After 27 years as a member of the Beato Giovanni Liccio Society of Chicago, current President Tony Sapienza is as active and enthusiastic as ever. The group’s mission is to promote and foster the teachings of its patron, Beato Giovanni Liccio, a 15th century priest from Caccamo, Sicily, who spent his life helping the needy and the poor, and to whom...

Kristina Knighten and her husband, Paul Cordier, were living in the United Arab Emirates and working as TEFL-certified teachers when they decided they were serious about buying their first home in America. Knighten, 38, was raised in the Chicago suburbs, and Cordier, 45, was raised in London but loved the idea of living in the Windy City after havi...

“Mountainmen: Gothic Line 1945”. Des Plaines Theatre • 1476 Miner St. Des Plaines, IL. 7:30 p.m. • Thursday, June 20 Free seating • RESERVATIONS REQUIRED here. It took Allied forces nearly two brutal years from July 1943 to May 1945 to topple Mussolini’s regime and drive Hitler’s forces from the Italian peninsula during World War II. Key to their s...

The Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation 40th Scholarship Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, June 4 at 6 p.m. The Foundation is excited to be able to celebrate their heritage together. It promises to be a wonderful evening of friendship, pride and of course, delicious Italian food being hosted at Batavia Downs. Tickets are $35.00 and may be purchase...

The newest addition to Batavia's dining scene is one that serves Italian American cuisine inspired by the owner's grandmother and the restaurant's namesake. Thorabella's officially opened Wednesday at 15 E. Wilson St. The Batavia Chamber of Commerce celebrated the restaurant with a ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by Mayor Jeffery Schielke. Lo...

Mazzini Verdi Club Ladies Club President Giovanna Carlino has made many deep friendships thanks to the club, and she encourages others to join and experience the same gift. “It’s an enjoyment,” she says. “All of us when we go, we are happy people, we greet each other like we haven’t seen each other for years but we saw each other yesterday.” A nati...

Institutional mission to the US, until Sunday, May 26, for the president of the Lombardy Region, the alderman for Welfare and the undersecretary of the Presidency with responsibility for International and European Relations. Washington, Chicago and Indianapolis are the stops on the trip. The goal is to enhance Lombardy's attractiveness to U.S. inve...

While growing up, pediatric dentist Dr. Jessica Mattern watched her father, a general dentist, open several dental practices and enjoy the autonomy and flexibility of running his own businesses. She initially was set on a career working with children with special needs, but eventually veered toward her father’s profession after going with him on de...

Dear friends, Next June 4 will be a very important date. Exactly 80 years earlier, on June 4, 1944, troops of the American Fifth Army entered Rome, liberating it from Nazi oppression and war. The people of Rome took to the streets, finally free and happy, to celebrate, hug and thank the American soldiers. These are scenes of happiness that all us R...

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, the Italian American Veterans Museum (3800 Division St. - Stone Park, IL) will offer a rare glimpse into World War II through the eyes of three living Veterans who served in three different branches of the military on three different fronts.  Carl Liture was a Navy Machinist Mate who served on the Shangri-La and witness...