Wauconda is not the futuristic vibranium-filled African utopia of “Black Panther.” It’s a town in Lake County with a landmark nature bog.
Holocaust survivor Margot Schlesinger, dead at 99, said her 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren were “my revenge against Hitler.”
Lerone Bennett was “essential in the formation of Ebony’s historic trajectory. . . . a pillar in the Black community,” said Linda Johnson Rice.
Ruth Ann Koesun, who grew up in Chicago’s Chinatown and performed with the American Ballet Theatre, has died in Chicago at 89.
Frank Crowley, artist and expert on the Book of Kells who taught art and curated the gallery at Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center, has died.
Singer-songwriter Jo Mapes, dead at 86, was an influential queen of the folk music scene in Chicago and nationwide.
“I wouldn’t have become one of the largest Mitsubishi dealers in America without Bill Galante,” said Max Madsen.
Mary Frances Fagan served as an assistant press secretary for Governors Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar.
Actor Louis Zorich — the father of Paul Reiser on “Mad About You” — has died at 93. The Chicago native was married to actress Olympia Dukakis.
“How do you come to this country with nothing and do so well?” said Emma Covelli’s granddaughter Carla. “She was really strong. She was really tough.”
Martin McGarry, dead of amyloidosis at 66, was a pipefitter by trade and boxer by passion. He built a gym at his Beverly home to teach kids to box.
John Moody Kahoun, dead at 84, built a career on cold beer and fresh, never-frozen burgers at Moody’s Pub, which he opened in Edgewater in 1969.
“We have lost an American who was the true definition of great,” said RainbowPUSH founder Rev. Jesse Jackson, speaking of Judge William Cousins Jr.
Rudy Horne, Chicago native who did the math for hit movie “Hidden Figures” and helped prepare star Taraji P. Henson, has died at 49.