NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Giovanni’s Ristorante celebrates its 52nd year. Much has been written about an Italian restaurant that has weathered many years in becoming an institution of such culinary goodness as Giovanni’s Ristorante, now honoring its 52nd year anniversary. That it is many times considered as one of the finest Italian dining eateries of all such ethnic instit...

Anthony J. Siciliano was born in Chicago on Nov. 9, 1942, to Joseph and Mary (Parise). His maternal grandparents emigrated from Sicily, and his paternal grandparents from Naples and Calabria. The extended family lived in the predominantly Italian neighborhood surrounding Taylor and Halsted streets. World War II raged on, and shortly after Siciliano...

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday said she doesn’t want Christopher Columbus statues in Chicago that have been targeted for vandalism taken down, but instead used to help educate people about “the full history” of the U.S. In recent days, a Columbus statue in Grant Park had “BLM” and “genocide” spray painted on it, and a statue in the Little I...

The status of a Christopher Columbus statue outside the Ohio State Capitol is likely to come up at a future meeting of the agency that manages the Statehouse grounds, after support has grown in Columbus to remove the city’s other prominent statues of the Italian explorer. Laura Battocletti, executive director of the Capitol Square Review and Adviso...

Frank Conforti of Frankie’s Deli in Oakbrook Terrace and Dr. Tim Fendon of Good Advocate Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove have been friends since childhood. When coronavirus patients began pouring into the hospital’s emergency room, Conforti didn’t hesitate to lend a hand. “The day it started, Tim called me and said, ‘Hey, we’re all working 16-h...

On June 4 the Cedar Grove Chapter of UNICO National awarded their annual scholarships to their recipients at their homes.  They were Taylor Schmey, Stanley Duwal IV and Christopher Schoner.  All three demonstrated outstanding achievements in the classroom, community and school activities.  We'd like to congratulate them as they embark on the next c...

Columbus State Community College will remove the statute of Columbus that has stood on the grounds since 1988.  In a open letter on their website board of trustees president Anthony Joseph wrote: “We do not seek to erase history, but to make an intentional shift in what we visibly honor and celebrate as an institution. This is the first of many ste...

Nelle notti tra Venerdi' e Sabato sono continuate le ondate di atti vandalici con pitture sparse che hanno danneggiato e sfregiato le Statue in alcune citta' degli States, tra cui Chicago, dove ci sono 3 monumenti dedicati al grande navigatore ed esploratore genovese Cristoforo Colombo. Un atmosfera sempre piu' pesante quella che si respira negli S...

Detroit’s Christopher Columbus bust was removed from its pedestal on Monday as protests against racism and police brutality continue in the city. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan ordered the bust to be removed. It will be placed in storage as the city decides what to do with the monument long-term. The Columbus bust has been a target of vandalism in the c...

Rave reviews on a Facebook page started to encourage people to support La Grange area restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic have resulted in Enzo’s Pizza in Countryside doing more business over the past couple of months than ever before. And one menu item in particular — the Italian beef roll — is becoming legendary among the nearly 5,800 mem...

Vandals took aim at statues in Chicago parks this weekend – at least three were defaced in the last couple of days. As CBS 2’s Marissa Parra reported, paint was still visible on the Christopher Columbus statue in Arrigo Park, at 801 S. Loomis St. on the Near West Side. A Chicago Police squad car was standing by. Little Italy residents helped clean...

Since 1937, the United States has nationally celebrated Columbus Day in honor of the explorer who claimed discovery of the New World in his 1492 voyage. However, citizens have begun to question Columbus’ celebration, particularly in light of the growing acknowledgement of the violence and enslavement he perpetrated across Native communities. In fac...