Archive For The “Chicagoland Topics” Category

Questions in the Kenneka Jenkins death mystery

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Questions in the Kenneka Jenkins death mystery

Questions in the Kenneka Jenkins death mystery Too often in many tragedies, the focus is always on the role of police or government. Not enough attention is placed on the responsibilities of the parents By Ray Hanania Published in the Southwest News Newspaper group — When does an investigation turn to the responsibilities of the…

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Community news site DNAInfo.com closes

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Community news site DNAInfo.com closes

Community news site DNAInfo.com closes Community news organizations including those online must do better job of fairly reporting the the news than the biased and racist major mainstream news media. Chicagoland journalism is plagued by bias and racism in the news media and its not an easy thing to fix. The demise of DNAInfo.com only…

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Iconic champions of Palestinian rights remembered

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Iconic champions of Palestinian rights remembered

Iconic champions of Palestinian rights remembered M. Cherif Bassiouni recently passed away, ending a life of struggle against justice including for the rights of Palestinians. Bassiouni was one of two great icons who mentored me into activism for Palestinian rights when I was younger. What they once represented is often difficult to find in today’s…

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Czech, Slovak, Bohemian culture & history defines Houby Day celebrations

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Czech, Slovak, Bohemian culture & history defines Houby Day celebrations

Czech, Slovak, Bohemian culture & history defines Houby Day celebrations For many years, the Czech community was Chicagoland’s most recognized cultural presence. As Chicagoland’s immigration makeup has expanded, the Czech community identity continues each year with the popular Houby Day Festival and Parade in Chicago’s West suburbs By Ray Hanania Much is made by the…

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Best tasting burger ever: Oak Lawn’s Smashburger

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Best tasting burger ever: Oak Lawn’s Smashburger

Best tasting burger ever: Oak Lawn’s Smashburger I grew up on hamburgers and I consider myself a hamburger connoisseur. Until recently, though I enjoyed burgers everywhere. But a few weeks ago, I happened across a place called Smashburgers and I am hooked. They are the best tasting hamburgers in the world By Ray Hanania I…

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Brannigan issues apology to Arabs, Muslims in Palos Township

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Brannigan issues apology to Arabs, Muslims in Palos Township

Brannigan issues apology to Arabs, Muslims in Palos Township Sharon Brannigan, a trustee in the Chicago suburb of Palos Township, offended Arabs and Muslims with broad stroke comments about immigration that pointed a finger at their race and religion. But Brannigan apologized this week, reiterating apologies she issued twice before saying that she is not…

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Kennedy will engage Arabs, Muslims as Illinois Governor

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Kennedy will engage Arabs, Muslims as Illinois Governor

Kennedy will engage Arabs, Muslims as Illinois Governor Illinois gubernatorial candidate Christopher Kennedy told a gathering of influential Arab and Muslim community activists Saturday that he would defend their rights as Americans and respect their cultural and religious identities. Kennedy said when his family immigrated to America, they faced the same racism and discrimination now…

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American Arabs need to document their history

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American Arabs need to document their history

American Arabs need to document their history By Ray Hanania During my entire consciousness as an American of Arab heritage, I have always tried to document the experiences of my family, friends and organizations I have been involved with regarding Arab American history. The truth is American Arabs do a poor job of documenting their…

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Fleeing Cook County and Preckwinkle’s soda pop tax

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Fleeing Cook County and Preckwinkle’s soda pop tax

Fleeing Cook County and Preckwinkle’s soda pop tax Toni Preckwinkle offensive retail sales tax on sweetened drinks and soda pop is so offensive, she has managed to push me out of Cook County. First the shopping goes and pretty soon it is followed by the physical existence. Cook County’s future under Preckwinkle is bleak, especially…

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Reports on Texas flooding hard to watch

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Reports on Texas flooding hard to watch

Reports on Texas flooding hard to watch The reports of the massive flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey are depressing and remind me of floods that slammed Illinois in 1996. Flooding is so much more damaging to regional populations and governments are not equipped to handle it. By Ray Hanania Flooding isn’t like a…

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