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Police released this photo last week of the aftermath of a carjacking that took place in another part of the city. The victim was a pregnant woman who was carjacked by two armed teenagers. Police recovered the vehicle quickly, and the victim was not injured physically. Two juveniles face charges in the crime. --Supplied photo

Dems fight carjacking

Bills unveiled in Springfield By Grace Kinnicutt Capitol News Illinois and Tim Hadac Illinois Senate Democrats unveiled legislation last week to address the increase in carjackings by protecting victims and providing additional resources to law enforcement in targeting and capturing offenders. Carjacking is a frequent topic of discussion in Clearing and Garfield Ridge, especially at…

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Thoughts of summer in the spring

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Spring has sprung, but I (probably like you) have gotten a bit wet. We seem to have had our share of rainy skies. I know the old saying is that “April showers bring May flowers,” but haven’t the flowers gotten enough moisture…

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Wildcats are hoops champions

Two years after their playoff run was halted by the start of the pandemic, members of the St. Daniel the Prophet School’s eighth grade boys basketball team wear their championship T-shirts after they took the title at Hale Park recently. The Wildcats went 8-0 in the regular season, then stormed through the playoffs, defeating St.…

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Crime fighters to meet

By Tim Hadac Those who live west of Central Avenue in Garfield Ridge are invited to attend the next meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at Ward Hall, 5157 S. McVicker. The meeting will double as the April meeting of CAPS Beat 811. Crime statistics will be…

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Garfield Ridge Civic to meet

From staff reports Garfield Ridge residents are invited to attend the next meeting of the Garfield Ridge Civic League, set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 at Crossroads Community Church, 5433 S. Austin. A guest speaker from the Citizens Utility Board will talk about saving money on utility bills. Those attending are enter the church…

Lopez (left) was proved popular with the crowd at last month’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Garfield Ridge, as he walked the route with political ally and 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares. --Supplied photo

Lopez announces mayoral run

Pro-police alderman has been popular locally By Tim Hadac He does not represent Clearing or Garfield Ridge, but Raymond A. Lopez wants to. The 15th Ward alderman and Democratic committeeman last week announced his candidacy for mayor. With a simple tweet (“Chicago, I’m in!”), Lopez on April 6 signaled his candidacy. At a brief press…

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Mayor unveils gas giveaway

Tax dollars to aid some city residents By Tim Hadac Days after multi-millionaire businessman Willie Wilson attracted nationwide attention by giving away a million dollars of his own money to pay for gasoline at stations across the Chicago area, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Chicago Moves, a financial assistance program related to transportation expenses. In a…

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79th St. slaying leads to fed gun bust

Charge reputed gang members with buying weapons, ammo from soldiers By Tim Hadac A federal investigation launched in the wake of a shooting in a Wrightwood storefront a year ago has led to the indictment of nine reputed gang members allegedly tied to three U.S. Army soldiers accused of illegally selling firearms and ammunition. The…

U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (right) watches as President Joe Biden signs the Emmett Till Antilynching Act into law at a White House Rose Garden ceremony late last month. – Photo courtesy of Congressman Rush’s Office

‘A day of enormous consequence’

Rush watches Biden sign Emmett Till law From staff reports The Emmett Till Antilynching Act, legislation sponsored and negotiated by U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st), was signed into law last week by President Joe Biden at a White House Rose Garden ceremony. The act passed the U.S. House on Feb. 28 by a 422-3 vote…

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Scouts learn, earn at camp

Last month, members of Boy Scout Troop 1441 (sponsored by the St. Mary Star of Sea Holy Name Society) attended a cabin camping trip at the Owasippe Scout Reservation in Twin Lakes, Mich. Staying in the historic Owasippe Guest lodge established in 1948, Scouts prepared all meals to earn rank advancements, enjoyed board games, hiking…

Orland Park's Luke Cudney was honored at a village board meeting for raising money for Ukraine. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Cudney honored by Orland Park for raising money for Ukraine

By Jeff Vorva Eleven-year-old Luke Cudney is a home-school student in Orland Park who learned a little bit about making pottery via a video class. Little did he know that it would lead him to being honored by the Village of Orland Park trustees and Mayor Keith Pekau. Pekau presented Cudney with a Community Pride…

Palos Heights Alderman Heather Begley will be hosting an open house in May on the idea of adding more parking at Lake Katherine. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Heights looks to add more parking at Lake Katherine

By Jeff Vorva When Lake Katherine gets busy, parking can be an issue. The facility and the City of Palos Heights are working on improving that situation. Plans are in the works for additional parking to be created in what is now an open field on the northeast side of the property. “The goal is…

And they’re off! Hundreds of kids dash across Cermak Park during Lyons’ Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday morning. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

13,000 Easter eggs make for ‘amazing’ hunt in Lyons

By Steve Metsch Having grown up in Lyons, Plainfield resident Jennifer Radosevich Mallen knew where to visit for a good Easter egg hunt. “My parents still live here,” she said. “My grandpa was the mayor of this town for years, William G. Smith. That’s why we always come back to this one because of what…

Lyons Township Clerk Elyse Hoffenberg (left) and Martha Sonka. (Photo by Carol McGowan)

Crazy Bingo in Summit makes for a fun day

By Carol McGowan Nearly 100 players and vendors got together at Summit Park on April 6 for a few hours of fun with Crazy Bingo. The event was in partnership with state Senator Steven Landek’s office, and took place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It was free to play for Summit residents 50 and…

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Worth residents complain about rat infestation

By Joe Boyle A group of Worth residents stated Tuesday night that a surge in the rodent population has them frustrated and disgusted and would like village officials to address the problem. During the public forum segment of the Worth Village Board meeting, residents asked if the village could do more to eliminate the growing…

The Oak Lawn Park District hosted an Adult Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 2, at Stony Creek Golf Course, 5850 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn. (Supplied photos)

Oak Lawn’s Adult East Egg Hunt

By Kelly White Easter’s not just for kids anymore. Thanks to the Oak Lawn Park District, it’s also for adults. The park district hosted an Adult Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 2, at Stony Creek Golf Course, 5850 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn. “This was a fun way for adults to celebrate the holiday and…

The Chicago Ridge Public Library is proudly hosting a Ramadan Giving Project through May 3 at the library. Pictured (from left) Chicago Ridge Public Library Director, Dana Wishnick; Youth Services Manager, Irene Ciciora; and staff members, Nancy Dartalib, Salimah Boufath, and Samantha Zimmerman. (Supplied photos)

Chicago Ridge Library celebrates Ramadan with food drive

By Kelly White Located in a culturally diverse community, the Chicago Ridge Public Library is proud to serve its patrons of all ethnicities and backgrounds. To support the library values of “all are recognized,” the youth services department has created a large library-wide program that reflects the local community’s diversity. For the first time, staff…

The shuttered Carson's store at Evergreen Plaza could eventually reopen as a new retail operation after being declared blighted and eligible for Class 8 designation. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

Former Evergreen Park Carson’s may reopen as new store

By Joe Boyle The shuttered Carson’s store located in the Evergreen Plaza shopping area has been designated as “severely blighted” and eligible for Class 8 designation. A new retail store operation in the U.S., with the assistance of the property owner, said they are willing to invest more than $10 million in new improvements to…

Brother Rice High School students help carry boxes of supplies outside St. Bernadette Parish in Evergreen Park that will eventually be sent overseas to Poland to assist the residents of Ukraine, many of whom are homeless due to invasion of their country by Russia. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Parishioners, volunteers collect supplies for Ukrainian refugees

By Joe Boyle The Rev. Benedykt Pazdan did not hesitate to act after Russia invaded Ukraine. “Yes, I thought about it right away,” said Pazdan, who is the pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Evergreen Park. “We had to open up our hearts and minds. This is wonderful. The people who are here wanted to…

Hair Performers, located at 9510 S. Roberts Road, Hickory Hills, hosted a cut-a-thon on April 3 for David Steadman, who is in need of a liver transplant. (Photos by Kelly White)

Haircuts for a Cause

By Kelly White Known as being a kind, caring and compassionate man, David Steadman has always dedicated his life towards helping others. Steadman, 61, who grew up the oldest of four children, took his role very seriously, according to his sister, Laurie Asztalos. “I cannot say enough good things about David,” Asztalos, of St. John,…

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Highway camera expansion covering 6,600 miles of road in 22 counties awaits Pritzker’s signature

Highway camera expansion covering 6,600 miles of road in 22 counties awaits Pritzker’s signature

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A pair of bills on Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk would expand a state roadway camera monitoring program to 21 additional counties while also expanding the number of crimes the cameras can be used to investigate and the number of parties that can prosecute them. The measures…

Pritzker appoints rejected Prisoner Review Board member to labor board

Pritzker appoints rejected Prisoner Review Board member to labor board

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Former Illinois Prisoner Review Board member Jeffrey Mears, who failed to receive confirmation for that post from the Illinois Senate last month, has been appointed to the Illinois Labor Relations Board. Gov. JB Pritzker made that appointment Thursday, setting Mears up to face another Senate vote in the…

DCFS director faces 9th contempt charge for improper placements

DCFS director faces 9th contempt charge for improper placements

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] A Cook County judge found DCFS Director Marc Smith in contempt on Thursday. It’s the ninth time this year that Smith has faced contempt citations for failing to place children in settings that comply with the agency’s recommendations and court orders. The latest case involves a 15-year-old boy…

Expansion of Medicaid for noncitizens sent to governor

Expansion of Medicaid for noncitizens sent to governor

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A bill that would expand Medicaid coverage to otherwise ineligible noncitizens is now awaiting Gov. JB Pritzker’s approval. That provision was part of an “omnibus” Medicaid bill, House Bill 4343, that passed through the General Assembly on the final day of the session. And while Medicaid…

Moody’s gives Illinois second credit upgrade within one year

Moody’s gives Illinois second credit upgrade within one year

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois on Thursday received its second credit rating upgrade from Moody’s Investors Service within one year, moving up one notch but remaining in the worst shape of the 50 states. It’s the third upgrade between the three major credit ratings agencies during Gov. JB Pritzker’s tenure,…

ANALYSIS: Late-night legislating not unusual in Illinois, but process can be messy

ANALYSIS: Late-night legislating not unusual in Illinois, but process can be messy

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] It was 6 a.m. Saturday, April 9, by the time lawmakers adjourned their regular spring session which had been scheduled to conclude the day prior. When all was settled, lawmakers had passed 236 bills from April 1 to April 9, more than half of the 411 that cleared…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs $46 billion budget into law

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs $46 billion budget into law

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed his final first-term budget into law Tuesday, a roughly $46 billion spending plan buoyed by pandemic-driven revenue windfalls and a current-year surplus that helped the state pay down debts and offer temporary tax relief. The plan includes $500 million beyond statutory requirements to the state’s…

Pritzker lifts public transportation face covering requirement

Pritzker lifts public transportation face covering requirement

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker officially lifted the state requirement that face coverings be worn on public transportation Wednesday after a federal judge overturned the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mask mandate. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle of the Middle District of Florida ruled on…

What’s in Illinois' $46 billion budget package?

What’s in Illinois’ $46 billion budget package?

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a package of bills Tuesday that make up a roughly $46 billion Fiscal Year 2023 state general revenue funds budget that includes increased funding for education and human services and $1.8 billion in mostly-temporary tax relief. Pritzker signed the bill during a…

Pritzker signs final first-term budget ahead of reelection push

Pritzker signs final first-term budget ahead of reelection push

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinoi [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed his final first-term budget into law Tuesday, a roughly $46 billion spending plan buoyed by pandemic-driven revenue windfalls and a current-year surplus that helped the state pay down debts and offer temporary tax relief. Between the three budget-related bills signed Tuesday –…

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