The Weeks | Aug. 21

This week: Two board meetings, a business opening on Halsted and a an acoustic punk concert. Last week: Continued controversy over the police shooting of Madeline Miller. Public works projects are rolling after delays earlier this summer from a quarry strike.

Mama & Me Pizzeria is closing as the owner retires

Mama & Me Pizzeria, a pizza restaurant in downtown Homewood, is closing permanently on Friday, Aug. 26. The restaurant is known for its inexpensive, Chicago-style thin crust and live music on Friday nights.  Owner Kim Phillipos choked up as she described her retirement as “bittersweet,” and said she wants to[Read More…]

Local 150 members end strike that halted quarry work

The seven-week strike by Local 150 quarry workers ended on Tuesday, July 26. The work stoppage meant that asphalt wasn’t produced from Thornton Quarry and elsewhere, causing the delay of several construction and public works projects in the Homewood-Flossmoor area. According to union representative Ed Maher, Local 150 members started[Read More…]

Local 150 strike causes the slowing of local school construction, public works projects

The Local 150 branch of the International Union of Operating Engineers has been on strike against Lehigh Hanson, Lafarge Holcim and Vulcan Materials since June 7. No asphalt is being moved in Illinois, causing multiple construction and public works projects in the Homewood-Flossmoor area to be delayed.  Lehigh Hanson and[Read More…]

Maureen Mader, left, organizers of the Battle of the Chefs fundraiser, gets a hug from Evisha Ford, founder and executive director of the iCanDream Center, which benefits from proceeds of the event. (Provided photo by Marcellus Marsh/Bionic Content)

2nd annual Battle of the Chefs tops first year

Maureen Mader was quite satisfied with the second annual Battle of the Chefs event hosted by her deli, Dunning’s Market in downtown Flossmoor, on July 16. Just about every aspect of the event exceeded her hopes. “Everything ran smoothly. The weather was perfect. The food was delicious. The band was[Read More…]

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