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Ray Hanania is senior blogger for the Illinois News Network online news site. He is an award winning former Chicago City Hall political reporter and columnist who covered the beat from 1976 through 1992 (From Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley). In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. He hosted a live weekend Radio Show on WLS AM radio from 1980 through 1991, and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM and shows on WSBC AM in Chicago and WNZK AM in Detroit. Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media; In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada. Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. He currently is syndicated through Creators Syndicate and his column is feature every Sunday in the Saudi Gazette in Saudi Arabia. He has written for the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His Chicagoland political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News on several Chicagoland blogs including the OrlandParker.com and SuburbanChicagoland.com. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C. His personal website is www.TheMediaOasis.com. Email him at: [email protected]

Convention showcases “Ideal Home Show” at McCormick Place Jan, 23-25

FIRST-EVER IDEAL HOME SHOW CHICAGO TO LAUNCH AT MCCORMICK PLACE, CHICAGO, JANUARY 23-25, 2015 The Ideal Home Show Chicago will offer ideas and inspiration from the Chicagoland’s top home and remodeling experts, who will be on-site providing professional advice and demonstrating the latest products and sharing new trends for making the home a more beautiful place. This […]

Shameless love for ShowTime’s Sunday night lineup

By Ray Hanania There is no doubt that in the past decade, Cable Television has surpassed commercial television in terms of quality entertainment. As much as I dislike the Cable TV industry though, for their greed and excessive costs (the sell everything including the good, the bad and the garbage, for a fee), I couldn’t […]

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The hot new thing for 2015? Kale

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By Ray Hanania Kale. It’s not a nickname for super hero, Ka-El who was orphaned in a last ditch attempt by his parents to send him to Earth to escape their dying planet, Krypton. But it is as big as a blockbuster movie, and the new big thing in American diets. A Superman of a movie […]

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Salute to Palos Hospital emergency workers

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By Ray Hanania When I was a former, fulltime journalist, one of my responsibilities besides politics was to cover tragedy. I covered dozens of fires where families and children had been lost to the flames. There were car accidents with grisly scenes of trauma and death, and even a few shootings. It was tough, especially […]

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A technology review of Ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker software. They don’t work By Ray Hanania Everyone has an interest in tracing their family tree, which is why Ancestry.com and their software robber barons Family Tree Maker have come up with a way to fleece you of a lot of money each year and prevent […]

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Movie Theater Review: iPic in Bolingbrook

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Movie Theater Review: iPic in Bolingbrook

By Ray Hanania It only took me two years after receiving a gift card for iPic Theaters that I finally used it. And I am glad I did. The whole iPic experience may cause you to hesitate. They’re not very good at explaining how it all works. Basically, you see a movie and eat a […]

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Spreading the holiday cheer

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By Ray Hanania Each Christmas season, I get up early on garbage pickup day, and wait. I’m not worried about getting the garbage cans out to the curb. I’m always worried I’ll miss giving the drivers their Christmas gifts when they drive their routes, grabbing and dumping each of the huge containers lined up along […]

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By the Orland Fire Protection District The Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD) responded to an emergency call on Saturday night Dec. 27 at around 5:20 pm from a man who reported that he had fallen into a road water sewer along Harlem Avenue between 143rd and 151st Street, according to OFPD officials. Harlem Avenue was […]

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Remembering that Southwest Gal, Judy Baar Topinka

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Remembering that Southwest Gal, Judy Baar Topinka

By Ray Hanania Judy Baar Topinka was one of the most energetic public officials I met. What a nice person. She was always smiling, even at moments of controversy. She was optimistic and always hopeful. It’s funny to see the mainstream news media pretend to be her friend. They pretty much ignored her, except when […]

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Lyons and McCook Businesses Partner to Give Back and Strengthen Communities The businesses in the neighboring towns of Lyons and McCook have partnered to strengthen commerce and give back to their communities. “There is a strong unity between the businesses here in Lyons and McCook and as we continue to work together as well as […]

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