Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Chicagoland news to talk about: High school football coaches accused of hazing freshman.
Residents that have been classically defined as solidly suburban middle class are the biggest group of new users at the Niles Township Food Pantry. The long-term unemployed or those forced to take lower-wage positions after being cast out of well-paying jobs, or have lost homes to foreclosure, have dramatically swelled the ranks of pantry patrons with the peak demand for food necessities still ahead December. Last year 150 students attending Township High School District 211 schools in Palatine were classified as homeless, and this year that number continues to rise. In response to the growing problem, a group called Realtors Against Homelessness (R.A.H.) have joined forces with the District 211 Foundation to sponsor an upcoming …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Chicagoland news to talk about: Cook County defies White House, releases illegal immigrants charged with felonies.
No more holding back on the expletives when visiting Park Ridge. Park Ridge residents will now be able to swear, legally, thanks to a local law being stripped from the books. The Park Ridge City Council decided this week to delete a law which made it a crime "to use profanity in any street, alley or public place of the City.” The release of more than 40 suspected illegal immigrants jailed in Cook County on felonies has added fuel to a contentious debate over public safety and local authorities' defiance of a White House program that aims to pursue more criminal deportations. The program depends on police and sheriff's deputies to hold suspected illegal immigrants who get arrested beyond the time when they would otherwise be released. But …
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Photo op also serves as fundraiser for food pantry
Mrs. Claus and her husband took time out from their busy holiday season Saturday to snap photos with children at the Lake Zurich Alpine Lions Club Den in downtown Lake Zurich. "The photos with Santa is a new event that we're trying," said Martha Garlock, Lions Club secretary and social services chairman. Children and their parents stopped by the cozy den, an inviting shelter from the cold and snow with its garlands, wreaths, Christmas tree, candy canes and fireplace, to meet with the couple. The Lions Den will be the scene of more visits with Santa Sunday when the Lions Club presents its annual candy cane hunt at 1 p.m. The hunt is free and open to the public. In exchange for bringing three cans of food to donate to the St. Vincent …
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital has donated thousands of pounds of turkey and ham to area food pantries.
Hundreds of local families will have turkey or ham on their Thanksgiving table this year, thanks to the generosity of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. The hospital has donated a total of 215 whole turkeys and 100 spiral sliced hams to eight area food pantries. Good Shepherd's donation is 75 percent larger than it was last year. "These are trying times for so many of our neighbors, we have to step up to help where we can, even in these small gestures," said Reverend Fred Rajan, Vice President of Good Shepherd's Mission & Spiritual Care department. The following organizations were recipients of Advocate Good Shepherd's donation:
Monday, November 15, 2010
Lake Zurich Alpine Lions Club food drive helps keep pantry shelves stocked.
Just outside the Lions' Den in Lake Zurich, bags full of canned food and boxes brimming with packages of macaroni, mashed potatoes and cereal are being dropped off daily. And each night, Lake Zurich Alpine Lions Club member Scott Kuba stops by after work and loads the donations into his truck for later delivery to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. It's an annual ritual in Lake Zurich known as the club's holiday food drive. Collections will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 21. "We've been doing this now for the past 10 years. The public can drop off any food item in front of the den at 81 E. Main Street," said Footloose "Foot" Frank, club event coordinator and past president. Foot said donations may be placed inside the large crate …
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Donations from individuals, corporations, area grocers help pantry doors stay open.
There's no sign on the building's exterior, no outward clue to tip off the casual observer. But inside the St. Francis de Sales Ministry Center at 135 S. Buesching Road is a door near the first-floor entrance that leads to aisles of food, fully-stocked refrigerators and stainless steel freezers brimming with groceries. And every Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning, the space also is full of volunteers, busily unpacking and sorting donations and stocking shelves. On Thursday nights, people in need of a few bags of free groceries pack the place, taking home sustenance in the form of meat, vegetables, cereal and cheese. The St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, a charitable organization that's been helping to feed the community's needy since …