NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

by Thomas Franz   When Marina Licari began her educational journey as a kindergarten student 32 years ago, she could hardly speak English. The daughter of Italian immigrants, Licari grew up speaking her parents' native language. Years of bilingual classes and hard work in language arts paid off for Licari, whose journey through Chippewa...

by Sally Ho   Spanish still may be the runaway favorite for students learning a foreign language in Illinois, but one northwest suburban teacher has nearly quadrupled enrollment for a less ubiquitous language –Italian.   Lisa Sasso, an Italian teacher at South Middle School at 400 S. Highland Ave., started the foreign language program...

The story of the Zaccardelli's quest for the American dream is one fortified with generations of demonstrated persistence and determination. Ilvio Zaccardelli is one of five brothers born in the small village of Goriano Sicoli in southern Abruzzo. He and the rest of his siblings followed the lead of their uncle, Guglielmo Zaccardelli, who came to t...

Former state Rep. Gino Polidori — a Dearborn politician known for supporting military veterans and for introducing a bill that helped foster kids be placed with relatives or those with a similar religion — died Sunday of complications from prostate cancer. He was 72.   In 1973, at age 32, Polidori was appointed fire chief in Dearborn, the yo...

American Nocturne: The Life and Works of Emanuel Carnevali, a reading by Emidio Clementi accompanied by musicians Corrado Nuccini and Emanuele Reverberi Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio St., Chicago, IL   Introduction by Barbara Carnevali, niece of Emanuel Carnevali and accomplished philosopher, and Justin S...

by Tom Secco We need to contribute,we need to contribute now. We need to contribute not only so our stories will not be forgotten, not only so we have some semblance of control about our stories but even so our stories already told in film and in books will not be misunderstood or forgotten.   We need to contribute to make sure that pe...

The Italian American Veterans Museum took a quantum leap forward on Sept. 28, celebrating its grand reopening with the dedication of a new exhibit celebrating Italian-American Medal of Honor recipients. State Senator Don Harmon and Stone Park Mayor Ben Mazzulla were among the dignitaries who took part in the noon dedication ceremony, which was...

Il Mercato Italiano, The Italian Market, is open in the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center, 2701 Larsen Road. The business is an online retailer of imported Italian foods, including extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, pastas, sauces, holiday cakes and more. Il Mercato Italiano's fulfillment center is in Advance, from where orders a...

This month we highlight the distinguished career of a bright young man from our community, Michael E. Matarazzo, a dynamic professional in the financial field. Michael has a wealth of educational and professional experience, presently serving as a Regional Vice President of Nationwide Financial.   No small feat for such a young person. In th...

By Francesca Bezzone Most of you probably know him better as "Chef Boyardee," the name and face behind a popular brand of Italian style canned foods. Established in 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio, by brothers Ettore, Mario and Paul, "Chef Boyardee" (spelled phonetically to help Americans with the pronunciation of the Italian surname) came to be after cus...

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago is partnering with the Field Museum and Chicago Shakespeare Theater for two summertime events celebrating Italian visual and performing arts as part of the official Year of Italian Culture.

by Vincent Goodwill   Auburn Hills -- Sporting a ponytail and speaking better-than-expected English, new Piston Luigi Datome hopes to make a smooth transition to the NBA. He's eager to prove he belongs at the highest level of basketball.   "I want to come here and show I deserve to be an NBA player," said Datome, who'll wear jersey nu...