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District 111 Students Honored

Receive Peace Poster Contest Awards and Greeted by MusicOn Nov 16, members of School District 111 met at Byrd School for their regular board meeting.Several students were given STAR Student Recognition Awards for their participation in the Lions Club Peace Poster Contest.{{more}}Members of the band also performed songs to the board in honor of School…

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GOP Remap Lawsuits May Require Scorecard

While all eyes last week turned to the Republicans’ lawsuit against the new federal district map for U.S. congressmen, a similar GOP lawsuit against the legislative district map for Springfield’s state Senators and state Representatives may be teetering on the brink of collapse.{{more}} Many of the same arguments are being used by the Republicans in…

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Penn State Scandal Drenched in Conflicts

It’s not enough to get angry over the Penn State child sex scandal because the story just keeps getting worse. Jerry Sandusky, a retired football coach at Penn State, is accused of 50 counts of sexual molestation of young boys. In 2002, a graduate coach, Mike McQueary, reported to his father and then later to…

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Strike Two for Gambling Bill

Illinois House Votes 58-53 in Opposition to Second Attempt The 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…

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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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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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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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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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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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Pritzker signs changes to SAFE-T Act’s cash bail provisions

Pritzker signs changes to SAFE-T Act’s cash bail provisions

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday signed a follow-up measure to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform, the third such amendment since the law’s initial passage in January 2021. The changes approved by lawmakers last week in the fall veto session center on the law’s provisions which…

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…

Holiday displays – including the Satanic Temple’s – return to Illinois Capitol

Holiday displays – including the Satanic Temple’s – return to Illinois Capitol

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Satanic Temple of Illinois debuted a new display in the Illinois Capitol rotunda Tuesday, taking its place next to the annual Christmas and Hanukkah displays. For Christmas, that means the Springfield Nativity Committee has once again placed a manger scene featuring Mary, Joseph and Jesus.…

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…

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