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Garfield Ridge native is new Vikes’ volleyball coach

From staff reports A Garfield Ridge native has been named head boys’ volleyball coach at St. Laurence High School. Laura Bugarin “brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge to the Vikings, with 11 years of coaching experience for 1st Alliance Volleyball Club, Illinois’ top USA Volleyball (USAV) club and a nationally ranked program,” school officials said. Coaching some of the…

Several of the people and organizations involved in the Hale Community Garden gathered for a photo last week when 13th Ward staff dropped off new black dirt for the project. They are (from left) Moe Zahdan, 13th Ward supervior; Anita Cummings, executive director of the United Business Association of Midway; Samantha Kyme, Hale dean of students leading the environment/culture program; Hector Villalobos and his children, Liliana and Leonardo Villalobos of Clearing. --Supplied photo

Biz leaders help school’s garden grow

By Dermot Connolly The United Business Association of Midway has partnered with Hale School to expand the community garden outside the school at 6140 S. Melvina. “I have always believed that a strong partnership is what gets anything accomplished,” said Anita Cummings, UBAM executive director. “This is a cornerstone of our organization. We work with…

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Top cop to drive in charity race

By Joan Hadac There are all kinds of fundraisers that benefit Special Olympics Illinois, but none is faster than the Five-O at the Dirty-O, the annual stock car race at the famed Dirt Oval 66 racetrack (known to fans as the Dirty-O) in Joliet. Five-O at the Dirty-O is a charity race featuring law enforcement officers…

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Police Reports

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. Charge man with murder in Chicago Lawn slaying A 33-year-old Woodlawn…

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Reputed gang member tried to hire hitman, Dart says

From staff reports A man in custody at Cook County Jail, as well his fiancé, have been charged after an undercover Cook County Sheriff’s Office investigation concluded that they had sought to hire someone to kill a witness in the man’s current murder case, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced recently. Sheriff’s investigators said they learned…

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Armed robbers hit Back of the Yards

From staff reports A cluster of four armed robberies in the south end of Back of the Yards has prompted to police to issue a community alert. Crime scenes include: 5400 block of South Seeley at 5 p.m. Friday, June 17. 5400 block of South Hoyne at 9:10 p.m. Friday, June 17. 5400 block of…

23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares

Days off are days off, Tabares says

Cops cheer call for City Hall to stop ‘abusing’ police By Tim Hadac Until the Lightfoot Administration comes up with a plan to stop canceling regular days off of police officers, 23rd Ward Ald, Silvana Tabares is asking that city government withhold permits of all public parades and festivals that rely on the protection of…

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Pianos in the parks

As part of the annual Make Music Chicago celebration, pianos have been placed in six public parks across the city, including McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing. Now through July 31, Chicagoans are invited to play songs on the instruments, which are typically available during fieldhouse hours. This year, the International Music Foundation will include a…

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush

Rush cheers ‘desperately needed’ gun law

From staff reports Provisions based on gun-safety legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st) has passed the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The legislation has also passed the Senate. Rush’s Gun Trafficking Prohibition Act (H.R. 30) prohibits the trafficking and straw purchasing of guns and bars the…

U.S. Rep. Jesús "Chuy" García (D-4th)

Chuy hails ‘consumer protection’ legislation

From staff reports Legislation designed to prevent large technology companies, retail firms and payday lenders from owning an industrial loan company (ILC) charter and operating a bank without any of the oversight, safeguards and limitations that apply to such institutions, has passed the House Financial Services Committee, said U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-4th), a…

U.S. Rep. Marie Newman

Newman notes fed funds coming

From staff reports As part of this year’s community project funding from the House Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) said she has secured more than $15.9 million in federal funding to invest in community and health services and strengthen transportation networks across the Southwest Side and suburbs. Most of the community project funding requests…

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Boy Scout earns his Eagle wings

Boy Scout Michael Kozel (center) of Troop 1441, sponsored by the St. Mary Star of the Sea Holy Name Society, recently passed his Eagle rank Board of Review process—in which adults in authority checked his required number of merit badges, service hours to his position in the troop and his Eagle Scout service project. Kozel’s…

Mallory Pugh, who has six goals in seven games, will miss three games for the Red Stars in July because she will be playing with the United States in a World Cup qualifier. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars will miss three big guns during World Cup qualifying

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Having world-class players on your team is a blessing. But during times like these, it can also be a curse. World-class players help NWSL teams win games. They also miss chunks of time during the season because of their commitments to playing in international competitions. For much of July, the…

Harper Noren of the Illinois Lightning Track Club shows her form in the long jump on June 25 at Shepard. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Lightning strikes at Shepard

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer There was a lot of rain and a little bit of thunder at the Illinois Lightning Track and Field Club’s open track meet, which was held at Shepard on June 25. The meet was open to everyone, from children as young as 4 (one 3-year-old also participated) to adults. More…

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Mayoral race comes to Archer

Neighbors cheer as Lopez slams Lightfoot on crime By Tim Hadac Southwest Side civic and business leaders last Saturday got an early glimpse of the 2023 mayoral race, as 15th Ward Ald. Raymond Lopez made a campaign stop on Archer Avenue. Lopez was the guest of honor at a “meet and greet” held at the…

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DCFS timeline shows agency visited family one day before 8-year-old’s death

DCFS timeline shows agency visited family one day before 8-year-old’s death

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Amaria Osby’s friends and family were to gather Tuesday, not to celebrate her eighth birthday, but to attend her funeral. Andrea Hagler, Amaria’s mother, won’t be there. She is charged with the first-degree murder of her daughter. Amaria’s death once again drew scrutiny of Illinois’ child protection agency,…

Pritzker willing to call out National Guard to Chicago, if asked

Pritzker willing to call out National Guard to Chicago, if asked

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker indicated Monday he would be willing to deploy the National Guard to help deal with a violent crime spree in Chicago, but only if he’s asked to do so. “Well, I think you know that I have called up the National Guard whenever…

CAPITOL RECAP: GOP candidates on the attack in recent debate

CAPITOL RECAP: GOP candidates on the attack in recent debate

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – All six Republican candidates participated in a single debate Thursday, June 2, and for the most part, candidates aimed criticisms at the man who has recently had a slight polling lead, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin. Darren Bailey, a state senator from Xenia best known for challenging Gov. JB Pritzker’s…

Pritzker announces progress in processing rape case evidence, signs highway camera expansion

Pritzker announces progress in processing rape case evidence, signs highway camera expansion

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police announced Friday that all sexual assault evidence is being processed within the 180-day timeframe outlined in state law – bringing to zero the number of legally “backlogged” cases that rose as high as 1,815 in March 2019. It’s the first time all…

ANALYSIS: More attacks as GOP governor field takes single stage for 1st time

ANALYSIS: More attacks as GOP governor field takes single stage for 1st time

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Things got a bit chippy Thursday night when the six Republican candidates took the stage together for the first time for a debate in Chicago. For the most part, candidates aimed criticisms at the man who has recently had a slight polling lead, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin. Darren…

Attorney general files first civil hate crime lawsuit under authority expanded in 2018

Attorney general files first civil hate crime lawsuit under authority expanded in 2018

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – For the first time since lawmakers expanded the state’s hate crime law in 2018, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is launching a civil lawsuit against two Illinoisans for allegedly engaging in hate crimes. The lawsuit says two residents of Carroll County in northwest Illinois lynched an…

CAPITOL RECAP: Attorney general files state's first civil hate crime lawsuit

CAPITOL RECAP: Attorney general files state’s first civil hate crime lawsuit

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – For the first time since lawmakers expanded the state’s hate crime law in 2018, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is launching a civil lawsuit against two Illinoisans for allegedly engaging in hate crimes. The lawsuit says two residents of Carroll County in northwest Illinois lynched an effigy of their…

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