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Corage: Hearing Your Quiet Truth

The Truth may be as easy to reach as just letting the quiet drown out the noise around you. By Sally Eames The world is full of people who are happy to offer advice. When everyone else has an opinion, how do you make the choice about the right course of action for YOU? When […]

Remembering that Southwest Gal, Judy Baar Topinka

By Ray Hanania Judy Baar Topinka was one of the most energetic public officials I met. What a nice person. She was always smiling, even at moments of controversy. She was optimistic and always hopeful. It’s funny to see the mainstream news media pretend to be her friend. They pretty much ignored her, except when […]

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Needy and disabled children celebrate Christmas in Cicero

The Cicero Police helped 30 needy families and families with children with disabilities celebrate Christmas at the annual Children’s Christmas “Shop with a Cop” Charity drive. Each year the Cicero Police use donations from local businesses and money raised from within their own ranks from Cicero Police Officers to provide funds to allow the children […]

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By Ray Hanania ILLEGAL PARKING: There are a lot of other ways to generate revenue from traffic tickets instead of installing red light cameras to nail unsuspecting motorists. Here are a few suggestions. Put a police squad car near the small Orland Park Post Office branch in the strip mall at 151st and LaGrange Road. […]

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By Ray Hanania Oak Lawn used to be one of the best communities in the Southwest Suburbs, but in recent years, the place has been turned upside down by vicious name calling, anonymous blogging and polarized hatred. Something needs to change Recently, several Oak Lawn residents told me they missed former Mayor Dave Heilmann. When […]

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Corage: Breathing Space

Space to slow down and breathing is important, especially in the frantic holiday season. By Sally Eames This morning I slept in. I did it because I could. Fridays are my catch-up day and because I admit I really don’t work well before 9am. So I’ve built a schedule that includes evenings for work but […]

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This year’s election is in the books. Time to look at the next election. But does it really matter? By Justin Shimko (Note: This column was scheduled to publish on November 25. Events in Ferguson, however, prompted a delay in publishing) With the Treasurer’s race finally completed and a State House seat ultimately decided with […]

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Groundhog Day at the Illinois Tollway

By Ray Hanania Like the Movie Groundhog Day, Donna Nagel of Alsip is going through same nightmare, but her five year hassle with the Illinois Tollway is taking its toll Have you ever seen the 1993 Harold Ramis movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott? It’s the story of a weatherman […]

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I owe Jane Byrne for launching my journalism career

Chicago Mayor Jane M. Byrne, who died on Thursday Nov. 13, 2014, was Chicago’s first female elected chief executive and the 41st mayor of the City of Chicago. The turbulence of her politics and administration launched my journalism career, and for that I owe her much Jane Byrne defeated the Machine but she became the Machine […]

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Interstellar takes 2001 Space Odyssey to 21st Century

Movie Review: Interstellar takes the audience beyond the 2001 and 2010 movie frontiers By Ray Hanania I was only 15 in 1968 when the science fiction movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” and it was a blockbuster that pushed our generation to the edge of imagination. We not only started to think about and imagine space travel […]

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