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Here we are, fourteen months since the initial “Lockdown” was ordered.  Who would have ever thought this would have been possible?  The Vatican and Vegas strip shut down, no sports, no concerts or festivals, nobody in school, classic hotels shuttered, no travel, on and on. So many lost their lives, so many suffered.  Then there were those who tragi...

Each year the HerrinFesta committee chooses the HerrinFesta Grand Parade Marshal, a Lifetime Achievement Awardee and a Corporate Honoree, and they are special guests at the Mayor’s Honoree Banquet. But this year is a little different. This year’s honorees are serving as two-year honorees due to the pandemic's cancellation of the 2020 festival, Cher...

Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore said Monday that before a vote can be taken on whether the county should change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, major tribes in the U.S. should “acknowledge their role in the rich history of Black slaves.” Moore, who said he is a direct descendant of a Choctaw Freedman, said tribes have unfairly denie...

Cook County's vote to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day has been postponed while committee members hear arguments from organizers, many calling on Native Americans to recognize their own role in American slavery before the national holiday can be renamed. Commissioner Stanley Moore, a descendant of Black people enslaved by Native Ameri...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will host a special tribute in honor of Italian-American veterans over the Memorial Day weekend. The event will be co-sponsored by the Italian American War Veterans and the Italian American Veterans Museum. An 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 30, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will be followed by a so...

Rockford's Italian market returns to the parking lot of Lino's this summer. After taking a year off, due to COVID-19, the market is back starting on Sunday, June 6. "Sunday is a huge thing in the Italian culture of all the families coming together and breaking bread and sitting at the table. And this is a chance for us to do that with the community...

Eugene Giudice has received the Advocate of the Year Award from the Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals Special Interest Section (PLLIP-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). The award is given annually to a librarian who demonstrates leadership and excellence in advocating for law libraries and librarians. Giudi...

The county will hold a public hearing next week to gain input on whether residents want to see Columbus Day renamed to Indigenous Peoples' Day. A group spearheading the initiative held a virtual rally Monday to explain the reasons for the proposed change, citing Christopher Columbus's exploitation of Native Americans. Similar efforts have been made...

Festa Italia will have to wait until next year to make its comeback. Organizers announced the annual festival will be canceled for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic. Club president David Rizzo said they hoped to bring it back this year but “[u]nfortunately, ours will be one of the many festivals and community celebrations...

The Mazzini-Verdi Club will ease back into gear on June 7, reopening its doors for the first time since the pandemic struck last spring. The club will start out slowly by reinstating its Monday bocce matches and cenetta. Occupancy is limited, and reservations for the cenetta are a must. Large-scale events will return as state restrictions permit, c...

The Italian American Veterans Museum hopes all our supporters and their families are staying healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Since our activities are limited for the time being, we’re offering Stay-at-Home Movie Night to keep you entertained while you’re sheltering in place. Reviews will be written by museum board members and all...

Slurs against Italian Americans were made in a Zoom chat during a recent public hearing to consider a businessman's request for a new night spot in the village, a trustee said last week. "There are two individuals — I'm not going to mention their names, but you know who you are — who made ethnic slurs against Italian Americans via this chat medium,...