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Asks To Assist Orphans

With the holidays quickly approaching, residents can have the opportunity to share the joy and love with an orphan.Like the Kairis family of the Garfield Ridge neighborhood, residents can host an orphan in their home for approximately four weeks through Project One Forty Three.{{more}}Project One Forty Three is a non-profit organization.The ÒOne Forty Three” component…

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Frustration in Archer Heights

Civic Association Complains About Prostitution to Commander A crowd of nearly 100 people descended upon the Veterans Memorial Uno School at 47th and Kilpatrick to attend this month’s meeting of the Archer Heights Civic Association. The agenda was full with the heaviest discussion being: the growing problem of prostitution in the area; the proposed acquisition…

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Chicago Is Pillaging Suburbanites Ñ Again

History is replete with instances in which Chicago has dipped its corrupt government hand into the back pocket of suburbanites to pay for their own mismanagement and sweetheart deals. In the 1980s, it was the CTA that needed cash. In fact, when has the CTA never been a ÒCash Tapped Agency?” To help cover the…

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Hours Are Extended For Oak Lawn Children’s Museum

Hours have been extended for families and their kids to visit the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum, 5100 Museum Drive. The extended hours will be offered through Friday, Dec. 30. The museum will be open the second and fourth Thursday until 8 p.m., and will also be open the second and fourth Friday until 8 p.m.…

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Lane Resigns As Committeeman, Suggests Curtis

Lona Lane has decided she wants to concentrate solely on her duties as 18th Ward alderman. On Oct. 5, she handed in her resignation as ward committeeman and has asked the community to support Derrick Curtis to take her place.{{more}} Curtis is the current ward superintendent for the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation. He…

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Mayor Selects New Trustee In Oak Lawn

Cynthia Trautsch is Oak Lawn Mayor Dave Heilmann’s choice for 1st District Trustee. Trautsch will take the place of former Trustee Jerry Hurckes. Hurckes resigned in August after being on the board for 12 years. He is now the chief of staff to Cong. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd).{{more}} Trautsch was born and raised in Oak Lawn,…

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Maria High School To Close

100-Year-Old Institution Has Plans To Become a Charter Facility The Sisters of St. Casimir and Maria High School, 6727 S. California Ave., recently announced that they are in discussions to open a K through 12 co-educational charter school at Maria.{{more}} On July 21, an application for this charter was submitted to Chicago Public Schools (CPS)…

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Oak Lawn Author Writes Book On Haunted Spirits

A local man may add being a published author to his resume. Elkossei Ashraf, an Oak Lawn resident, has written a book titled, Haunted Estate Sale: 2 Angry Spirits. Ashraf said that he came to the United States from Egypt approximately 20 years ago.{{more}} A former resident of Chicago Ridge, he has resided in Oak…

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Warn of ‘Scams’ in Oak Lawn

Village Board Also Approves New 1st District Trustee Several senior scams have been reported in the Village of Oak Lawn, and they were among the topics of discussion at the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on Tuesday.{{more}} Trustee Alex Olejniczak (2nd) stated that offenders are calling seniors, pretending to be the police. One senior couple…

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West Elsdon – Archer Heights

A resident from 54th and Hamlin called and asked me to write about potential scam artists in the area. While George was outdoors cutting his grass at 1 p.m., he was approached by a con man who claimed he needed to check out George’s yellow water in the house. Fortunately, the resident of the home…

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Unemployed Look For Possibilities at Job Fair

Long lines and expectant faces awaited prospective employers at Cong. Dan Lipinski’s (D-3rd) first-ever job fair last Friday. On Oct. 7, Lipinski hosted a job fair at the Bridgeview Community Center, 7900 S. Oketo Ave., to help residents who are unemployed or underemployed network with potential employers.{{more}} Participating businesses included Cintas Corp., Metra, Pace, and…

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Future of Holy Cross, Nativity Are Unknown

Maria High School, 6727 S. California Ave, apparently will become a charter school in 2013. For 100 years, Maria has served the Southwest Side of Chicago as an all-girl Catholic school. But the announcement came last week that Maria will no longer continue to operate as a Catholic institution because it is no longer financially…

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Unemployed Look For Possibilities at Job Fair

Long lines and expectant faces awaited prospective employers at Cong. Dan Lipinski’s (D-3rd) first-ever job fair last Friday. On Oct. 7, Lipinski hosted a job fair at the Bridgeview Community Center, 7900 S. Oketo Ave., to help residents who are unemployed or underemployed network with potential employers. Participating businesses included Cintas Corp., Metra, Pace, and…

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Future of Holy Cross, Nativity Are Unknown

Maria High School, 6727 S. California Ave, apparently will become a charter school in 2013. For 100 years, Maria has served the Southwest Side of Chicago as an all-girl Catholic school. But the announcement came last week that Maria will no longer continue to operate as a Catholic institution because it is no longer financially…

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Warn of ‘Scams’ in Oak Lawn

Village Board Also Approves New 1st District Trustee Several senior scams have been reported in the Village of Oak Lawn, and they were among the topics of discussion at the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on Tuesday. Trustee Alex Olejniczak (2nd) stated that offenders are calling seniors, pretending to be the police. One senior couple…

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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,…

11th contempt citation filed against DCFS director

11th contempt citation filed against DCFS director

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – On Thursday afternoon, a Cook County judge found Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith in contempt of court for the 11th time for violating court orders to move children to proper placements. The 11-year-old girl at the center of the case has…

Criminal case against senior staff at state-run hospital dismissed

Criminal case against senior staff at state-run hospital dismissed

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The official misconduct case against a Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center senior staff member was dismissed on Thursday. Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Tripp dropped the charges, related to a cover-up of abuse at the state-run facility, against Choate’s quality assurance manager Gary Goins. The…

ANALYSIS: Fuel retailers sue over ‘compelled speech’ at the gas pump

ANALYSIS: Fuel retailers sue over ‘compelled speech’ at the gas pump

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] “As of July 1, 2022, the State of Illinois has suspended the inflation adjustment to the motor fuel tax through December 31, 2022. The price on this pump should reflect the suspension of the tax increase.” Those two sentences may be coming to a gas pump near you…

CAPITOL RECAP: Survey: Illinois undercounted in 2020 census

CAPITOL RECAP: Survey: Illinois undercounted in 2020 census

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The Census Bureau released new survey data Thursday, May 19, suggesting the population of Illinois may have been undercounted by nearly 2 percent in the 2020 headcount. That was one of the findings of the Census Bureau’s Post-Enumeration Survey, or PES, something the bureau does after each decennial census…

Census Bureau: Illinois may have been undercounted in 2020 census

Census Bureau: Illinois may have been undercounted in 2020 census

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Census Bureau released new survey data Thursday suggesting the population of Illinois may have been undercounted by nearly 2 percent in the 2020 headcount. That was one of the findings of the Census Bureau’s Post-Enumeration Survey, or PES, something the bureau does after each decennial…

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