Mayoral Race Analysis; Roundups; $10,000 Reward
January 7, 2011
Tom Byrne, Chicago Police Department Chief of Detectives, presents a check to Raymond Soucek, president/CEO, Haymarket Center. The check is a donation from the St. Jude’s Police League, a charity established by members of the Chicago Police Department. The presentation came after Byrne and several other police officers served a lunch to Haymarket clients. (ELM Enterprises)

By William S. Bike

The City of Chicago Emergency Housing Assistance Program provides grants to repair or replace furnaces for people whose household income cannot exceed 50% of area median income—$37,550 for a family of four, for example. Call the 311 hotline or (312) 744-2976.

De La Salle Institute’s Andrew Macias was named the Meteor of the Month at De La Salle’s Institute Campus, and Katie O’Leary was named Meteor of the Month at the Lourdes Hall Campus.

De La Salle recently inducted 26 of its students into the Br. J. Richard Rush, FSC, Chapter of the National Honor Society. Inducted were Romero Board, Joseph Bretz, Nadia Carmona, Jonathan Davis, Genaro Delgado Jr.,

Lauren Dilger, Alejandro Estrada, Julie Galvin (Canaryville), Yamari Gonzalez, Sarah Gortowski (Heart of Chicago), Jaymore Hicks, Catherine Jewers, Kristin Joyce, Chelsey Little, Christopher Mooney (Bridgeport), Adam Nauseda (Bridgeport), Jeremy O’Brien (Bridgeport), Katie O’Leary, Norberto Ramos, Madison Rhymes, Breandan Rook, Lauren Rubio (Bridgeport), Reyna Salazar (Bridgeport), Juan Sanchez (Back of the Yards), Diandra Scorza (Bridgeport),and Maricruz Zarco (Pilsen).

De La Salle is located at 3455 S. Wabash Ave. and 1040 W. 32nd Pl. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to

Get the inside scoop on DePaul Blue Demon Hoops Monday, Jan. 10, and Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd Floor. Tickets cost $25 and include lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m. Call (773) 325-7240 or e-mail

The Journal of Business Ethics recently ranked DePaul among the top ten universities in the world for its research in business ethics. In another major ranking, the Paris-based educational consulting organization Eduniversal awarded DePaul’s College of Commerce Four Palms for being an internationally known top business school, placing 39th in the United States category among the 1,000 best business schools in the world. “The rankings show that DePaul…is now gaining an international reputation for its high-quality educational offerings,” DePaul Provost Helmut Epp said. For more information, visit

Pilsen artist VA de Pintor has developed two ways for pet owners to remember and celebrate the special bond they had with pets who have passed on. Create Your Own Pet Memorial is a special container for the owner to add the pet’s personal objects, such as toys, photos, collars, a piece of a favorite blanket, or other mementos. Owners can personalize the container further by drawing or writing on the doors as well as the rest of the box; they also can glue objects and images to the surfaces. The brightly colored box offers a healing alternative to the somber urns usually offered. The artist’s second pet memorial is a one-of-a-kind personalized and customized artwork remembering a pet; during a personal consultation with the artist, the owner and de Pinto set the theme and contents for the memorial. Visit to view examples.

De La Salle Minister Emily Vogel (left) and Institute Principal Jim Krygier congratulate Meteor of the Month Andrew Macias. Lourdes Principal Diane Brown congratulates De La Salle Meteor of the Month Katie O’Leary.
The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., (312) 922-9410,, is hosting a variety of exhibitions and events.

Dozin’ With the Dinos allows families to sleep over at the museum the Fridays of Jan. 7, 14, and 28.

Family Field Day: Gold Rush is a special family-oriented day about gold Saturday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Author Kate Cary will read from her book IL Animal Alphabet at the same time.

Gold, an exhibit about minerals, jewelry, and money, runs through Sunday, March 6. Portraits of Resilience, photography by teenagers whose Arctic communities are experience the effects of global warming, runs through Sunday, April 3. Traditions Retold: Mexican Nativity Scenes, runs through Sunday, Sept. 18. The Romance of Ants features photos and a colony of live ants through December 2011. Waking the T. rex 3-D: The Story of Sue, a 3-D film about Sue the dinosaur; Undergroud Adventure, Evolving Planet, The Ancient Americas, and The Crown Family Playlab are permanent exhibitions.

$10,000 REWARD
Martha Gonzalez died following a hit-and-run incident at 18th and Halsted Streets on Oct. 13, 2009, at 5:05 p.m. The Martha Gonzalez Memorial Committee still is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the conviction of the driver. Call (773) 418-5450.

Hispanic Lawyers Association Charities will host a fundraiser, Law and Disorder with Comedian Elizardi Castro, on Friday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green St. Proceeds will go toward law students’ scholarships. Tickets cost $20. E-mail or

State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3rd) has launched a legislative website,, to better inform constituents of the 3rd Legislative District of upcoming news and current information on legislation in Springfield. “Constituents will be able to use Web site as a source for important information like job openings, programs offered, and community event announcements that come through my office,” Hunter said. Visitors to the Web site will be able to track Hunter’s legislation, explore the 3rd District, see upcoming events, and learn of news affecting the State. For more information, call (217) 782-0085.

Notre Dame de Chicago Church, 1334 W. Flournoy St., will hold a Catholics Come Home open house on Sunday, Jan. 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. The church will be open for visitors and returning Catholics. Ask questions, see the church decorated for Christmas, and find out more about the Notre Dame community. Contact Megan Mio at (312) 243-7400 for more information or go to

National Honor Society inductees at De La Salle.
St. Rita of Cascia High School will hold its entrance exam on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 8 a.m. Eighth grade students are asked to arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. and to bring two No. 2 pencils; calculators will be permitted. Registration costs $25. St. Rita is located at 7740 S. Western Ave. For more information visit or contact Craig Ferguson, director of admissions, at (773) 925-7482 or

Do you need a quiet place for reflection, solace, or prayer? Stop in at the South Loop Community Church Wednesdays for SLCC’s Open Door Day of Prayer anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Whether in solitude or with a prayer partner, experience encouragement, peace, quiet, and rest. All are welcome. The church is at 1347 S. State St. Call (312) 566-9076.

The South Loop Historical Society at East-West University will host its inaugural multimedia history competition with a submission date of Thursday, March 12. Submissions must be between four and 12 minutes and be either an audio, visual, video, or combined multimedia project focused on South Loop history. Submissions must be received on a DVD or CD-Rom. For information, contact John C. Thomas, South Loop Historical Society, 819 S. Wabash Ave., Eighth Floor, Chicago, IL 60608, (312) 939-0111 ext. 1818,

The University of Illinois at Chicago men’s basketball team plays home games against Detroit on Saturday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m.; Cleveland State, Thursday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.; and Youngstown State, Saturday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m. The women’s team plays at home against Valparaiso Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., and Butler, Saturday, Jan. 22, 3 p.m. All games are at the UIC Pavilion. Call (800) 745-3000 for tickets.

UIC offers baseball camps for players age six through high school. More information and registration are available at Small group hitting lessons will be offered the Wednesdays of Jan. 12, 19, and 25 and Feb. 2 for youngsters ages 13 through 18. Small group pitching lessons will be offered the Thursdays of Jan. 13, 20, and 27 for youngsters ages 12 through 18. The Martin Luther King Day camp will be held Monday, Jan. 17, for youngsters ages eight through 13 and for ages 14 through 18. Call (312) 413-8551.

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas (left) participates in the crowning of Chicago’s Santa Lucia 2010 queen in the annual Santa Lucia Festival at the Daley Center in downtown Chicago. Pappas and Kerstin B. Lane (second from left), consul general of Sweden, assist with the lighting of the candles on the crown of the queen, June Murphy (center). Pictured in vest is Rey Carlberg, board member of the Central Swedish Committee of Chicago (CSCC). The Festival of St. Lucia is a celebration of lights prevailing over the darkest time of the year.
UIC College of Dentistry student Mateusz Wietecha received the award for Most Outstanding Presentation in Basic Science Research at the 16th Hinman Student Research Symposium held in Memphis, TN. “My research focus is on factors that control angiogenesis, or blood vessel growth, during wound healing,” Wietecha said.

The West Central Association will host its January quarterly luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Marriott Medical Center at Harrison Street and Ashland Avenue. The agenda includes new member spotlights and a special guest speaker, Prof. Dick Simpson, chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He will speak about “What the Mayoral Race is Telling Us About Life to Come in Chicago Without Mayor Richard M. Daley.” Call (312) 902-4922.

The West Loop Community Organization and Alderman Walter Burnett invite everyone to attend a community meeting to learn about revised plans for the Gateway, a proposed retail, hotel, and residential development bounded by Madison, Halsted, Monroe, and Green Streets. The meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 31, from7 to 8:30 p.m. at Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St. For more information, call (312) 666-1991.

Send news of events to be held “around the neighborhood” by the 15th of the month before the month they are to occur to William S. Bike, Around the Neighborhood, Gazette, 1335 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607-3318, fax (312) 243-4270, or email