A good sign -- football is back

  This weekend, thousands of area fans will be heading out to stadiums to watch the start of the 2015 high school football season in Illinois. And they won’t have far to go. Seven of the 10 area schools in the Reporter-Regional area will host opening games and the other three are not terribly far away. Just four of the 10 games are rematches from the 2014 opening week. Brother Rice hosts Michigan power Brother... Read more


Brooke-ends: Marist senior makes history…

  The Illinois High School Association Class 4A state softball state championship between Marist and Lincoln-Way East was scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. But at 5:30 p.m. the RedHawks players, coaches and fans were back in Chicago in the Marist cafeteria eating cake after listening to speeches about how great they were. The weather forecast in East Peoria forced the IHSA officials to schedule the game before noon and the Redhawks found morning glory with... Read more

Out and About



‘Ted 2’ sequel should have stayed in hibernation The comedy “Ted 2” is an unneeded sequel to the film “Ted.” The first brought us Mark Wahlberg as John, along with Seth MacFarlane as Ted, his foul-mouthed Teddy bear of a best friend. This film picks up a little after the first film ended. We see the bear getting married to his sleazy fiancee, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), at a wedding officiated by Sam... Read more


I Claudia -- Heading back to school


I Claudia -- Heading back to school

  I went back to school. “College? you may ask? Nope. Elementary school! On Aug 3 I became the communications coordinator for the Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124. I’m super excited but I’ve already ran into an issue. I don’t know what to wear to work. I’m used to throwing on whatever is near me when I drop my daughter, Donae, curbside at school. “Mom, why do you always wear... Read more