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The one that got away

McKinley Park fishing derby cancelled By Tim Hadac Like a fisherman who snags a trophy-sized bass, only to have the fish spit the hook as it’s being reeled in, McKinley…

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West Nile Virus detected on SW Side

Infected mosquitoes found in Chicago Lawn; no insecticide yet By Tim Hadac A report summary released earlier this week shows the Chicago Department of Public Health has found disease-causing mosquitoes…

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Burke’s Park District work coming to fruition

Fourteenth Ward Ald. Edward M. Burke and Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council Executive Director Craig Chico stand behind local youths as they break ceremonial ground at 48th and Western…

Orland Park Police Chief Joseph Mitchell makes presentations for a therapy dog and body cameras during the village’s Committee of the Whole meeting on July 19. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland cops looking for comfort from dog and cameras

By Jeff Vorva Orland Park’s police department is in line to get a dog and some body cameras. The dog may cost the village $100. The cameras may cost closer…

Maisy, a 3-year-old bernedoodle owned by Orland Park’s Deron and Kristen Schreck, feels the heat during Palos Park's Hot Dog Day celebration. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Hot dogs of all kinds descend on Palos Park

By Jeff Vorva There were hot dogs on buns. There were hot dogs on leashes. And there were hot musicians named Strawdawg. Palos Park celebrated National Hot Dog day on…

Candice Klein, flanked by Mayor Steve Landek and Police Chief Ricardo Mancha, has wanted to be a police officer since she was a young girl. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Bridgeview welcomes new police officer

By Steve Metsch After about 10 years as an auxiliary and part-time officer, Candice Klein is now a full-time police officer in Bridgeview. Her hiring was unanimously approved by the…

Ivica "Otis" Lazich shakes hands with Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty after he is sworn in as the village's newest trustee. His wife, Emilia Lazich, looks on. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Lyons native Lazich is new trustee

By Steve Metsch The new village trustee in Lyons has deep roots in the village. Ivica “Otis” Lazich has lived in Lyons his entire 44 years, is a graduate of…

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Justice Chamber of Commerce promotes shop local program

By Carol McGowan The Justice Chamber of Commerce, and its 2021 board members, President Ron Patrick, Vice President Bill Beahan, Secretary Hank Oszakiewski, and Treasurer Juanita Durkin are sponsoring a…

 Saint Xavier University hosted its sixth annual Southside Summer Jazz Camp this summer. The camp that was open to students in sixth grade through 12th grade took place at the college campus, 3700 W 103rd St, Chicago, July 12 through July 16. (Suppplied photos)

SXU holds annual Southside Summer Jazz Camp

By Kelly White Saint Xavier University hosted its sixth annual Southside Summer Jazz Camp last month. The camp was open to students in sixth-grade through 12th-grade and took place at…

A sign outside of Bonnie's Dining and Banquets and The Illinois Billiard Club in Willow Springs. (Photo by Carol McGowan)

‘Lightyears’ TV series films in Willow Springs

By Carol McGowan If you have recently driven down Archer through Willow Springs, you may have noticed the trucks and trailers parked along Bonnie’s at 8442 Archer Ave. That’s because…

Now in its fifth year, the Stars and Stripes 5K has become an event enjoyed by serious runners, as well as families just out for a brisk walk. --Supplied photo

Stars and Stripes 5K run returns

Will honor the heroes of 9/11 By Tim Hadac Hundreds of men, women and children will run, jog, walk or roll through the streets of the Southwest Side in about…

With Dr. José Torres behind her, Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls her new interim CEO pick a dedicated educator committed to equity.--Greater Southwest News-Herald photo by Mary Hadac

City hosting ‘engagement’ events on 2022 budget

From staff reports The public is invited to attend a series of “Budget Engagement Forums” designed to update Chicagoans on the proposed 2022 city budget and receive feedback and suggestions…

Two gardeners put in some plants at the new Justice Park District community garden beds. (Supplied photos)

Justice Park District debuts community garden beds

By Carol McGowan The Justice Park District has recently installed new garden beds in the area behind the park district building and the fire department at village hall, and they’re…

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Summit to hold National Night Out at Summit Park

By Carol McGowan Summit is making this year’s National Night Out bigger than ever. It will take place on Tuesday, August 3, from 5-8 p.m. in the Big Pavilion at…

Emmett Till historical marker at 7526 W. 64th St. in Summit. (Photo by Carol McGowan)

Civil Rights Icon Emmett Till honored

Historical marker placed at site of his boyhood home in Summit on 80th birthday weekend By Carol McGowan Last weekend was filled with events in Summit, Alsip and Chicago to…

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Softball rematch is on

Scottsdale, West Lawn playing a ‘friendly’ By Tim Hadac A month after a community team from Scottsdale edged their neighbors to the north in a game of slow-pitch 16-inch softball…

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Invite public to Park 596 meeting

By Tim Hadac The public is invited to an online meeting regarding the new Park 596, located in the southeast corner of Brighton Park, near 48th and Western. The meeting…

A makeshift memorial has been created next to the tree in Hickory Hills where four teenagers were killed in a crash Saturday afternoon. (Staff photo)

Services set for Nathanial Phillips, Rieves brothers

Visitation for Nathanial Phillips, 17, will be from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at Damar-Kaminski Funeral Home in Justice, and for Omarion and Jemerrio Rieves from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4,…

Jeannie Olson (left) takes the oath of office from Mayor Kelly Burke to become the newest trustee during the Evergreen Park Village Board meeting Monday night. Olson will fill the unexpired term of Burke after she became mayor in April. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

New oil change center to open in Evergreen Park

New trustee sworn in to replace Burke By Joe Boyle Concerns over noise and traffic congestion were addressed by officials affiliated with a new oil change center that will open…

The Allman Betts Band featuring three sons of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band will headline Friday night. (Supplied photo)

Ridgefest returns after a one-year absence for pandemic

By Bob Bong Chicago Ridge is bringing back its popular Ridgefest for three days starting Friday at 5 p.m. at Freedom Park, 6200 Birmingham St. “This was the fastest we…

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CAPITOL RECAP: Masks returning at driver's license facilities

CAPITOL RECAP: Masks returning at driver’s license facilities

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Masks will be required at driver’s license facilities in Illinois starting Monday, Secretary of State Jesse White announced Wednesday, and Gov. JB Pritzker said…

New law aims to expand affordable housing through $75 million investment, tax credits

New law aims to expand affordable housing through $75 million investment, tax credits

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday signed a measure aimed at increasing affordable housing investment in Illinois, as well as a measure…

MALDEF amends redistricting complaint

MALDEF amends redistricting complaint

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Attorneys for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, have filed an amended complaint in federal court in…

Pritzker ‘looking at all possible mitigations;’ masks mandated at driver facilities

Pritzker ‘looking at all possible mitigations;’ masks mandated at driver facilities

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Masks will be required at driver’s license facilities in Illinois starting Monday, Secretary of State Jesse White announced Wednesday, and Gov.…

Education services extended for special needs students

Education services extended for special needs students

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Students with special needs will be able to finish their last year of high school regardless of when their birthday falls…

UPDATED: IDPH ‘fully aligns’ with new stricter CDC mask guidance

UPDATED: IDPH ‘fully aligns’ with new stricter CDC mask guidance

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The state will have new COVID-19 guidance on face coverings after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its…

Pritzker signs law repealing criminal penalties for HIV transmission

Pritzker signs law repealing criminal penalties for HIV transmission

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill into law Tuesday that repeals criminal penalties for people who transmit HIV to others. House…

Pritzker to review state masking guidance amid CDC reversal

Pritzker to review state masking guidance amid CDC reversal

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will reexamine the state’s guidance on face coverings after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated…

Bills expanding access to mental health care are among several signed into law

Bills expanding access to mental health care are among several signed into law

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents will soon have greater access to mental health services under measures Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law Friday. Starting…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker launches second-term campaign with media tour

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker launches second-term campaign with media tour

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker isn’t considering using federal American Rescue Plan Act funding to pay down a multi-billion-dollar Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund deficit, he told…

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