The 2024 ballot starts to take shape

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. Candidates file petitions  . By Tim Hadac Without a doubt, the campaign for president will draw the lion’s share of attention in 2024. But in that struggle’s shadow, candidates for other public offices have finished filing their nominating petitions. They now await the sometimes inevitable election-board challenges from their political opponents. On the Southwest…

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Clock is ticking on Christmas shopping


. By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 517-7796 . Just a little over one more week to get that Christmas shopping done! Several of our local Catholic churches celebrated Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feast day on Tuesday, Dec. 12. The Blessed Virgin appeared four…

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Police Reports

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. Crime reports courtesy of Police report information is provided by law enforcement agencies. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken, and people charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. . Shot and killed on Pulaski A 42-year-old man…

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Planting hope at Solorio Academy

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.       Mayor Brandon Johnson last week joined 14th Ward Ald. Jeylú Gutiérrez to wield ceremonial shovels to mark the planting of trees in front of Solorio Academy in the Gage Park neighborhood. The trees were planted to honor the life and legacy of Rigo Padilla Pérez, Solorio’s postsecondary coach, who died last…

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Church carnival closing

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. Two Holy Martyrs’ Family Fest is finished  . By Tim Hadac Clearing’s last church carnival has folded its tents, apparently for good. The news came via a two-page announcement in the weekly parish bulletin of Two Holy Martyrs Parish. “This is a difficult decision that was not made abruptly nor rashly, wrote the Rev.…

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Voters need to stop hiding in the weeds


. By Ray Hanania . Let’s be honest. The choices we have for president next year are very flawed. You can find something you don’t like about every candidate. Some voters will close their eyes to flaws in order to vote against someone over some issue they don’t like, while others will vote for someone…

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Lobbying orgs need to re-think questionnaires


. By Rich Miller . Imagine a lobbyist approaching a legislator and promising that if the member voted for a specific bill the lobbyist would contribute to their campaign committee. Lobbyists have been convicted here for doing just that, going back to at least 1982. Legislators would be violating state law if they made that…

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Cool Kids see Santa

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. Several dozen special-needs boys and girls were let in early at the Midway Chamber of Commerce’s annual Snack With Santa, held earlier this month at Mayfield Banquets. The special time was the brainchild of the Midway Cool Kids Club, a social club founded earlier this year by Geno Randazzo of All Exterior Contractors. The…

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Nazareth Academy girls’ art on religious Christmas cards

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. From staff reports . Two local girls are among four students at Nazareth Academy whose works of art are available on the CSJ (Congregation of St. Joseph) Ministry of the Arts website for free download Christmas cards. “These four incredible art students have become part of the tradition honored by the CSJ Sisters to…

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Neighbors lighting the way to Christmas season


. By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 517-7796 . It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere me and Oliver go! Thank you, neighbors. The blocks around my home are simply beautiful with the displays. To get yourselves more in the Christmas…

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