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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).Trautsch was born and raised in Oak Lawn, attended District 122…

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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. On July 21, an application for this charter was submitted to Chicago Public Schools (CPS)…

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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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Peraica Arrives Late for Court, Tossed in Jail

Former Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica arrived late for a court appearance Tuesday morning at the Bridgeview Courthouse. And his tardiness resulted in his being placed briefly in lockup. Peraica’s appearance in court Tuesday was a result of a misdemeanor case in which he was accused of tearing down the political signs of his opponent…

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Kupczyk Tells Chamber Crime Dips in 8th District

Residents of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge and Clearing neighborhoods can sleep a bit more soundly because crime is reportedly down in those areas. Chicago Lawn (8th) District Cmdr. John Kupczyk gave an update on crime in the area at the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday.{{more}} Ò(In) the city as a whole, crime is…

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St. Nick’s Teacher Wins ‘Day Made Better’ Award

St. Nicholas of Tolentine School teacher Barbara Gliech was the surprise award recipient of $1,000 worth of school supplies in a contest organized through the Archdiocese of Chicago and co-sponsored by OfficeMax and the Adopt-A-Classroom program.{{more}} The contest was designed as a means to highlight the challenges of teachers and gain community support to adopt…

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Gang Activity Is Mentioned In Burbank

The city council addressed a complaint concerning increased gang activity on the streets of Burbank at the Sept. 28 board meeting.{{more}} Laura Sandoval, of Burbank, wanted the city council to be aware of the gang activity she has witnessed, particularly on the 7800 block of New England Avenue. ÒMy neighbors and I have seen a…

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Moraine President To Retire

Crawley Informs Faculty, Staff That He Will Bow Out on June 30 Dr. Vernon Crawley, president of Moraine Valley and the longest-serving college/university chief executive officer in Illinois, announced to faculty and staff Sept. 26 that he will retire on June 30.{{more}} ÒMoraine Valley is an excellent institution, which is well respected on the local,…

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Pritzker signs changes to SAFE-T Act’s cash bail provisions

Pritzker signs changes to SAFE-T Act’s cash bail provisions

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday signed a follow-up measure to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform, the third such amendment since the law’s initial passage in January 2021. The changes approved by lawmakers last week in the fall veto session center on the law’s provisions which…

State elections board certifies 2022 results

State elections board certifies 2022 results

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Elections certified its election results Monday, putting the final stamp on another Democratic sweep of statewide offices. The board reported that 4,142,642 out of 8,115,751 registered voters cast ballots in the election, a turnout of roughly 51 percent. That’s down from…

Holiday displays – including the Satanic Temple’s – return to Illinois Capitol

Holiday displays – including the Satanic Temple’s – return to Illinois Capitol

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Satanic Temple of Illinois debuted a new display in the Illinois Capitol rotunda Tuesday, taking its place next to the annual Christmas and Hanukkah displays. For Christmas, that means the Springfield Nativity Committee has once again placed a manger scene featuring Mary, Joseph and Jesus.…

State elections board certifies 2022 results

State elections board certifies 2022 results

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Elections certified its election results Monday, putting the final stamp on another Democratic sweep of statewide offices. The board reported that 4,142,642 out of 8,115,751 registered voters cast ballots in the election, a turnout of roughly 51 percent. That’s down from…

Tax credits, prison reform pass in veto session

Tax credits, prison reform pass in veto session

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers last week passed significant legislation dealing with electric vehicle manufacturing incentives and the availability of hygiene products for prisoners in the state’s correctional system. But some weightier issues, including a possible assault weapons ban, will wait until a lame duck session scheduled for early…

CAPITOL RECAP: SAFE-T Act changes head to Pritzker; unemployment debt deal advances

CAPITOL RECAP: SAFE-T Act changes head to Pritzker; unemployment debt deal advances

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers on Thursday passed a long-awaited amendment to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform’s provisions that will eliminate cash bail when the calendar hits 2023. The measure expands the list of crimes for which a judge can order pretrial detention, adds to what a judge can consider when determining…

Lawmakers advance $1.8 billion unemployment fund bailout

Lawmakers advance $1.8 billion unemployment fund bailout

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – On the final day of their fall veto session, Illinois lawmakers on Thursday advanced a pair of bills that would infuse $1.8 billion into the state’s unemployment trust fund, which was depleted during the economic shutdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan agreement came…

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