‘Shootings’ law misses its target


. By Rich Miller . Back in May 2017, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson traveled to Springfield and promised a House committee that passing a criminal penalty enhancement bill he favored would drastically reduce gun crimes in his city. The bill, SB1722, was sponsored by then-Sen. Kwame Raoul, who would run successfully for attorney general…

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Neighbors open hearts for Adrianna

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. Teacher slain on Narragansett sidewalk . By Tim Hadac Garfield Ridge has opened its heart to help pay expenses relating funeral services for a 37-year-old woman shot and killed on a sidewalk near 54th and Narragansett. In less than a week, some 188 people have donated a total of $16,454 to a GoFundMe page…

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Garfield Ridge will endure, as always


. By Tim Hadac Editor Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound . Eight years ago, in the wake of a high-profile murder in a Garfield Ridge alley, I was the principal author of an editorial published in the Greater Southwest News-Herald, sister publication to the Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound. I recalled that editorial this week as I…

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Lucky winner claims prize at Ray Buick

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.   Paul Tranowski (left) stands next to his 2024 Buick Encore GX as he accepts congratulations from Ray Gieselmann III and Ray Gieselmann IV of Ray Buick, 5011 W. 63rd St. Tranowski won the sporty SUV as a grand raffle prize at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish’s 75th anniversary dinner-dance. – Greater…

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Seeking the faithful to aid ‘our church’


. By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 . Since the early 1900s thousands of people worshipped at Hope Lutheran Church on 64th and Washtenaw. The congregation was formed in 1917, using a storefront on 63rd Street as their first home while their church was…

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West Lawn is looking wonderfully spooky


. By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place •  (773) 504-9327 . Have you eaten all the candy you bought for trick-or-treaters? You still have time to run out and buy some more. While you are out, be sure to check out all the spooky and spectacular decorations in West Lawn. Residents have…

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Pols ignore vets and homeless


. By Ray Hanania . President Joe Biden made it clear where he stands on the future of America during his rare address to the nation this past week. Biden addressed international and domestic challenges, vowing to provide more funding and armaments to Israel in the war with Hamas, to Ukraine in the war with…

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Pritzker punts on Invest in Kids Act


. By Rich Miller . With his latest comments earlier this month, Gov. JB Pritzker has taken almost every possible position imaginable on the Invest in Kids Act. During his first run for governor, Pritzker agreed with the teachers’ unions and progressive activists by calling the program “a really bad idea” and said he opposed…

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Migrant tents coming to Brighton Park

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. Ramirez plans to hear neighbors’ concerns .  By Tim Hadac Brighton Park buzzed with a swirl of emotions earlier this week, as details began to leak out about a Johnson Administration plan to house migrants in the community. “Ain’t nobody want no tent city here,” said William Desparrois as he shot cellphone video of…

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Seven-year plea deal in ‘Ella’ case

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. Morgan guilty of weapons charges .  By Tim Hadac The 25-year-old man charged in the August 2021 shooting death of CPD Officer Ella French last week pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon and obstruction of justice. Eric Morgan’s action was part of a plea deal…

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