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DeLuca hosts women’s self defense seminar

  State Rep. Anthony DeLuca held a free women’s self-defense seminar in October that offered instructions on how women can protect themselves in dangerous situations. Instructors were Masters Daniel Kocsis (6th Degree Black Belt) and Master Cathy Kocsis (4th Degree Black Belt). “Knowledge is power and being aware of your surroundings and knowing basic self-defense techniques provides the knowledge to protect oneself when danger approaches,” DeLuca says. “I will continue working to extend opportunities such as the self-defense training event to my constituents, and I will continue my efforts to increase public safety in the Southland.”  

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Bellwood Mayor Frank Pasquale

This month, we highlight the distinguished career of Frank A. Pasquale, mayor of Bellwood. The three-term mayor was elected in 2001, after serving as a Memorial Park District Commissioner for 20 years and as a village trustee for six. When Frank ran for re-election in April, he let it be known it was because many of his goals for Bellwood have yet to be met. Those who truly know Frank know that he will always have new and improved goals for his adopted town. Frank is known as doer, an elected official who accomplished tasks and then tackles the next ...

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Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri

  First and foremost a lawyer as well as a leader of our Italian-American community in the Chicago area, Peter N. Silvestri serves as a role model for our nieces and nephews, sons and daughters, cousins and others from our community who aspire to be successful in the legal field and/or the political arena. I first met Pete more years ago than either of us cares to remember while attending a regular monthly meeting of the Justinian Society of Lawyers, something he rarely misses. He takes being active in the ethnic bar association very seriously, as he obviously does in ...

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River Forest President Catherine M. Adduci

In April of this year, after having served for four years as an elected village trustee, one of the brightest stars in our local political firmament, and a lady of our ethnicity, was elected by 64 percent of the vote as president of River Forest. This month we highlight the political career of Catherine M. Adduci, a woman who quietly has made her mark both professionally and politically. Those of us who know this outstanding professional are aware of her history as an accomplished senior executive with 30 years of outstanding achievements with UNISYS Corp. A Fortune 500 global information ...

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DuPage County Commissioner Pete DiCianni

This month, we highlight the professional career of Peter “Pete” DiCianni, III. Born in Chicago and baptized at Our Lady of the Angels Parish on the Near West Side, Pete was given life by two loving parents, Peter and Mary Ann. Pete was the firstborn of this growing Italian and Irish family. His father grew up in the Taylor Street/Western Avenue neighborhood. His mother, a native of Cicero, attended St. Mary’s High School on Taylor Street. His parents came from very humble beginnings as his Grandpa DiCianni emigrated from Abruzzi, Italy, and was one of 13 children and a member ...

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Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone

Anthony Calderone has served as mayor of Forest Park since 1999, having previously served as a Forest Park commissioner in 1995. During his tenure, he has overseen the renaissance of Forest Park, including the redevelopment of Madison Street business district and Roosevelt Road commercial corridor. A lifelong resident of Forest Park, Mayor Calderone has been involved over the years with St. Bernadine’s Parish, Forest Park Little League, West Suburban Senior Services (formerly Proviso Council on Aging), Proviso Municipal League, West Central Municipal Conference (past president), Oak Leyden Developmental Services, Kiwanis International, Columbian and Lions Clubs. He is also a founding ...

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Bloomingdale President Franco Coladipietro

Franco A. Coladipietro has served as village president of Bloomingdale since 2013. He recently retired as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, having served in that capacity since 2005. Coladipietro joined the law firm of Amari & Locallo in 1995, and is the managing partner of the firm’s Bloomingdale office. His community involvement includes the DuPage County Area Project; Glen Oaks Hospital Foundation; and the Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Roselle, Glendale Heights and Wheaton chambers of commerce. He has been honored as a Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, Young Lawyer of the Year ...

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State Rep. John D’Amico

John D’Amico has served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives since 2004. Committee assignments include Consumer Protection; Labor and Commerce; Transportation – Vehicles and Safety (chairman); and Veterans’ Affairs. D’Amico is a member of the Edgebrook Community Association; St. Edwards Athletic Advisory Committee; City Club of Chicago; Mayfair Lions Club; Queen of All Saints Men’s Club; and the Edgebrook-Sauganash Athletic Association. He joined the Chicago Water Department in 1982 and now serves as an assistant superintendent.

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State Rep. Anthony DeLuca

Anthony DeLuca has served in the Illinois House of Representatives since March 2008. His committee assignments include Appropriations – Public Safety; Business Occupational Licenses; Cities and Villages (chairman); Insurance; Mass Transit; Business Growth and Incentives; Public Safety – Police and Fire (vice chairman); and Tollway Oversight. DeLuca previously served as mayor of Chicago Heights, and president and member of the Bloom Township High School District 206 Board of Education. In 2010, the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce counted him among the Outstanding Leaders Under 40, the Cook County Farm Bureau bestowed a Friend of Agriculture Award upon him, and the ...

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LaGrange Park Mayor James Discipio

Dr. James DiScipio has served as mayor of LaGrange Park since 2005. A general dentist with a practice in LaGrange Park, he has lived in the community for 39 years. He has served as a West Central Municipal Conference Executive Committee member from 2005 to the present, West Central Municipal Conference vice president from 2008 to the present, District 102 School Board member from 1999 to 2007, Zoning Board member from 2000 to 2005, Friends of the Park Committee chairman from 1997 to 1999, Parks and Recreation commissioner from 1991 to 1997, Board of Commissioners vice president from 1994 to ...

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