Local News

Joan Hadac

Thanks to those who made Memorial Day meaningful

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing & Garfield Ridge (708)496-0265 [email protected] The small patch of green at the heart of Garfield Ridge came alive with the sounds of a…

big idot logo

Oak Lawn’s 95th Street crossing closing June 16 

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that repairs to the Metra SouthWest Service Line crossing on 95th Street, east of 52nd Avenue, in Oak Lawn, will require a full closure, weather permitting,…

reporter 2012 oak lawn fourth of july parade (2)a

Oak Lawn moves Independence Day parade to July 3 

The Village of Oak Lawn announced Tuesday it will move this year’s annual Fourth of July parade to Saturday, July 3, at 4 p.m. In addition to the change in…

reporter ol library filter1

Oak Lawn Library installs new air filtration system 

By Kelly White  Proudly keeping the air clean and its patrons safe is the Oak Lawn Public Library. The library, 9427 Raymond Ave., Oak Lawn, recently installed Respicaire Ultra Violet…

The winning team from Our Lady of the Snows included Keanu Juhasz, Issiah Morales-Chavez, Brandon Delgado and Alejandro Ayala.
--Supplied photo 

Readin’ and writin’ and financial literacy

Snows eighth graders score big in stock market game By Kelly White When GameStop stock soared in late 2020, a group of students at Our Lady of the Snows School…

Aurelio's Pizza brought along some cheer and comfort to children undergoing treatment and frontline essential workers at Advocate Children’s Hospital, 4400 95th St, Oak Lawn, by donating 500 personal-sized pizzas on a mobile pizza truck, along with custom-made cookies, to the hospital on National Pizza Party Day on Friday, May 21.

Aurelio’s holds pizza party for children and staff at Advocate Children’s Hospital

By Kelly White Every year on the third Friday in May, pizza lovers across the nation share their love of pizza on National Pizza Party Day. Celebrated this year on…

Ideal School, Countryside cut ribbon on Sensory Meditation Garden

By Carol McGowan Countryside Mayor Sean McDermott, School District 105 officials and others that brought the school’s new sensory meditation garden to life  were on hand May 207 for the…

Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney makes a point protesting Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s idea of cutting funds for local budgets. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Pekau, Mahoney say state should leave local tax fund alone

By Jeff Vorva Two area mayors are speaking out against the state trying to take a bigger bite out of local government’s funding. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proposed cuts to…

Justice Park District Commissioner Mark Leahy (left), Judge Ed King (center), and Justice Park District Commissioner Tabatha Sutera. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Sutera, Leahy sworn onto Justice Park Board

By Carol McGowan A new era is underway for the Justice Park District. Commissioners Tabatha Sutera and Mark Leahy were sworn in as full-time commissioners of the park board May 24…

Orland Park Trustee Cynthia Nelson Katsenes talks with veteran Timothy Childers during Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at the village. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Orland Park honors 55 during Memorial Day ceremony

By Jeff Vorva Every one of the 55 veterans who had their names engraved on the walls of the Ara Pace Memorial have a story to tell. Timothy Childers’ story…

Construction, such as this project taking place at 123rd Street and 73rd Avenue, will be prevalent through October, Palos Heights Alderman Jack Clifford said. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Oh boy, Palos Heights construction will make for a ‘summer of joy’

By Jeff Vorva Palos Heights’ Ald. Jack Clifford (2nd) could not have been more sarcastic when he called this the “summer of joy” after the June 1 city council meeting.…

The Chicago Ridge Public Library, 10400 Oxford Ave., held a grand re-opening event on Sunday, June 6 showcasing modern renovations and providing fun for the entire family.

Chicago Ridge Library celebrates grand re-opening

By Kelly White Proud to show off its new interior is the Chicago Ridge Public Library. The library, 10400 Oxford Ave., Chicago Ridge, held a grand re-opening event on Sunday,…

Some of the fans attending the first Veterans’ Tuesday in the Park event listen to Peter Militec belt out Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ on June 1. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Veterans event gets rolling in Orland Park

By Jeff Vorva The first Veterans’ Tuesday in the Park event at Orland Park’s Civic Center got rolling on June 1 and there was a sparse crowd at the beginning…

Farewell parade pays tribute to St. Joseph School

By Carol McGowan It was a warm Saturday, but that didn’t stop parents, children, the community and employees of St. Joseph School in Summit from having a few hours full…

Screen Shot 2021-06-10 at 8.47.33 PM

Cook County Assessor’s Office re-opens for in-person appointments

 Online services are also available for property owners From staff reports The Cook County Assessor’s Office has announced the resumption of in-person visits by the public to its downtown and branch…

Palos Heights Alderman Jack Clifford put together a timeline for construction on 123rd Street so that residents won’t be caught by surprise. PHOTO BY JEFF VORVA

123rd Street project gameplan offers clarity but little relief

By Jeff Vorva Traffic in parts of Palos Heights will still be a nightmare this summer and fall, but at least there is a little more clarity as to what…

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau showed displeasure with the state and thanked Cook County officials and U.S. Representative Marie Newman at Monday’s village board meeting. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pekau blasts state and thanks Newman and Cook County

By Jeff Vorva When Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau has an issue with someone, he comes out with guns-a-blazing. He did not hold back about his opinions of the state…

Burbank Little League 5

Burbank Little League owes T-ball field makeover to Ball Park Buns

From Staff Reports Children 6 to 9 years were among the first to play on the newly renovated T-ball field in Narragansett Park on June 5. Ball Park Buns provided…

Maria Pappas

Pappas unveils new online tool to weigh government debt burden on individual property owners

From staff reports Property owners for the first time can find out what portion of local government debt falls on them, thanks to a new, groundbreaking online tool created by…

Dogs rejoiced in 2019 when ground was broken for a dog park in McKinley Park, at least judging by the look on the faces of bulldogs Benny and Luna.




--Greater Southwest News-Herald file photo

Push for dog digs in West Lawn

Quinn, pet lovers aim for ‘dog park’ at West Lawn Park  By Tim Hadac A part of Chicago often called “dog crazy” by canine friends and foes alike appears to…

Illinois News

CAPITOL RECAP: No energy deal yet, but lawmakers say one could come 'this summer'

CAPITOL RECAP: No energy deal yet, but lawmakers say one could come ‘this summer’

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate adjourned Tuesday without calling a comprehensive energy regulatory reform package for a vote. After adjournment, Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park,…

Two-day session ends with major legislation, but no energy bill

Two-day session ends with major legislation, but no energy bill

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers finished a two-day special session Thursday by passing some important legislation but without reaching agreement on the one issue…

Vaccinated Illinoisans automatically entered into $10 million lottery

Vaccinated Illinoisans automatically entered into $10 million lottery

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Any vaccinated Illinoisan will be automatically entered into a lottery for $10 million in prizes without having to take any extra…

Six Flags agrees to $36 million settlement over alleged BIPA violations

Six Flags agrees to $36 million settlement over alleged BIPA violations

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Six Flags Great America has agreed to a $36 million settlement to end a class-action lawsuit over the amusement park’s use…

Energy bill still not filed less than 24 hours before planned vote

Energy bill still not filed less than 24 hours before planned vote

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate is scheduled to return to the Capitol Tuesday to consider an energy regulatory overhaul bill that is years…

Pritzker issues amendatory veto on budget due to drafting errors, Senate accepts

Pritzker issues amendatory veto on budget due to drafting errors, Senate accepts

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The state Senate on Tuesday approved a change to next year’s budget at the request of Gov. JB Pritzker to correct…

Senate adjourns with no energy deal, but Harmon ‘confident’ one is still near

Senate adjourns with no energy deal, but Harmon ‘confident’ one is still near

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate adjourned Tuesday without calling a comprehensive energy regulatory reform package for a vote. After adjournment, Senate President Don…

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday Day marks anniversary of last enslaved Americans learning of freedom By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The day that marks the anniversary…

House OKs remote voting on bills to pass budget amendment

House OKs remote voting on bills to pass budget amendment

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House changed its rules Wednesday to allow lawmakers to cast votes on legislation remotely, giving them enough votes to…

FOID bill strengthening enforcement for revoked cards will head to Pritzker

FOID bill strengthening enforcement for revoked cards will head to Pritzker

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House on Wednesday passed a Firearm Owner Identification card law change that would strengthen law enforcement’s ability to retrieve…

Neighbors

Prep Sports