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No injuries in Willow Springs house fire

By Carol Mcgowan / April 1, 2022 / Comments Off on No injuries in Willow Springs house fire

By Carol McGowan Thanks to the quick work of the Willow Springs Police Department and Tri-State Fire Department, everyone was evacuated from a home that was on fire in the early morning hours of March 21. Police responded at 1:30 a.m. to a call of a possible structure fire in the 8100 block of Scenic…

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Acting no more, Jennings named Bridgeview Fire Chief

By Steve Metsch / February 24, 2022 / Comments Off on Acting no more, Jennings named Bridgeview Fire Chief

By Steve Metsch After a year on the job, John Jennings can remove “acting” from his title. Jennings, 53, was officially named fire chief by the Bridgeview Village Board at its Feb. 16 meeting. The vote was unanimous. “I’m very proud to be the chief,” Jennings, 53, said. “I work with a bunch of great…

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2 hurt in Justice house fire

By Carol Mcgowan / February 14, 2022 / Comments Off on 2 hurt in Justice house fire

By Carol McGowan Two adults were taken to the hospital in good condition, with possible smoke inhalation, after a house fire at 8217 S. 85th Court in Justice last Thursday. The Roberts Park Fire Protection District was called to the fire just before 12:30 in the afternoon on February 10. Firefighters arrived on the scene…

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Medeisis promoted to fire battalion chief in Bridgeview

By Steve Metsch / January 17, 2022 / Comments Off on Medeisis promoted to fire battalion chief in Bridgeview

By Steve Metsch The Bridgeview Fire Department has a new battalion chief. Michael Medeisis, 55, was promoted from the rank of lieutenant at the Jan. 5 meeting of the Bridgeview Village Board. “Hey, hot diggity dog, we’ve got a great guy (promoted),” village Trustee Michael Pticek said. Trustee James Cecott said the promotion was due.…

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Roberts Park Fire Protection District celebrates 75 Years

By Carol Mcgowan / November 11, 2021 / Comments Off on 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…

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Roberts Park Fire Protection District donates blankets to homeless shelter

By Carol Mcgowan / October 17, 2021 /

The Roberts Park Fire Department recently donated more than 200 new individually packaged blankets to the Providence of God homeless shelter in Chicago. Chief Jeff Ketchen and members of the RPFD worked with Isaac Bucio, a Chicago firefighter who volunteers at the shelter.  

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Summit to hold National Night Out at Summit Park

By Carol Mcgowan / July 30, 2021 / Comments Off on 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 Summit Park. The event didn’t take place last year because of the pandemic, but this year village officials are expecting a crowd. In 2019, it…

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Overturned truck causes headache for Summit drivers

By Carol Mcgowan / July 3, 2021 / Comments Off on Overturned truck causes headache for Summit drivers

By Carol McGowan A tanker truck overturned around 7:30 a.m. last Thursday on Archer Road just south of 59th Street in Summit. The truck was going eastbound on 59th Street, and turned to head southbound onto Archer Road when it tipped over. The driver of the truck was transported to an area hospital, but was…

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Bridgeview promotes firefighter, second female police officer

By News Desk / April 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Bridgeview promotes firefighter, second female police officer

By Steve MetschÊ Personnel moves were on the agenda at the latest meeting of the Bridgeview Village Board.Ê The board unanimously approved promoting a firefighter to the rank of lieutenant, and making a part-time police officer a full-time officer.Ê Firefighter Jason Yerkovich, with the department for 11 years, is now a lieutenant. After the April…

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Lyons recognizes firefighters for great work

By News Desk / March 4, 2021 / Comments Off on Lyons recognizes firefighters for great work

By Steve Metsch Several Lyons firefighters and paramedics have received commendations in recognition of impressive job performance. Fire Chief Gordon Nord Jr., presented the awards during the Feb. 16 meeting of the village board. “It’s an honor to be here tonight to pay special tribute to some of our members,” Nord said. “Our guys do…

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Fundraiser is Sunday for Pathlights

Tinley Park nonprofit One Less to Help One More is hosting a special community fundraiser for Pathlights in honor of June’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Month from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, at Oberweis at 7202 W. 159th Street in Orland Park. For shoppers, 20% of your purchases will be donated…

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Incumbent Zalewski faces challenger for Dem nod in 21st District

By Steve Metsch Taking a break from the campaign trail – talking on a cell phone as he walked door to door – state Rep. Michael Zalewski (21st) said the choice facing Democratic voters on June 28 is simple. “I’ve said consistently that it’s the choice for voters between a record and a promise,” Zalewski…

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Update: Morrison, Gorman duking it out for county commissioner spot

By Jeff Vorva In what is one of the nastiest races around, Sean Morrison and Liz Gorman are duking it out for a commissioners’ spot on the Cook County Board. Gorman had the job in the 17th District from 2002-2015 but gave it up to work in the private sector. Morrison took over and had…

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World Wiffle Ball Championship returning to south suburbs

The 43rd World Wiffle Ball Championship is returning to Memorial Park in south suburban Midlothian on July 16-17. “We’re excited to gear up for this year’s Championship at Memorial Park in Midlothian. We can’t wait to see old and new Wifflers alike this summer come together to beat some plastic,” said Mike Baniak, Commissioner of…

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Morrison, Gorman duking it out for GOP county commissioner nod

By Jeff Vorva In what is one of the nastiest races around, Sean Morrison and Liz Gorman are duking it out for a commissioners’ spot on the Cook County Board. Gorman had the job in the 17th District from 2002-2015 but gave it up to work in the private sector. Morrison took over and had…

Suri Davis, a 15-year-old sophomore at Argo High School, was shot to death in November inside her apartment building in Justice. (Supplied photo)

Justice police arrest teen in Suri Davis murder

By Bob Bong A 14-year-old boy was arrested last week in the murder in November of Argo High School sophomore Suri Davis. Justice police said the teen was arrested June 13 and charged with one felony count of first-degree murder in the November 22 shooting death of Suri Davis, 15. Police said the teen lived…

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2 incumbents seek Dem nomination in newly drawn 6th District

By Steve Metsch It doesn’t happen often, but voters in the newly drawn 6th Congressional District have an unusual choice in the Democratic primary. Because of redistricting, two sitting members of Congress are going toe-to-toe for the nomination in the June 28 primary. The district covers the Midway Airport area, Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood and the…

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CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker to call special session after Roe v. Wade overturned

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker to call special session after Roe v. Wade overturned

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will call a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to focus on legislation to strengthen women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health services in Illinois. Pritzker made that announcement Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released an opinion overturning…

6 Republicans vie to unseat Pritzker

6 Republicans vie to unseat Pritzker

By PETER HANCOCK & JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republican voters in Illinois will choose from six candidates to challenge incumbent Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker in the upcoming June 28 primary. The field includes a conservative farmer and state lawmakers who is the recent polling frontrunner, the mayor of Illinois’ second largest…

Candidate interview: Alexi Giannoulias looking to reclaim statewide office

Candidate interview: Alexi Giannoulias looking to reclaim statewide office

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Illinois voters might know Alexi Giannoulias as the state’s treasurer from 2007 to 2011, or they might know him as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate who lost to Republican Mark Kirk in 2010. He’s now looking to get back into public life as he runs for secretary…

Pritzker to call special session on reproductive rights

Pritzker to call special session on reproductive rights

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will call a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to focus on legislation to strengthen women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health services in Illinois. Pritzker made that announcement Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released…

Candidate interview: Anna Valencia running for secretary of state

Candidate interview: Anna Valencia running for secretary of state

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] This story is part of Capitol News Illinois’ coverage of the race for secretary of state ahead of the Tuesday, June 28 primary. We’re reaching out to the candidates this week to discuss their policy positions and plans for the office should they be elected. Chicago City Clerk…

Republicans see opening in secretary of state race

Republicans see opening in secretary of state race

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – For the first time in nearly a quarter century, there is an open race for the office of Illinois secretary of state as incumbent Democrat Jesse White prepares to retire, and Republicans hope that will give them an opportunity to pick up a statewide elected office.…

Candidate interview: Secretary of state hopeful David Moore

Candidate interview: Secretary of state hopeful David Moore

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] This story is part of Capitol News Illinois’ coverage of the race for secretary of state ahead of the Tuesday, June 28 primary. We’re reaching out to all of the candidates this week to discuss their policy positions and plans for the office should they be elected. Chicago…

Tom Cullerton sentenced to 1 year in prison for embezzlement

Tom Cullerton sentenced to 1 year in prison for embezzlement

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A federal judge in Chicago handed down a one-year prison sentence Tuesday for a former state senator who once chaired the Senate Labor Committee. Tom Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of embezzlement for receiving salary and benefits from…

CAPITOL RECAP: State Supreme Court again declines to rule on FOID Act

CAPITOL RECAP: State Supreme Court again declines to rule on FOID Act

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – In a 4-3 decision with a blistering dissent from the Republican minority, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to rule on a question of whether Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Act is unconstitutional. It was the second time the case of the People v. Vivian Brown came before the court and…

State audit finds billions in unemployment fraud

State audit finds billions in unemployment fraud

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A state audit released Thursday found nearly $2 billion in federal money intended to help unemployed Illinoisans during the pandemic was lost to fraudulent claims in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Employment Security blamed “insufficient and flawed federal guidance” and a lack of controls on a…

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