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Strike Two for Gambling Bill

Illinois House Votes 58-53 in Opposition to Second AttemptThe gambling bill has been voted down yet again in the state of Illinois. The vote in the House was 58 to 53, two votes shy of passing and 13 short of a veto-proof majority. {{more}}About six months ago, a similar bill was presented to Gov. Pat…

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News-Herald To Move To New Location

The Southwest News-Herald newspaper, which is part of the Vondrak Publishing Co. chain that has been located at 6225 S. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, since 1974, will be moving to a new location in the city’s Clearing neighborhood. The News-Herald office will now be located at 5639 W. 63rd St., Chicago, just down the street from…

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St. Bruno Adds Programs And Adjusts to Changes

St. Bruno School, at 4839 S. Harding Ave., has been chosen as the News-Herald’s ÒSchool of the Month” for November. Since opening in September of 1926, the elementary school has been the Òbest kept secret on the South Side,” according to one school official. St. Bruno School, located in the Archer Heights community, is a…

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Children Of Slain Mother Need Help

Coping with the death of a family member or a friend is never an easy process. On Oct. 31, a woman who worked as a barber at Lupe’s Barbershop, 3153 W. 59th St., was killed after a man walked in and shot her before turning the gun on himself. The man who shot himself to…

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Quinn’s Veto of ComEd Legislation Is Overridden

Gov. Pat Quinn has lost a battle to persuade legislators to strike down $3.2 billion smart grid legislation, but told reporters that Òhe will win the war.” The Illinois House voted 91-24 in favor of the legislation that tacks utility concessions onto legislation supported by Commonwealth Edison Co., the utility subsidiary of Chicago-based Exelon Corp.…

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Quinn’s Tactics Help Pass The “Smart Grid trailer bill”

“I love this governor!” exclaimed a jubilant utility lobbyist a few weeks ago. Why would a utility lobbyist express his undying love for our self-proclaimed consumer activist governor? Simple. The lobbyist was absolutely convinced that Gov. Pat Quinn’s over the top media antics had helped pass the so-called “Smart Grid trailer bill” by a huge…

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World War II Vet Earns An Honor Flight to D.C.

Stanley ÒMidge” Ksiazek, a World War II Army veteran, is not the type of person who brings attention to himself. However, it is his commitment to Town of Lake VFW Post 5216 and his years of service to his country that speaks volumes. Ksiazek, 89, who now lives in Chicago Lawn after spending most of…

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CPS, CTU Agree to Longer Day

Both Sides Will Now Look at Best Way to Add More School Hours After what seemed to be an endless debate between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union over a longer school day, both parties met and agreed to put down the boxing gloves and have an official meeting along with Mayor Rahm…

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Vietnam Vet Connects With Past Pen Pal

With Friday being Veterans Day, all veterans across the nation are being remembered by friends and family. One particular veteran being remembered is William ÒBill” Ziffersky. Ziffersky, a Vietnam veteran, has quite the story to tell.{{more}} Growing up on the 5100 block of South Aberdeen Street, he attended Sherman Elementary School and then went onto…

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Hale, Kinzie Students Hail Vets at Airport

Students from Hale and Kinzie schools participated in the Honor Flight Program on Nov. 2, welcoming home veterans of World War II as they returned from a trip to Washington D.C. Pupils from the school’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade student council wrote letters for veterans, thanking them for serving in the United States military.{{more}} Also…

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Cain Stumbles Over His Past Problems

Herman Cain seemed to rise out of nowhere to take the lead of the Republican pack seeking the GOP nomination for president next spring. But as fast as he rose, he is fast falling as he stumbles through what is one of the worst PR responses to controversy I have ever seen.{{more}} Cain first came…

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Couple from Oak Lawn Buys ‘Field of Dreams’

How would you feel if you owned a piece of Hollywood history? Imagine if you were Oak Lawn couple Mike and Denise Stillman, who bought the Iowa farm that played a starring role in the baseball movie Field of Dreams. The Stillmans and other investors, operating as Go the Distance Baseball LLC, announced that they…

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Bridgeview OKs Storm Water Remediation

This summer’s violent storms made an impact on local government. At the Village of Bridgeview board meeting on Nov. 2, the board passed an intergovernmental agreement with Bedford Park District regarding storm water remediation for Roberts Road.{{more}} Basically, what the agreement means is that the village can do what needs to be done in the…

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Propose New Budget for 2012

Oak Lawn Will Host Memorial Day Service at Village Green Village Manager Larry Deetjen proposed the 2012 budget at the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on Tuesday. Deetjen stated that there is no increase in the tax levy rate in Oak Lawn. ÒWe must adopt a balanced budget,” said Deetjen.{{more}} ÒWe cannot just move forward…

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Oak Lawn 229 To Revamp Camera System

Oak Lawn Community High School is revamping its surveillance camera systems with more coverage and better technology. The announcement was made at the Oak Lawn Community High School 229 board meeting on Nov. 3. With $175,000 allocated in this year’s budget for the upgrade, the base bid of $172,000 would provide 112 cameras that would…

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How ComEd screwed in the legislative lightbulb and screwed its customers with a rate increase

Vote shows how much control ComEd has over our pocketbooks Commonwealth Edison is all about wealth and less about Thomas Edison’s driving desire to serve mankind with electrical power. The ComEd combine steamrolled through Springfield’s legislature this past session doling out donations and roping in legislators to back its push for a rate increase.{{more}} In…

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Local Restaurant Is Result of Hard Work

New Owners Are Open for Business with Beggars Pizza Along Archer Avenue Beggar’s Pizza, 5133 S. Cicero Ave., Chicago, opened its doors in April. In the past six months, owners Roberto Reyes and Vince Gallegos have worked nonstop to perfect their restaurant and their menu.{{more}} The story of Reyes and Gallegos and their partnership shows…

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Planting Tulips in Fight Against Breast Cancer

October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many organizations and health facilities used this month to spread a powerful message: Early detection can save lives. Breast cancer affects thousands of women in this country and throughout the world, claiming the lives of mothers, sisters, grandmothers and aunts.{{more}} This year, Advocate Christ Medical Center, along with…

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To Demolish 4 Buildings Near Midway

The city of Chicago is looking at ways to make Midway Airport safer for flights landing in and out of the landlocked airport. It has been nearly six years since a Southwest Airlines airplane over-ran the runway, crashing through the walls onto traffic, killing a 6-year-old boy. The city has approved the purchase of four…

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SWOP Takes New Slant On Foreclosures

More than 500 people packed the auditorium of Eberhart Elementary School on Oct. 27 to attend the Southwest Organizing Project’s Fall Assembly. Neighborhood residents filled the main floor and the balcony, spilling out into the hallway. SWOP’s agenda focused on three topics: Housing, Education, and Immigration. And before the night was over, the crowd roared…

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In visit to Illinois, VP Harris rallies voters around abortion rights

In visit to Illinois, VP Harris rallies voters around abortion rights

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Vice President Kamala Harris came to Chicago Friday to rally voters who support abortion rights and urge them to turn out in the upcoming midterm elections. Speaking at a roundtable discussion on reproductive rights at the University of Illinois Chicago, Harris said the recent U.S. Supreme…

What happens when cash bail ends?

What happens when cash bail ends?

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, cash bail will be abolished in Illinois. The measure that will eliminate it has been on the books since early 2021, giving the justice system two years to plan for the major overhaul of the state’s pretrial detention system. It’s also given…

National Guard to assist migrant welcoming effort as Pritzker declares disaster

National Guard to assist migrant welcoming effort as Pritzker declares disaster

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday that Illinois will continue to welcome migrants bused here from Texas as he blasted that state’s governor for relocating them to other cities without sharing information or providing resources. Pritzker said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his agencies have been providing…

At a remote mental health facility, a culture of cruelty persists despite decades of warnings

At a remote mental health facility, a culture of cruelty persists despite decades of warnings

By MOLLY PARKER Lee Enterprises Midwest BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Capitol News Illinois and Lee Enterprises. Over a year ago, the security chief at Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in southern Illinois sent an email to the head of the state…

Chief Justice Anne Burke to retire from Illinois Supreme Court in November

Chief Justice Anne Burke to retire from Illinois Supreme Court in November

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne M. Burke announced Monday she will retire from the bench effective Nov. 30. She has served on the state’s high court since 2006 and has been chief justice since 2019. “The decision to retire was not an easy one,” Burke,…

Tax rebate checks begin going out this week

Tax rebate checks begin going out this week

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday that Illinois taxpayers will soon start receiving rebates of their income and property taxes, either in the mail or by direct bank deposits. Speaking at a news conference in Chicago where he was flanked by other state officials and Democratic leaders…

Ahead of amendment vote, union membership grows in Illinois

Ahead of amendment vote, union membership grows in Illinois

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – As voters in Illinois prepare to decide on a state constitutional amendment that would guarantee workers the right to organize, a new study shows union membership in the state grew last year for the first time in four years. The study also showed, however, that the…

Ahead of amendment vote, union membership grows in Illinois

Ahead of amendment vote, union membership grows in Illinois

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – As voters in Illinois prepare to decide on a state constitutional amendment that would guarantee workers the right to organize, a new study shows union membership in the state grew last year for the first time in four years. The study also showed, however, that the…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun rights group suing Highland Park

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun rights group suing Highland Park

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – A gun rights group is challenging the city of Highland Park’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like the ones used in a mass shooting there on July 4. The National Association for Gun Rights, based in Loveland, Colorado, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal district court in…

Gun rights group sues Highland Park

Gun rights group sues Highland Park

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A gun rights group is challenging the city of Highland Park’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like the ones used in a mass shooting there on July 4. The National Association for Gun Rights, based in Loveland, Colorado, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal…

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