Richards teacher a big wheel

Kelly Vander Meer has some bruises on her hands but some big bucks in her pockets after success as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. “The wheel is a lot smaller than I thought it would be,” said Vander Meer, a special education teacher at Richards High School in Oak Lawn. But the wheel weighs 2,400 pounds, and spinning it was no easy task, Vander Meer recalled. ... Read more


IHSA football proposal sacked

IHSA football proposal sacked

    We won’t be saying goodbye to Catholic League football. We won’t be saying “see ya later’’ to the Southwest Suburban. Nor will we be saying “so long’’ to the South Suburban. The East Suburban Catholic and Metro Suburban are safe, too. And it could stay that way for a while. The Illinois High School Association on Tuesday announced that the general membership rejected Proposal 10 by a 395-212 count.  The proposal would have eliminated conference play and would have implemented a... Read more

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Old Brosnan doesn’t bond well with audience in ‘November Man…

By Tony Pinto Pierce Brosnan is back in action as a wannabe James Bond. The man who actually played James Bond in “Goldeneye” nearly 20 years ago, is back trying to be an action star in the movie “The November Man.”      At 61, he’s still got something, but that might just be his appetite for on screen drinking.  Brosnan plays ex-CIA agent Peter Devereaux, who, like Bond, is fond of the liquor.... Read more


Banks connected generations of Cubs fans…


Some memories remain crystal clear even decades later.   That’s how it is for me and the time I met Ernie Banks.   I was a young boy with my dad at Wrigley Field. We were walking along the concourse on the third base side of the ballpark when my dad spotted him --  Mr. Cub.   “There’s Ernie Banks,” my father said.   That’s all he needed to... Read more