March 2016

Three Congressional districts have contested races

Three longtime incumbent Congressmen representing this community are facing challengers in the March 15 primary.

Fioretti challenges incumbent Van Pelt for State senate

In the only contested State senate race in this area, the 5th District Democratic primary, a one-term incumbent is being challenged by a former alderman and mayoral candidate.

Incumbents feeling the heat in some local State legislative races

Local voters usually return incumbents to the State Legislature, but this year’s races are particularly competitive as challengers are making a spirited effort to bring some new blood to Springfield.

Opposing factions battle for committeeman in some wards

Ward committeeman is an unpaid, but potentially powerful position. Democrats, Republicans, and on occasion Green Party members elect committeemen in Chicago’s wards.

Unopposed candidates on ballot

Several local candidates have no opponents in their Democrat, Republican, and Green Party races on the March ballot. They are pictured below, along with the offices for which they have filed.

Two area judge subcircuits featuring contested races

Voters in two local Cook County judicial subcircuits will choose among multiple candidates in the upcoming election.

ATN: March 2016

Volunteer tutors are needed to instruct limited-English adult learners for 90 minutes per week at Aquinas Literacy Center…

Mercy Home March for Kids campaign underway

Volunteers will be out on area streets and at St. Patrick’s Day Parades and celebrations throughout March, collecting donations and raising awareness to help Mercy Home for Boys & Girls save children from abuse.

Braccos have unique Heart of Chicago love story

Celeste and Emilio Bracco have a unique Heart of Chicago love story. Celeste was born in 1948 on the Near West Side in St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, which now is a condominium complex near the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii.

DiFiore family awards inaugural scholarships

The family of the late Antoinette “Toni” DiFiore, a lifelong Near West Side resident who passed away in October, and the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii on Feb. 7 awarded two $500 scholarships in her name.

Tooth Wizard visits Galileo

Representing Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s Land of Smiles, a program that teaches young children cavity-combating oral health habits, Delta Dental’s Tooth Wizard character recently visited Galileo Scholastic Academy, 820 S. Carpenter St., providing students and parents with tools to defeat tooth decay.

Churches in community commemorate the Lord’s Passion, celebrate Easter

It is no coincidence that Easter takes places right before we welcome the spring season. The spring symbolizes new life and rebirth…