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Donna Vickroy was born on Chicago’s South Side and spent most of her formative years in the south suburbs, sharing a small bungalow with …

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Vickroy: Search for the truth in Worth teen’s death goes on

Nov. 8 dawned ominously for Rebecca Tully. “I just woke up with this horrible feeling,” she said. “Even my Facebook post was ‘It’s one of those days. I really don’t want to leave my kids.’ ” Her premonition was spot-on. The most horrible thing that …

Vickroy: Celebrating 75 years of championing the poor

It was a novel that simultaneously captivated the minds of literary scholars and won the hearts of regular folks. It opened our eyes to social injustice, offered insight into the world of poverty, and amazed us with the human ability to persevere in the most …

Vickroy: Every kid should have a bike

It’s one of the simplest joys of childhood: riding a bike. There’s nothing quite like feeling the wind on your face as you maneuver a wheeled machine, turning it this way and that, being in control and watching the world go by. It’s fun, it’s …

Vickroy: Oceans and lakes awash in trash

As if the horror of a missing airplane with 239 on board isn’t enough, another disturbing issue has come to light as a result of the Malaysia Airlines mystery — the amount of trash in our oceans. Even from our vantage point thousands of miles …

Vickroy: Kindergartners befriend seniors on field trip

Who knew Nathan Pawlak and Ethel Orszulak— separated by a good 84 years in age — both would choose milk as their favorite beverage? Or that blue would be the most favored color among young and old alike? Our small world was made even more …

Vickroy: Astronomy program more than glancing at the stars

There are 200 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and there are several hundred billion galaxies in the universe. Some 6,000 of those stars are visible to the naked eye. No wonder we wonder. Though stargazing by no means is limited to any specific …

Vickroy: Midlothian neighbors band together to fight flooding

Helen Lekavich and her Midlothian neighbors have lost another round in their ongoing battle against water. Their hopes for a last-resort buyout of their property have been dashed. And so, for now, they will continue to live a life of panic and fear, of picking …

Vickroy: Nigerian immigrant a public speaking phenomenon

The shy girl who allowed her Nigerian accent to keep her from speaking up for so long has blossomed into a poised public speaking sensation. Moyo Abiona, a junior at Sandburg High School, recently took sixth place in the Impromptu Speaking event at the Illinois …

Will the stars align for good viewing in April?

From Joliet Junior College’s Trackman Planetarium newsletter: The Big Dipper now is overhead at mid-evening. Mars is at its closest to Earth, 57.7 million miles, on April 8. On April 14, Mars will be seven degrees above the moon. Jupiter will start high in the …

Vickroy: A wish for Ukraine

Janine Gawel wants America to know there’s so much more to Ukraine than recent headlines. There are beautiful churches, rich comfort foods, a stunning coastline and, among its people, a spirit of compassion and generosity that persists despite their many hardships, she said. Gawel, 29, …

Vickroy: Deadly crash reopens wounds in Crete

In a winter rife with sad stories, the news about Sarah Sanaghan’s death was yet another blow to our collective psyche. You didn’t have to know the Dyer, Ind., woman, a nurse and mother, who was killed in a Feb. 27 car crash near Crete …

Vickroy: Frankfort man bides time on heart transplant list

Frank Obodzinski has learned to be a patient man. Still, it’s the waiting that takes the greatest toll. Since June 2011, Obodzinski has been on the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network list for a heart transplant. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) runs the …

Vickroy: Former St. Rita coach in fight for his life

Editor’s Note: The following story was published in (name of paper) in (time -- be as specific as you can). It is being republished as part of Progress 2014, a salute to “Caring in our Communities.” Coach Jim Angsten has a reputation for being tough …

Vickroy: Hospital magicians enchant sick kids, turn frowns to smiles

It is dinnertime on a Thursday at Advocate Children’s Hospital, and as the sun sets outside, the halls of the colorful Oak Lawn health care facility seem to get a little brighter. The magicians have arrived. Dressed in black coats, carrying their bag of supplies, …

Vickroy: Adoptive parents needed in south suburbs

While it’s not necessarily easy to adopt children through the foster care system, it does have its rewards. Actually, that’s an understatement if you ask Donald Adams, of Blue Island. Over the past 10 years, Adams figures he’s helped raise 50 to 100 teenage boys. …

Vickroy: After 70 years, Edith and Harold still are crazy in love

A coquettish smile, an affirming nod, a look of understanding, a love that knows no bounds. After 70 years, the magic is just as enchanting and just as special as it was on their first date at the old State Theatre in Chicago’s Roseland community. …

Vickroy: Fishing club members forge new experiences — on ice

Like polar explorers, the teenagers came for the adventure. And like good fishermen, they left with stories to tell. Thirty-five students, including several from Tinley Park and Orland Park, participated in the Thundering Eagle Ice Fishing Derby, believed to be the first high school ice …