Laura Longano

Laura Giovanna Longano is a high school teacher of Italian. She traces her Italian roots to Colle d’Anchise, province of Campobasso, in the Molise region. Even though she resides in the Chicago area, her heart is still in Italy. She brings this passion to her teaching and has taken students on many excursions to Italy. She has even successfully organized student-exchange trips with her students and students from Udine, Termini Imerese, Cefalù and most recently Pisa, which have created lifetime bonds between them. Laura and her brother and their families keep their Molise roots alive. She currently teaches at Notre Dame College Prep.

Local filmmaker debuts first feature on big screen

On June 26, over 250 people packed the York Theatre “Classic Cinema” in Elmhurst, Illinois to view the premiere of the Italian-American film “My Country”. The film, which was written and directed by Elmhurst native, Giancarlo Iannotta, depicts the story of two brothers- one American, and one Italian who have never met. Iannotta, who also stars in the film, portrays Luciano “Lucky” De Luca, a young Italian-American who lives with his ailing father, Vincenzo. Vincenzo confides in Lucky about a past indiscretion — a son he fathered while serving in the Italian army and before meeting and marrying Lucky’s mother …

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