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Three plans vie for $1.5 million

Chicago Lawn, McKinley Park, Archer Park make their case By Tim Hadac Three Southwest Side public-land improvement proposals have been revealed as part of what Lightfoot Administration officials are calling the semi-finals of the Chicago Community Works Challenge Claremont Academy playground, 2300 W. 64th St. McKinley Park garden and skate park, 3700 S. Damen. Archer…

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Obituary: Daniel Carroll, award-winning wrestling coach

From staff reports Daniel E. Carroll was a teacher and wrestling coach at St. Rita High School. In 2003, he was named Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Coach of the Year. A resident of Oak Lawn, he died Nov. 3. He was 61 years old. Born in Chicago, he attended Downers Grove North and…

U.S. Rep. Jesús "Chuy" García (D-4th)

Chuy wants to end RR crossing delays

Wants billions for underpasses, overpasses By Tim Hadac As his newly remapped congressional district takes in new turf where railroad crossing delays are a major concern, U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-4th) is showing renewed interest in the issue. García, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10th), a…

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Kaegi hosts online workshop on assessments

From staff reports People who own Southwest Side property are invited to learn about property assessments at an online meeting hosted by Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi’s office at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. To participate, join via Zoom at bit.ly/proptaxworkshop1117. The event is for everyone owns property in Lake Township, which includes the entire…

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Charge felon with attempted murder, carjacking

By Tim Hadac A 27-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking and attempted first-degree murder after he was arrested in the 8000 block of South Cottage Grove on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Monta Anderson, of the 3400 block of West 73rd Place, allegedly shot a 28-year-old man and forcibly took his keys and vehicle back…

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West Lawn man awaits trial on sex charges

Allegedly abused teen girl lifeguard By Tim Hadac A 32-year-old West Lawn man is due in Cook County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Nov. 17 to answer charges of felony criminal sexual assault. Mauricio A. Ramirez, of the 6400 block of South Kilpatrick, allegedly used his position as a Chicago Park District supervisor at Humboldt Park…

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Holiday toy search may run into dead end, BBB says

By Better Business Bureau staff Every year, there are always a few must-have toys on most kids’ holiday wish lists. The toy sells out fast and becomes expensive and hard to find. On top of that, the microchip shortage has parents worried about getting their deliveries on time. This year’s hot picks, according to Amazon…

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LaGrange Road ramps to Tri-State Tollway to be closed next week

The ramp connecting southbound LaGrange Road to the southbound Tri-State Tollway (I-294) is scheduled to close for two nights next week for utility and pavement work. Overnight Monday, November 15, ramp and lane closures are needed to accommodate overhead cable work as part of Archer Avenue Interchange improvements related to the reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway. Beginning at 8 p.m.,…

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Sharing our bounty with those less fortunate

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Our days are shorter and cooler, so when the weather is chilly its time to make chili! I already enjoyed one crockpot full of the deliciousness. The kitchen will smell wonderful, and you can warm up with…

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Sister Elizabeth Ann, a homegrown wall-of-famer

By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 Recently, Villa Joseph Marie High School in Pennsylvania held their annual Wall of Fame ceremony. So, what does this have to do with Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor? Well, one of our own was honored this year. In…

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Clocks fall back, Santa moves ahead

By Karen Sala Your correspondent in Gage Park (773) 471-1429 • [email protected] By now we’ve all has set our clocks back an hour and hopefully changed the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. The furnace has been turned on, and we are set for winter. It won’t be long now and Santa will be…

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Busy month at Envision Community Services

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. When first celebrated, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day. This day marked the end of World War I and was formally recognized on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. I thank America’s…

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COVID-19 vax now available for kids

From staff reports With final approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, all children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, Chicago Department of Public Health officials announced late last week. Pediatric vaccine doses have already begun…

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Boys Cross Country State Final: Sandburg computes with 3A title; Marist’s Jake Phillips takes fourth in 2A

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Some exhaustive research combined with a little computer wizardry came up with the prediction that Sandburg would win the IHSA Class 3A title by 106 points. A simulation created by Illinois XC Speed Ratings used each state qualifier’s “previous four rated performances and season rating 1,000 times,” then took the average…

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High School Football Class 8A Playoffs: Marist stops Storm, advances to quarterfinals

By Steve Millar Correspondent Marist Senior defensive end Jayson Harris-Woodard and the rest of the RedHawks defense were excited for a new kind of challenge against South Elgin. Coming into Saturday’s Class 8A second-round game, the undefeated Storm was averaging 45 points a game with its triple-option attack. “We don’t usually get to see…

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Hundsdorfer brings investigative experience to Capitol News Illinois reporting team

Hundsdorfer brings investigative experience to Capitol News Illinois reporting team

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Capitol News Illinois on Monday welcomed Beth Hundsdorfer to its full-time reporting staff. Hundsdorfer is a veteran investigative reporter who spent nearly 20 years at the Belleville News-Democrat, 13 of which were spent on the investigative beat. She also covered cops and courts. Her investigative journalism included work on…

Democrats deny racial gerrymandering in legislative maps

Democrats deny racial gerrymandering in legislative maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers for the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders filed documents in federal court Wednesday denying that newly drawn state legislative district maps amount to racial gerrymandering, instead accusing the plaintiffs in the three lawsuits of trying to use race to redraw districts for their own purposes. Wednesday’s…

House Democratic Leader Greg Harris announces retirement plans

House Democratic Leader Greg Harris announces retirement plans

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Democratic Leader Greg Harris said Monday he will not seek reelection in 2022 and will step down from the General Assembly after eight terms in office. Harris, 66, of Chicago, is the first openly LGBTQ legislative leader in Illinois history who spent much of…

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

By ANDREW ADAMS For Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Republican state Rep. Adam Niemerg grew up in a family that cared about politics, so it felt like a natural step for him when he ran his first campaign to get a seat in the House of Representatives in 2020. “There’s a lot of things that…

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

By ANDREW ADAMS For Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Republican state Rep. Adam Niemerg grew up in a family that cared about politics, so it felt like a natural step for him when he ran his first campaign to get a seat in the House of Representatives in 2020. “There’s a lot of things that…

Freshman legislator Pacione-Zayas focuses on ‘solutioning’

Freshman legislator Pacione-Zayas focuses on ‘solutioning’

By MARIA GARDNER For Capitol News Illinois State Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas’ friends tease her for changing the meaning of words. “Solution” becomes a verb when she says “I’m about solutioning.” Pacione-Zayas, 43, D-Chicago, has been actively “solutioning” since she took office in December when then-state Sen. Iris Martinez stepped down to become Clerk of the…

Freshman legislator Pacione-Zayas focuses on ‘solutioning’

Freshman legislator Pacione-Zayas focuses on ‘solutioning’

By MARIA GARDNER For Capitol News Illinois State Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas’ friends tease her for changing the meaning of words. “Solution” becomes a verb when she says “I’m about solutioning.” Pacione-Zayas, 43, D-Chicago, has been actively “solutioning” since she took office in December when then-state Sen. Iris Martinez stepped down to become Clerk of the…

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