7 years in the making, Orland Park unveils nature center

  By Dermot Connolly The June 3 ribbon-cutting at Orland Park Nature Center marked the official unveiling of something that village officials have been working on for more than seven years. Located at 13951 S. LaGrange Ave., the nearly 28-acre site began with the village’s 2013 purchase of the 3.5-acre Pebble Creek landscaping center and…

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Bridgeview fireworks show planned for July 3

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By Bob Bong Fourth of July fireworks and parades are a mixed bag this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. While fireworks have been cancelled or postponed in Burbank, Lyons, Oak Lawn and Summit, a drive-up show will go on as planned at SeatGeek Stadium on Friday, July 3. The Bridgeview Park District is sponsoring…

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Obituaries for June 18

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ANTHONY MICHAEL CONTE Anthony Michael Conte, age 17, passed away May 31. Beloved son of Kristy and Michael Conte; loving brother of Luke and Liam; cherished grandson of Kimberly DeBias; loving nephew of Melissa, Billy, Michael DeBias, Jessica, Ricardo, Sergio Reyna and the late Joseph Conte; loving great-nephew of Roxanne Derting, Dawn, Wendy, the late…

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Mostly quiet in area as violence grips Chicago

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By Bob Bong While violence, arson and looting gripped Chicago over the weekend and spread into some southwest and south suburban communities, most area towns reported little in the way of trouble despite rumors to the contrary. There were a few incidents in Burbank and Bedford Park along Cicero Avenue, which led Burbank to use…

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Welcome back!

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Diners enjoy the great outdoors By Bob Bong Violence sparked by protests and demonstrations in Chicago and some southwest and southern suburbs put a damper on what should have been a banner weekend for restaurants that had been suffering for months under restrictions aimed at combatting the spread of COVID-19. Under state guidelines, restaurant servers…

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South suburbs declare curfews after violence spreads

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Pritzker deploys 375 National Guard soldiers to Chicago By Peter Hancock and Bob Bong SPRINGFIELD – In the wake of violence, looting and arson that gripped the city of Chicago over the weekend and spread into the south and southwest suburbs, Gov. JB Pritzker said Sunday he has deployed 375 Illinois National Guard soldiers to…

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