Late last month Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she “fully expects” to return a controversial statue of Christopher Columbus to its former pedestal in Grant Park. That was concerning news to members of the mayor’s committee reviewing Chicago monuments, emails obtained by the Chicago Tribune show. University of Illinois at Chicago art history prof...

My favorite part of my daily routine is drinking coffee in the morning. Whether brewed at home or from one of my favorite coffee shops, it’s a time when I can relax and have my much-needed alone time to recharge, do homework or chill with a friend. When arriving in Italy, naturally one of the first things I did was seek out a cup of coffee the morn...

Joe Piscopo is about to have a bit more in common with Bill Murray than SNL alum status, and members of the McHenry American Legion post can't wait. A Saturday Night Live cast member from 1980 to 1984 who also starred in 1980s films including "Johnny Dangerously," "Dead Heat," and "Wise Guys," Piscopo will perform stand-up comedy and music in two s...

The eldest of five children, Ralph L. DeFalco III was born in Connecticut to Mary Ann Mueller and Ralph L. DeFalco Jr. The family moved to Chicago when DeFalco was an infant, returned to the East Coast and eventually settled in Oak Lawn, Illinois. DeFalco’s paternal grandparents emigrated from the Abruzzi and Napoli regions in Italy, and his matern...

On Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that she “fully expects” the return of the Christopher Columbus statue to the Grant Park. Ron Onesti, President of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, joined Lisa Dent on Chicago’s Afternoon News to talk about Mayor’s comments. You can listen to him clicking here.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday she “fully expects” the statue of Christopher Columbus to be returned to its pedestal in Grant Park, but not before a security plan is in place to prevent a repeat of the 2020 debacle that left dozens of ambushed police officers injured.  “I’m not gonna do anything that puts our officers in harm’s way. I will probab...

He was born in Naples, Italy, but has become a favorite son of Americans from all ethnic backgrounds. Pasquale Esposito is a pop-opera tenor, a PBS superstar, and a successful recording and touring artist. For more than two decades, he has kept the classic songs of Italy and the nation’s vocal icons relevant and exciting for today’s audiences. The...

"Pure Flour from Europe: Your Organic and Sustainable Choice!" is co-funded by the European Commission. The goal of the initiative is to raise awareness of the high quality of organic soft wheat, durum wheat flour and semolina to the U.S. and Canada markets. In a press release announcing the campaign, Italmopa President Emilio Ferrari said, “We see...

Casa Italia will honor transportation construction dynamo Joseph Dote as Man of the Year at its 2022 gala on June 24 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. The following profile was provided by the organization. Joseph Dote currently serves as senior vice president for R. M. Chin & Associates Inc. and general manager of facilities and construc...

The Justinian Society of Lawyers held its 20th annual Children’s Endowment Fund (CEF) Grant Reception on March 17, 2022. Justinian 1st Vice President Bruno R. Marasso and Justinian Society’s Endowment Fund Chairman Frank A. Sommario presented a $10,000 grant to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and a $10,000 grant to CASA Kan...