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Rooftop owner hopes Palos Heights taps into video gaming

By Jeff Vorva In the past 10 years, the topic of video gambling has been a hot-button issue in Palos Heights whenever it has been brought up. And it was…

Palos Park police officer Ross Chibe explains what happened the night two confused elderly women from South Carolina found their way to town. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park cop honored for helping elderly South Carolina women

By Jeff Vorva Right place. Right time. In a story full of what-if scenarios, Palos Park police officer Ross Chibe found himself in an unusual situation on July 26 in…

Chicago Lawn (8th) District Commander Bryan Spreyne. --Photo by Lorena Paredes/lmpphotography.org

New top cop in 8 committed to beat integrity

People have a right to feel safe, commander says By Tim Hadac The new police commander in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District is assuring Clearing and Garfield Ridge residents of…

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Let’s paint Vaunt’s parking lot pink

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Hi everyone. I hope you’ve had a good week. The folks over at Vaunt Fitness have a…

David Sandoval describes to Mayor Christopher Getty the Lyons-McCook girls' run to finishing fifth in the state. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Lyons Village Board honors winning softball team

By Steve Metsch The Lyons Village Board paused from regular business to honor the Lyons-McCook softball team that won a district championship and took fifth in the state. Most of…

Two police officers watch as American Legion Post 1941 members fire a ceremonial salute. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Countryside remembers 20 years after 9-11

By Steve Metsch Countryside resident Christina Bader made sure to bring her three children to the city’s Patriot Day Remembrance last Saturday, marking two decades since the terrorist attacks of…

Flanked by fellow Arab business owners, American Arab Chamber of Commerce of Chicagoland President Hassan Abdallah accused the Lightfoot Administration of actions he and others consider bigoted. --Greater Southwest News-Herald photo by Tim Hadac

Arab business owners accuse mayor of bigotry

Lightfoot unfairly shutting gas stations, they say By Tim Hadac and Jeff Vorva It’s not every day that Mayor Lori Lightfoot is likened to former President Donald Trump, but that’s…

In the aftermath of the double shooting Sunday night, police and others tend to the two men wounded. --Supplied photo

Shooting mars church carnival

Moms, kids terrified by gunfire near St. Nick’s By Tim Hadac The day after a double shooting down the block from the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish Carnival, a range…

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Fiesta Back of the Yards cancelled

The vibrant sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of the annual Fiesta Back of the Yards will be nowhere this year, as the long arm of the pandemic has claimed the…

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Pappas: tax sale coming up

Urges property owners to check status online From staff reports Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas will conduct the first sale in more than two years of delinquent Cook County property…

Township of Lyons Trustee Mark Anderson scored a hole in one. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Township of Lyons trustee scores hole in one

By Steve Metsch Township of Lyons trustee Mark Anderson figured it wasn’t his day after he scored a nine on the par-three first hole at Zigfield Troy in Woodridge. Boy,…

Township of Lyons Trustee Colleen Kelly (center) discusses a new senior services bus with Trustee Donna McDonald and Supervisor Christopher Getty. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

New bus will be rolling for Township of Lyons seniors

By Steve Metsch The Township of Lyons is getting a new bus for its popular senior services that saw 2,300 riders in the month of August. The bus is officially…

Pooches, cats and other critters, as seen here in June 2019, will return to the streets of La Grange on Saturday for the 75th Pet Parade. (File photo)

Pet Parade returns to La Grange for 75th year

By Steve Metsch After a year of not seeing folks march with their dogs, cats and other creatures down the streets, anticipation is high for this year’s La Grange Pet…

Lyons Township Democratic Committeeman Steve Landek greets Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at Fall Fest. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Lyons Township Democrats rally at Fall Fest’s return

By Steve Metsch The Democratic Party of Lyons Township Fall Fest reflects what the organization is all about, one official said. Brian Bernardoni, president of the Roberts Park Fire Protection…

Certified Canine Massage Therapist and Owner of Feel So Good Canine Massage, JoAnne Dykhuizen, discussed the many physical and psychological benefits of canine massage at the library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park. (Photo by Kelly White)

Residents learn the benefits of canine massage at the Evergreen Park Library

By Kelly White Summer can leave some pets stressed. In order to cure some of that anxiety, the Evergreen Park Public Library held a class on understanding the benefits of…

American Quality Schools Corporation founder, President and CEO Michael J. Bakalis briefly outlines Harbridge College Prep plans to members of the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce. --Photo by Tim Hadac

Another new high school in Clearing?

Private school planned for old St. Rene bldg. By Tim Hadac The Clearing neighborhood has not been home to a high school in the last 100 years; but within the…

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Boy Scout seeks vols to help clean trails

Working to earn the Eagle Scout rank By Tim Hadac A Garfield Ridge Boy Scout is looking for help with his Eagle Scout project. Matthew Salinas, 15, is looking for…

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Garfield Ridge Civic to hear about home equity

From staff reports The Garfield Ridge Civic League is inviting all to their next meeting, set for 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 at CrossRoads Community Church, 5433 S. Austin. Scheduled…

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City giving cash to needy CPS students

From staff reports The creation of the Chicago Families Forward Fund was announced last week by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Interim Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. José M. Torres. Driven…

New Willow Springs School Supt. Steve Bahn.

Bahn named as superintendent for Willow Springs SD 108

By Carol McGowan There’s a new superintendent at Willow Springs School. Steve Bahn has taken over the position on an interim basis after the retirement of Frank Patrick, who was…

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Illinois News

Supreme Court eviction order extended to coincide with governor’s moratorium

Supreme Court eviction order extended to coincide with governor’s moratorium

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday extended its order limiting judgements in certain eviction cases to Oct. 3, putting it in…

Illinois’ eviction moratorium set to expire Oct. 3

Illinois’ eviction moratorium set to expire Oct. 3

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The state’s moratorium on enforcement of residential evictions will expire on Oct. 3, according to Gov. JB Pritzker’s latest COVID-19 executive…

California law, U.S. Constitution at center of FOID case before Illinois Supreme Court

California law, U.S. Constitution at center of FOID case before Illinois Supreme Court

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court is being asked to consider the laws of the state of California and the U.S. Constitution in…

CAPITOL RECAP: Energy bill signed into law

CAPITOL RECAP: Energy bill signed into law

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday, Sept. 15, signed into law a sweeping energy regulation overhaul that aims to phase out carbon emissions from the…

Massive energy bill becomes law, investing billions between renewable, nuclear sectors

Massive energy bill becomes law, investing billions between renewable, nuclear sectors

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker was joined by environmental and social justice activists, union representatives, and lawmakers from both parties Wednesday as he…

Lawmakers question enforcement of school mask mandates

Lawmakers question enforcement of school mask mandates

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Expressing concern that the Illinois State Board of Education might have overstepped its bounds by threatening to withhold funding from school…

CAPITOL RECAP: General Assembly sends energy bill to Pritzker

CAPITOL RECAP: General Assembly sends energy bill to Pritzker

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate put the final legislative stamp on an energy regulation overhaul bill Monday, sending it to Gov. JB Pritzker, who says he…

Energy bill heads to Pritzker, who says he will sign it

Energy bill heads to Pritzker, who says he will sign it

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate put the final legislative stamp on an energy regulation overhaul bill Monday, sending it to Gov. JB Pritzker,…

PODCAST: What does the energy bill do?

PODCAST: What does the energy bill do?

In our latest Capitol Cast, Jerry Nowicki and Peter Hancock analyze the massive energy overhaul bill that passed out of the House during a one-day return to session. Plus, a…

CAPITOL RECAP: Energy bill heads to Senate, Pritzker says he will sign it

CAPITOL RECAP: Energy bill heads to Senate, Pritzker says he will sign it

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House approved an energy regulation and decarbonization bill Thursday, which aims to bring Illinois’ energy generation sector to 100 percent carbon-free by…

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