Mary Stanek

Mary Stanek

Celebrating real men on Father’s Day

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By Mary Stanek

Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon

3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 284-7394

Happy Father’s Day to all the strong, male, father-like figures in our neighborhood.

I will try to name just a few. We have Faras, the security and safety fellow at Peck School. He is young and has a lovely family and always manages to visit with us for a few minutes.

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We’ve got Juan in the middle of the block with his two daughters and young son, and a grandbaby. His boy is very bright, and his wife, Maria, is a good friend.

We have Sam, who isn’t a father but adores his nieces and treats them really well.

We have Tim across the alley, who raised a fine young man.

We have Isaiah’s father from the 3700 block of West 57th Place, who raised a great family as well. His wife, Maria, is a wonderful woman.

The list is endless.

The committee for the mural at 59th and Central Park met for a whopping four hours this past week. All the artists presented exceptional works, so it was very difficult deciding. With that said, no decision has been made as of this writing. Hopefully by next week we will have results to report.

Sometimes on a weekend night with the windows open, I feel I live near the Indy 500. Yes, there is a drag racing problem along Pulaski, starting close to 41st Street and continuing south.

The Archer Heights Civic Association addressed this in their June newsletter. Their concerns have been expressed to the 14th Ward and they will monitor that particular location (41st) to see if one or two speed humps will be needed along Ann Lurie Place.

I would also like to thank the AHCA for mentioning the Southwest Chicago Post in their newsletter. It’s an online news service for the Southwest Side and operated by Tim and Joan Hadac. They are local news reporters, lifelong Southwest Siders and champions of small business in our community.

I’m looking forward to Saturday, the 18th where I will meet 15th Ward Ald. Raymond Lopez at a meet and greet.

Congratulations to all the 2022 graduates.

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Four Mount Carmel wrestlers win titles; Sandburg’s Zimmer, Shepard’s Reed settle for 2nd

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Spread the loveBy Steve Millar  Correspondent CHAMPAIGN — Heavyweight wrestling matches are often slow, defensive battles, but Mount Carmel senior Ryan Boersma decided early this season he did not want to compete that way anymore. “When I was young, a freshman and sophomore, I survived off defense,” Boersma said. “That doesn’t work in college so…

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Love your dogs, protect your dogs

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Spread the loveBy Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 284-7394 A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. –Josh Billings Let us love them back as well. Belonging to community groups on Facebook, I see so many…

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Del Galdo named Super Lawyer for 12th straight year

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Spread the loveLauded by suburban mayors for skills  From staff reports A national legal magazine is out with its 2022 list of best Illinois lawyers and tapped eight Chicago-area attorneys as the state’s “super” local government lawyers–including Berwyn-based attorney Michael Del Galdo, a recognition that drew praise from several suburban Cook County mayors. “Super Lawyers” magazine,…

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Mt. Carmel tops Rice in big Blue battle

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Spread the loveBy Steve Millar  Correspondent On a night when Mount Carmel honored one of its all-time best point guards — retiring the jersey of former Caravan and Illinois star Tracy Abrams at halftime — two of the Chicago Catholic League’s current top point guards staged an epic duel. Brother Rice junior Ahmed Henderson scored…

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Girl wrestlers make history as first IHSA state qualifiers

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Spread the loveBy Steve Millar  Correspondent For Morton senior Karla Topete, Feb. 12 was a special day for a greater reason than just her winning a sectional wrestling championship. Topete and her teammates competed at the Andrew Sectional, one of four sectionals that marked the start of the IHSA’s first individual girls wrestling state series.…

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High School Hockey: St. Rita drops two of three to Carmel, bows out of Kennedy Cup

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College Report: Former Stagg standout Kazanecki gives hoops one more year

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff writer The idea was for Tom Kazanecki to finish his basketball career at St. Ambrose in 2021. The former Stagg hoops standout was even toying with the idea of starting a military career, even though he had an extra year of athletics eligibility remaining, thanks to seasons getting snipped…

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Area Sports Roundup: Marist leads way with 11 wrestlers heading to state

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff writer An army of area wrestlers is headed to the state tournament, with 49 set to hit the mat in Champaign. During sectional action on Feb. 12, area wrestlers feasted on opponents. Marist will send 11 to the tournament, which begins Thursday at State Farm Center on the University…

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Paczki Day ahead, not behind

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Spread the loveBy Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place •  (773) 504-9327 If you read my column online last week, you might remember my reference to Paczki Day. I thought it took place on Feb. 9. I was shopping at a Jewel outside our neighborhood around that date, and I asked…

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Campaign 2020: 11 elected officials endorse Newman in primary 

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Spread the loveBy Bob Bong   Marie Newman’s bid to win the Democratic nomination in the new 6th Congressional District picked up steam Tuesday when 11 elected officials in Cook and DuPage counties announced they were endorsing her in the June primary over fellow incumbent Sean Casten. “Congresswoman Marie Newman has been a very strong and effective…

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Senate Democrats send $53.1B spending plan to House

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By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Two days after the General Assembly was scheduled to adjourn its spring session, Democrats in the Illinois Senate advanced a $53.1 billion budget to the House Sunday night, where leaders expect it to pass without changes. The fiscal year 2025 spending plan, which came together over a stretch…

Prairie Band Potawatomi land deal clears Senate, will head back to House

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Budget negotiations will extend into next week as House leaves Springfield

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Maternal health, abortion protection measures advance as session nears end

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Health insurance changes targeting ‘utilization management,’ more will head to governor

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Capitol Briefs: Republicans sue over law banning legislative candidate slating

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Illinois Supreme Court considers expectation of privacy in hospitals

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Capitol Briefs: Measure targets ‘legacy’ admission at public universities

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Illinois could be 19th state to phase out subminimum wage for disabled workers

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