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That Time When Muhammad Ali Raced Horses At Maywood Park

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Ali racing at Maywood Park to benefit the country’s oldest black-owned hospital. | Chicago Tribune historical photo | Bottom: Ali speaks to ABC Channel 7 sportscaster Al Lerner. ||

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The year was 1979.

On June 27 of that year, a 37-year-old Muhammad Ali had announced his retirement from boxing, the sport over which he’d lorded for two decades.

But during one evening that year at Maywood Park in Melrose Park, Ali was focused on conquering horse racing.

The champion boxer won a seven-furlough exhibition race, which was a fundraiser to benefit Provident Hospital in Chicago — the first hospital in America to be owned and operated by African Americans.

The hospital was established in 1891 by medical pioneer Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, an African American surgeon who performed one of the first open-heart surgeries in the United States.

The hospital closed in 1987 because of financial struggles, but reopened in 1998 as a Cook County Bureau of Health Services facility on the South Side.

Maywood Park, which recently closed due to bankruptcy, is scheduled to be torn down this summer, according to owners. And Ali, the physical man, is gone, having died yesterday, June 3, at the age of 74.

But it’s highly unlikely that either of them will be forgotten. VFP

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Briefly: Maywood Fire Fighters Pull Man From Crashed Semi; Lady Pirates In Sectional; I-290 Working Group Meeting; Honoring Jeremy Williams; More

Maywood Crash III

Two trucks that collided on I-290 on Feb. 23. One person was injured before being extracted from the vehicle by Maywood firefighters. | Maywood Fire Department

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

Two trucks collided on I-290 Tuesday, Feb. 23, at approximately 9:30 AM. The vehicles, a dump truck and a tractor trailer, were traveling westbound between 17th and 21st Avenues, according to Maywood Fire Department officials.

After Maywood Fire Fighters removed a man from one of the vehicles, he was rushed to nearby Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh said he was the only person injured and the two trucks were the only vehicles involved in the crash. Bronaugh said he didn’t know the extent of the driver’s injuries.

[SPORTS] Congratulations to 2016 Regional Champion Lady Pirates || Next game: Feb. 25, 7 PM @ Lyons

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With a 64-42 win over Hinsdale Central, the Proviso East High School Lady Pirates were crowned 2016 regional champions. For info on their next game see below:

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[INFRASTRUCTURE] Second Meeting of the Maywood Advisory Working Group || Feb. 25, 6 PM to 8 PM

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Online Housing Counseling Certification 

Homestead_ExemptionThe Oak Park Regional Housing Center has joined with eHome America to provide comprehensive online education for your clients. This online education qualifies clients for down payment assistance programs and other mortgage products requiring HUD-Certified counseling.

Along with online homebuyer education, your clients will have a housing counselor from our West Cook Homeownership Center to work with them 1-on-1 as well to further prepare them for homeownership.

eHome America is a non-profit partner that has provided more than 100,000 prospective homebuyers with high quality education.

Working with our West Cook Homeownership Center, eHome America online counseling is:

  • Convenient – Clients have 24/7 access to counseling. They can stop and continue at any point along the training.
  • Accessible – No travel is required, just an internet connection.
  • Bi-Lingual – Training is available in English or Spanish.
  • Trusted – Trainings use NeighborWorks America’s acclaimed “Realizing the American Dream” curriculum and endorsed by IHDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Services.
  • Faster – The average home buyer needs 6.5 hours to complete the course. Over 95% ofthose who register complete the course in a timely manner.

The West Cook Homeownership Center’s model is unique among housing counseling organizations. We align all of the steps of home buying into a goal-oriented, customer-centric, seamless process. At each step, the potential homebuyer is educated and counseled to be a thoughtful, informed consumer, all with an eye toward financial security and a successful long-term outcome.

Our online clients are fully prepared for the next step in the home buying process – closing on a home with you!

For more info, click here.


IDOT Noise Wall

In the fall of 2015, IDOT completed a traffic noise analysis for the project. The analysis concluded that certain areas along the expressway could benefit from a noise wall. IDOT hosted and participated in informational forums for property owners and occupants in October, November and December of 2015. View the presentation, exhibits, and noise wall simulation video presented at the forums. In November, IDOT initiated the noise wall voting process, which is anticipated to be completed by the end of February 2016. For more info, click here.

Black History Month Open Talent Showcase || Feb. 26, 7:30 PM || Broadview Park District

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Honoring Jeremy Williams || Feb. 27

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A #JWill Cancer Awareness/Fundraiser basketball game is planned in honor of late Proviso East Pirate Jeremy Williams, who died last month after a brave battle with cancer. It will be held Saturday, Feb. 27. Doors will open at 4:30 PM and the game will start at 5 PM.

Those who donate will receive tax acknowledgment letters. There will also be blue, red, black and white t-shirts available for purchase at $20 each.

A Day Of Remembrance For Gun Violence Victims || Feb. 27, 2 PM || Maywood Public Library

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We will be remembering the many men and women who have lost their lives from the hands of another. Gun violence is destroying many homes and leaving many of them empty. But the day will be about those that are still living, the parents, grandparents and sibling of murdered victims. We honor them and want them to know that they are not alone and that their sons and daughters lives mattered! Please join us Saturday, Feb. 27, from 2 PM to 5 PM, at Maywood Public Library, 121 S. 5th Ave., Maywood. (Phyllis Duncan, Founder, Mothers Against Murdered Sons, pictured above right).

Live Jazz In Maywood || Feb. 27, 6 PM || T&JJ’s

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7th District State Rep Candidates Forum || Feb. 29, 7 PM || Broadview Park District



Briefly: Fred Hampton’s Life Going To The Silver Screen; Holiday Lights Contest; ‘Born To Die’ Cantata; More



Thursday, December 10, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

The life of Maywood native Fred Hampton, the late chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, will be depicted in a movie to be directed by “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, according to Hampton’s brother, Maywood Park District Commissioner Bill Hampton.

He said he hopes filming takes place in Maywood, as well as in places in Chicago. He said he’s also hopeful that the film can hire local actors.

“It will be based on Fred’s life all the way up to his death,” Hampton said, adding that the movie will be loosely based on the book “The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther,” by Hampton’s attorney Jeffrey Haas.

Hampton said he doesn’t know which actor will be tapped to play the role of his larger than life brother. He said production conversations will begin in January, although a precise timeline for the film’s completion isn’t known yet.

Hampton said sales of Haas’s book have spiked recently, particularly in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the police-related protests that have been happening around the country.

Holiday Outdoor Lights and Display Contest


Celebrate the holiday season with festive lights and/or a holiday display in your front yard, and you could win a holiday beautification award.

Nominations are now being accepted for the best holiday yard displays. Submissions are due by noon Monday, Dec. 21, at the village clerk’s office, or by email to

The deadline for nominations is Sunday, Dec. 20. You can nominate your favorite Maywood holiday homes by filling out a form available online (click here) or at the village clerk’s office. Nominated addresses may also be submitted to

Candidate homes may have lights framing homes, rooftops and windows; Christmas trees; menorahs; reindeer; Santa; polar bears; candy canes; candles; window displays; nativity scenes; and more.

Front yards/home fronts only.

Winners will be announced at the first village board meeting of 2016. Click here for the exact date.

This project is organized by the Village of Maywood’s Environmental Beautification Commission.

Enjoy an uplifting spiritual holiday performance on Dec. 20, at 4 PM

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Celebrate Christmas with the Maywood Public Library 

The Maywood Public Library District to Hold 2nd Christmas Holiday Sing Along Event

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  The Maywood Public Library District is holding its second Christmas Holiday Sing Along, which is free to the public. There will be live music, food, giveaways and the jackpot drawing for the Split-The-Pot Raffle. Raffle tickets are currently available at the Maywood Library Lending Services Department.  Maywood Public Library District is located at 121 S. 5th Avenue, Maywood, IL, 60153. For more information, please contact Stephanie Samuel, at 708-343-1847 x 30.

Read with Troy

On Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 2:00 PM, Troy the Trojan of Triton College will visit the Youth Services Department of the Maywood Public Library District. Troy the Trojan will be there for a story time.

Christmas Unveiling of Maywood Holiday Windows


You are cordially invited to the unveiling of the Village of Maywood’s Christmas Holiday Windows “Nutcracker” Art Exhibit.

Date: Wednesday Dec. 16, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

Where:  40 E. Madison at the Display cases, located by the bus stop.

Irving Middle School students and Fine Arts Teacher Kristie Keenon created the artwork.

If you have any questions please contact Dawn Rone at 708-450-6300, MondayFriday from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, or by email: VFP