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Despite its growth from a humble parade of a dozen or so families walking along 52nd Street to a major event on Archer Avenue, the parade has maintained its focus on working families in the neighborhood, thanks to the leadership of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. --Supplied photo

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. St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to Garfield Ridge .  By Tim Hadac For the third year in a row, a person hailed as a hero for bravery and sacrifice will be saluted at the Chicago Working Families’ Archer Avenue St. Patrick’s Day parade, set for Saturday, March 16. Chicago Police Officer Andrés Vásquez Lasso,…

Artist Bianca Rodriguez, director of Richard J. Daley College’s Transfer Center, poses with her mural. --Supplied photo

Mural ‘captures the spirit’ of Daley College

. By Veronica Resa City Colleges of Chicago The mural stands 8 by 10 feet, and when you take the time to look at it— some say it has the power to transport you to another world. “I enjoy painting and had a mural business many years before I joined Richard J. Daley College,” said…

The Richards girls bowling team won the Stagg Sectional to punch its ticket to the state tournament. Photo by Randy Whalen

Girls Bowling | Richards wins sectional title; Stagg also advances to state

By Randy Whalen Correspondent This season, there was no roll-off heartbreak for Richards. Instead, there was the Bulldogs’ first sectional championship in 32 seasons. A year after having their season end at the same stage of the state series, the Bulldogs rode a hot start to the Stagg Sectional title on Feb. 10 at Palos…

Richard Feuz is the new general manager of the Chicago Red Stars.

Pro Soccer Report | Red Stars choose Feuz as GM

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Chicago Red Stars have lit the Feuz. The team, which is under new ownership, hired head coach Lorne Donaldson in December, and on Feb. 5 hired his boss. The Red Stars named Richard Feuz the team’s general manager, after he served a stint as chief executive officer for Switzerland’s Servette…

The Mount Carmel wrestling team is sending 13 grapplers to the state tournament. Photo courtesy of Mount Carmel High School

Postseason Roundup | Area wrestlers and gymnasts are state-bound

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Once again, the Southwest Regional area will send a ton of wrestlers to the IHSA boys state meet, including 17 sectional champions. The state matches are from Feb. 15-17 at the State Farm Center in Champaign. In Class 3A, Mount Carmel had four champs at the Hinsdale Central Sectional — Seth…

The Shepard girls basketball team celebrates the first conference title in program history. Shepard High School photo

Area Sports Roundup | Shepard and Oak Lawn share SSC Red girls hoops crown

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Shepard girls basketball program has been around for close to a half century. The team has had a handful of 20-win seasons and four regional championships. But until this season, the Astros had never won a conference title. A wild celebration took place in the Shepard gym after the Astros…

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Boys Hoops Wrap | Curie soars past Kenwood for Chicago city title

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent Curie powered through Whitney Young, Simeon and Kenwood to earn the Chicago Public League championship. The Condors defeated the Broncos, 65-59, in the city title game played Feb. 10 at Credit Union 1 Arena on the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. The win secured Curie’s third city title, with the other coming…

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Boys Basketball | Brother Rice tops Mount Carmel in CCL Blue battle

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent No game seems too big for Brother Rice. Looking to make a statement against Mount Carmel, the Crusaders used a fourth-quarter surge to open up a close game en route to a 69-59 win in front of a capacity crowd in Mount Greenwood on Feb. 9. The loss was the Caravan’s…

Kathy Headley

A Lith baking class you don’t want to miss

. By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 . Last week I asked if you would like to learn how to make bacon buns from an old family recipe. The first time I ever had bacon buns was several years back at a Sisters of…

A new-look Panda Express will open next week at 4801 W. 87th St. in Oak Lawn. (Supplied photo)

Panda Express opening new concept location next week in Oak Lawn

By Bob Bong Panda Express will be celebrating the grand opening of its newest location at 4801 W. 87th St. in Oak Lawn with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony with members of the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, February 15, beginning at 9 a.m. The first lucky 88 guests to receive a free Panda Express branded T-shirt.…

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Kudos to Jewell Wilson and Narcisa Pena

. By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 . Last week, I wrote a front-page story about a meeting held at Marquette Park. It addressed a new project planned at the park, which would be erected between the fieldhouse and the lagoon incorporating the site…

Peggy Zabicki

Plenty to mark on your February calendar

. By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place •  (773) 504-9327 . The next couple of weeks have many important dates. Feb. 10 is Chinese New Year. Feb. 12 is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. George Washington’s birthday is Feb. 22. May each of these days become an opportunity for learning…

Mary Stanek

A Peck parade, 10 times a week

. By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 517-7796 . I love a parade. I just want to stand and cheer as they come. The rat-a-tat-tat, the blare of their horns…I sing this song every Monday through Friday at 8:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. The…

The shuttered New Warsaw Restaurant & Banquets.

Quinn sets meeting on New Warsaw future

. Public invited to hear plans, offer opinions .  By Tim Hadac Clearing residents interested in the future of the shuttered New Warsaw Restaurant & Banquets property, 6250 W. 63rd St., are invited to attend the CAPS Beat 812 meeting set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 W. 63rd…

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Native tribe seeks return of ancestral land in Dekalb County

Native tribe seeks return of ancestral land in Dekalb County

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois currently has no federally recognized tribal land within its borders, but that could change in the coming months. A bill pending in the General Assembly this year would give back roughly 1,500 acres of park land in DeKalb County to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.…

His conviction was overturned after 35 years wrongfully served. State law caps his compensation at 14 years.

His conviction was overturned after 35 years wrongfully served. State law caps his compensation at 14 years.

By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois draju@capitolnewsillinois.com In December, 57-year-old Brian Beals spent Christmas with his sister Pattilyn for the first time 35 years. Beals was exonerated and freed from Robinson Correctional Center in southeastern Illinois on Dec. 13 after a Cook County circuit court judge vacated his conviction and dismissed charges against him. “In…

Cook County judge orders Trump removed from GOP ballot but holds decision pending appeal

Cook County judge orders Trump removed from GOP ballot but holds decision pending appeal

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A Cook County judge on Wednesday ordered former President Donald Trump’s name to be removed from the March 19 Republican primary ballot but stayed her order until Friday to give time for an appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court. In a lengthy decision, Judge Tracie Porter…

Pritzker to mull tightening fiscal landscape in budget address this week

Pritzker to mull tightening fiscal landscape in budget address this week

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Gov. JB Pritzker will give his sixth state budget address this week, laying out his plan for a fiscal year that government forecasters in November predicted is on pace for a near-$900 million deficit unless corrective action is taken.  Those same fiscal forecasters in the Governor’s Office of…

Ahead of Pritzker’s budget address, pressures that mounted last year intensify

Ahead of Pritzker’s budget address, pressures that mounted last year intensify

BY JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Republicans in the Illinois Senate indicated Tuesday that their sticking point for budget negotiations this year will be the same as it was last year – state spending on programs for noncitizens and recent arrivals from the country’s southern border.  In what’s been a rarity over the past…

‘This place is horrific’: 10-week-old complaint details ‘filthy’ conditions at Centralia funeral home

‘This place is horrific’: 10-week-old complaint details ‘filthy’ conditions at Centralia funeral home

By BETH HUNDSDORFER  Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com The pictures that are said to depict the condition of the embalming room of the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia are shocking. Eight photographs and one video taken late last year purported to show the conditions of the funeral home depict piles of dirty sheets, a dead…

Capitol Briefs: Pritzker touts manufacturing training funding, announces cultural districts

Capitol Briefs: Pritzker touts manufacturing training funding, announces cultural districts

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS news@capitolnewsillinois.com Gov. JB Pritzker was in Normal Tuesday to call attention to recent state funding for manufacturing training academies – including at Heartland Community College.  The governor and college officials celebrated the new 45,000-square-foot facility that opened in January. It includes remodeled space to support programs such as robotics, HVAC, welding…