A local business owner recently donated $2,000 worth of “The Bucks Stay Here” gift cards to four local businesses—as well as another $500 to a business not participating in the promotion. Businesses were instructed to treat their customers, a pleasant surprise that they happily welcomed.

As executive director of Garden Center Services, I can say that this challenging past year of the pandemic has been especially stressful for community-based agencies like ours that provide residential support to adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Imagine a state government with the worst credit rating in the nation borrowing money to pay off the personal debts of individuals with six-digit incomes who are buying homes that cost as much as $500,000.

“Beat 123 to 911 Center, alleged perpetrator who just shot four victims surprisingly did not volunteer to be arrested upon my arrival, instead opted to flee. Can you contact my supervisor and secure a Foot Chase Authorization number? Will stand by for reply.”

With her election on April 6 as mayor of Evergreen Park, Kelly Burke has again demonstrated her devotion to public service.

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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

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As a former member of the management team at the Maple/Morgan Park Community Food Pantry, I would like to thank 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea and Food Pantry Executive Director Karen Overstreet for the food drive they combined to run on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

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The video showing the shooting death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo at the hands of a Chicago Police Department officer has been released, viewed and scrutinized by probably almost everyone in this city.

True to his word, President Joe Biden recently rolled out his plan to “build back better.”

As media coverage of the trial of Derek Chauvin began on March 29, many people were thinking about police officers.

After the wonderful job they did last week hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea and his staff are to be commended.

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The debate about speed cameras has popped up again after Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a plan to lower the threshold for speed-camera tickets to 6 mph.

Nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic shutting down the United States, it’s time for our leaders in Washington, D.C., to put aside partisan bickering and do something to help.

Every year, some Illinois legislator proposes a bill to remove public notices from being published in newspapers and to allow units of government to post their public notices on their websites.

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Despite commendable efforts by U.S. House managers during the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, some U.S. senators found sufficient cover in the issue of jurisdiction and voted on Feb. 13 against convicting him.

For a person who has suffered a life-altering injury, incurred serious medical expenses or lost a loved one who was the family breadwinner, their suffering is often compounded by immoral legal delay tactics employed by businesses and insurers.

Starring in a commercial for Jeep during Super Bowl LV, Bruce Springsteen poignantly urged Americans to meet each other halfway, calling for a “Reunited States of America.”

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