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Obituaries November 23, 2023

By Tony Largent / November 24, 2023 / Comments Off on Obituaries November 23, 2023

PHILLIP P. CHAPUT Phillip P. Chaput, age 86, passed away October 31. US Navy Veteran. Beloved husband of Geri G. Chaput (nee Kolacki); loving father of Richard (Karen) Chaput, Mark (the late Michelle) Chaput, Cheryl (Dennis) Sutkowski and Adrienne (James) Boothe; dear grandfather of Jessica Chaput, Sean (Jordan) Chaput, Nichole Chaput, Anna Boothe and Amberlynn…

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Obituaries November 16, 2023

By Tony Largent / November 16, 2023 / Comments Off on Obituaries November 16, 2023

ANNIE DERDAK Annie Derdak (nee Casey), beloved wife of the late Peter Derdak, passed away peacefully November 8. Visitation was held November 10 at Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer Ave. (55th street just west of Harlem) until time of Prayers. Procession from the funeral home to St. Fabian Church for Mass. Annie will be…

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Obituaries November 9, 2023

By Tony Largent / November 9, 2023 / Comments Off on Obituaries November 9, 2023

EDWARD FRANK ANDJULIS Edward Frank Andjulis, long time resident of Summit, late of Bolingbrook, passed away October 31. Proud Air Force Veteran. He was the beloved husband of the late June Andjulis; loving father of Edward (Gail) and cherished grandfather of Bailey and Emley; fond brother of Larry (Kathy) Andjulis and the late Patricia (late…

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Obituaries November 2, 2023

By Tony Largent / November 9, 2023 / Comments Off on Obituaries November 2, 2023

ELIO ALBERTINI Elio Albertini, age 93, peacefully passed away October 25, Husband of 63 years to Teresa (ne´e Ionni); father to Emilio (Trish), Maria Hill (Reid), Maria Antonietta Albertini (predeceased) and beloved grandfather to Francesca, Alexander, and Theodore. Elio emigrated to the United States in 1957 from Castel di Lama, a municipality within the Province of…

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Veteran journalist Charles Richards, longtime owner of The Regional News, dies

By Bob Bong / October 26, 2023 /

By Bob Bong Charles Richards, a veteran community journalist whose family owned The Regional News from 1947 to 2014, passed away Thursday at his Palos Heights home. The Regional News was founded in 1941 and is the oldest business in Palos Heights. Its original coverage area was Palos Heights and Palos Park. Mr. Richards’ father,…

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Obituaries October 26, 2023

By Tony Largent / October 26, 2023 / Comments Off on Obituaries October 26, 2023

EVELEEN “BUNNY” BETTINARDI Eveleen “Bunny” Bettinardi, 88, of Palos Heights, passed away peacefully on October 19, 2023, surrounded by her children and their families. She was a devoted and loving wife to Donald Bettinardi for over 50 years, who preceded her in death in 2005, and never ceased expressing her deep love and desire to…

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Obituaries October 19, 2023

By Tony Largent / October 19, 2023 / Comments Off on Obituaries October 19, 2023

RYSZARD ZDZISLAW BARAN Ryszard Zdzislaw Baran passed away October 4, at the age of 68 in Hinsdale, Illinois. After being hospitalized for over two months, he finally succumbed to his illnesses and ended his battle peacefully surrounded by family. Ryszard leaves to mourn his wife of 45 years, Gabriela; daughter, Joanna (Lukasz) Glazer of Bridgeview,…

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Memorial Services for late Summit Trustee Karen J. Wasko to be held next week

By Carol Mcgowan / October 12, 2023 / Comments Off on Memorial Services for late Summit Trustee Karen J. Wasko to be held next week

By Carol McGowan  Family and friends will gather next week to pay their respects during a celebration of life for late Summit Trustee Karen J. Wasko. Wasko passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 17, after she and her husband, former Summit Fire Chief Robert (Bob) Wasko were involved in a traffic accident on their way…

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Obituaries October 12, 2023

By Tony Largent / October 12, 2023 / Comments Off on Obituaries October 12, 2023

PETER STEVE BARTOSZEK Peter Steve Bartoszek, 24, passed away September 22. Cherished and beloved son of Maria (nee Zieder) and Jan Bartoszek; dearest brother of the late Kathrine “Kasia” Bartoszek; treasured grandson of the late Aniela and the late Jozef Zieder and the late Elzbieta and the late Stefan Bartoszek; lovingly survived by aunts, uncles,…

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Obituaries October 5, 2023

By Tony Largent / October 5, 2023 / Comments Off on Obituaries October 5, 2023

ARCHDIOCESAN BISHOP KEVIN M. BIRMINGHAM Most Rev. Kevin M. Birmingham, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago and former secretary to Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 2, 2023. He was 51 years old, a few days shy of his 52nd birthday. Birmingham was born on Oct. 7, 1971…

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Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound April 17, 2024

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A simple idea for Earth Day

. By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place •  (773) 517-7796 . Moving right along through April, as the days get longer and nicer, time will start to go by faster. We have Earth Day on April 22 and the start of Passover at sunset. If it…

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Bingo at St. Clare was something to yell about

. Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 . Recently I mentioned a bingo fundraiser the Augustinian Young Adults of St. Rita of Cascia Parish were holding. This was their first attempt at a bingo and they put on a really nice event. Held in the…

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One thing is certain: life goes on

. Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place •  (773) 504-9327 . I get a lot of calls from residents who are discouraged about our neighborhood. There are so many car accidents, shootings and violent crimes being committed in West Lawn and surrounding areas. It certainly is challenging to stay hopeful and positive. Here is a paragraph from an…

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Biz groups battle over names, logos

. UBAM, MCC trade barbs . By Dermot Connolly and Tim Hadac The leader of one Midway-area business association is accusing the other of bad faith, and the leader of the other is scratching her head over the dustup. United Business Association of Midway Executive Director Anita Cummings recently claimed that a rival group has…

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Chicago Lawn native’s book is ‘off the hook’

. Longtime journalist shares humor columns . By Tim Hadac Nancy (Emerson) Besonen has made a career as a news reporter and humor columnist for a weekly paper in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. But her roots are in Chicago Lawn, and it showed during a recent conversation. Like most true Southwest Siders, she didn’t call Marquette…

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Softball | Oak Lawn’s Kasey Jackson fans 11 in loss to Shepard

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent Oak Lawn entered its South Suburban Conference matchup with Shepard having won six of its last seven games. The Astros — even hotter with seven straight victories after beginning the season with three consecutive losses — cooled off the Spartans (8-5, 4-2 SSC) for a day, winning 3-0 behind a complete-game…

Shepard junior Kailey Selvage struck out 15 batters while allowing two hits and walking one in the Astros’ 3-0 win over Oak Lawn on April 15 in Palos Heights. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Softball | Shepard blanks Oak Lawn behind CG from Kailey Selvage, 2 RBI from Madison Scapardine

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent Temperatures are not the only thing starting to warm up in the Southwest Suburbs. Shepard, which began the season with three consecutive losses, defeated Oak Lawn, 3-0, on April 15 to run its winning streak to seven games. Astros junior pitcher Kailey Selvage tossed a complete-game shutout, striking out 15 Spartans…

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‘Horrific and unacceptable’

. Police, neighbors decry shooting at family party . By Tim Hadac Drive-by shootings have become not at all unusual in recent years in Back of the Yards. Some might even call them common. What is still uncommon is for drive-by crimes to injure or even kill young children. But that is exactly what happened…

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A blue salute in Scottsdale

. Family, friends, co-workers and neighbors of the late CPD Officer James R. Svec Jr. –as well as elected and appointed officials– gathered at 77th and Kolmar last Saturday to unveil an honorary street sign saluting him for his sacrifice. Officer Svec died at age 59 in December 2021 from causes related to COVID-19 infection.…

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Advocates renew push to tighten firearm laws aimed at protecting domestic violence victims

Advocates renew push to tighten firearm laws aimed at protecting domestic violence victims

By COLE LONGCOR Capitol News Illinois Clongcor@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Advocates for stricter gun laws rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday for a measure aimed at protecting domestic violence victims and two other criminal justice reforms. The bills are backed by organizations such as Moms Demand Action and One Aim Illinois among others. “These policies support…

Komatsu mining truck named 2024 ‘coolest thing made in Illinois’

Komatsu mining truck named 2024 ‘coolest thing made in Illinois’

By COLE LONGCOR Capitol News Illinois Clongcor@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A mining truck manufactured by Komatsu was crowned the winner of the 2024 “Makers Madness” contest, earning the title of “the coolest thing made in Illinois” at the Governor’s Mansion Wednesday.  The truck was one of more than 200 entries in the 5th annual contest hosted…

Capitol Briefs: Pritzker appoints first-ever Prisoner Review Board director; Chicago advances migrant funding

Capitol Briefs: Pritzker appoints first-ever Prisoner Review Board director; Chicago advances migrant funding

By JERRY NOWICKI & DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com Weeks after two high-profile resignations at the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday appointed the first-ever executive director to help lead the beleaguered agency. To fill the newly created position, the governor tapped Jim Montgomery, who most recently served as director of…

INVESTIGATE MIDWEST: Farmers have clamored for the Right to Repair for years. It’s getting little traction in John Deere’s home state

INVESTIGATE MIDWEST: Farmers have clamored for the Right to Repair for years. It’s getting little traction in John Deere’s home state

By Jennifer Bamberg, Investigate Midwest, Investigate Midwest Originally published April 10, 2024 During the 2023 harvest season, one of Jake Lieb’s tractors quit working. A week later, his combine stopped working, too. Both were new — and he was locked out from making any repairs himself because of software restrictions embedded in the machines.  Instead,…

Illinois Senate advances changes to state’s biometric privacy law after business groups split

Illinois Senate advances changes to state’s biometric privacy law after business groups split

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – It’s been more than a year since the Illinois Supreme Court “respectfully suggest(ed)” state lawmakers clarify a law that’s led to several multi-million-dollar settlements with tech companies over the collection of Illinoisans’ biometric data. On Thursday, a bipartisan majority in the Illinois Senate did just that,…

Capitol Briefs: Bill creating new early childhood agency among 244 to advance

Capitol Briefs: Bill creating new early childhood agency among 244 to advance

By ALEX ABBEDUTO HANNAH MEISEL & COLE LONGCOR Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to create a new state agency to oversee Illinois’ various early childhood programs moved forward on Friday after the state Senate’s unanimous approval. It was one of 244 bills that cleared the Senate this week. Early childhood…

Lawmakers, cannabis industry calls for ban on ‘delta-8’ and other psychoactive hemp products

Lawmakers, cannabis industry calls for ban on ‘delta-8’ and other psychoactive hemp products

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ largest cannabis business association is pushing to ban the sale of delta-8 THC, an increasingly popular psychoactive substance that’s popped up in corner stores across the country in recent years. New legislation filed in Springfield this week revives an ongoing debate over delta-8 and other…

As state continues to inventory lead pipes, full replacement deadlines are decades away

As state continues to inventory lead pipes, full replacement deadlines are decades away

By COLE LONGCOR Capitol News Illinois Clongcor@capitolnewsillinois.com Lead pipes in public water systems and drinking fixtures have been banned in new construction since 1986, when Congress amended the Safe Drinking Water Act, but they are still in use across the U.S. and in Illinois.  The presence of lead pipes has persisted due in part to…

Illinois Senate advances changes to state’s biometric privacy law after business groups split

Illinois Senate advances changes to state’s biometric privacy law after business groups split

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – It’s been more than a year since the Illinois Supreme Court “respectfully suggest(ed)” state lawmakers clarify a law that’s led to several multi-million-dollar settlements with tech companies over the collection of Illinoisans’ biometric data. On Thursday, a bipartisan majority in the Illinois Senate did just that,…

Giannoulias calls for disclosure of lobbyist contracts

Giannoulias calls for disclosure of lobbyist contracts

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – For decades, lobbyists in the Illinois Statehouse have been required to report how much they spend wining, dining and entertaining lawmakers. Currently, though, there is no law requiring lobbyists to disclose how much they are paid by corporations, industry groups or other special interest organizations.. That…