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Obituaries February 29, 2024

ROSAURA GALLARDO Rosaura Gallardo, age 88, of Chicago, South Lawndale community, passed away unexpectedly February 8. She was the beloved wife for 63 years to the late Francisco Gallardo; loving daughter of the late Jose Elias Negron and the late Rosa Irizarry Negron; cherished mother of Guadalupe Gallardo, Gloria (Luis) Martinez, Francisco Jr. (Norma) Gallardo…

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Obituaries February 22, 2024

DONNA J. BAKER Donna J. Baker (nee Bjorklund), age 73, passed away January 28. Loving mother of Nancy (Frank Brown) Baker, Julie Baker, William (Shelley) Baker Jr., and Anthony (Krista) Baker; dear grandmother of Brittany Stutts, Christopher Brown, David Weeks, Robert Weeks, Richard Weeks Jr., Danielle Weeks, Alexis Siara-Chareun, Kayla Baker; cherished daughter of the…

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Obituaries February 15, 2024

ANNA BEDNARZ Anna Bednarz (nee Rzepka), age 72, passed away February 2. Beloved wife of the late Jan Bednarz; loving mother of Janina (Andrzej) Zolnierczyk, Maria Lassak and Wieslaw (Edyta) Bednarz; dear grandmother of Slawomir Zolnierczyk, Julia Lassak, Adrian Bednarz, Emilia Bednarz and Jacob Bednarz; cherished daughter of the late Anna (nee Mulica) and the…

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Obituaries February 8, 2024

AGNIESZKA “AGNES” BASIORKA Agnieszka “Agnes” Basiorka (nee Tylka), 83, passed away January 25. Beloved wife of the late Andrzej “Andrew” Basiorka; loving mother of the late Thaddeus Basiorka, John (Theresa) Basiorka and Joseph (Mary) Basiorka; former mother-in-law of Anna Komperda; dear grandmother of Ryan (Aleksa) Basiorka, Derek (Carisa) Basiorka, Eric (Samantha) Basiorka, Ashley (Chris) Skorusa,…

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Obituaries February 1, 2024

JOAN CADA Joan Cada (nee Berzek); loving mother of Denise (Tom) Socco, Keith (Carol) Cada and the late Linda Tilford; dearest grandmother of Nicole Cada, Joseph (Kelly) Vaccaro, Ashley Vaccaro, Julia McGavock, Sarah Cada, Christina (Jason) Jones and Kristin (Brian) Maratea; great grandmother of Joseph, Joshua, Travis, Callie, Serenity, Jason Jr, Gavin and Lucca; devoted…

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Obituaries January 25, 2024

JOEL R. BABICA Joel R. Babica, age 88, passed away January 14. Beloved husband of Antha Babica (nee Loy); loving father of Joseph Babica and Patty Zientara; dear grandfather of Eric and Kira; dearest great-grandfather of Alyssa, Aubree, Brayden and Quinn; fond brother of Carol Smith. Also survived by relatives and friends. Visitation was held…

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Obituaries January 18, 2024

RICHARD J. “RICK” DEPCIK Richard J. “Rick” Depcik, age 73, passed away December 18. Cherished husband and best friend to Gina (nee Rian) for 51 years; brother of John, Joe III and the late Tom Depcik; dear brother-in-law of Reggie (Gloria) Rian, Natalie (Doug) Duey, the late Colleen Caproni, the late Richard (Lydia) Rian, the…

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Obituaries January 11, 2024

MAUREEN ALIOTO Maureen Alioto, 76, passed away on January 2, 2024. She was a beloved wife of Joseph Alioto, the beloved mother of Michael and Anna Alioto, and a dear sister to Rita and Robert Lerch and John McDermott, and Jance, Michael McDermott and Lynn, Tom McDermott and Ann and Joanne and Rob Alexsick. Maureen…

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Obituaries January 4, 2024

HELENA BZDYK Helena Bzdyk (nee Rzadkosz), age 75, passed away December 21. Beloved wife of the late Wladyslaw Bzdyk; loving mother of Mieczyslaw (Renata) Bzdyk and the late Danuta (Stanislaw) Kulasik; dear grandmother of Krzysztof Bzdyk, Tomasz Bzdyk, Anna Bzdyk, Jakub Kulasik, Joanna Kulasik and Sylwia Kulasik; cherished daughter of the late Ludwina (nee Zarycka) and…

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Obituaries December 28, 2023

GLORIA J. BURKE Gloria J. Burke, age 79, passed away December 13. Beloved wife of James “Jim” Burke; loving mom of Jim (Bridget) Burke; dearest grandma of Ava Burke; dear sister of Sylvia (the late James) Donaldson. Also survived by relatives and friends. Funeral was held December 16, family and friends gathered directly at Saint…

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Obituaries December 21, 2023

DOROTHY B. BERO Dorothy B. Bero (nee Bocinsky), passed away December 5. Born in Chicago, Dorothy attended Blessed Agnes of Bohemia school with older siblings Lucille and Jim. She participated athletically in Sokol gymnastics and Ballet. Preceded in death by her son, Mark Wagner. Dorothy was a doting mother – Mark was the love of…

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Obituaries December 14, 2023

ROBERT E. CUMMINS Robert E. Cummins, 92, of Frankfort has passed away. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was the beloved husband of the late Dolores “Dee” nee Pappas Cummins; devoted son of the late Edward and Rose nee Teresi Cummins; loving father of Alana (Rick) Cramer, Rob Jr. (Debbie), Bill…

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Obituaries December 7, 2023

ROBERT K. ADAIR Robert K. Adair passed away peacefully at home November 30. He was the beloved husband for 62 years to Charlene (nee Gruzalski); loving father of Scot (Virginia) Adair and Bryan Adair; dear grandfather of Scot Adair Jr.  and Robert Michael Adair; fond brother of Ronald (Carol) Adair and uncle to Donna, Ronald,…

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Obituaries November 30, 2023

DAVID BOTELLO David Botello, 43, passed away peacefully on November 25 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. David is survived by his wife, Ewa (Lazowska); his son, Matthew; mother, Roxanne Botello, and mother-in-law, Lodzia. Also survived by maternal grandmother, Gloria Pearl, aunts, uncle and many relatives and friends. David was born on August 29, 1980, in Chicago.…

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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

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

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…

Richards High School students met after school on January 31 at the high school, 10601 Central Avenue in Oak Lawn, to make fleece comfort blankets for pediatric cancer patients at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital. (Supplied photos)

Richards students make blankets for kids with cancer

By Kelly White Richards High School students brought warmth and love to those who need it most this winter season. Under the supervision of Richards Activities Facilitator, Deborah Swanson, 75 students met after school on January 31 at the high school, 10601 Central Avenue in Oak Lawn, to make fleece comfort blankets for pediatric cancer…

Fernway students scoot with their new scooters on Feb. 14. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Fernway Park School receives kindness – and scooters

By Jeff Vorva Scooters. Dollars. Kindness. Those were the three themes of the day on Feb. 14 at Fernway Park Elementary School in Orland Park thanks to a group of high school athletes in the Buddy’s Helpers group. There were 102 students in first and second grade at the school who were greeted in the…

Joey’s Red Hots will open its seventh location on Monday at 9135 W. 159th St. in Orland Hills. (Photo by Steve Neuhaus)

Comings & Goings: Joey’s Red Hots to open Monday in Orland Hills

By Bob Bong Co-owner Anthony Nardo is not one to miss an opportunity to expand the reach of the Joey’s Red Hots empire. The Orland Park-based chain of restaurants has set Monday, February 26, as the opening date for its newest Joey’s location, in Orland Hills. Nardo and his partner Nick Iozzo jumped quickly when…

Orland Park's Fawzy Hassan speaks to the Orland Park Village Board on Monday in front of a backdrop of posters of members of his family who served the United States in wartime. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

No ruckus this time between Orland board, protesters

By Jeff Vorva More than 80 people crowded Orland Park’s Village Hall Monday night with many there to protest the village board’s decision not to draw up a resolution asking for a ceasefire in Gaza. Unlike a Feb. 5 meeting, in which there was yelling and chants and Mayor Keith Pekau having police clear the…

Investigator Joel Frias holds the plaque that he just received from Police Chief Tim Denton (left) for being selected as "Officer of the Year." (Photo by Joe Boyle)

Worth approves new parking, traffic regulations

By Joe Boyle Two ordinances were passed at the Worth Village Board meeting Tuesday night requiring changes for pedestrian crossings and vehicular traffic. Police Chief Tim Denton said one ordinance needed to be amended regarding pedestrian and vehicular traffic. It needed to be made clear that individuals should not be walking along main streets and…

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Palos Heights City Council rejects City Hall renovation

By Bob Bong Palos Heights aldermen rejected a $1.7 million renovation project for its aging City Hall building at a sometimes testy City Council meeting Tuesday night. Aldermen voted 5-3 to shoot down a plan that would have made some bathrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, moved the Building Department back to the…

Flames lick the night sky Tuesday morning after a fire was reported at a home in the 14700 block of Holly Court in Orland Park. (Photos courtesy of Orland Fire Protection District)

Firefighter injured fighting Orland Park fire Tuesday morning

By Bob Bong  One firefighter suffered minor injuries while battling a fire at a home in Orland Park early Tuesday morning. Orland Fire Protection District officials said the fire was reported at 3:35 a.m. on Feb. 20 in the 14700 block of Holly Court in Orland Park. The fire was brought under control after about…

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New Warsaw saga continues

. Neighbors to have a second say about banquet hall . By Dermot Connolly and Tim Hadac Several dozen Clearing residents interested in the future of the shuttered New Warsaw Restaurant & Banquets property, 6250 W. 63rd St., had their say last week. More than 50 people turned out on Feb. 14 at the Clearing…

One man was shot to death and another was critically wounded early Saturday outside this McCook tavern. A Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

McCook police arrest Chicago man in fatal shooting

By Bob Bong A Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in Saturday’s early morning shooting outside All Star Bar, 7949 W. 47th St. in McCook, which left one man dead and a second man wounded. Sisto A. Brito, 32, was charged Monday with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted…

Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty presents Desmond Zuro a Standing Tall Award. Zuro, a sophomore at Morton West High School, placed 19th in the IHSA state bowling championship. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Lyons awards outstanding Morton high school bowler

By Steve Metsch Desmond Zuro has loved bowling since the first time he sent a ball toward the pins at Bowlero Lyons on 47th Street. Six years later, the Lyons resident is one of the best high school bowlers in the state. A sophomore at Morton West High School, Zuro placed 19th of 180 bowlers…