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Aid for Metropolitan Family

Madigan, Burke Assist in Raising Funds for FacilityIllinois Speaker of the House and state Rep. Michael Madigan (D-22nd) and state Rep. Daniel Burke (D-23rd) were honored by Metropolitan Family Services in securing $825,000 in state funds to improve the agency’s Southwest Side facilities.{{more}}Metropolitan Family Services has been a support system for Southwest Side families since…

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Robbery / Kidnapping In Oak Lawn

On October 26, 2011 at approx. 3:15 p.m. an 81 year old elderly female resident of Chicago’s 8th district was grocery shopping at 95th and Pulaski in Oak Lawn. While in the parking lot loading groceries into her car the victim was approached by 2 black offenders, one male the other female. They attempted a…

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Emanuel Guts Human Relations Commission

To help cut expenses, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cutting services. Too bad he doesn’t focus more on waste. Emanuel is cutting 20 percent or $619,000 from the budget of Commission on Human Relations, the agency that fights bigotry and discrimination in the city. That sounds like a lot but the Commission will have about…

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Maria High Stages Fall Play

Will Perform Two-Act Production of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ The two-act production of ÒCharlotte’s Web” will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12 in the auditorium at Maria High School, 6727 S. California Ave., Chicago. A performance is also scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. ÒCharlotte’s Web” is an adaptation by…

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Orland Park Leader Is Named Top Director

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 Nancy Johnson has been named 2011 Activity Director of the Year by the Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA). The awards were announced during the IHCA Annual Convention. ÒNancy has the innate ability to encourage Alden Estates of Orland Park residents to live an active and healthy lifestyle; she plans special events…

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In Theo We Trust

So Theo Epstein is a Cub, and it’s time to get excited. Right? Right? Well, yeah. But haven’t we Cub fans been excited before? Like when Corey Patterson arrived? Or when Felix Pie arrived? Or when Greg Maddux was signed as a free agent? Or when Kosuke Fukudome came over from Japan?{{more}} Or when Larry…

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Debate Lingers On Cameras For Area 14

The installation of video cameras that will focus on presumed high crime areas in Marquette Park Service Area 14 are on hold. Joe Polikaitis, the director of Marquette Park Service Area 14, was confident that a couple of cameras would be installed in October. ÒThe city will not allow us to use light poles,” said…

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Marquette School Marks ‘Lights On’ After School

The 12th annual ÒLights On After School” day, a celebration of after-school programs on Oct. 20, was put on throughout the country. One million Americans and more than 7,500 communities nationwide celebrated the after-school programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.{{more}} Some schools use this day to display their…

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Argue Length of School Days

Labor Board Backs CTU, But CPS Wants What’s Best for Students The Chicago Teacher’s Union has been adamant in opposing a policy that allows for a longer school day in some of the city’s schools. The CTU argues that implementing a longer school day this year would only affect teachers, who would be forced to…

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Bridgeview OKs Transit Center At Toyota Park

The Bridgeview Village Board meeting of Oct. 19 highlighted improvements to transportation within the village. An agreement for the lease and maintenance of a transit center at Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., in Bridgeview, has been reached between the Village of Bridgeview and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) better known as PACE bus service.{{more}}…

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Shocking comments from an Orland Fire Protection District trustee

Tuesday’s meeting of the Orland Fire Protection District continued its focus on cutting expenditures to save taxpayer monies and reduce the district’s large annual budget and taxes, but there was a sideshow. Three members of the six-member OFPD Senior Council quit, turning their resignations into a political move and declaring their support of former Fire…

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District 229 Asked For Help by Speech Team

Oak Lawn Community High School’s highly successful Speech Team is asking the school board to consider making room in the budget for additional coaches. The request was made at the Oak Lawn Community High School 229 board meeting on Oct. 19.{{more}} Due to low funding, the team was forced to make cuts, reducing the amount…

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Bridal Salon To Reopen In Oak Lawn

Eva’s Bridal in Oak Lawn will be ready to open its doors again on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Ronia Ghusein, owner of Eva’s Bridal, said they will be completing construction that began in June. The new store will be at 5269 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. ÒIt’s been taking us a long time to get there…

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Halloween Curfew Remains

Oak Lawn Board Insists on 3 to 7 p.m. for Trick-or-Treaters Several residents stepped forward to the podium at the Oak Lawn Board Meeting on Tuesday night to persuade the board to change the Halloween trick-or-treating hours. The current Halloween hours that the board voted on at the Oct. 11 meeting were 3 to 7…

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Students From SW Side Pledge To Resist Guns

Several schools on the Southwest Side of Chicago participated in the 16th annual National Day of Concern. One of the schools was St. Mary Star of the Sea, 6424 S. Kenneth Ave. Technically, the full title is ÒDay of National Concern for Students Against Gun Violence.”{{more}} The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence is a national…

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Orland Park to Participate in National “Take Back Day”

The Village of Orland Park will participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s national ÒTake Back Day” on Saturday, October 29, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Area residents are invited to bring expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances to the Orland Park Police Department, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue. Residents may also dispose of…

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Cockatiel Found In Hale Park

A Cockatiel was found in Hale Park on Sunday, October 16th. Anyone missing a Cockatiel should contact the finder at (773) 203-0947 or e-mail her at [email protected]

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Cite Officers In Battling Against Abuse

The Chicago Lawn (8th) District Domestic Violence Subcommittee on Tuesday night recognized Officers Raymond Piwnicki and Timothy Quinn for going above the call of duty while responding to a domestic violence call.{{more}} The officers are both from the 8th District of the Chicago Police Department. The awards were presented at the 8th District station. In…

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Kinzie And Hale Teams To Thank Veterans

The students of Kinzie Elementary School, 5625 S. Mobile Ave., and Nathan Hale Elementary School, 6140 S. Melvina Ave., have teamed up to help honor American veterans. Students from the schools’ student council groups took part in the Summer of Service Learning, to find ways to learn more about their communities and come up with…

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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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Illinois News

CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional map draft unveiled

CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional map draft unveiled

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Democratic leaders in the General Assembly released a second draft of proposed congressional district maps over the weekend as they prepare to head into the final three days of their fall veto session. Like the first set of maps that were released Oct. 15, the latest draft would create…

Pritzker urges child vaccination as changes to Health Care Right of Conscience Act emerge

Pritzker urges child vaccination as changes to Health Care Right of Conscience Act emerge

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – An amendment to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act that allows an employer to fire a worker for noncompliance with COVID-19 vaccine or test requirements surfaced Monday ahead of the final three scheduled days of legislative action this year. That bill language was introduced in…

Democrats unveil 2nd draft of congressional maps

Democrats unveil 2nd draft of congressional maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Democratic leaders in the General Assembly released a second draft of proposed congressional district maps over the weekend as they prepare to head into the final three days of their fall veto session. Like the first set of maps that were released Oct. 15, the latest…

CAPITOL RECAP: Major action expected in veto session's second week

CAPITOL RECAP: Major action expected in veto session’s second week

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The legislative action was light during the General Assembly’s first week of fall session, and lawmakers in both chambers left town a day early after leadership canceled the Thursday session. That means bigger items, such as a vote on congressional maps and potential changes to the Health Care Right…

Pritzker mandates vaccine for day care professionals

Pritzker mandates vaccine for day care professionals

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced an executive order Friday that will add day care personnel to the list of professions that must either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing. The governor’s office said it expects the order to affect 55,000 individuals in the state,…

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down Cook County tax on guns

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down Cook County tax on guns

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Cook County tax on gun purchases is unconstitutional, but it left the door open for a more tailored tax that specifically goes toward mitigating gun violence and its effects. The Cook County gun tax, which took effect in…

Public speaks out on proposed congressional maps

Public speaks out on proposed congressional maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Members of the public got their first chance to speak directly to state lawmakers Wednesday about a proposed set of new congressional district maps, and most of those who did were critical of the plan. Democrats in the General Assembly released a proposed new map Friday…

Heavy workload expected next week as lawmakers cancel Thursday session

Heavy workload expected next week as lawmakers cancel Thursday session

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The legislative action was light during the General Assembly’s first week of fall session, and lawmakers in both chambers left town a day early after leadership canceled the Thursday session. That means bigger items, such as a vote on congressional maps and potential changes to the…

Federal court throws out June legislative maps, declines to send issue to bipartisan commission

Federal court throws out June legislative maps, declines to send issue to bipartisan commission

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the legislative redistricting plan that Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law in June – before official 2020 U.S. Census numbers were available – was unconstitutional because the population variances among districts violated the “one-person, one-vote” doctrine.…

State ramping up vaccine booster campaign

State ramping up vaccine booster campaign

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday urged eligible Illinoisans to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot and called on skilled nursing facilities to make booster shots available to patients and staff by Thanksgiving. Currently anyone who received the Pfizer vaccine and is over 65 years of age…

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