ON-CAMPUS: Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Ceremony

The National WWII Museum

June 6, 2021

The National WWII Museum will mark the 77th anniversary of D-Day and 21st birthday of the Museum on Sunday, June 6, 2021, highlighted by the virtual Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Ceremony that will be livestreamed throughout the Museum.

June 06 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The National WWII Museum will mark the 77th anniversary of D-Day and 21st birthday of the Museum on Sunday, June 6, 2021, highlighted by the on-campus Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day Commemoration Ceremony in US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. The ceremony will be broadcast in Louisiana Memorial Pavilion and, for those who cannot attend in person, livestreamed on Vimeo and Facebook as well.

Following the ceremony, there will be a free live Victory Belles performance in US Freedom Pavilion at 12:30 p.m. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., there will also be scarf giveaways for veterans visiting the Museum during the morning courtesy of our Knit Your Bit initiative, with over 10,000 knitters and crocheters participating throughout all 50 states. And at the conclusion of the day, join us in BB’s Stage Door Canteen for a casual performance of wartime piano music! Tap along to favorites like “Sentimental Journey” and “I’ll Be Seeing You” and learn how these tunes coincided with significant events of the war.

Closed captioning will be available for this event:

The National WWII Museum


by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times

June 6, 2021

SPRINGFIELD — After promising as a candidate that he would reject partisan maps drawn by either party, Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure drawn by Democrats on Friday establishing legislative district boundaries to control elections for the next ten years.  No matter your political party, it should be apparent we have elected a lying opportunist.  How can you trust anyone that lies to your face with a smile?

As a candidate in 2018, Pritzker advocated for an impartial committee to draft maps, removing political factors from the process.  He promised to veto any map created by politicians.  The Governor has now proven to be a complete partisan liar.  Earlier this month, he backtracked on his promise, claiming that the independent procedure never materialized and he stated that he would reject an unfair map.  However, who defines what is unfair but those in power.  According to Republican sources they were never allowed to view the data used or allowed to fully take part in the process.  Obviously the only independent procedure was done by the Democrats.

Senator Dan McConchie, the minority leader in the Senate, described it as the work of political insiders who used flawed data to further cement their control of Illinois, which is ranked one of the worst governed states in the Union.  This decline was initiated and curated by Democrat control and policies implemented over the decades.  Just ask Mike Madigan and look at your property tax bill.

According to McConchie, Pritzker “. . . cares more about keeping power for his political friends than fair elections where the people of Illinois can pick their elected officials, instead of politicians picking their voters…he proved today that he’s just another old-school, tax-raising politician who cannot be trusted.”

To reflect demographic trends and safeguard voting rights, political borders must be adjusted following each decennial Census.  Delays caused by the COVID-19 epidemic have delayed the release of detailed census data until late summer.

Republicans and many left-leaning activists slammed the maps and their production, claiming that Democrats used obsolete Census data.  Democrats cited a June 30 deadline for the Legislature to develop maps, but that constitutionally mandated deadline simply marked the end of Democrats’ exclusive control over them beyond that date.  Clearly this is a grab for more power.

We have elected a power-hungry gang of hypocrites, liars, and con artists that will diminish your political and economic rights.  No wonder residents are fleeing the state.  No matter your party affiliation, beware of who you elect.  Ask what are their true intentions?

Frank Conklin, Illinois Political Reporter/Columnist for The Chicago Times.  Views and comments expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the official position of The Chicago Times.

Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich

Cooking with Anatole, The Chicago Times

June 5, 2021

Mon ami, this afternoon we enjoy a classic Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich worthy of adults as well as our little ones.

Les ingrédients:

  • Butter as needed
  • Slices of your favorite ham or bacon cut as desired
  • Desired number of slices of your favorite bread
  • Desired number of slices of American, Swiss, or favorite cheese that melts evenly
  • Add desired ingrédients: i.e., onions, peppers, spinach.  However, Anatole prefers this sandwich with only ham or bacon.

Anatole’s instructions:

  • Place desired amount of butter in a small pan to melt on stove or small microwaveable cup.
  • Stage sliced pieces of bread & brush melted butter on one side of bread.
  • Place skillet over medium flame and add number of allowed slices of bread to skillet with buttered side down.
  • Add slice of cheese to cooking bread followed by slices of ham or bacon.  Then add another slice of cheese followed by the second piece of bread with buttered side facing out.
  • When first side of bread is fried to desired taste, flip sandwich and repeat to taste.
  • Serve on plate with favorite sides.

Anatole’s Critique:

Excellent, mon ami!  The gooey melted cheese with the ham is an Anatole’s favorite.  Bon appétit!


by The Chicago Times Staff

June 5, 2021

WILL COUNTY — Authorities said they arrested a Minnesota man on Wednesday in connection with the cold case murder of a 15-year-old Chicago-area girl who was discovered stabbed to death in a field nearly 50 years ago, using to genetic genealogy.

The Will County State Attorney’s Office has charged Barry Lee Whelpley, 76, of Mounds View, with murder in the death of Julie Ann Hanson, according to the Naperville Police Department in Illinois.  According to authorities, the retired welder was 27 at the time of the alleged murder and lived within a mile of Hanson’s home.

Hanson was last seen riding her brother’s bicycle away from her home to attend to a baseball game on July 8, 1972, when she was reported missing.  Her body was located in a field in Naperville the next day. Investigators said at the time that she had been stabbed 36 times and raped.

Scientific improvements in DNA and genetic genealogy analyses helped detectives make progress. Officials refused to discuss the testing in detail or what scientific proof was discovered. 


by The Chicago Times Staff

June 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Last month, employers added fewer jobs than predicted, as extended unemployment benefits encouraged workers to stay at home.  Employers added 559,000 jobs in May, according to the Labor Department, falling short of the 650,000 expected by analysts.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage point to 5.8 percent, the lowest since the epidemic forced firms to close in March 2020.

Despite the increase in employment, the US economy has 7.6 million, or 5%, fewer jobs than it did in February 2020 before the epidemic.

Meanwhile, the resumption of in-person learning in more sections of the country has increased employment in both public and private education, with 144,000 job gains in the education sector.

Employers in the United States have had difficulty recruiting workers because supplemental unemployment payments of $300 a week has encouraged many to stay at home.  At least 25 states have declared plans to terminate the benefits before their September expiration date.

The labor force participation rate remained stable at 61.6 percent, having hovered between 61.4 percent and 61.7 percent since last June.  The reading was 1.7 percentage points lower than it had been in February of 2020.  The average hourly wage increased by 15 cents to $30.33, while the average workweek remained unchanged at 34.9 hours for the third month in a row.

According to economists, the labor market recovery may continue to fall short of its potential until the benefits are phased off in September.



June 2, 2021

With school nearly out for the summer break and the Chicago region reopening from pandemic restrictions, it’s a perfect time to plan a family outing, and My Metra’s Family Fares make it even easier to climb aboard and let Metra do the driving.

As part of a summer expansion of the Family Fares program, up to three children age 11 and under can ride free with an adult from now through Labor Day. The restoration of full Saturday schedules on most Metra lines on May 29 provides even more opportunities for families to climb aboard.

“Metra is for more than the work commute – it’s also for fun. Traveling on our trains is a terrific opportunity to spend time together as a family without having to worry about traffic and parking,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “Plus, our weekend pass options make My Metra a real bargain. Making fares easy and affordable are just another way we can be My Metra for our riders”

Metra offers a $7 Saturday or Sunday Day Pass good for unlimited rides on either Saturday or Sunday. In addition, the $10 Weekend Pass (available on the Ventra app only) is good for unlimited rides on both weekend days. Either pass can be used in conjunction with Metra’s Family Fares. Schedules and more information about using the Metra system are available here.