September 2011

Run for Diabetes; Young Inventors Sought; Roundups

Former Chicago White Sox pitcher Tommy John will be on hand for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 a.m. at Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Level 4, Elk Grove Village, IL. For more information call (312) 890-2377.

West Loop welcomes Kinzie Street surface, water main reconstruction

Although it was very cold in the meat packing plant where Bill Doyle, a representative of the City of Chicago Department of Water Management, spoke over the hum of the freezers at an Aug. 17 meeting for those working in and living near the Kinzie Industrial Corridor, no one seemed to mind— because the news was welcome.

Roosevelt Univ. may eliminate 235 courses

After growing its campus in student attendance and physical size over the last few years, Roosevelt University is cutting back, with elimination of 235 courses the most controversial proposal.

Law makes banks keep up foreclosed properties

The unanimous passage by the City Council on July 28 of an ordinance introduced by 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell will shift the responsibility for maintaining foreclosed properties from the City to the banks, mortgage lenders, and other institutions holding the properties.

St. Gabriel begins new school year with a new principal

A new principal has arrived at St. Gabriel Catholic School, just in time for the new school year. The school, located at 4500 S. Wallace St., serves students from preschool through eighth grade. The parish celebrated its 130th anniversary last year, and this year the school celebrates its own 130th anniversary by welcoming Ted Morgan as principal and bidding farewell to former principal Cynthia Fogarty, who served in that role for two years.

New leadership structure at Children of Peace School

After six years at the helm Children of Peace School, Arlene Redmond has stepped down as principal and been succeeded by Terri Langellier. At the same time, the school is adopting a dual leadership model with separate positions for principal and for director of school programs.

New field house for Roosevelt

Roosevelt University will build a field house for its athletics program and its intramural and recreational activities thanks to a $3 million donation from the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation.

‘U.S. News’ ranks Mercy among best

Mercy Hospital & Medical Center ranks number 23 among 121 hospitals in the Chicago area according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, available online at

Enter fifth annual soppressata contest

Frank Balestri’s fifth annual Soppressata Contest will be held Sunday, Sept. 25, at Park Place of Countryside banquet hall, 6200 Joliet Rd., Countryside, IL 60525, (708) 588-1756. The event starts at 3 p.m., with the food contest beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Archdiocese creates Healing Garden for victims of clergy abuse

Where do you start the process of forgiving clergy who preached about high morals, love, and compassion, but behind closed church doors committed shameful crimes against the most vulnerable members of society — children?

Foreclosure ordinance and Kinzie reconstruction two wins for the people

Last month in this space, we said it was “too early in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s term to know whether he will govern favoring corporations or favoring the people.We certainly hope it is the latter.”

Jeff Mauro wins Food Network show

Local chef Jeff Mauro has won the Food Network Star television reality show season seven competition, broadcast on the Food Network channel. Focusing on sandwich making, Mauro was declared the winner on Aug. 14 and awarded his own show on the network called Sandwich King, which began Aug. 21. The show airs Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on the Food Network cable channel.