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A view of the rear of the 5318 S. Kenneth residential building, with purported safety hazards circled by the Archer Heights Civic Association. The CTA Orange Line tracks are in the background. --Supplied photo

‘A tragedy that’s waiting to happen’

Civic group demands action on condos By Tim Hadac Four condominium buildings on the south end of Archer Heights pose a threat to the safety of the men, women and children living there, a civic leader said this week. “I see those buildings and I see a tragedy that’s waiting to happen,” Archer Heights Civic…

On its marquee, Villa Rosa, 5786 S. Archer, promises a remodeled pizzeria. --Greater Southwest News-Herald photo by Tim Hadac

Pizzeria promises ‘all new kitchen’

Villa Rosa retools after Health Dept. shutdown By Tim Hadac An Archer Avenue pizzeria is promising a complete renovation in the wake of its shutdown by the Chicago Department of Public Health six weeks ago. “We are renovating the entire restaurant with all new and innovative, state-of-the-art equipment to be able to provide the best…

Mr. Techman

‘Consistent, unwavering dedication to the community’

GRCL President Richard Techman’s life to be celebrated From staff reports Richard J. Techman was a lifelong Garfield Ridge resident and longtime president of the Garfield Ridge Civic League. He died suddenly and unexpectedly at home on Saturday, Oct. 15. He was 65 years old. “As a news reporter, I had contact with Rick going…

Chicago Police Department

Police exam coming up next month

From staff reports The Chicago Police Department will host in-person police officer entry exams at all City Colleges of Chicago locations from Dec. 1-3. Those between the ages of 21 and 39 are eligible to take the exam and begin the process of becoming a CPD officer. “Anyone who is passionate about serving others is…

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Johnny Rose is a singer with a dream

Clearing man trying to hit the big time By Kelly White John Rosenthal is a man who wears more than one hat. By day, he is a senior account manager at Associated Advertisers Inc. By night, he is an usher at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. But beyond that, he’s Johnny Rose, a singer with…

23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares

Andy’s Frozen Custard coming to Archer, Tabares says

Plans to set up shop in vacant bank building By Tim Hadac An Andy’s Frozen Custard shop may be coming to Garfield Ridge within a year, 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares said this month. If all goes according to plan, the new Andy’s will be located in the vacant bank building at 6366 S. Archer…

Joan Hadac

Veterans deserve our thanks

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Seeing the valor displayed by Ukrainian troops this year, fighting back against an invasion by a military superpower, defending their nation against overwhelming odds, reminds me to reflect with gratitude as we approach Veterans Day. I never served in the military, although…

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Wildcats winning at St. Laurence

Seven of the 12 girls on St. Laurence High School’s volleyball team are from just one school: St. Daniel the Prophet. As the Vikings stormed through the IHSA playoffs, winning a regional and a sectional championship, the heart of the Black and Gold’s squad came from seven former Wildcats: seniors Fiona Burke, Alexis Navarro and…

Jen and Dan Plowman talk about their son, Ryan, during a vigil held in his honor on Wednesday night at Shepard High School in Palos Heights. (Photos by Kelly White)

Vigil honors Shepard High School’s Ryan Plowman

By Kelly White Ryan Plowman will forever be remembered by his classmates and educators as an All-American kid who always put others above himself. The 17-year-old Shepard High School student from Crestwood passed away suddenly after a short battle with mononucleosis on November 5. “Ryan was the epitome of pure heart and soul,” said Renee…

Fran Hurley

Hurley fends off Hebein for second straight election

By Bob Bong Incumbent state Rep. Fran Hurley (D-35th) was again an easy winner in her race with Republican challenger Herb Hebein, a retired Chicago police officer. They squared off first in 2020. Hebein did improve on his previous showing. In 2020, Hurley received 64 percent of the vote. Tuesday night she only won with…

Kelly Burke

Burke wins seventh term in Illinois House

By Bob Bong State Rep. Kelly Burke (D-36th), of Evergreen Park, easily won election to her seventh term in the General Assembly Tuesday. Burke, who is also mayor of Evergreen Park, easily beat back Republican challenger David Sheppard, the police chief of Robbins. It was her first contested race since 2012. Complete but unofficial results…

Bill Cunningham

Cunningham and Flowers post victories

By Joe Boyle During a campaign that focused on the economy, crime and abortion rights, southwest suburban voters appeared comfortable returning incumbents in two local races. State Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18th) defeated his Republican challenger, Christine Shanahan McGovern. With 98 percent of the suburban votes tabulated Tuesday night, unofficial totals showed Cunningham with a comfortable lead of 53.88% to McGovern’s 46.12%. Cunningham…

Frank Aguilar

Aguilar defeats Jagielski in Cook County’s 16th District

By Bob Bong Cook County Commissioner Frank Aguilar rode a tidal wave of suburban votes to win election in the newly drawn Cook County 16th District on Tuesday. Aguilar, 61, more than doubled the votes for Kimberly Jagielski in the suburban portion of the district with 34,341 votes to Jagielski’s 15,369 with all but one…

Abdelnasser Rashid

Third time’s a charm for Rashid as he wins 21st House seat

By Bob Bong The third time on the ballot was magical for Abdelnasser Rashid on Tuesday. Rashid, 33, was making his third attempt for elected office in the race for Illinois House District 21. He had lost a primary challenge in 2020 to Tammy Wendt for the Board of Tax Review and in 2018 narrowly…

Newly elected State Sen. Mike Porfirio reviews voting results with Summit Village Clerk Colleen Lambert. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Porfirio rolls to victory in 11th Senate District

By Steve Metsch Michael Porfirio, who has a long history of public service, added a new job title to his resume on Election Day: State Senator. Porfirio, 40, of La Grange, rolled past Republican candidate Thomas “Mac” McGill on Nov. 8 to win in the 11th Senate District. According to unofficial totals with 100 percent…

Sean Casten

Casten’s DuPage advantage helps sink Pekau in Congress race

By Jeff Vorva The mayor will stay mayor. Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau has been saying all along that if he won the 6th District Congressional seat, he would not do double duty and work both jobs. It appears the Republican will only have one job after he lost Tuesday’s election to incumbent Sean Casten.…

Sean Morrison talks to a supporter after keeping his seat on the Cook County Board of Commissioners. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Morrison proud of victory but not happy with makeup of Cook County board

By Jeff Vorva Sean Morrison will go back to work on the Cook County Board of Commissioners and continue to work with just one Republican ally. And he’s not happy about that. Morrison was hoping that perhaps a handful of Republicans could knock off some Democrats Tuesday night and give a little more balance to…

Ryan Plowman and his parents at Shepard Senior Night. (Supplied photo)

Vigil Wednesday night for Shepard student Ryan Plowman

A vigil is planned for Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m. at the Shepard High School football stadium for senior Ryan Daniel Plowman, who passed away November 5 after a brief battle with mononucleosis. Ryan’s family asks anyone who attends the vigil to wear something orange (one of Shepard’s school colors) or Shepard apparel. Visitation…

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Woman dies after being hit by car in Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn police said a woman crossing 95th Street was killed Tuesday afternoon when she was hit by a minivan and pinned under the vehicle. Police said in a statement that the woman, who was not identified pending notification to her family, was in the 4400 block of West 95th Street about 3:20 p.m. when…

Orland firefighters responded late Monday night to a home in the 9800 block of Avenida Del Este for a shed fire that had spread to an adjacent tri-level home. (Photos by Steve Neuhaus)

Shed fire spreads to Orland Park home

A fire believed to have started in a backyard shed quickly spread to the adjacent home Monday night in Orland Park. Orland Fire Protection District firefighters responded to a 911 call at 10:41 p.m. Monday in the 9800 block of Avenida Del Este. Firefighters said when they arrived there was heavy smoke and fire coming…

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Illinois News

GOP chooses new leadership in General Assembly as Dems retain control

GOP chooses new leadership in General Assembly as Dems retain control

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republicans chose new leadership for their caucuses in the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday night, while the two Democratic leaders have each announced they have the votes to maintain their positions. House Republicans elected Tony McCombie of Savanna and Senate Republicans chose John Curran of Downers…

Right to unionize amendment projected to pass

Right to unionize amendment projected to pass

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois voters have approved a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing workers the right to organize and engage in collective bargaining. Estimates compiled by multiple media outlets projected Tuesday that the ballot measure had support on an estimated 53 percent of the total ballots cast in the election,…

Theis, sworn in as chief justice, says partisanship has no role on state Supreme Court

Theis, sworn in as chief justice, says partisanship has no role on state Supreme Court

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Mary Jane Theis was sworn in as chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court on Monday in a public ceremony, becoming the fourth woman to hold the gavel since the court was created in 1818. By next month, the Democrat will find herself presiding over a…

CAPITOL RECAP: Democrats maintain control in Illinois

CAPITOL RECAP: Democrats maintain control in Illinois

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – As votes continued to be tallied this week, returns showed Illinois Democrats would hold every statewide elected office and maintain supermajorities in the General Assembly while extending their majority on the Illinois Supreme Court. After a fiery election night speech in which Gov. JB Pritzker excoriated the Republican Party…

Report Finds “code of silence” at mental health facility where staff abused and neglected patients

Report Finds “code of silence” at mental health facility where staff abused and neglected patients

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois & MOLLY PARKER Lee Enterprises Midwest This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Lee Enterprises, along with Capitol News Illinois. Several employees at Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center attempted to cover up a brutal assault on a patient, according to a new report…

Illinois Democrats maintain control of all levers of state government

Illinois Democrats maintain control of all levers of state government

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – As votes continued to be tallied Wednesday, returns showed Illinois Democrats would hold every statewide elected office and maintain supermajorities in the General Assembly while extending their majority on the Illinois Supreme Court. After a fiery election night speech in which Gov. JB Pritzker excoriated the…

Pritzker poised for second term as Bailey concedes

Pritzker poised for second term as Bailey concedes

By JERRY NOWICKI & PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – By the time speakers came out to pray, say the Pledge of Allegiance and play the national anthem at Republican challenger Darren Bailey’s election night watch party in Springfield on Tuesday, the Associated Press had called the Illinois governor’s race for incumbent Democrat…

Candidates make final push to get out the vote

Candidates make final push to get out the vote

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker was crisscrossing the state Monday while his Republican challenger, state Sen. Darren Bailey, focused on the Chicago suburbs as they both made their final pitches to voters ahead of Tuesday’s general election. Pritzker, along with other Democrats at the top of the…

CAPITOL RECAP: Election nears; research looks to contextualize cash bail's end

CAPITOL RECAP: Election nears; research looks to contextualize cash bail’s end

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – In the Tuesday, Nov. 8, election, Illinois voters will cast a ballot on a state constitutional amendment, every statewide constitutional office, every seat in the General Assembly and, in 12 counties, a spot on the state’s Supreme Court. For more information about voting, including how to and where…

Contextualizing cash bail’s end

Contextualizing cash bail’s end

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – While a new law overhauling Illinois’ system of pretrial detention continues to face scrutiny ahead of its Jan. 1 implementation date, new research suggests that the old cash-based system “results in much less pretrial detention than is generally assumed.” That’s according to the Loyola University of…

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