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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 […]

Some answers bring more than just a response to the question asked, but an enlightenment of what is inside you dying to get out and change the world. By Sally Eames One of the things I love about coaching is how smart my clients are. I’ll ask them a question about their situation or story […]

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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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From the Right: Remembering Judy Baar Topinka

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka was a true leader in Illinois, providing the blueprint for winning as a Republican in Illinois. by Justin Shimko The State of Illinois lost a fantastic woman early Wednesday morning as Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away suddenly after suffering a stroke just the day before. The news shocked […]

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Lyons and McCook Businesses Partner to Give Back and Strengthen Communities The businesses in the neighboring towns of Lyons and McCook have partnered to strengthen commerce and give back to their communities. “There is a strong unity between the businesses here in Lyons and McCook and as we continue to work together as well as […]

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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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