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From left, Sister M. Ruth Luthman, vice president for Mission Integration; Mari Lynn Ross, chief nursing officer; Laurie Crosby, executive cirector, Franciscan Health Foundation, South Suburban Chicago Division; Dawn Brechtel, cirector of Mission Services; Dr. Shaunda Chin-Bonds, OB-GYN; Joan Culver, director of Patient Care Services; Raquel Lewis, Patient Care coordinator, Family Birth Center with some of the donations from this year’s Franciscan Health Diaper Drive. (Provided photo)

Franciscan Health diaper drive collects 4,165 diapers

The 2022 Franciscan Health Olympia Fields annual Diaper Drive collected more than 4,100 diapers for distribution to local community organizations to help families in Chicago’s Southland. The project is designed to raise awareness of diaper insecurity in the community.  From left, Sister M. Ruth Luthman, vice president for Mission Integration;[Read More…]

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11.16.22 | What You Need to Know Today

BED BUILDING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Sixty volunteers are needed to help build 20 twin beds that will be given to children across the Southland through the nonprofit organization Sleep in Heavenly Peace.  The event on Jan. 14 is part of the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.  People[Read More…]

H-F senior Schoen highlights fall season for Vikings

Caroline Schoen didn’t finish her high school cross country career quite like she’d hoped but the Homewood-Flossmoor senior still graduates as a two-time state qualifier with a running resume full of first-place finishes. She finished 42nd in the Class 3A state meet, crossing the finish line in 18 minutes, 37[Read More…]

11.15.22 | What You Need to Know Today

METHODS FOR MANAGING STRESS – If you’re an adult struggling with stress, Homewood Library offers a program to help at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Strategies to Manage Stress, Improve Sleep and Reduce Anxiety features Chris from Cancer Support Center, who will offer important tips to get right before the holidays. CHIEF[Read More…]

Winter events


  • Flossmoor Business Association open house, 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Flossmoor.


  • Holiday Lights in Homewood, 5 to 9 p.m., Ridge Road and Martin Avenue downtown. Shopping, carousel, mulled wine, cookies, ice sculpture, music, antique car parade.
  • Tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, 7 p.m., Irwin Park.


  • Janet Gustafson’s gingerbread village tours, 3 to 6 p.m. Register at


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