Charley Niego is named Regional/Reporter Athlete of the Year

Charley Niego is named Regional/Reporter Athlete of the Year

Photo by Jeff Vorva Charley Niego lets out a yell after receiving a state championship medal. When Charley Niego walked through the gym doors at Mother McAuley High School for her first volleyball practice three years ago, she had one goal. She wanted to be on a team that won an Illinois High School Association volleyball championship, just like her mother – Therese Boyle-Niego – did in 1980 and 1981. It was a bond... Read more


Wrestling legend Bill Weick dies at 85

Stock in Mary Jane candy and a couple of cigar factories may have taken a dip. Anyone who knew Brother Rice wrestling coach Bill Weick, who died Aug. 15 at age 85, loved his cigars and his Mary Jane candy. And he loved wrestling even more. The Chicago Ridge resident loved the sport so much, he was willing to spend any time he could trying to teach it to various generations of grapplers. Weick touched many lives during... Read more

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‘Ted 2’ sequel should have stayed in hibernation The comedy “Ted 2” is an unneeded sequel to the film “Ted.” The first brought us Mark Wahlberg as John, along with Seth MacFarlane as Ted, his foul-mouthed Teddy bear of a best friend. This film picks up a little after the first film ended. We see the bear getting married to his sleazy fiancee, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), at a wedding officiated by Sam... Read more


Time is right for opening door to new po…


Time is right for opening door to new possibilities

Photo by Claudia Parker Claudia Parker is retiring as a columnist so she can pursue other projects, like this recent assignment taking photos of a 2017 graduate.   “When one door closes, another one opens…” --Alexander Graham Bell Cheers to new beginnings! Last Saturday, I shot senior portraits for a 2017 graduate who said, “Do whatever you want,” she shrugged. “You’re the photographer, I trust you.” My mind looped with endless possibilities. “I’ve got this,” I told... Read more