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Planet Fitness opens in Bridgeview

By Steve Metsch / November 12, 2021 /

By Steve Metsch Calling it “a great addition to our community,” Bridgeview Mayor Steve Landek and village trustees recently celebrated the grand opening of Planet Fitness. The state-of-the-art fitness center opened on Oct. 27 at 8741-51 S. Harlem Ave. “Planet Fitness’s decision to invest in this facility shows their strong commitment and belief in the economic stability and vitality…

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Bridgeview adds part-time cop, approves paving plans

By Steve Metsch / November 11, 2021 /

By Steve Metsch The Bridgeview Police Department has a new part-time officer. Nicole M. Davis, who formerly worked a year for the Frankfort Police Department, was hired by the village board at its Nov. 3 meeting. Part-time officers fill a key role for the department, Police Chief Ricardo Mancha said. “They help support the full-time…

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Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars blank Gotham, advance to NWSL semifinals

By Jeff Vorva / November 8, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Mallory Pugh and the Chicago Red Stars gave their fans a going-away gift. Playing in Chicago’s final home game of 2021, Pugh scored in the 61st minute and the defense made it stick as the Red Stars beat Gotham, 1-0, in the opening round of the NWSL playoffs Nov. 7 in…

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Pro Soccer Report: Watt a finish! Red Stars to host playoff game Sunday

By Jeff Vorva / October 31, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent One more time. The Chicago Red Stars will play at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview for a final game when they host New York/New Jersey Gotham at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in the opening round of the NWSL playoffs. The Red Stars finished the regular season with the fourth seed thanks…

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Trick-or-treat hours for Halloween

By Bob Bong / October 29, 2021 /

Here are the designated trick-or-treat hours for Sunday, October 31. Happy Halloween! Bedford Park from 3-6 p.m. Bridgeview from 2-6 p.m. Brookfield from 3-7 p.m. Burbank from 2-6 p.m. Countryside from 3-8 p.m. Forest View from 1-7:30 p.m. Hickory Hills from 3-7 p.m. Hodgkins from 3-6 p.m. Indian Head Park from 3-7 p.m. Justice from…

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School District 104 dedicates field to Bernabe Tovar

By Carol Mcgowan / October 28, 2021 / Comments Off on School District 104 dedicates field to Bernabe Tovar

By Carol McGowan School District 104 commemorated the life and service of school teacher and soccer coach Bernabe Tovar with the dedication last week of a sports field in his honor. Supt. Troy Whalen hosted the event last Thursday, which welcomed a crowd of nearly 150 at Graves Elementary/Heritage Middle School in Summit. Whalen highlighted…

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Last home game a winner for Red Stars

By Bob Bong / October 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Last home game a winner for Red Stars

By Alison Moran What a way to end a season at home. It was a perfect night for a cool game of soccer, with temperatures in the upper 50s and no rain dampening the field. In front of 4,488 of the Red Stars’ faithful at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, the Chicago Red Stars defeated KC…

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Bridgeview rents out former golf dome site for parking

By Steve Metsch / October 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Bridgeview rents out former golf dome site for parking

By Steve Metsch The village of Bridgeview stands to make nearly $5 million by renting out space to park trucks where the golf dome formerly stood. The village will be paid $45,000 per month in an agreement that runs through September 2030. That comes to $540,000 per year and $4.86 million over the nine-year contract.…

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Argo celebrates Homecoming, names West Gym for Helen Mallis

By Carol Mcgowan / October 20, 2021 /

By Carol McGowan It was a chilly morning last Saturday, but the spirit at Argo Community High School was as warm as ever for its homecoming parade and dedication of West Gym. The parade kicked off from Summit Park at 9 a.m., with over two dozen participants. Marchers reached the school on 63rd street just…

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High School Football: Oak Lawn routs Argo to keep playoff hopes alive

By Jason Maholy / October 20, 2021 /

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Through one half, a pivotal Week 8 matchup between Oak Lawn and Argo had the appearance of one that might be tight until the very end. The Spartans had a different idea, opening up a commanding lead by the end of three quarters and putting the game away with a…

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Planet Fitness held a ribbon cutting recently on its new location in Bridgeview. (Supplied photos)

Planet Fitness opens in Bridgeview

By Steve Metsch Calling it “a great addition to our community,” Bridgeview Mayor Steve Landek and village trustees recently celebrated the grand opening of Planet Fitness. The state-of-the-art fitness center opened on Oct. 27 at 8741-51 S. Harlem Ave. “Planet Fitness’s decision to invest in this facility shows their strong commitment and belief in the economic stability and vitality…

The Stagg Marching Chargers show off their skills on the field. (Supplied photo)

Stagg High School’s Fall Craft Show Returns Nov. 13-14

By Melinda Moore Live music performances will steal the show at the Stagg Music Boosters’ annual fall craft fair, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at Stagg High School, 8015 W. 111th St. in Palos Hills. Madrigals will perform from…

For the second consecutive season, the Gurrie Middle School Boys Cross Country Team placed in the IESA State Finals. Gurrie finished third overall with a team score of 111 points, just four points short of the state runner-up Tolono Unity. They earned their trip downstate by winning their Sectional Championship at St. James Farm in Warrenville on October 9 in a loaded field. (Supplied photo)

Gurrie cross country boys race to third at state finals

By Steve Metsch Only two teams in the entire state are better than the cross country boys from Gurrie Middle School in La Grange. Gurrie’s cross country boys team placed third in the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 2A state finals held Oct. 16 at Maxwell Park in Normal. This is the second straight season…

Students taking park in The Buddy Program at School District 104. (Supplied photo)

Buddy Program underway at SD 104

By Carol McGowan There’s a new kind of mentoring program underway at Graves Elementary and Heritage Middle schools in Summit. Maria Torres, a dual kindergarten teacher at Graves Elementary, and William Vavrin, the dual eighth-grade teacher at Heritage Middle School, are piloting a program they created called the Buddy Program. It’s a way for eighth-graders at…

Stagg’s Zachary Zumerchik speaks to the District 230 board about the school’s Math in Construction program. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Stagg’s Math in Construction program has bright future

By Jeff Vorva Pardon the pun, but Stagg could be on the ground floor of something big. The Math in Construction course, headed up by the tag team of applied tech teacher Eric Malone and math teacher John Daniels has been getting some attention and the course was highlighted at the Consolidated High School District…

Residents take a photo with the district's first fire truck purchased in 1949. (Photos by Don Pointer)

Roberts Park Fire Protection District celebrates 75 Years

By Carol McGowan The Roberts Park Fire Protection District, which handles fire and ambulance calls for the Village of Justice, City of Hickory Hills, nearby unincorporated Cook County, the Interstate 294 Tollway and Cook County Forest Preserve, is celebrating its 75th year. The district has two fire stations, one at the Justice Village Hall, and…

Bridgeview Trustee James Cecott discussed a project that will see work on three lots at the village hall. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Bridgeview adds part-time cop, approves paving plans

By Steve Metsch The Bridgeview Police Department has a new part-time officer. Nicole M. Davis, who formerly worked a year for the Frankfort Police Department, was hired by the village board at its Nov. 3 meeting. Part-time officers fill a key role for the department, Police Chief Ricardo Mancha said. “They help support the full-time…

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Illinois News

Capitol Cast: Climate, Supreme Court and Redistricting

Capitol Cast: Climate, Supreme Court and Redistricting

Listen to the latest episode of Capitol Cast. Peter Hancock and Jerry Nowicki discuss Gov. JB Pritzker’s trip to the U.N. climate conference, an Illinois Supreme Court case concerning ride hailing services, and the latest developments in the legislative redistricting court cases. Capitol News Illinois · Climate, Supreme Court and Redistricting

GOP, advocacy groups submit changes to legislative district maps in court

GOP, advocacy groups submit changes to legislative district maps in court

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Plaintiffs in three lawsuits challenging the new legislative district maps that Democrats pushed through the General Assembly earlier this year have submitted their proposed changes, which would create more Latino- and Black-majority districts in Cook County and the Metro East region. The latest filings, submitted to…

State Supreme Court asked to rule in case of woman allegedly raped by Lyft driver

State Supreme Court asked to rule in case of woman allegedly raped by Lyft driver

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The rideshare company Lyft argued before the Illinois Supreme Court Wednesday that a 2014 state law protects it from being held liable for the criminal actions of one of its drivers who allegedly raped a passenger in 2017. The case centers on the constitutionality of the…

Pritzker signs Health Care Right of Conscience change

Pritzker signs Health Care Right of Conscience change

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new law in Illinois will soon clear the way for employers to enforce vaccination, testing and other mitigation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The measure, Senate Bill 1169, amends the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act, a 1977 law originally intended to…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker pushes Illinois as EV leader at UN Climate Change Conference

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker pushes Illinois as EV leader at UN Climate Change Conference

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – As global leaders met in Glasgow, Scotland, over the past two weeks to discuss the effects of and potential policy solutions to climate change, Gov. JB Pritzker made the case in a pair of speaking events that Illinois is doing its part to counteract troubling climate trends. It was…

Pritzker makes Illinois pitch at world climate conference

Pritzker makes Illinois pitch at world climate conference

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – As global leaders met in Glasgow, Scotland, over the past two weeks to discuss the effects of and potential policy solutions to climate change, Gov. JB Pritzker made the case in a pair of speaking events that Illinois is doing its part to counteract troubling climate…

Application period for new round of rental assistance delayed one month

Application period for new round of rental assistance delayed one month

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The application period for a new round of financial assistance to renters through the Illinois Housing Development Authority will be delayed one month as the application portal undergoes additional testing, although funding remains available through other state programs. The latest round of funding, provided by the…

Redistricting lawsuit to be heard in early December

Redistricting lawsuit to be heard in early December

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel on Friday set the week of Dec. 6 as the time it will hear three consolidated cases challenging the new legislative district maps that were drawn by Democrats and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker earlier this year. During a…

Latest school report card shows impact of COVID-19 on learning

Latest school report card shows impact of COVID-19 on learning

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant drops in enrollment, academic performance and the likelihood of graduating high school on time, according to the latest school report card released recently by the Illinois State Board of Education. The report card is an annual report that tracks how…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a 'public health crisis,' governor says

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a ‘public health crisis,’ governor says

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday, Nov. 1, classifying ongoing gun violence in Illinois as a public health crisis and announced his intent to include greater funding for violence-prevention initiatives in upcoming budgets. At a news conference in Chicago, Pritzker touted the Reimagine Public Safety Act which…

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