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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…

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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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Fournier resigns from TTO to become judge

From staff reports The Lyons Township Trustees of Schools is accepting applications for a vacancy on their board, after Trustee Koula A. Fournier resigned earlier this month after being sworn-in as a Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court. Fournier was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill the Maloney vacancy of the 4th…

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Cheesie’s coming to Garfield Ridge

. Popular ‘pub & grub’ coming to Archer/Nashville .  By Tim Hadac A business strip in need of a shot of adrenaline is about get a bit of zing next month. Cheesie’s Pub & Grub, a well known favorite on the North Side, is bringing its casual dining fun to the vacant Lindy’s/Gertie’s building at…

Nancy Diaz, area coach of operations for Panda Express, cuts the ribbon at the new Oak Lawn restaurant on Feb. 15. Joining her for the ceremony were (far left) Oak Lawn Trustee Paul Mallo (3rd) and Mayor Terry Vorderer. Xin Qin, the regional director of operations for the new Panda Express, is at far right. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Oak Lawn welcomes second Panda Express restaurant

By Joe Boyle A large crowd of customers began lining up outside the new Panda Express in Oak Lawn the morning of Feb. 15 and were not disappointed when they entered the restaurant. A major draw to the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was that the first 88 customers to enter the restaurant would receive…

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Evergreen Park officer arrests armed driver after traffic stop

By Joe Boyle What appeared to be a routine traffic stop resulted in the arrest of an armed man in Evergreen Park. At Monday’s Evergreen Park Village Board meeting, Police Chief Michael Saunders requested that Officer Adrian Ortiz receive a commendation for making an arrest of a suspect who may have been a danger to…

Ruby, Palos Hills mascot, visits the local McDonald's. (Supplied photo)

Palos Hills to start posting job openings

By Nuha Abdessalam The Palos Hills Economic Development Department will start making job postings accessible for locals to scope out the job scene. Mayor Gerald Bennett and aldermen highlighted the city’s flourishing local business climate during the city council meeting on Feb. 15. Ald. Donna O’Connell said the city’s Economic Development Department will be able…

Oak Lawn Library patrons were able to talk to local authors at the library's second annual RomCon. (Photos by Kelly White)

Love is in the air at RomCon 2024

By Kelly White Love made an appearance at the local library this past weekend. Back by popular demand again this year, the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 Raymond Ave., Oak Lawn, held RomCon 2024, celebrating the romance genre on February 17. “RomCon is a time for fellow romance readers to get together to meet romance…

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…