A Tribune reporter seeks answers to a family mystery

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On this Independence Day, when many are still looking for a fireworks display to attend or planning their outdoor cooking sessions around a neighborhood parade, two great stories from the past week still resonate.

One is the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. To get an idea of ​​how Catholics in the Chicago area are coping with the end of Roe v. Wade, check out two statements issued just after the ruling.

The first came from Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, who praised the June 24 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that abortion is not a constitutionally protected right. Echoing the church hierarchy, he said it provides an opportunity for “a national conversation about protecting human life in the womb and promoting dignity at all stages of life.”

The second came from Reverend Michael Pfleger, a priest who leads St. Sabina Catholic Parish on Chicago’s South Side.

“The Supreme Court has made clear their future direction,” he said tweeted† “Biden must expand the court NOW.”

And the analysis of the June 28 primary in Illinois continues. But with one exception, six Chicago aldermen who attempted to quit their city council jobs before other elected appearances in Tuesday’s primaries failed, forcing them to reexamine their political ambitions while remaining in a job many privately grumbled is. isn’t fun anymore.

The circumstances of each race differed, but the losses and attempts to leave raise questions: Are council powers and community organization declining? Are the aldermen part of a post-pandemic reshuffling of professional priorities? Or just not satisfied with Lightfoot’s administration? And is the job title more tarnished among voters than in years past?

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Ernest Willingham testified before the US Senate last month about growing up in Chicago with gun violence literally surrounding him. His father, brother and cousin were all shot and his best friend killed. He’s been to “more funerals than weddings,” he said.

Now a niece and another close friend have been shot since his June 15 testimony. The shootings are starting to feel like falling dominoes, Willingham said.

A Tribune reporter seeks answers to a family mystery

Members of minorities and faith communities had mixed reactions after the recent Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution protected a Washington high school football coach who prayed on the field after games.

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Some feared the Supreme Court ruling might not necessarily cover all backgrounds, and others said it could lead to greater inclusiveness in the future.

Bremerton High School football coach Joseph Kennedy lost his job after the 2015 season when he continued to kneel and pray on the football field despite objections from the school district. The football coach’s Supreme Court support could have unforeseen long-term effects on the public school arena, religious leaders said.

A Tribune reporter seeks answers to a family mystery

Tracy Swartz’s great-grandfather, Irving, followed in his older brother’s footsteps when he immigrated from Poland to Chicago a century ago. This was a crucial step for the brothers as three of their siblings who remained in Europe later died in the Holocaust.

But Irving would meet his own untimely death in Chicago. What happened on that warm night in 1935 took Swartz, a Tribune reporter, on a very personal hunt through the Cook County Public Records and Waldheim Cemetery, west of Chicago, for clues.

A Tribune reporter seeks answers to a family mystery

Paul Sullivan writes that Thursday’s news of USC and UCLA’s participation in the Big Ten Conference as early as 2024 stunned the college sports world. What it means for the college football landscape will be the subject of intense speculation in the weeks and months leading up to September.

One of the biggest questions is what happens to Notre Dame, the only college football program that doesn’t need to be shared with the others because it’s freaking Notre Dame.

A Tribune reporter seeks answers to a family mystery

Don’t be fooled by their name, writes critic Britt Julious. Soft and stupid are not soft or stupid. Just listen to their latest music, including ‘never wanna’, which propels this Chicago via Urbana duo (consisting of Elena Buenrostro and Travis Newgren) into gritty, guttural musical depths. The song is the lead single from their self-titled debut album, which will be released on Bandcamp on September 2.

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