Time for the community to come together

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. By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 284-7394 Some very sad news and tragedy in our neighborhoods, I am sure most of us have heard, about CPD Officer Andrés Vásquez Lasso. The community has come together in prayers, vigils, walks and blue ribbons to…

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Farm bill keeps food supply affordable 

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By Richard Guebert Jr. With winter weather on the horizon, farmers across the state are gearing up for another productive spring planting season. Once the frost melts and the soil temperatures rise, it will be time to hit the fields; but for many farmers, high prices for fertilizer, fuel and other critical tools remain a…

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May we turn tragedy into something good


. By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place •  (773) 504-9327 After the events of this past week, you have to wonder why a teenager makes the decision to shoot a fellow human being. What went wrong? What can be done to prevent this? How do families and friends heal from their terrible…

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Signs are clear: spring is on its way


. . By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 The past couple of weekends have certainly been nice, what with a little warmer weather and some sun out to boot. Kayla and I certainly took advantage of them and spent some time at Marquette Park.…

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Family parade evokes fond memories

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. . By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • joan.hadac@gmail.com Are you excited about the Chicago Working Families’ Archer Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Saturday? I am, both as a 30-year resident of Garfield Ridge and as the granddaughter of Irish immigrants. What I wouldn’t give to spend just…

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Thanks to Foxx, criminals run free

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By Ray Hanania The 18-year-old man who reportedly murdered Chicago Police Officer Andrés Vásquez Lasso was a known gang member who slipped through the judicial system because of lenient policies towards gun-wielding criminals by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. Steven Montano allegedly shot and killed Vásquez Lasso on March 1 near 53rd and Sawyer,…

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Wackos plentiful in the public square

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By Rich Miller Last month, I wrote a tongue in cheek headline for my blog: “Poll conducted for IEA finds about 10 percent of Illinoisans are wackos.” The Normington-Petts and Next Generation Strategies poll of 1,000 Illinoisans conducted in January found that 11% strongly favor, “the fighting, yelling, or other contention at school board meetings…

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Crusader basketball team seniors honored

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The eight seniors on the Kennedy High School boys basketball team were recently honored as their final prep hoops season winds down. Receiving plaudits were Nate Carrero, Ian Martinez, Kenneth Villa, Juan Juarez, Pedro Araiza, Brett Gomez, John Kurysz and Jeremiah Stigger. The honor came on the Crusaders’ home court on the same night Kennedy…

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Mayoral candidates to come courting

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. . Vallas, Johnson may mine vote-rich Clearing, Garfield Ridge By Tim Hadac With the Clearing and Garfield Ridge aldermanic races decided in landslide victories on Feb. 28, attention now turns to the mayoral runoff, set for Tuesday, April 4. Both former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson (D-1st)…

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Despite mayoral loss, Chuy expands Southwest Side footprint


. . Lost citywide, but won in 12 and 14  By Tim Hadac Southwest Side incumbents did generally well at the polls on Feb. 28, with only one—the recently appointed 12th Ward Ald. Anabel Abarca—going down to defeat. The biggest winner appeared to be U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-4th). While he lost his mayoral…

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