Peggy Zabicki

Peggy Zabicki

Even now, Washington is an inspiration

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By Peggy Zabicki

Your correspondent in West Lawn

3633 W. 60th Place •  (773) 504-9327

Happy Birthday to George Washington, whose birthday is Feb. 22, 1732. He was our country’s first president, the Commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and the president of the Constitutional Convention that drafted the U.S. Constitution.

Very impressive considering he never attended college or received a formal education. He mostly studied reading, math and basic legal forms on his own. What an inspiring example of our thirst for knowledge!

The Chicago West Lawn Community Organization, 4051 W. 63rd St., is offering free tutoring for students in grades 2 through 12. Interested parents can bring their children on Saturdays between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for these once a week classes.

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St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, 3741 W. 62nd St., will be having their annual Spring Fling Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday, March 4. This dinner and dancing event will take place at European Chalet, 5445 S. Harlem. The cost is $75 per person. Call (773) 735-0772 before Feb. 28 to reserve your tickets.

The Quinn Guerrero-Cuellar Service Office, 6500 S. Pulaski, will have a Property Tax Appeal Workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. Bring your property index number found on your recent property tax bill.

Call for more information at (773) 581-8000 or (773) 581-1313. There are a lot of people in our neighborhood who have received property tax increases, and so I am grateful to Quinn and Guerrero-Cuellar for providing these workshops.

I recently called the Quinn Guerrero-Cuellar Service Office to ask about reported plans to develop the old Kmart building at 71st and Pulaski into a migrant shelter. I was told that Ms. Guerrero-Cuellar will be handling calls about that. I left my phone number but as of this writing, I have not heard back.

West Lawn resident Eddie Guillen took care of a railroad fence along Central Park Avenue that was falling onto the street. Neighbors had been making calls reporting it, but nothing was done. Eddie and some volunteers put the fence back up before it became a hazard to drivers and a danger to children walking home from school. Eddie also organized a clean up along Central Park Avenue between 63rd and 67th streets on Sunday, Feb. 12. He is planning more clean ups later this month. Thank you, Eddie, and all volunteers for helping make our neighborhood safer and cleaner.

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Brother, what a day today is

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Spread the love. By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place •  (773) 504-9327 . May 24 is National Brothers Day. The word “brother” comes from the Latin root for “frater” and the Proto-Germanic word “brothar” which itself comes from the Proto-Indo-European root “bhrater.”  I’m sure everyone already knows that, but…

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May your Memorial Day be meaningful

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Spread the love. By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 517-7796 . I hope we all will have a meaningful Memorial Day. Let us remember that this day is set to honor military personnel who died in service of their country. Memorial Day also marks…

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Boys Volleyball | Sandburg seeks 26th regional title

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Spread the loveBy Randy Whalen Correspondent Coming off the worst season in program history in 2023, Sandburg was not going to settle for anything less than better results this year. Past the midway point of this season, however, the Eagles had a record of 11-8. But they closed the regular season strong, winning 11 of…

Reavis players celebrate after the Rams clinched the South Suburban Red title with a 3-0 win over Oak Lawn. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Baseball | Red-hot Reavis looks to make noise in postseason

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Spread the loveBy Xavier Sanchez Correspondent Reavis is determined to send their head coach Don Erickson into retirement on a high note and will head into the postseason red hot and as South Suburban Red champions. The Rams defeated Oak Lawn 3-0 for the second straight day on May 15 to clinch the conference title.…

Richards alum Sebastian Castro is ranked by NFL Draft Live among the top 10 college cornerbacks heading into the 2024 NCAA football season. Photo courtesy of University of Iowa Athletics

Sports Bits | Rice boats at Carlyle Lake, Hawkeye DB and Do It Stevie’s Way

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Correspondent Noteworthy sports briefs from May 12-19 • Brother Rice’s No. 1 boat of Joe Hall and Joe Judeh took 31st in the state bass fishing tournament, which wrapped up on May 18 at Carlyle Lake. The Crusaders had a two-day haul of 7 pounds, 12 ounces.  The Crusaders’ No.…

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Nothing NU at SeatGeek

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Correspondent There was speculation that because of the renovations being done at Ryan Field, Northwestern would schedule a few football games at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview this fall. The Wildcats announced their schedule and no home games are listed at SeatGeek, but the situation is still fluid. They are opting…

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College Softball | Close losses at nationals end Saint Xavier’s season

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Saint Xavier softball team played three nailbiters in the opening round of the NAIA Tournament. But the end result was a 1-2 record to eliminate the Cougars from advancing. SXU (28-14) opened the tournament by nipping Bellevue (Nebraska), 5-4, in Sioux City, Iowa on May 13. Alexus Reese…

Red Stars goalie Alyssa Naeher was with the team but did not play at Gotham on May 19.  IMAGN photo

Red Stars’ Naeher misses loss to Gotham

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Correspondent The world’s best kept secret is still a mystery. The Chicago Red Stars are not releasing information to the public about the severity of a thigh injury or the status of world-class goalie Alyssa Naeher. What is known is that she did not play in a 2-1 loss to…

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Shepard’s Kyla Motley cruises to two medals at girls state track finals

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Correspondent Shepard junior Kyla Motley medaled in two events in the Class 3A girls state track and field meet, the finals for which were held May 18 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Motley finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 4 inches. She finished…

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Boys Tennis | Lyons’ Jack McLane and Mason Mazzone win sectional doubles title

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Correspondent The area produced a handful of boys tennis state qualifiers, but only one entry is headed to state as a sectional champion. At the Class 2A Lyons Sectional, the Lions’ Jack McLane and Mason Mazzone were doubles champs. The state meet opens May 23 at various sites in the…

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Potawatomi land transfer advances in Illinois House

Potawatomi land transfer advances in Illinois House

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Would-be union of legislative staffers accuse Welch of undermining organizing effort

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By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Seven months after Democratic Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch advanced a measure that would allow legislative staff to unionize, members of his own staff on Tuesday blasted the speaker for allowing the bill to languish. The legislation has not seen any action since its passage…

As legislative session adjournment looms, a rush to regulate carbon capture industry

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Nursing home industry unlikely to see much help from Springfield in tough budget year

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Lawmakers consider tax break for news publishers, state-sponsored journalism scholarships

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House GOP advances 2 human trafficking victim protection bills as others remain in limbo

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Hundreds of bills pass, including changes to state’s biometric data privacy law

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Pritzker pledges to expand access to mental health care in Illinois

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With 1 week left in session, Pritzker admin says all revenue options remain on the table

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Illinois launches summer food assistance program

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