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Pro-choice Group Files Suit Involving Illinois’ Campaign Contribution Limits

The pro-choice group Personal PAC has filed suit to kill off Illinois’ campaign contribution limits to certain political action committees. If the group succeeds, some candidates may start justifiably quivering. {{more}}Currently in Illinois, contributions to state political action committees are capped at $10,000 for individuals and $20,000 for corporations, groups and unions.Personal PAC’s lawsuit wants…

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ALG Calls for Investigation of Attorneys Who Backed Obama’s Unconstitutional Recess Appointment

Americans for Limited Government (ALG) has submitted a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) asking it to investigate the attorneys who provided the legal justification for Barack Obama’s unconstitutional recess appointments. {{more}} The complaint Ñ submitted to the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) Ñ requests that Assistant Attorney General Virginia A.…

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Village of Oak Lawn and Sears Holdings Corp. Reach Agreement

The Village of Oak Lawn and Sears Holdings Corporation announced a comprehensive agreement over the Sears property located in the Oak Lawn TIF District at 11lth and Cicero Avenue which will end the litigation between parties in an amicable manner. The Village’s vision is to develop this site into a commercially viable and regionally attractive…

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5 Year-old Youth To Shave Hair In Fight Against Cancer

Cooper Sigel, 5, wanted to do something special in the fight against cancer. ÒI feel bad for kids with cancer,” he said. ÒI wish they didn’t have cancer. When I shave my head I want to collect a lot of money so they could get better.” {{more}} Cooper will be getting his head shaved today,…

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Now its Cook County ‘Board of Whatever’

They changed the name of the Board of Tax Appeals a long time ago because in the old days, the incumbents didn’t like the fact that many taxpayers only associated their property tax increases with that office. So they changed it to the Board of Review, to get rid of that annoying word ÒTax.” It’s…

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More Work To Do For Future Health Fairs

While the attendance at the Family Health Fair Saturday at the Monument of Faith Evangelistic Church fell considerably short of its goal, the initial outreach to the community is a starting point. Free health screenings were provided ranging from sickle cell, diabetes, prostate, cholesterol and blood pressure exams, all of which were offered through the…

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Join the Zoo Crew at Brookfield Zoo

Come join the crew at Brookfield Zoo! The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is now accepting applications for temporary positions for its busy peak season. The Society is looking for friendly, fun, and energetic people to join its staff. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. {{more}} A variety of positions…

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Chicago Public Library Is Celebrating Diversity

Free Programs During Women’s History Month The Chicago Public Library (CPL) continues its Celebrating Diversity campaign in March, during Women’s History Month. As part of the celebration, CPL presents a variety of free programs and events focusing on the achievements and contributions of women in music and the music industry. {{more}} As part of the…

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Business Alert

Offenders, sometimes wearing black ski masks, are entering small retail businesses in the 8th (Chicago Lawn) and 9th (Deering) Districts. One offender will brandish an aluminum baseball bat and demand money, while the second stands guard by the door. {{more}} The incidents related to this pattern occurred on the following dates, times and location: February…

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Attempt Kidnapping/Luring of a Child

Community Alert This alert gives notice to the residents of Beat 823 (8th District – Chicago Lawn) of an unknown Male Hispanic offender who attempted to abduct an 11-year-old female victim. {{more}} This incident occurred on February 9, 2012 at approximately 3:00 p.m. in the 6000 Block of South Lawndale Ave, where the offender approached…

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Attempted Child Abduction

On February 14, 2012, at approximately 2:30 pm, a 9 year old male juvenile was walking on the 9900 Block of South Avenue H (3732 East) when an older male white Hispanic approached the victim from behind and grabbed him in a bear hug in an attempt to pull the victim toward him. The victim…

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Search for Man Last Seen on Western Ave.

Chicago Police are looking for a man last seen on Saturday in the 4800 block of South Western Avenue. Thomas Campos, 68, was last seen wearing gray pants and a gray shirt. The missing man may be confused and unable to provide his current address. He is described as being Hispanic, 6’1, 185 pounds, brown…

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Mother McAuley Welcomes Father Rocke for Radio Broadcast

Popular Host of Relevant Radio¨ Program to Broadcast Live from School Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School will welcome Rev. Francis Hoffman, also known as Father Rocke, host of the Relevant Radio¨ program ÒGo Ask Your Father,” for a live, one-hour broadcast on Friday, February 24, 2012. The broadcast will take place in the Mother…

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Marist Seniors are National Merit Finalists

Marist President, Brother Patrick McNamara, fms and Principal Larry Tucker are pleased to announce seniors Brian Campbell and Dennis Lynch have been selected as National Merit Finalists. All winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the Finalist group, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. {{more}} Brian is from Oak Lawn, Illinois. He attended…

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Representative Madigan hosts a Job Boot Camp for Area Residents

Attendees of the DeVry University Job Boot Camp hosted by state Rep. Michael Madigan, D-Chicago (pictured below addressing the crowd at the 13th Ward Office), Alderman Marty Quinn (13th Ward) and state Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) learned new ways to improve skills for gaining employment. Topics of the workshop included resume preparation, job interview skill…

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Lipinski Votes to Extend Middle-Class Payroll Tax Cut, Preserve Unemployment Benefits, Stop Medicare Cuts – Urges More Deficit Reduction

Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) voted to temporarily extend the payroll tax cut for the hard-hit middle class, preserve extended unemployment benefits for Americans struggling to find work, and prevent a Medicare cut that would threaten seniors’ access to their doctors. The extension of the payroll tax cut through the end of the year prevents…

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13th Annual Chicago Irish Film Festival Set for March 2-7

The 13th Annual Chicago Irish Film Festival (CIFF) will present a stellar program of films, special guests and special events Friday, Mar. 2 through Wednesday, Mar. 7 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. (111th Street south on Western Avenue), Chicago. New this year is The Consulate of Ireland Award which will be…

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Bedford Park Fire Dept. Partiicipates in “Step Up For Kids”

Recently members of the Bedford Park Fire Department, Local 3571 participated in the, ÒStep Up For Kids”, Charity Fundraiser for Children’s Memorial Hospital. This annual event is held at the AON Building and involves teams and individuals running up the 80 stories of this building. {{more}} Our team raised $5325.00, placing them in 1st Place…

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Sebelius Said There Is Progress in Health Tech

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Feb. 17 said the number of hospitals using health information technology has more than doubled in the last two years. She said new data showing nearly 2,000 hospitals and more than 41,000 doctors have received $3.1 billion in incentive payments for ensuring meaningful…

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Bedford Park-Clearing Industrial Association Recognized with ÒAT&T Investing In Illinois Award”

AT&T Illinois today announced that the Bedford Park-Clearing Industrial Association is the recipient winner of an ÒAT&T Investing in Illinois Award.” The AT&T Investing in Illinois Awards provide resources and recognition to organizations and programs that are improving lives in their communities and the state by advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential…

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State elections board certifies 2022 results

State elections board certifies 2022 results

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Elections certified its election results Monday, putting the final stamp on another Democratic sweep of statewide offices. The board reported that 4,142,642 out of 8,115,751 registered voters cast ballots in the election, a turnout of roughly 51 percent. That’s down from…

Tax credits, prison reform pass in veto session

Tax credits, prison reform pass in veto session

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers last week passed significant legislation dealing with electric vehicle manufacturing incentives and the availability of hygiene products for prisoners in the state’s correctional system. But some weightier issues, including a possible assault weapons ban, will wait until a lame duck session scheduled for early…

CAPITOL RECAP: SAFE-T Act changes head to Pritzker; unemployment debt deal advances

CAPITOL RECAP: SAFE-T Act changes head to Pritzker; unemployment debt deal advances

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers on Thursday passed a long-awaited amendment to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform’s provisions that will eliminate cash bail when the calendar hits 2023. The measure expands the list of crimes for which a judge can order pretrial detention, adds to what a judge can consider when determining…

Lawmakers advance $1.8 billion unemployment fund bailout

Lawmakers advance $1.8 billion unemployment fund bailout

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – On the final day of their fall veto session, Illinois lawmakers on Thursday advanced a pair of bills that would infuse $1.8 billion into the state’s unemployment trust fund, which was depleted during the economic shutdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan agreement came…

Pretrial detention changes to SAFE-T Act will head to governor

Pretrial detention changes to SAFE-T Act will head to governor

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers on Thursday passed a long-awaited amendment to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform’s provisions that will eliminate cash bail when the calendar hits 2023. The measure expands the list of crimes for which a judge can order pretrial detention, adds to what a judge can…

Contempt citations against DCFS director reversed by appellate court

Contempt citations against DCFS director reversed by appellate court

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] An appellate court on Wednesday reversed several contempt of court citations that were filed in recent months against Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith for failing to comply with court orders to place state wards in appropriate settings. The court found that Smith did not…

State lawmakers pass measure limiting state investment in Russian assets

State lawmakers pass measure limiting state investment in Russian assets

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House gave final passage Wednesday to a bill aimed at prohibiting state investment in assets tied to Russia and Belarus in retaliation for their participation in the war in Ukraine. House Bill 1293, by Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, D-Chicago, urges the state’s five retirement systems…

Changes to cash bail statute surface before Thursday’s planned adjournment

Changes to cash bail statute surface before Thursday’s planned adjournment

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Two days before lawmakers were scheduled to adjourn for the year, one of the lead negotiators of the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform filed a long-awaited amendment detailing several changes to the landmark cash bail overhaul. Sen. Robert Peters, D-Chicago, filed a 308-page amendment to House…

CAPITOL RECAP: State announces deal to pay down remaining unemployment debt

CAPITOL RECAP: State announces deal to pay down remaining unemployment debt

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers on Tuesday announced a bipartisan plan to use state revenues to pay down the remaining $1.4 billion in debt taken on by the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The unemployment trust fund is generally funded by the state’s businesses through insurance premiums collected via…

Lawmakers announce bipartisan plan to pay down remaining unemployment debt

Lawmakers announce bipartisan plan to pay down remaining unemployment debt

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers on Tuesday announced a bipartisan plan to use state revenues to pay down the remaining $1.4 billion in debt taken on by the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the agreement is expected to move through the General Assembly this…

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