this week seizing millions of dollars’ worth of goods stolen from retailers in what Attorney General Kwame Raoul described as an organized retail crime operation. Raoul announced the raid in…

Cahokia Mounds historic site offers augmented reality tours

Cahokia Mounds historic site offers augmented reality tours

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] There’s a new way to explore an ancient place in Illinois. Visitors of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site can try experiencing it in “augmented reality,” or AR, to see the Grand Plaza as it appeared 1,000 years ago, the Palisade as it once stood and the exterior and…

CAPITOL RECAP: Governor announces $94 million in airport grants

CAPITOL RECAP: Governor announces $94 million in airport grants

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 100 airports across Illinois will receive state funding in the coming months for projects ranging from new runways and road relocations to the purchase of mowers and snow removal equipment. The money comes from the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan which passed the General Assembly and…

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