NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

It seemed impossible, when you first heard the news. A lifeforce as vibrant as Antonio Ciccone could not be extinguished this soon. But it was true, Ciccone, a science teacher and girls soccer coach at Seymour High, died unexpectedly last Friday at age 61.   Colorful, funny, dedicated, warm and generous are good words for a start, but I'm no...

By Tommaso Ebhardt and Mark ClothierFiat SpA, Italy's biggest manufacturer, is considering moving its corporate headquarters to the U.S. following a planned merger with Chrysler Group LLC, three people familiar with the matter said.   Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne is evaluating the switch from Turin, where Fiat was founded in 189...

Si comunica che il superiore Ministero ha richiesto a questo Consolato di aggiornare la mappatura delle associazioni italiane operanti in questa circoscrizione consolare. Si unisce, a tale fine, una scheda con preghiera che tutte le associazioni italiane operanti in questa circoscrizione consolare la compilano e la restituiscano a questo Consolato...

On Saturday, July 26, the Solon Italian Club will once again participate in the Solon Home Days parade, which will be held at a different time than previous celebrations, when the parade took place on Sunday afternoon.   Club members and their families are invited to join in on the float in this year's parade, and should be prepared to assem...

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015 Hours: 6:00 p.m. Site: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago in collaboration with: http://marriagedowry.eventbrite.com in Italian with English subtitles Through his research on the status of women in Florence and othe...

by Daniel Gaitan   Kenosha Unified theater offers a heavy helping of melodrama with "Italian American Reconciliation," an intimate exploration of love, loss and loneliness. There is a 7:30 showing tonight (May 22) and Saturday (May 23) in the school's Black Box Theatre, 3700 Washington Road (Room 150).   "It's a story about relat...

Festa Italiana 2015 is excited to announce the 1st Annual Little Miss Italian American Pageant! The pageant will take place on Saturday August 1st, 2015 on the Festival Grounds at the Gambino State (next to the Culture Tent). The pageant will host two groups: one for ages 5-8 and one for ages 9-12.   Contestants will be judged on Speech...

Insieme a Chicago invites parents and kids to enjoy book readings during "StoryTime" on August 29th, 2015. The meeting will feature three reading events designated for kids and families who are familiar with the Italian language and would like to participate to a unique reading adventure.  The first session "Story Time & Si...

PBS superstar Pasquale Esposito will grace The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles with a tribute to Enrico Caruso on Oct. 24. The concert will showcase songs featured on "Pasquale Esposito Celebrates Enrico Caruso," a 2-CD drawn from the PBS special of the same name that was first aired this spring. "Pasquale was born to do a tribute to the great...

Everyone can remember a teacher who made a difference in his or her life. During National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6, you can recognize your favorite teacher by posting a message to #ThankATeacher. Marco's Pizza is encouraging its customers to do the same, and is also distributing 250,000 Free Pizza Certificates for teachers to schools acro...

I took my first sip of amaro — the bittersweet Italian liqueur — just after dinner on a balmy late-September night in the Piazza dei Madonna del Monti in Rome. It was close to midnight, but my wife and I had just finished dinner with our Chicago-born host and her Roman boyfriend, Lodo.   Lodo suggested a post-meal digestivo procured from a shoebo...

If you're a Washington resident or an attentive central Illinois diner, you may have heard some buzz about a new Italian restaurant in the Tazewell County city.   You also may have been harboring some low expectations based on the nondescript former Taco Bell location this place calls home. My first bit of advice: roll with the surprises of...