The following appeared in the final issue of EXTRA Bilingual Newspaper on Dec. 18, 2015.
While putting together our final print edition, I had the chance to dive into EXTRA’s 35 year history, where I discovered a few interesting things.
In college I was an intern at Extra News, a weekly newspaper focused on Chicago’s Hispanic community. Since graduating and working for other publications and marketing jobs I’ve continued to freelance with the publication on and off over the years.
Last month the publisher asked me to act as Extra’s guest editor and thanks to my performance he offered me the managing editor position when it became vacant in October. Being able to cover Chicago has been my dream since Adentro de Pilsen closed its doors and I took a marketing job out of Elmhurst to pay the bills.
And even though I’m back reporting on the city I love, I’m still going to be covering Niles for The Bugle in a freelance capacity.
So next time you’re walking by an Extra “honor box” be sure to pick up a copy and flip through it. This week our cover story is on how Chicago and Illinois officials are partnering with federal officials to screen for Ebola at O’Hare. Ω
Kim Conenna, on the left, went to the Niles trustee meeting with her son to speak out against a proposed gun range and store. Larry, the man holding the “Vote Yes” sign on the right, was in support of the range and told Conenna to “get her head out of her ass.”
The gun range’s partners had experienced relatively smooth sailing at the village’s previous zoning meeting. However, that forward momentum came to a grinding halt at the June 24 trustee meeting, when over 50 people from both sides of the gun debate gave passionate, and sometimes confrontational, public commentary to village officials and each other.
The complaints arose because Sportsman’s Club and Firearms Training Academy’s proposed address, 6143 Howard St., is about a mile southwest of Niles West and about 350 yards from New Hope Academy. New Hope is a therapeutic school that serves students with emotional disabilities and other issues.
Those in favor of Sportsman’s carried signs that said “Vote Yes” while the facility’s opponents wore green ribbons in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Read the full story at The Bugle. Ω