Judge Regina A. Scannicchio has ascended to the presidency of the Justinian Society of Lawyers. Under normal circumstances, she would officially take the helm at the organization’s installation and awards gala in September, but the event has been postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus. Joining Scannicchio as officers are First Vice P...

The Chicagoland Italian American Professionals will host a series of concerts by world-renowned accordionist Cory Pesaturo in September. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Pesaturo is known for his innovative approach to the instrument. He plays acoustic, digital, jazz and classical music; has won numerous awards, and performed at...

After hosting more than a century of live annual celebrations in the Chicago area, the Maria SS. Lauretana Society will turn to the internet this year to keep its venerable traditions alive. “The safety of our members and supporters is our top priority,” says Feast Committee Chairman Angelo Camarda, “but we’re not going to let this pandemic stop us...

Local artist Cosima Aryee has had a busy summer, with works on display at no fewer than four locations across the Chicago area. Her oil-on-canvas paintings can be viewed through September as part of a group exhibit at the Elmhurst Art Museum Guild Gallery and at a solo show at Overland Gallery in Harvard. A solo exhibit at Prairie Title in Oak Park...

For 7 years I have been dealing with everything that is Italian American on a daily basis, and by now I have learned to recognize when a name comes back often, involved in many things: that is a leader of the community in which he/she lives and works. This is what happens in the Italian American community in Chicago: if there is music or the celebr...

Bloomington city staff will examine converting the Columbus Day holiday to one honoring indigenous people, with a majority of the city council indicating at least some support for researching the question during a Committee of the Whole session Monday night. Council member Jenn Carrillo promoted the idea, using similar language to an earlier propos...

Some members of Chicago’s Italian-American community say it’s time to return the Christopher Columbus statues that were removed. They held a news conference in Grant Park on Sunday with a message for Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “Put the statues back, because it’s history. It’s part of Chicago,” said Frank Coconate of the group Hands Off Christopher Colum...

Con immensa tristezza annunciamo la scomparsa del Professor Salvatore Rotella, avvenuta a New York la notte tra l’11 e il 12 agosto. Nato a Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (Messina) nel 1934 e cresciuto ad Asmara, Eritrea, Rotella arrivò dall’Italia negli USA nel dicembre del 1951. Dopo la laurea alla CUNY, il PhD all’Università di Chicago e il ritorno...

Hours after the looting and mayhem plunged Chicago back into despair, a bit of salve arrived courtesy of Enrico Mirabelli, a longtime customer of jeweler Paul Young’s store in the Loop. Mirabelli was passing by on his way to work — and then stopped. Young needed help clearing debris. Mirabelli picked up a hammer and began knocking down shards of...

A Springfield-based Italian American group is asking its members not to travel to or spend money in Chicago "until there is a satisfactory resolution addressing the taking down" of the city’s Christopher Columbus statues. The Roman Cultural Society of Central Illinois unanimously adopted the resolution earlier this week. It also made a financial co...