Friday, November 8, 2019

Lipinski, Polish Leaders Announce Victory on Visa Waiver Program

Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) stood with Polish-
American leaders on Friday to announce Poland’s entry into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

Starting November 11, citizens of Poland will be able to apply to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a U.S. visa.

The Department of Homeland Security made the determination that Poland had met the requirements for entry into the VWP on November 5. Prior to that, Poland was one of five European Union nations not included in the VWP (despite the fact that US citizens do not need a visa to visit any EU nation).

Under the VWP, citizens of Poland will be able to apply online for authorization to travel to the United States through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

For most business/tourist travelers, the ESTA application is available online, is estimated to take 20 minutes to complete, costs $14, and usually has an approved/not approved decision within 72 hours. This is much simpler than the visa process, which generally requires an interview at a U.S. Embassy, costs $160 (for a common Business/Tourist type, more for others), and has long processing times.

Video of the press conference:

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Lawyers Will Offer Free Advice

Attorneys with the Chicago Bar Association’s Call-A-Lawyer

Program will be available to take calls from the public and offer brief legal advice on Saturday, November 16, as part of an ongoing legal public service program offered by the CBA. 

Calls will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon at (312) 554-2001. 

Citizens can call in and briefly explain their situation to an attorney who will then work to suggest self-help strategies or provide advice to help resolve their issues. If callers need further legal services or have questions beyond the scope of the attorney’s practice area, they will be advised to contact the CBA Lawyer Referral Service during the week for a referral to an attorney in the appropriate area of law.

The CBA’s Lawyer Referral Service has more than 200 pre-screened, qualified lawyers experienced in almost every area of law that offer their services to the public. When contacting the LRS during normal business hours Monday through Friday, callers can be referred to attorneys practicing in numerous areas of law including:

• Domestic Relations, including divorce, custody, support and other family law matters);

• Personal Injury (including auto accidents, slip and falls, products liability, wrongful death, malpractice and other types of injury cases.

• Estate Planning, including will and trust drafting, probate and will contest.

• Real Estate, including buying or selling real estate, foreclosure defense and landlord/tenant issues.

• Employment Law, including wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination.

Additionally, the CBA offers an after-hours on-call service which provides callers’ access to attorneys in three different areas of law at any time after normal business hours. You can reach a lawyer 24/7 for help with criminal defense, personal injury and family law matters by calling (312) 554-2001.
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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Dentists Helping Veterans This Month

Throughout the month of November, many Illinois State Dental
Society dentists have reserved appointment times in their offices to salute Illinois veterans.

Under the Illinois Dentists Salute initiative, participating dentists will provide critically needed dental services for veterans, at no cost. The dentist will determine priority treatment for the veteran patient. 

Visit the Illinois Dentists Salute page at for a list of participating dental offices.

According to the ISDS, there is one Southwest Side dentist participating: Dr. Larry Abdullah, 8036 S. Western, (773) 476-0600.

Participating dentists in nearby suburbs include:

• Michelle Jennings, 6520 Joliet Road, Countryside, 708-354-4545.

• William Earley, 15748 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen, 708-301-2220.

• Nancy Cozzi, 1400 W. 47th Street, Suite 8, La Grange, 708-579-1522.

• James Maragos, 4727 Willow Springs Road, La Grange, 708-352-7358.

• Carly Paragas, 15544 S. Cicero, Oak Forest, 708-687-0100.

• Denis Bartz, 8704 S. Ridgeland, Oak Lawn, 708-430-4440.

• Kenneth Grebliunas, 4237 1/2 W. 95th Street, Oak Lawn, 708-423-4100.

• Alyssa Litkowski, 8704 S. Ridgeland, Oak Lawn, 708-430-4440.

• Sharon Horwitz, 110 N. Oak Park, Oak Park, 708-386-8070.

• Nicholas Cudney, 7400 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, 708-448-8670.

• Geraldine DiFranco, 10059 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills, 708-430-1133.

• Denise Hale, 9944 S. Roberts Road, Suite 207, Palos Hills, 708-599-7090.

• John Kozal, 7336 W. Archer, Summit, 708-458-8585.

• F. Wayne Gedutis, 16571 S. Oak Park, Tinley Park, 708-429-0030.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Police Warn of Business Break-Ins

A cluster of burglaries of businesses in the Archer Heights
area in October has prompted CPD to issue a warning.

"In these incidents offender(s) force entry through the front of a business and remove property from within," the CPD alert read.

Crime scenes include:

• 4600 block of South Cicero at about 7:20 a.m. October 3.
• 4300 block of West 47th Street at about 10 p.m. October 6.
• 5200 block of South Archer at 9:54 a.m. October 8.
• 4800 block of South Archer at about 7 p.m. October 9.
• 4800 block of South Cicero at about 8:30 a.m. October 10.
• 4800 block of South Cicero at about 8:50 a.m. October 29.

Police advise business owners:
• Keep the perimeter of your property well lit.
• Report suspicious activity immediately.
• Keep doors and windows secured.
• Immediately repair any broken windows, doors or locks.
• If video surveillance is available, save and make a copy of the incident for investigating detectives.
• If you are a victim do not touch anything; call police immediately.
• If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information.

Those with useful information to share about the crimes are asked to call the CPD  Bureau of Detectives – Area Central
at (312) 747-8382 and refer to crime pattern P19-1-361.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Kids Line Archer to See Pumpkin Parade

The annual Pumpkin Parade along Archer Avenue stepped off at 11:00 a.m. today.

Cloudy and cool--and until the end, the rain basically held off. Not bad weather for an October parade.

Hundreds of boys and girls in costume lined the parade route---along with moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts and uncles.

Thanks once again to the parade's sponsor, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd).

At the end of the parade, in Wentworth Park, the congressman and others hosted a celebration that included free treats, entertainment and more.

A tip of our cap, as well, to those police officers who, seeing candy that was thrown from parade units but which landed
too close to the parade to be picked up safely by kids at the curbs--picked up the candy themselves and handed it to boys and girls at the curbs.

Here are a few photos of the parade units, as well as the real stars of the show: the children themselves! (Along with moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, and even a couple of dogs and mascots.)

(Editor's note: parade video added below.)

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