Milestone: Harry A Wang, 91; former Cubs bullpen catcher

Harra A Wang, 91, a former bullpen catcher for the Chicago Cubs and a graduate of Lane Tech passed away May 3 according to a report in the Fond du Lac Reporter.

Wang was an US Army veteran, serving as a medic. He moved to Fond du Lac, Wisc, marrying Lorraine Murphy there in 1947. He owned a real estate company and played for the Fond du Lac Panthers minor league affiliate.

Read more at the Fond du Lac Reporter.

Cullerton on Fox Chicago Sunday today

Illinois Sen. President John Cullerton will join Fox Chicago Sunday later this morning. Cullerton will address the state budget, redistricting, hand gun ownership and other issues.

The station says Cullerton also will be addressing demands from the Chicago Cubs for state help.

More information on Cullerton’s appearance on Fox Chicago Sunday.

FOX Chicago Sunday: Illinois Senate President John Cullerton:

Catholic schools open house week

Upcoming Events


Attention Gordon Tech Alumni: the school is holding a reunion on January 22 from 6 to 10:30P. The evening will include cocktails and a reunion dinner. Classes of 1985 and 1960 will celebrate their 25th and 50th reunions. Please call the Advancement Office for more details. 773.539.3600


Lane Tech is hosting its Winter Ball January 28 at 7 P.


St. Benedict is holding a “Pump Up The Volume” athletic fundraiser on January 29 from 7 to 11:30P in the gym.  Proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of a new sound system and scoreboard for the gym.  Tickets can be purchased for $20 ($30 at the door) or by calling the Advancement Office.


January 30 – Catholic Schools Week Open House


Save the Date for the Gordon Tech Spring Musical. Seussical the Musical will be held, Friday, March 4 at 7P and Sunday, March 6 at 2P at The Portage Theatre. Reserve your seat today for the special pre-sale ticket price of $7.00 or purchase regular priced tickets at the door for $10.00. Call 773.539.3600 ext. 5049 to order tickets by phone.

Recent Events


On January 12 Chicago Cubs players and coaches visited Lake View High School. Players such as Sean Marshall, Darwin Barney, Andrew Cashner, Koyie Hill, and Jay Jackson spoke to seniors at the school. Cubs’ coaches Lester Strode, Mark Riggins, and Mike Quade and Assistant General Manager Randy Bush also talked to students.


Lane Tech Prep High School hosted its second annual “Pack the Place” night on January 15. At the event, the school’s basketball teams played Niles North to raise money for cancer research.

The World of Rod Blagojevich; Updated

View The Blagojevich trial, mapped in a larger map

The places and faces associated with the Federal trial of Ravenswood Manor resident and former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Wheelchair Softball Takes the Field Saturday!

Come on out this weekend to California Park, located at 3843 N. California Ave. for  the first of three summer  wheelchair softball tournaments. In cooperation with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Cubs Care teams from the city and suburbs will compete for the top prize. The field was built in 2005 specifically for wheelchair competition, and will also host the Midwest Wheelchair Federation tournament July 10-11, and the Junior National Tournament August 6-7-8. You are sure to enjoy the spirited competition.

View from home plate, photo credit: George Howe

Batter UP! Photo Credit: George Howe

Construction, Cubs games challenge weekend traffic

Chicago Cubs games and continuing sewer construction on Montrose will challenge motorists this weekend.

The course of the Race to Wrigley on Saturday, April 24

The Cubs will face Houston at 12:05 PM Saturday and again on Sunday, but at 1:20 PM.

Montrose is closed in both directions except for local traffic between Ravenswood and Ashland Avenue.

Next weekend on Saturday morning will see a 5K race, the Race to Wrigley, disrupt your travel. The 5K starts at 8 AM on Addison west of Clark St, continues to Ravenswood, to Irving Park Road and will end back at Wrigley Field.

Residents vehicles will be towed from the race course starting at 5 AM. Streets should reopen by 11 AM.

The 14th Annual Ravenswood Run is scheduled to run a week from Sunday, on April 25. Similarly, cars will be towed along the race route starting at 5 AM with streets reopening to traffic about 11 AM.

The course of the Ravenswood Run on Sunday April 25

The course of the Ravenswood Run on Sunday April 25

[The story had first said the Run for Wrigley was being held Saturday April 17. We apologize for the error.]