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It was thumbs-up for senior Luke Dwyer and Brother Rice on May 15 as the Crusaders knocked off nationally ranked Marist. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup | Brother Rice and Lyons boys volleyball top Illinois’ top-ranked teams

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The boys volleyball postseason opened this week, but what happened during the last week of the regular season was perhaps as unexpected as any playoff upset. It started May 15, when host Brother Rice knocked off Marist, 27-25, 16-25, 25-20. The RedHawks entered the match ranked sixth in the nation…

Lyons second baseman Troy Stukenberg was named the Lions’ recipient of the Do It Stevie’s Way Awarrd at the annual Do It Stevie’s Way Tournament. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Do It Stevie’s Way | Lyons falls to Providence in champ game; Troy Stukenberg earns tourney award

By Steve Millar Correspondent Lyons’ quest for a Do It Stevie’s Way Tournament championship came up just short, but it was still a memorable day for senior Troy Stukenberg. Stukenberg was chosen the Lions’ Do It Stevie’s Way Award winner at the tournament, which honors former Mount Carmel baseball player Steven Bajenski, who died at…


College Notebook | Augustana’s Ranieri named CCIW Pitcher of Year

By Mike Walsh Correspondent This has been quite the spring for Augustana College’s Nadia Ranieri. The Riverside-Brookfield graduate has been chosen Pitcher of the Year in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The junior lefty finished 15-4 with a 1.53 ERA in 23 appearances (21 starts) while helping the Vikings to an overall record of…

Worth Police Chief, Tim Denton, and Worth Mayor, Mary Werner, enjoyed coffee together during last year's Cop on a Rooftop in Worth. (File photo)

Police to hit the roof at Dunkin’ Donuts for Special Olympics

By Bob Bong Police departments across the south suburbs are gearing up for another high-flying fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois. Police will be hanging out at more than 325 Dunkin’ Donut coffee shops across Illinois starting at 5 a.m. Friday, May 19, for another edition of Cop on a Rooftop. They will be collecting donations…

Gage Park native Renee Lehocky, director of strategic initiatives for Lawrence Hall, spoke to prospective foster parents at the Foster Care Recruitment Picnic in 2022. (Supplied photos)

Prospective foster parents receive advice, support

By Dermot Connolly Prospective foster parents can meet agency representatives and young adults who have gone through the system during a Foster Care Recruitment Picnic being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Thatcher Woods Pavilion in River Forest. Eight social service agencies that make up the Chicagoland Foster Care Recruitment…

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Chicago Hounds will host Dawg Town Block Party in Bridgeview

Shaquille O’Neal will perform at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview this summer. DJ Diesel, who is also known as former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, and American Celtic band Dropkick Murphys are set to perform at the 2023 MLR Championship Final at SeatGeek Stadium, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., on Saturday, July 8. The Chicago Hounds rugby team…

The Lyons boys gymnastics team took second in the state on May 14. Photo courtesy of Lyons Township Athletics

Postseason Roundup | Lyons boys gymnasts add to state trophy collection

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Another year, another trophy. The Lyons boys gymnastics team finished second at the IHSA state meet, held May 13 at Palatine High School. This is the Lions seventh state trophy in program history. They placed first in 2021, took second in 2017, and finished third in 2002, 2014, 2018 and…

Chicago fire midfielder Maren Haile-Selassie reacts after scoring a goal in the third minute of his team's 2-1 victory over St. Louis in the Open Cup on May 9 in Bridgeview. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Sports Report | Another Klopas era begins in Bridgeview

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The third Frank Klopas era opened with a bang in Bridgeview. Klopas was promoted May 8 after the Chicago Fire axed Ezra Hendrickson and the next night the team beat St. Louis, 2-1, in the Round of 32 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in front of an announced…

St. Xavier needed to win five games to take the CCAC title. SXU photo

Baseball and Softball Wrap | Saint Xavier baseball and softball headed to national tourneys

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer The Saint Xavier baseball team began the season in early February by losing its first five games. The Cougars, however, finished the regular season 5-0 and are heading to the national tournament. Saint Xavier roller-coastered through the regular season and dug themselves a hole in the double-elimination Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic…

Ryan Doubek, a Marist graduate, leads Benedictine in runs and stolen bases, and is second on the team in batting average, hits, on-base percentage and doubles. Photo courtesy of Bendictine University Athletics

College Notebook | Benedictine infielder Doubek earns Player of Week

By Mike Walsh Correspondent Ryan Doubek of Benedictine University has been named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference’s Baseball Position Player of the Week for the week ending April 30. Doubek, a senior infielder, hit .522 (12-of-23) while batting leadoff as Benedictine went 4-1 during the timeframe. The Marist graduate scored six runs, doubled twice, stole…


Baseball | Nick Bestrick fires one-hitter as Sandburg tops Mount Carmel

By Steve Millar Correspondent Some extra sleep did Nick Bestrick quite well. With Sandburg’s game against Mount Carmel postponed on May 12 because of rain, the Eagles had an unconventional two-site, two-opponent doubleheader — going to Plainfield East for a regularly scheduled game the morning of May 13 before coming home to host the Caravan…

Special Olympics' Jennifer Kelso (from left), Richards' teacher Kelly Fleming Richards' Athletic Director Brian Wujcik and 6th District Congressman Sean Casten pose for a selfie orchestrated by District 218 Supt. Josh Barron at the Special Olympics regional on May 4. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Casten is special guest at Special Olympics event at Richards

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Special Olympics Illinois held various competitions throughout the state last week and the Region E Unified event at Richards High School on May 4 had a special guest. District 6 Congressman Sean Casten made the trip to Oak Lawn to greet some of the athletes, watch them in action and…

From left, Chicago's Arin Wright and Tierna Davidson jostle with Gotham's Taylor Smith on May 5 at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Sports Report | Red Stars finish rough week with Gotham loss

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The first week of May was a bad week for the Chicago Red Stars, on and off the field. It started May 3 with a 3-0 loss at Houston in the first round of the Challenge Cup. The next day, the team fired general manager Michelle Lomnicki for a “lapse…

Nazareth graduate Ryan McGee, a goalie for the Concordia Chicago women’s lacrosse team, was named to the All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference First Team. Photo courtesy of Concordia University Chicago Athletics

College Notebook | Concordia Chicago goalie McGee named to lacrosse all-conference team

By Mike Walsh Correspondent Ryan McGee is one of four Concordia University Chicago women’s lacrosse athletes to be chosen to the 2023 All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Team. McGee, a goalie who prepped at Nazareth, was one of two Cougars named to the All-NACC First Team. For McGee, this marks her third consecutive All-NACC First Team…

John Nee celebrates his Hall of Fame induction with friends and family. St. Rita photo

Baseball and Softball Wrap | St. Rita coach Nee honored with HOF nod

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer John Nee looks back with fondness at his early baseball days, when he was a big-time slugger playing with his friends for West Lawn’s baseball team. “Neighborhood baseball was all it could be,” Nee said. “Everybody played for their neighborhood team, and we have some really good teams at West…


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On the witness stand, ex-legislator finally acknowledges he wore wire for FBI

On the witness stand, ex-legislator finally acknowledges he wore wire for FBI

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] CHICAGO – Former state Sen. Terry Link, a nearly 24-year veteran of the Illinois Capitol, publicly acknowledged for the first time this week that he’d worn a wire to secretly record a fellow lawmaker in 2019. Link, a Vernon Hills Democrat, has spent years denying news media reports…

Pritzker puts final stamp on $50.4 billion state spending plan

Pritzker puts final stamp on $50.4 billion state spending plan

By ANDREW ADAMS & JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] CHICAGO – Gov. JB Pritzker signed the state’s operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year on Wednesday, marking the first spending plan of his second term as governor. The $50.4 billion spending plan anticipates about $50.6 billion in revenues for the fiscal year that begins…

New law limits venue for constitutional lawsuits to Sangamon, Cook counties

New law limits venue for constitutional lawsuits to Sangamon, Cook counties

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – People who file lawsuits in state courts challenging the constitutionality of a state law, administrative rule or executive order will now have to file those cases in either Sangamon or Cook counties. Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday signed House Bill 3062, which applies only to cases…

As trial begins, politically connected businessman claims feds set him up to bribe legislator

As trial begins, politically connected businessman claims feds set him up to bribe legislator

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] CHICAGO – Nearly four years after his name first surfaced in connection with a bribe arrangement between two sitting lawmakers, politically connected businessman James Weiss is finally having his day in court. Weiss, who is married to former state Rep. Toni Berrios, D-Chicago – the daughter of longtime…

Pritzker set to consider signing more than 500 bills in the next three months

Pritzker set to consider signing more than 500 bills in the next three months

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers passed 566 bills through both chambers of the General Assembly in the recently concluded legislative session – all but one of them in May. It sets the table for an approximate three-month bill-signing season for Gov. JB Pritzker. That’s because the state’s constitution gives…

Capitol Cast: End of Session Review

Capitol Cast: End of Session Review

Capitol News Illinois · End of Session Review The Capitol News Illinois team breaks down the highlights of the just-completed 2023 spring session.

Cannabis regulatory reform bill fails to advance in spring legislative session

Cannabis regulatory reform bill fails to advance in spring legislative session

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A proposed cannabis reform bill won’t get further consideration until at least the General Assembly’s fall veto session after stakeholders failed to come to an agreement during the spring session’s final stretch. Rep. La Shawn Ford, a Chicago Democrat and the bill’s sponsor, told Capitol News…

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