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U.S. Rep. Jesús "Chuy" García (D-4th)

Forgive Ukraine’s debts, Chuy says

Bill passes House, issue heads to Senate From staff reports Legislation designed to bring debt relief to Ukraine—a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-4th)—was passed last week by the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure instructs U.S. representatives at international financial institutions to use their voice and vote to pursue comprehensive relief…

Anita Cummings, executive director of UBAM (center), talks at the May 11 UBAMmeeting, 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 last week. Elizabeth Granados-Perez, managing deputy commissioner of Midway, and Alex Leon, deputy commissioner in charge of design…

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Grand reopening Friday for Bedford Park Walmart

Bedford Park residents can get a first look at the newly remodeled Walmart Supercenter at 7050 S. Cicero Ave., on Friday, May 20. The store will celebrate its ReGrand Opening with activities for the community beginning at 9 a.m. Along with a disc jockey who will play hit tunes, community residents are invited to enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks…

Fire II forward Victor Bezerra scored in the team's first win in its history on Sunday in Bridgeview. Photo courtesy of the Chicago Fire

Pro Soccer Report: Fire II get first win; Red Stars fall to San Diego

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer When the soccer world woke up on May 15, the Chicago Fire II had not won an MLS NEXT Pro game and the Chicago Red Stars had not lost a regular-season game this season. That all changed late that afternoon. The Fire II won the first game in their short…

Marist's Andrew Kopinski, a Palos South grad, gets ready for an attack against Glenbard West on Thursday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Marist knocks off Glenbard West in battle of nationally ranked volleyball teams

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Power on power didn’t work the first time around. Power here and there, mixed in with some savvy soft shots, did the trick the second time. In a battle of two of the top 11 teams in the nation, according to the USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association May 11 rankings,…

Lyons girls water polo steam is heading to state. Photo courtesy of Lyons Township

Postseason Roundup: Lyons water polo teams vault to state via sensational sectionals

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Anyone looking for thrills and close matches at the two Lyons water polo sectionals were out of luck. Anyone rooting for the hosts, however, had a ball during that 24-hour stretch May 13 and 14. The Lions boys crushed Riverside-Brookfield, 17-5, in the semifinals and St. Rita, 12-3, in the…

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Bust UPS driver on theft rap

By Tim Hadac A 26-year-old Back of the Yards man who works as a UPS driver was charged with felony theft last week after he was arrested at his workplace near 14th and Jefferson. Pedro Caudillo, of the 4700 block of South Honore, allegedly stole some $187,000 worth of high-end merchandise—specifically, Louis Vuitton purses and…

Chicago Police Department

Burglar hits Gage Park businesses

From staff reports A cluster of burglaries in the Gage Park neighborhood has prompted police to issue a warning to local businesses. Crime scenes include: 5100 block of South Kedzie on April 28. 2400 block of West 51st Street on April 20. 2600 block of West 51st Street on April 7. In each case a…

Governor JB Pritzker stands with other pro-choice Democrats at a press conference to denounce the possibility of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and turning the issue of abortion access back to the states. --Screenshot of a live-streamed event

Abortion protected in Illinois

Lawmakers react to draft Supreme Court opinion By Grace Kinnicutt Capitol News Illinois and Tim Hadac Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois Democrats have warned of an “end to the constitutional right to privacy” if a leaked U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the 1973 landmark decision in Roe v. Wade becomes finalized as precedent. “It means…

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Giddyup! Pony ride business trots along

Garfield Ridge teens’ venture a success By Tim Hadac While the pandemic has contributed to the demise of a number of businesses in Clearing and Garfield Ridge—like Dallas Restaurant, Lindy’s/Gertie’s and Angel Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream—one has proven pandemic-proof. Two years after they launched their head-turning, smile-generating pony ride business, Garfield Ridge residents Matthew…

Kathy Headley

Adoration chapel open at St. Clare

By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 When the pandemic hit us hard, forcing the temporary closure of so many places–including Catholic churches–it did give parishes the opportunity to create new programs and find new ways to serve the faithful. In our area, St. Rita…

Peggy Zabicki

Seeking good buys, finding friendship

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 April showers bring May garage sales. I’m glad our neighborhood has lots of them coming up. These sales give people a chance to connect with their neighbors, sell their stuff and hunt for treasures. Here’s a reminder about the 26th Annual Community…

Mary Stanek

Vols make AHCA Easter egg hunt a hit

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 “The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” — Helen Keller I chose this quote after reading the Archer Heights Civic Association’s May newsletter. After many trials…

Arin Wright, shown playing in the Chicago Red Stars' season opener on April 30, and her teammates were idle on Saturday night because their scheduled opponent, Washington, was playing in the exhibition Challenge Cup final. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Cup runneth over — Red Stars v. Washington postponed because of exhibition tourney

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer SeatGeek Stadium was empty the night of May 7. The NWSL game between Washington and the Chicago Red Stars that had been scheduled was postponed, and will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. The reason? It wasn’t weather related. It was a cool but dry night. A decent…

Former Orland Park police chief Tom McCarthy, shown at a May 2 village board meeting, has an Illinois football scholarship named in his honor. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Report: Illini football names scholarship after former Orland top cop Tim McCarthy

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Many area residents know Tim McCarthy as the former longtime police chief of Orland Park. Those who know history know McCarthy was a U.S. Secret Service agent who took a bullet for President Ronald Reagan during John Hinckley Jr.’s assassination attempt in 1981. Not as well known is that McCarthy…

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Former lawmaker sentenced in bribery scheme

Former lawmaker sentenced in bribery scheme

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Former state Rep. Luis Arroyo was sentenced this week to nearly five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving a state senator and one of Arroyo’s private lobbying clients who sought favorable legislation for the sweepstakes gambling industry. Arroyo, 67, is a…

Republican governor candidates on the issues

Republican governor candidates on the issues

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Abortion, January 6, Donald Trump, Critical Race Theory and whether Joe Biden is rightfully the president of the United States were the basis of questions asked to a field of six Republican candidates for Illinois governor Tuesday. A pair of debates took place on two stages…

CAPITOL RECAP: Republican candidates debate

CAPITOL RECAP: Republican candidates debate

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The six Republican candidates for Illinois governor faced off Tuesday night in Chicago, albeit on two separate debate stages, hours after a shooting at a Texas elementary school that dominated a large portion of the debates. A scheduling conflict between two TV networks – WGN and NBC 5 –…

ANALYSIS: Illinois’ official U.S. census numbers have not changed

ANALYSIS: Illinois’ official U.S. census numbers have not changed

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday that he is asking President Joe Biden and the federal government to increase Illinois’ share of federal funding to reflect the results of a recent Census Bureau study showing the state was very likely undercounted in the 2020 census. The news…

GOP debate: Candidates address rising crime, Texas school shooting

GOP debate: Candidates address rising crime, Texas school shooting

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The six Republican candidates for Illinois governor faced off Tuesday night in Chicago, albeit on two separate debate stages, hours after a shooting at a Texas elementary school that dominated a large portion of the debates. A scheduling conflict between two TV networks – WGN and…

GOP Floor Leader Batinick ready to ‘pass the baton’

GOP Floor Leader Batinick ready to ‘pass the baton’

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Republican Floor Leader Mark Batinick, a self-described “policy guy,” came to Springfield with the goal of pushing good policy. A father of five who resides in Plainfield with his wife, Batinick said after eight years in the General Assembly, it was either time to…

Longtime lawmaker reflects on time in General Assembly, calls it ‘honor of lifetime’

Longtime lawmaker reflects on time in General Assembly, calls it ‘honor of lifetime’

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – House Majority Leader Greg Harris, the number two Democrat in the Illinois House of Representatives, never imagined landing the role of state representative – or that he would leave office feeling that he has been successful at it. The first openly LGTBQ leader in Illinois History,…

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