Local writer documents history of EMS services

Local writer documents history of EMS services Writer, celebrated investigator and Reavis High school graduate Paul Ciolino has penned a new book that documents the creation of the public paramedic system, EMS, which has saved countless lives since it was implemented in 1972 Originally published in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News and the Reporter Newspapers Dec. 14, 2016 By Ray…

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How do you explain a newspaper to today’s youth?

How do you explain a newspaper to today’s youth? Many of today’s young people don’t see the value of newspapers. They have their heads and minds buried deeply into their cell phones, not just for talking and texting but for writing, typing, viewing videos and storing thousands of digital photographs. They Snapchat, Instragram, Facebook, Twitter and Kik. But they’re not picking up and reading newspapers….



Baseball and American sports is so depressing

Baseball and American sports is so depressing I was so excited about the chances of a Chicago Cubs victory in this year’s World Series game that I drove to Wrigley Field to purchase some Cubs souvenirs to celebrate, only to be reminded where those chotskies (not Tsatskeles) came from By Ray Hanania I was so excited about the Chicago Cubs winning this year’s World Series…


Waking up to the new world of a Cubs Pennant

Waking up to the new world of a Cubs Pennant The Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers and reserved their place at the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians. But before the World Series battle with the Cleveland Indians, the Cubs pennant victory inspired a generation of people nurtured in the aura of the “underdog” culture. Oct. 27, 2016 DVN, SWNH, Regional News, Reporter…


Orland Park sidesteps the will of the people

Orland Park sidesteps the will of the people The Orland Park Board approved a plan to significantly increase Mayor McLaughlin’s salary 375 percent from what it was (a 275 percent increase). But the board action ignores the rights of the village’s taxpayers and voters. Oct. 20, 2016 Des Plaines Valley News, The Regional, The Reporter By Ray Hanania I joined the Oct. 4 village-wide teleconference…


Raising taxes is never about healthy living

Raising taxes is never about healthy living Instead of raising taxes on soda pop, how about cutting the obscene $4.4 billion a year budget for Cook County. Merge Cook County into Township government. Eliminate redundancies that are outrageous. End the double dipping pensions and payrolls politicians in Cook County now get. Published in the Southwest News-Herald Oct. 20, 2016 By Ray Hanania I’ve been drinking…



How can movie reviewers all be so wrong?

Embed from Getty Images How can movie reviewers all be so wrong? Tom Cruise knocks it out of the ball park in his latest movie “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” Cruise costars with Cobie Smulders of TV’s “How I Met Your Mother.” And even better, the Marcus Theaters in Orland Park isn’t even finished with its renovation and it is already one of the best theaters…


A teenager’s view of Israel

A teenager’s view of Israel By Aaron Hanania As you may or may not know, I went to Israel last December. I found I had taken over 20 Hours of footage and realized I needed to make a Documentary about my trip! And, thats exactly what I did. I want to show people what the “real” Israel is like, not what the news media shows….


Orland Park approves 375% increase in mayoral salary

Orland Park approves 375% increase in mayoral salary Nearly 100 residents crowded the Orland Park village hall to complain that the pay hike should be presented to the voters for approval and not the board members, who voted unanimously to hike the salary following two hours of public discussion and debate. By Ray Hanania (Note: You can read my column in the Regional News and the…


Hypocrisy is the real issue in this election

Hypocrisy is the real issue in this election There is a debate over the language used by some rappers and hip hop artists. And I think that debate is important. But this is bigger than that debate. It cuts to the core of what’s really corrupt in the American political system and how insiders manipulate facts and processes to benefit themselves and to harm those…


Readers share fear of street gang violence

Readers share fear of street gang violence Oct. 13, 2016 Street Gangs Part 2, Des Plaines Valley News, SW News-Herald, The Regional, The Reporter By Ray Hanania Last week I wrote about how most violence in Chicagoland is the result of street gangs, but we’re not doing a good job stopping it. We should treat street gangs as terrorist organizations, stripping them of their rights. Stop…


Stop murders by making street gang membership a jailable crime

Stop murders by making street gang membership a jailable crime SW News Herald, DVN, The Regional, The Reporter Oct. 6, 2016 By Ray Hanania Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is doing all he can to reduce skyrocketing violence plaguing many neighborhoods. Hiring 1,000 more police officers is a good start, but it’s not enough. While we are all shocked by the escalating violence and murders in…


Rahm Emanuel deserves support to fight violence

Rahm Emanuel deserves support to fight violence SW News Herald Sept. 29, 2016 By Ray Hanania Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled a three-part plan to confront Chicago’s rising murder rate. The crime wave in Chicago is so bad that people don’t feel safe walking downtown any more. This weekend, a 54 year old man was shot in his head twice while walking by Millennium Park….


Getty details plan to block gun abuse at NY conference

Getty details plan to block gun abuse at NY conference By Steve Metsch Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty was pleased by the reaction received when he spoke at a New York City gathering of similar communities who have tackled illegal gun sales. Getty had been invited to participate and spoke to a large gathering in Midtown Manhattan on Sept. 25. The mayor discussed his speaking engagement…