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Saint Xavier wide receiver Justin Pringle finds room ro run during a 16-15 loss to Indiana Wesleyan in the Cougars' home-opener on Sept. 16. Photo courtesy of Saint Xavier University Department of Athletics

Indiana Wesleyan scrapes by Saint Xavier after missed 2-pt conversion

By Mike Walsh Correspondent Life is about choices. Sometimes, the result is to our benefit; sometimes it is not. In Saint Xavier’s loss to visiting Indiana Wesleyan on Sept. 16 at George R. Deaton Field in Mount Greenwood, head coach Mike Feminis was presented with an important decision to make with his team down a…


High School Football Wrap: Week 4 | St. Laurence has Ball in win over Providence

By Mike Walsh Correspondent Providence has won 10 state championships and finished runner-up four times, including last season in Class 4A. So how did St. Laurence’s student body celebrate the Vikings’ second-ever victory over the Celtics, 31-24, last Friday night in Burbank? With an old-fashioned field-storming. St. Laurence senior Aaron Ball scored the go-ahead touchdown…


Chicago Bears honor Stagg’s Nero, Gilmore

By Mike Walsh Correspondent The Chicago Bears named Stagg head football coach Colt Nero and Chargers senior Lebarion Gilmore as the Chicago Bears Coach of the Week and the Chicago Bears High School All-Star for Week 3 of the 2023 season. The honors came after Stagg defeated visiting Belleville West 24-0 in a nonconference matchup…

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Veggies, flowers in abundance this harvest season

. By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 Have you been harvesting your tomatoes or enjoying the gift of home-grown tomatoes from a neighbor or friend? The hot and dry beginning of summer and the intermittent rains made for an abundance of a variety of veggies and flowers…

Mary Stanek

It’s time for a day of atonement

. By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Happy mid-September! I was fascinated when my husband did some ancestry research and found out he had a great grandfather, Simon. The cousins and him all seemed to be in agreement that Simon was a Jewish…

Kathy Headley

. By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 For the last several years, I have been periodically keeping you up to date on the progress of the gas company project that tore apart the grass, sidewalks and street. They did a very nice job replacing…

Some Red Stars fans welcome the team's new owners Sept .17 by saying goodbye to some controversial figures in the previous regime. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report | New owners watch Red Stars tie in front of record-setting crowd

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The Chicago Red Stars put on quite a show for their new bosses. It was fun. It was exciting. It had a big crowd and it felt like a big-time atmosphere. But in the grand scheme of trying to make it to the NWSL playoffs, it didn’t mean much. The…

The Trinity Christian College women's soccer team from 2005 will be inducted into the school's hall of fame in October. Photo courtesy of Trinity Christian College Athletics

Area Sports Roundup | Trinity soccer champs to be inducted into HOF

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The first team in Trinity Christian College history to win a national championship will be honored in October. The Trinity Christian College Athletics Department announced the 2005 women’s soccer team as the newest member to its Athletics Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Oct. 21 as…

Helena Klooster of Marist and Orland Park could go deep into the IHSA state tennis tournament even though she is only a freshman. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Tennis | Marist freshman Klooster a player to watch

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer When Helena Klooster was growing up, she tried a variety of sports and activities. Dancing and tennis were two of them. “I didn’t like dance at all,” Klooster said. “I would first have dance and I would head straight to tennis. “My mom said that I would look super sad…

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. Crime reports courtesy of swchicagopost.com. Police report information is provided by law enforcement agencies. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken, and people charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.   Shot to death in Hearst Area A 25-year-old…

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Cops warn of robbers

. From staff reports Police have issued a community alert in the wake of three armed robberies earlier this month. Each occurred on the street and involved bandits walking up to victims and demanding valuables. Crime scenes include: • 4800 block of South Kostner at 5:35 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. • 6100 block of South…

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Seek crew that robbed bus passenger

, From staff reports Police are seeking the public’s help in finding several people who beat and robbed a woman riding a CTA bus in the 6200 block of South Western at 9:07 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. The victim was on her way to work when she was accosted by a man and three women…

Minutes before last week’s Local School Council meeting at Hancock High School, several dozen teachers, parents and students staged a protest at the school’s 64th Place entrance. They chanted their support of Principal Vanessa Puentes and demanded that the LSC reverse their vote not to renew her contract. --Greater Southwest News-Herald photo by Cosmo Hadac

‘We want to know why’

. Frustration mounting over Hancock principal’s ouster By Tim Hadac Frustration over the apparent ouster of Hancock College Prep High School Principal Vanessa Puentes appeared to grow this week, in the wake of a marathon Local School Council meeting that failed to yield answers many teachers, parents, students an Clearing community members sought. “We want…


Bursting with color and pride

Select dancers from Ballet Folklórico Estrella del Mar recently had the honor to perform with The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage. They, in turn, joined the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance and Cuerdas Clásicas at the event Somos Un Solo Pueblo, México y Puerto Rico. Showing a burst of…

Kendall Coyne Schofield inked a three-year deal with Minnesota in a new women's hockey league. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Area sports report: Coyne Schofield signs three-year pro deal

By Jeff Vorva The new Professional Women’s Hockey League is forming, and Palos Heights native and Sandburg graduate Kendall Coyne Schofield will be a part of its historic first season. Schofield was one of the first three players to sign for the Minnesota franchise, a trio that also features fellow U.S. Olympians Kelly Pannek and…


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House passes bill to reclassify small-amount drug possession as misdemeanor

House passes bill to reclassify small-amount drug possession as misdemeanor

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — A bill to lessen penalties for possessing and selling small amounts of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, narrowly passed out of the state House of Representatives Wednesday after a contentious debate. The discussion over House Bill 3447 provoked strong emotions on both sides of the aisle, passing…

CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers begin review of state monuments

CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers begin review of state monuments

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – A House committee tasked with reviewing statues and monuments on state property held its first meeting Wednesday, April 21, hearing from historians and state government associations on what steps are being in other states and what frameworks can be established to guide the review process. Rep. Tim Butler, a…

Bill allowing name changes for convicted individuals passes House

Bill allowing name changes for convicted individuals passes House

By RAYMON TRONCOSO Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A bill allowing a person who must register with a state agency due to a criminal conviction to change their name under specific circumstances passed the Illinois House on Thursday with bipartisan support. House Bill 2542, introduced by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, amends several state statutes…

House passes leadership term limits, source of income protections for renters

House passes leadership term limits, source of income protections for renters

By TIM KIRSININKAS Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House advanced several bills Thursday, including one which would implement term limits on leadership positions in the General Assembly and another that would create additional protections for tenants’ sources of income. House Bill 642, introduced by Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, would bar any individual…

Lawmakers question Exelon audit

Lawmakers question Exelon audit

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Members of a state Senate committee sharply criticized a recent audit of Exelon’s nuclear power plant operations that suggested ratepayers may need to subsidize two of those plants by as much as $350 million over the next five years. Gov. JB Pritzker’s office and the Illinois Environmental…

Illinois House OKs bill to license professional midwives

Illinois House OKs bill to license professional midwives

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The certified professional midwife profession in Illinois moved one step closer to becoming an officially licensed occupation on Thursday with the passage of House Bill 3401. HB 3401 creates the Licensed Certified Professional Midwife Practice Act, which would license individuals who perform out-of-hospital births and have…

Springfield Republican calls out Democrats for placing bill 'on review'

Springfield Republican calls out Democrats for placing bill ‘on review’

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Republican Rep. Tim Butler on Thursday accused the new Democratic leadership in the state House of Representatives of preserving practices from previous leadership which Republicans say unfairly benefits the majority party. “So, what the speaker said back in January about this place being different and running…

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