Posts Tagged “Oak Lawn”

A 19th Ward Chicago Machine suburban tale

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A 19th Ward Chicago Machine suburban tale

A 19th Ward Chicago Machine suburban tale SW News Group April 13, 2017. Back in the 1980s, the Chicago Machine was licking its wounds from a beating it took from renegade city official Jane M. Byrne who beat the Machine’s candidate Michael A. Bilandic to become mayor. The jobs for many of the broken Machine…

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Tornadoes Hit Illinois 50 Years ago, Belvidere and Oak Lawn

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Tornadoes Hit Illinois 50 Years ago, Belvidere and Oak Lawn

1967 was a tragic year in Illinois: Tornadoes Hit Illinois 50 Years ago, Belvidere and Oak Lawn Published in the SW Newspaper Group Feb. 9, 2017 By Ray Hanania This year is the Golden Anniversary of one of the most tragic years in the lives of many Baby Boomers who still remember that far back…

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Random thoughts from Taiwan to flag burning

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Random thoughts from Taiwan to flag burning

Random thoughts from Taiwan to flag burning Columnist Ray Hanania looks at a range of issues and random thoughts from the controversy over President-elect Trump’s phone call from Taiwan and the issue of Chinese corruption, to the offensiveness of the “liberty” of allowing anyone to burn the American Flag. Originally published in the Des Plaines…

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Common Core and our failing high schools

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Common Core and our failing high schools

Common Core and our failing high schools. Too many high schools are graduating students who are “not ready” for college, achieving under 21 on ACT testing. By Ray Hanania When I was young, if my grade point average was under 60 percent, I flunked. The grading system we used then applies today: A=90+; B=80+; C=70+;…

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Cheer and loathing at the Chicago Cubs Game

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Cheer and Loathing at the Chicago Cubs Game Southwest News-Herald Newspaper Friday June 14, 2013 By Ray Hanania For most adults who go to Wrigley Field, it’s all about the booze, the broads and boorishness. But for most kids, it really is about baseball. They haven’t figured out that most athletes are on steroid’s and…

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Oak Lawn Battle Over Attorneys Is All Politics

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Oak Lawn Battle Over Attorneys Is All Politics By RAY HANANIA Southwest News-Herald Friday, October 05, 2012 No normal person can sort through the information mess that has been vomited on residents of Oak lawn by a handful of elected officials and clout heavy law firms. But I think the story involving the “investigation” of the…

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Remembering two community giants

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Remembering two community giants By Ray Hanania — We always remember the politicians and activists when they are at their height of activism and when they are in the news. But politics is like a baseball game. It should be fought hard, but with some respect and friendship, too, between the teams. Recently a friend…

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Harry ‘Bus’ Yourell Was a Fighter to End

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Harry ‘Bus’ Yourell Was a Fighter to End By RAY HANANIA — The first time I met Harry “Bus” Yourell was in 1978 while writing for the Southtown. At the time, he was the Worth Township Democratic Committeeman. I had written something nice about his Republican rival, Herbert V. Huskey, and “Bus” was giving me a piece…

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08-08-09 What did an Arab grocer do to be arrested in suburban Chicago?

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Racism, fears and conflict in Oak Lawn By Ray Hanania — (Oak Lawn, Illinois) — What exactly did Naim Massad do to justify being arrested, handcuffed and dragged to jail by police on the orders of an Oak Lawn Village building inspector?It was a scene that provoked his wife and teenage son into fearful emotion…

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08-08-09 Arab grocer charges racism in arrest over allegations of code violations

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Arab grocer and family arrested in Chicago suburb Store owners cries racism; neighbors say he is an “unsanitary” grocer By Ray Hanania — (Oak Lawn, Illinois) While the nation is still reeling from a racial confrontation between a Black professor, a White Cambridge cop and President Obama, a food-store owner in the Chicago suburb of…

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