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Obituaries for Nov. 18

By Tony Largent / November 18, 2021 /

WANDA BEDNARZ Wanda Bednarz (nee Kwietniewski), age 99, formerly of the Garfield Ridge community, passed away November 5. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Bednarz; loving mother of Denise Feret and Alan (Linda Oostema) Bednarz; dear grandmother of Keith, Kara (Dustin) and the late Kevin (Kim); great grandmother of Kyle. Loved all…

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Obituary: Daniel Carroll, award-winning wrestling coach

By Tim Hadac / November 14, 2021 /

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…

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Obituaries for Nov. 11

By Tony Largent / November 11, 2021 /

J JESES CRUZ CORTES J Jeses Cruz Cortes, age 60, passed away October 29. Will be forever missed by beloved family and friends. Visitation and arrangements were held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL, Jonathan F Siedlecki, Owner/Director. Cremation Private. To leave any tributes please visit Funeral Home Website at www.SzykownyFuneralHomeIL.com…

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Obituary: Janet Barham, assistant principal at St. Laurence High School

By Tim Hadac / November 11, 2021 /

From staff reports For a quarter century, Janet Barham taught and served as assistant principal at St. Laurence High School. Mrs. Barham (nee Butler), a Tinley Park resident, died Oct. 26 at age 78. She loved mathematics–especially geometry–and kept her mind sharp with brain teasers, sudoku and competitive battles of Tenzi, Spot-It and Uno with loved…

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Obituaries for Nov. 4

By Tony Largent / November 4, 2021 / Comments Off on Obituaries for Nov. 4

DAVID ABREGO David Abrego, 33, passed away October 24. Loving son of Pedro Abrego and the late Gloria Abrego (nee Nava); dear brother of Evelyn Abrego (Jose Franco); uncle to Erick, Joselyn and Anthony Franco; he leaves behind many cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends. Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home, 4901 S. Archer…

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Obituaries for Oct. 28

By Tony Largent / October 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Obituaries for Oct. 28

MARY THERESA BARNAT Mary Theresa Barnat (nee Szczepaniak), age 93, of Lemont, formerly Summit, passed away peacefully October 15. She was the beloved wife of the late Stanley Barnat and the loving mother of Joan (Dean) DiMitri, James (Janet) Barnat, Maria Cozzo and the late Martin (Laura) Barnat; dear grandmother of Justin (Kelly), Jennifer (Jake),…

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Marie Vachata gets a fond farewell from Lyons

By Steve Metsch / October 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Marie Vachata gets a fond farewell from Lyons

By Steve Metsch Pat Wideman will never forget the first time she met Marie Vachata. “When I first moved to Lyons 50 years ago, she was the very first neighbor who welcomed me to Lyons,” Wideman said while sitting on a bench outside the village hall. Vachata resided two doors down on 46th Street when…

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Rev. Edward Stockus dies, pastor emeritus at St. Hugh Parish, served Oak Lawn parishes

By Bob Bong / October 21, 2021 /

Rev. Edward S. Stockus, pastor emeritus of St. Hugh Parish in Lyons, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9. He was 90 years old. Fr. Stockus was born on Jan. 21, 1931, in Chicago. He attended St. Rita High School, the University of Illinois, University of Dayton, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Loyola University and pursued…

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Obituaries for Oct. 21

By Tony Largent / October 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Obituaries for Oct. 21

PATRICIA JAMIE “PJ” COTTER Patricia Jamie “PJ” Cotter, 73, of Willow Springs, passed away September 29. Beloved daughter of the late Robert and Georgia (née Svarkonis) Cotter; loving sister of Michael (Karen) and the late James. Fond cousin to many and loving, caring and generous friend to many more. Visitation was held October 8 at…

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Obituaries for Oct. 14

By Tony Largent / October 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Obituaries for Oct. 14

JOSEPH C. BYRNE   Joseph C. Byrne, age 86, of Brookfield, formerly of Omaha, NE, passed away October 1. Beloved husband of Eleanor Byrne (nee Engle); loving father of Carey (Ernest Newmann) Byrne and the late Eric Byrne; grandfather of Andrew Newmann and Sarah Newmann; brother of the late Jack Byrne; uncle of Daniel,…

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Bridge Teen Center students try their hand at racquetball

From staff reports Middle school and high school students from The Bridge Teen Center traveled to Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park last month for the unique opportunity to learn and play racquetball. Although many of the students had heard of the sport before, few actually had the opportunity to play it. “I signed…

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Dash through the Nighttime Reindeer Run at Brookfield Zoo

From staff reports Grab your glow sticks and lace up your running shoes for the return of Brookfield Zoo’s Reindeer Run, presented by ALDI. On Saturday, November 20, participants of all ages will be some of the first to see the zoo all lit up for its Holiday Magic, while enjoying a fun run along a two-mile course entirely…

Runners near the half-way mark at the 2019 Orland Park Turkey Trot. (Village of Orland Park photo)

Orland Park Turkey Trot returns for 33rd year

From staff reports Orland Park’s annual Turkey Trot is a holiday mainstay, growing in popularity each year. This year marks the event’s 33rd year. The chip timed race is held on Thanksgiving morning and has become a highly anticipated tradition for many Orland Park residents and their guests looking to kick off the holiday with…

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Local mayors line up behind Newman

By Bob Bong U.S. Rep. Marie Newman is wasting no time lining up supporters for her bid to win the Democratic nomination in the new 6th Congressional District. Newman, who hopes to continue serving the southwest suburbs from the newly drawn district, announced Monday that 10 area mayors have endorsed her in next June’s primary election…

Veterans in attendance at Forest View's November 11 ceremony. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Forest View salutes veterans on their day

By Carol McGowan Despite the cold rain and wind last Thursday, many turned out for the first ever Veterans Day ceremony at the Forest View Village Hall. Veterans, village and state officials, residents, and students from Home Elementary School in Stickney started making their way to the front of the building on 46th Street just…

Orland Park Trustee Brian Riordan said the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office is ‘reckless’ and crime is bleeding into the village. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park goes Foxx hunting with new resolution

By Jeff Vorva Orland Park trustees and Mayor Keith Pekau continued to pile on complaints against Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. Board members say she is letting too many criminals run free and it is affecting their village. “I’ve been an attorney for 25 years and in law school before that and I’ve never…

Palos Park Commissioner Nicole Milovich-Walters shares her concerns about video gaming at a recent council meeting. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

If video gaming comes to Palos Park, there will be restrictions

By Jeff Vorva The Village of Palos Park council could be making a huge decision at Monday night’s meeting to allow video gaming machines in some businesses. It was brought up Oct. 25 and continued Nov. 8 and commissioners on the council have been seeking the public’s input. The tone of the council is that…

Orland Park native James D. Hannigan said he felt nervous addressing veterans in town on Nov. 11. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park honors veterans and their families

By Jeff Vorva James D. Hannigan felt a little bit funny addressing the veterans in Orland Park. Hannigan, a 1998 Sandburg graduate who is a lieutenant colonel in the Army in the St. Louis area, scanned the crowd of more than 200 at the Orland Park Civic Center on Veterans Day and said he wasn’t…

James Duax, of Palos Heights, a Navy vet from 1951-55, smiles after winning a hand-made quilt at the Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 10. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Veterans warm up to Palos Heights breakfast celebration

By Jeff Vorva James Duax will stay warm this winter. Duax, a Navy veteran who served from 1951-1955, was the first winner of a raffle giving away several quilts at the Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 10 at the Palos Height Recreation Center. He had his choice of colors and picked a quilt that had Green…

Palos Heights Ald. Jack Clifford is looking for volunteers Saturday to help with a Christmas tree project. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Clifford seeks help with Palos Lions Christmas tree delivery

By Jeff Vorva The trees are coming. At Tuesday’s Palos Heights City Council meeting, Ald. Jack Clifford announced that there will be at least 600 Christmas trees delivered and he is seeking a little help. The Palos Lions Club will have its annual tree sale at 127th Street and Harlem Avenue shortly after they are…

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CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs electric vehicle manufacturing incentives into law

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs electric vehicle manufacturing incentives into law

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law a tax incentives package Tuesday, Nov. 16, that state lawmakers hope will help Illinois become a manufacturing hub for the budding electric vehicle industry. The Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois, or REV, Act, passed the General Assembly with near-unanimous bipartisan support during the…

New state law bans ‘dark money’ in judicial races

New state law bans ‘dark money’ in judicial races

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new law in Illinois aims to ban out-of-state contributions and so-called “dark money” in judicial campaigns by requiring all candidates to disclose the sources of their contributions. Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday signed Senate Bill 536 into law, an omnibus elections bill that makes a…

Pritzker signs electric vehicle manufacturing incentives into law

Pritzker signs electric vehicle manufacturing incentives into law

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law a tax incentives package Tuesday that state lawmakers hope will help Illinois become a manufacturing hub for the budding electric vehicle industry. The Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois, or REV, Act, passed the General Assembly with near-unanimous bipartisan support during…

Capitol Cast: Climate, Supreme Court and Redistricting

Capitol Cast: Climate, Supreme Court and Redistricting

Listen to the latest episode of Capitol Cast. Peter Hancock and Jerry Nowicki discuss Gov. JB Pritzker’s trip to the U.N. climate conference, an Illinois Supreme Court case concerning ride hailing services, and the latest developments in the legislative redistricting court cases. Capitol News Illinois · Climate, Supreme Court and Redistricting

GOP, advocacy groups submit changes to legislative district maps in court

GOP, advocacy groups submit changes to legislative district maps in court

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Plaintiffs in three lawsuits challenging the new legislative district maps that Democrats pushed through the General Assembly earlier this year have submitted their proposed changes, which would create more Latino- and Black-majority districts in Cook County and the Metro East region. The latest filings, submitted to…

State Supreme Court asked to rule in case of woman allegedly raped by Lyft driver

State Supreme Court asked to rule in case of woman allegedly raped by Lyft driver

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The rideshare company Lyft argued before the Illinois Supreme Court Wednesday that a 2014 state law protects it from being held liable for the criminal actions of one of its drivers who allegedly raped a passenger in 2017. The case centers on the constitutionality of the…

Pritzker signs Health Care Right of Conscience change

Pritzker signs Health Care Right of Conscience change

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new law in Illinois will soon clear the way for employers to enforce vaccination, testing and other mitigation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The measure, Senate Bill 1169, amends the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act, a 1977 law originally intended to…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker pushes Illinois as EV leader at UN Climate Change Conference

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker pushes Illinois as EV leader at UN Climate Change Conference

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – As global leaders met in Glasgow, Scotland, over the past two weeks to discuss the effects of and potential policy solutions to climate change, Gov. JB Pritzker made the case in a pair of speaking events that Illinois is doing its part to counteract troubling climate trends. It was…

Pritzker makes Illinois pitch at world climate conference

Pritzker makes Illinois pitch at world climate conference

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – As global leaders met in Glasgow, Scotland, over the past two weeks to discuss the effects of and potential policy solutions to climate change, Gov. JB Pritzker made the case in a pair of speaking events that Illinois is doing its part to counteract troubling climate…

Application period for new round of rental assistance delayed one month

Application period for new round of rental assistance delayed one month

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The application period for a new round of financial assistance to renters through the Illinois Housing Development Authority will be delayed one month as the application portal undergoes additional testing, although funding remains available through other state programs. The latest round of funding, provided by the…

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