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Ray Hanania is senior blogger for the Illinois News Network 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). And, Hanania is a stubborn and loud critic of the biased mainstream American news media. Hanania Chicago political beats and Chicago City Hall at the Daily Southtown Newspapers (1976-1985) and the Chicago Sun-Times (1985-1992). He published the The Villager Community Newspapers covering 12 Southwest suburban regions (1993-1997). Hanania also hosted live political news radio talkshows on WLS AM (1980 - 1991), and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM, 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. He has written for the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star of Lebanon, the News of the World in London, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, The Saudi Gazette, the Arab News in Jeddah, and Aramco Magazine. Hanania's Chicagoland columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald, the Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News and the Palos Reporter newspapers. He is 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]
Oahu Travel: How to really enjoy the Hawaiian island

Hawaii is described as an archipelago of eight Islands long ago known as the “Sandwich Islands.” After the Pineapple lobby based in San Francisco flexed its political and military muscle in 1893 to de-thrown Hawaii’s  Queen, Liliʻuokalani, and grab land and resources, the Island became a major vacation resort for wealthy American tourists. Today, Oahu, which is […]

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Lawn care and civil responsibility

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Lawn care and civil responsibility

There is a connection between your patriotism and how you maintain your home lawn. So get out there and make the lawn look great. It’s Baseball, Mom, Apple Pie AND Lawn Care in America. Don’t be a schlepper. By Ray Hanania Ever since I started to focus on my health, I started wearing a Fitbit […]

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Ban the Hate in America not just its Symbols

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Ban the Hate in America not just its Symbols

When Dylann Roof murdered nine Blacks as they prayed at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, the American public erupted into a debate, not about the origins of Roof’s racist hatred and terrorism, but about whether or not a flag, the Confederate (Rebel) Flag that symbolized Southern culture should be removed or should remain flying […]

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Honoring Tinley Mayor Ed Zabrocki

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Honoring Tinley Mayor Ed Zabrocki

Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki retired recently ending a political career that spanned nearly 40 years. He was an honest, tough and smart mayor who did everything he could to make his community one of the best in Southwest Suburban Chicagoland, a region often ignored, vilified and trashed by the downtown Chicago News media. TV didn’t […]

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Summit School District 104 board members sworn-in

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Summit School District 104 board members sworn-in

Swearing-in Ceremony held for Board of Education Summit District 104 District 104 Board of Education held a swearing-in ceremony of three board members during a board meeting on April 28th. The Ceremony took place at Heritage Middle School located in Summit. Edward J. King, Judge of the 4th Judicial Sub Circuit of Cook County administered […]

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Lyons offers “Music Under the Tower” every Wednesday night

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Lyons offers “Music Under the Tower” every Wednesday night

Lyons offers “Music Under the Tower” every Wednesday night The Village of Lyons will host a series of outdoor music performances every Wednesday night beginning tonight (June 10) from 6:30 pm until 9 pm. Music Under the Tower at 39th Street and Joliet Avenue will feature live music performance by Kaldi Jones. The performance will […]

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Orland Fire will host Annual Kid’s Fire & Life Safety Camp

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Orland Fire will host Annual Kid’s Fire & Life Safety Camp

The Orland Fire Protection District will host Annual Kid’s Fire & Life Safety Camp July 14 to July 17, which gives young people exposure to firefighting, emergency procedures and understanding safety needs in everyday life The Orland Fire Protection District annual Kid’s Fire & Life Safety Camp is here again! This year it will run from […]

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Former Sandburg student authors children’s book

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Former Sandburg student authors children’s book

Sandburg High school graduate Ashley Pickens authors a new illustrated children’s book inspired by her late father who pushed her to enjoy art as a young child. The new book, Waddle with Scuttle or Swim with Kim, will be featured at a book party Friday June 12 from 5 pm until 9 pm at Barraco’s in Mt. Greenwood. […]

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Movie Review: Compelling drama in HBO series Entourage

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Movie Review: Compelling drama in HBO series Entourage

I loved the HBO TV series and I love the movie, Entourage, even more. The movie takes the saga of five close friends to a new deep level. Watching the movie is like binge watching the TV series, which is worth doing anyway. Jeremy Piven really knocks the series out of the ball park in […]

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McCarthy’s new film “Spy”: comedy version of Pacino’s “Scarface”

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McCarthy’s new film “Spy”: comedy version of Pacino’s “Scarface”

Movie Review: The new film Spy by comic and humor actress Melissa McCarthy is filled with laughter and hilarity. But it has so many “F” words and worse — like the C-Word — that it’s more like a comedy version of Al Pacino’s 1983 movie “Scarface,” which used the F-Word more than 207 times. Otherwise, it’s a […]

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