Wednesday, November 21, 2012
More than 2,500 hear elected officials and community leaders express solidarity with Israel during rally in Chicago.
A noontime crowd of more than 2,500 people in downtown Chicago heard Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) and Rep. Elect Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) express support for Israel’s right to defend itself along with other elected officials and community leaders. For the last six days, Israel has been attacking Hamas strongholds in the Gaza Strip to put an end to Palestinian rocket fire into Israel as international efforts at a cease fire produced no results as of late Tuesday. “Were this happening here in Illinois or anywhere in the United States, we would not tolerate it, not for even a minute,” Schneider told the crowd. “Nor should we expect any different from Israel, or any government committed to the defense of its people.” Schneider spoke in…
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Senator walks on his own and talks regularly to staff.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) released a video today showing himself walking without a cane or harness, working in his Highland Park home and giving an update on his health and progress since his stroke in January. When Kirk was first released from inpatient treatment at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in May, he stayed with family members. Now he is living and working in his own residence. Earlier: Kirk Gives Health Update Kirk stressed not only his recovery but the work he continues to do with his staff and colleagues. He emphasized his joint effort with Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Springfield) to find a replacement for former United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. “We have formed a bipartisan committee of distinguished …
Friday, July 27, 2012
See Lake Forest High School graduate Jillian Schwartz's schedule and how to see her on TV.
Lake Forest’s Jillian Schwartz will be competing for the Israeli team in the 2012 London Olympics in track and field. Schwartz, who competed for the United States in the pole vault in 2004, will have her competition begin August 4, with the finals August 6. On August 4, Schwartz will compete in the preliminary round with competition beginning at 10:20 a.m. London time or 4:20 a.m. here. Schwartz will have a preliminary jump and then will attempt to successfully complete the next qualifying height. She will continue at each height, unless she misses three times at a height and then is eliminated. Should Schwartz be one of the top 12 competitors during the qualifying round, she will move into the finals on August 6 at 7 p.m. in London time …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Jillian Schwartz's trip to compete in Israel brings the former Lake Forest High School athlete a cultural realization.
Jillian Schwartz’s return to the Olympic Games Friday as a member of the Israeli team after competing for the United States in 2004 is a highlight of an unlikely journey. The 1997 Lake Forest High School alumna focused on being a professional athlete when she graduated from Duke University in 2001 knowing the Olympics was a part of that career. When she finished fourth in the 2008 U.S. trials barely missing a trip to Beijing, it was time to reflect. Earlier: North Suburban Olympian’s Journey Twists and Turns “I took five months off (after the 2008 trials) but I knew that wasn’t the end,” Schwartz said. “I still wanted to be out there competing.” As she returned to pole vaulting, she got an invitation that changed the course of her life. “…
Monday, July 23, 2012
For Lake Forest’s Jillian Schwartz, the London Olympics are her second, this time as an Israeli.
The 1997 Lake Forest High School Yearbook named Jillian Schwartz most likely to go to the Olympics. The editors of that publication were accurate prognosticators about this Wall of Fame Scout but few could have forecasted the 15-year journey that took her from the North Shore to her second Olympiad opening Friday in London. She first competed in Athens in 2004. The former two-sport—gymnastics and track—all state Lake Forest athlete chose track at Duke University and became a pole vaulter, a sport barred to women until 2000 so she could not have done that in high school. Schwartz competed in the 2004 Olympics as an American and returns to the games eight years later as a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, competing for the …
Friday, September 16, 2011
53 teenagers spent four weeks touring the country and exploring their heritage.
Buffalo Grove resident Jamie Horwitz has been learning about Israel since preschool. This summer she got to live those lessons as one of 53 JCC Camp Chi teenagers to take a four-week trip to the Middle East nation. “We learned about the Kotel, about Jerusalem, but actually getting to experience all the places that I learned about gave me a deeper meaning than sitting in my Sunday school learning about it,” the 17-year-old said. Horwitz was one of eight teens who discussed their experiences at a dinner Wednesday at the Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center in Skokie. The campers answered questions from JCC staff members and Larry Goodman. The Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations heavily subsidized the trip, providing $2,500 scholarships to …
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Chapter labels president as anti-Israel as it weighs GOP prospects at Skokie gathering.
Between analyzing the electoral prospects of Republican presidential candidates and ridiculing the "level of mental illness among liberal Jews," members of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) gathered in Skokie last week to discuss how they could help defeat President Obama in 2012. The standing-room only crowd came from throughout Illinois to fill a conference room at Holiday Inn, where they listened to political analysts and Republican scholars offer political red meat against Obama, whom one speaker accused of being "more pro-Palestinian than the Palestinians." Michael Menis, president of RJC's Chicago chapter, told Skokie Patch that his group was alarmed at Obama's policies toward Israel. "There's concern in the Jewish community as …
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
A roundup of the region's major developments for Tuesday, Feb. 22.
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