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Argo to hold Walk the Halls family event

By Carol Mcgowan / August 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Argo to hold Walk the Halls family event

By Carol McGowan With the 2020-2021 school year being one like never before, Argo Community High School will host its first ever Walk the Halls night on Friday, August 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., to welcome in the 2021-2022 school year. This is a completely free event for Argo students and their families. The idea is…

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Farewell parade pays tribute to St. Joseph School

By Carol Mcgowan / June 11, 2021 / Comments Off on 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 of memories and celebrate what the 107-year-old school meant to them. Back in January, the Chicago Archdiocese made the announcement that the elementary school would…

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2021 Desplaines Valley News Graduation issue now available!

By Carol Mcgowan / June 10, 2021 / Comments Off on 2021 Desplaines Valley News Graduation issue now available!

The Desplaines Valley News 2021 Graduation issue is out! Copies are available for 25 cents at the Summit office, 7674 W. 63rd St. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have a graduate from Argo Community High School, Lyons Township High School, Nazareth Academy, Stagg High School, St. Laurence…

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Comings & Goings: Indian Springs School District to demolish building

By News Desk / May 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Comings & Goings: Indian Springs School District to demolish building

Big things are coming to Indian Springs School District 109. The school district is seeking bids to tear down a building the district acquired last year at 8000 S. Roberts Road in Bridgeview. “I’m hoping we can tear it down by May, but nothing is certain,” said Supt. Jon Nebor. “It will make for some…

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Pleasantdale School District 107 Board President Kristin Violante to Retire

By News Desk / April 29, 2021 / Comments Off on Pleasantdale School District 107 Board President Kristin Violante to Retire

Pleasantdale School District 107 announced today that Board President Kristin Violante will be retiring at the end of this year as a new board will be slated for next school year. Violante has served on the board for eight years, beginning as Vice President in 2017 where she then transitioned to the role of Board…

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Schools getting a big share of COVID relief funds

By News Desk / April 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Schools getting a big share of COVID relief funds

By Bob Bong School districts throughout the southwest suburbs stand to gain millions of dollars from the COVID relief packages passed in response to the pandemic. Local school districts are set to receive over $100 million in relief, state Sen. Steve Landek (D-Bridgeview) announced Monday. “Now that the end of the pandemic finally seems to…

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High School Football: Nazareth tops St. Laurence for Tim Racki’s 199th win

By Jason Maholy / March 28, 2021 / Comments Off on High School Football: Nazareth tops St. Laurence for Tim Racki’s 199th win

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Nazareth coach Tim Racki entered this season with 198 career victories. No. 199 on Saturday was completely different than the other 198. He helped guide the Roadrunners to a 35-7 season-opening home win over St. Laurence in the Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Conference Orange division. After the fall season was…

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Resource officer OK’d for Washington Middle School

By News Desk / March 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Resource officer OK’d for Washington Middle School

By Steve MetschÊ The Lyons School District 103 board approved a plan to have a police officer liaison stationed in George Washington Middle School, but it wasn’t a slam dunk.Ê The hiring was approved by a 4-2 vote with board member Sharon Anderson abstaining at the Feb. 23 meeting in Washington School.Ê Voting “no” were…

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LTHS names principal as new superintendent

By News Desk / March 11, 2021 / Comments Off on LTHS names principal as new superintendent

From staff reports The Lyons Township High School Board of Education has announced Brian P. Waterman as the new District 204 superintendent. Waterman will replace Supt. Timothy Kilrea, who is retiring June 30 after a decade of service to the district and its students. “I am excited and honored to be appointed the next superintendent…

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End of an Era

By News Desk / January 28, 2021 / Comments Off on End of an Era

St. Joseph School to close at end of school year By Bob Bong St. Joseph School in Summit will close its doors for the last time this summer when the Catholic school finishes its school year on June 30. The Archdiocese of Chicago announced the closure last week at the same time it announced St.…

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USA Liquidators will open Friday in Hickory Hills. (Staff photo)

Comings & Goings: USA Liquidators to open Friday in Hickory Hills

By Bob Bong USA Liquidators, a new store that features closeouts, overruns and stock from stores that went out of business, will open at noon on Friday at 8720 S. 88th Avenue in Hickory Hills. Owners Wally Aiyash and his brother Zeze have been in the real estate business for 30 years and have developed…

The Bridgeview Sports Dome before it was damaged in a storm in December of 2015. (File photo)

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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Justice Park Board appoints new commissioner, finally at full strength

By Carol McGowan For the first time in a long time, the Justice Park District Board of Commissioners has a full complement of five commissioners. Under past regimes, it was common for the five-person board to consist of only three or four commissioners despite state law that requires any vacancies to be filled within 90…

Reception area of the new Summit Dental Smiles. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Summit Dental Smiles now open in Summit

By Carol McGowan Summit Dental Smiles is now open at 7557 W. 63rd St. in Summit. It’s in a newly remodeled building that was formerly a law office, and medical office many years prior to that. If you visited the building in the past, you wouldn’t recognize it now. It sat vacant for years, and…

Emily Croucher’s grandchildren welcomed her home with signs. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Bridgeview woman soars with Honor Flight

By Steve Metsch After spending more than three years in the Army, Emily Croucher was treated to one unforgettable day. She was one of 93 women on an Honor Flight Chicago Operation HerStory to and from Washington, D.C. Given to armed forces veterans for years, this was the first Honor Flight from Chicago that was…

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Overnight closures for Roberts Road and 87th Street

Overnight road closures on Roberts Road and 87th Street with posted detours are scheduled to begin this weekend to accommodate mainline bridge removal work for the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project. The overnight closures of the local roads are necessary to safely accommodate the removal of the I-294 mainline bridge deck and beams over Roberts Road and 87th Street.…

Sandburg running back Jake Maziarka runs the ball during the Eagles’ 59-14 win over Stagg on Oct. 8. Photo by Jason Maholy

High School Football: Jake Maziarka runs for 4 TDs in Sandburg’s win over Stagg

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor During the week heading into Sandburg’s matchup with Stagg, Eagles coach Troy McAllister’s message to his players was to not take the winless Chargers for granted. The Eagles were coming off the program’s most significant victory since at least 2015, a 30-27 triumph over powerful Lincoln-Way East in a game…

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Report: Nursing homes in crisis with staff shortages

Report: Nursing homes in crisis with staff shortages

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new report released Wednesday says staffing shortages at nursing homes in Illinois have reached crisis proportions and that people of color are most at risk of suffering the consequences. That’s because those individuals are more likely to live in understaffed facilities or in “ward” rooms…

Springfield transportation hub to relieve rail congestion

Springfield transportation hub to relieve rail congestion

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A railway improvement project intended to greatly improve traffic congestion between St. Louis and Chicago reached a milestone Tuesday as work began on a multimodal transportation hub in the capital city. Gov. JB Pritzker was joined at a groundbreaking ceremony by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and…

CAPITOL RECAP: Congressional redistricting hearings begin

CAPITOL RECAP: Congressional redistricting hearings begin

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The process of redrawing congressional district maps in Illinois got off to a slow start Thursday when only one person showed up to testify at the first legislative public hearing, which was held in Chicago. Ryan Tolley, policy director for the advocacy group CHANGE Illinois, urged the House Redistricting…

Task force considers changes to qualified immunity for Illinois law enforcement officers

Task force considers changes to qualified immunity for Illinois law enforcement officers

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new state task force continued discussions Thursday as to what changes could be made to the way state law approaches qualified immunity for law enforcement officers. Qualified immunity is a court doctrine granting protection for law enforcement officers and other government officials from certain civil…

Only one testifies at first congressional redistricting hearing

Only one testifies at first congressional redistricting hearing

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The process of redrawing congressional district maps in Illinois got off to a slow start Thursday when only one person showed up to testify at the first legislative public hearing, which was held in Chicago. Ryan Tolley, policy director for the advocacy group CHANGE Illinois, urged…

Plaintiffs: New legislative maps dilute Latino vote

Plaintiffs: New legislative maps dilute Latino vote

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Plaintiffs in two lawsuits challenging the state’s legislative redistricting plan have filed new complaints in federal court charging that the district maps that lawmakers approved in August dilute Latino voting power and thus violate the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Mexican…

Officials outline progress in Cairo river port development

Officials outline progress in Cairo river port development

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A proposed river port development in the southern Illinois town of Cairo is drawing much attention and interest from companies that believe it could open up greater access to international markets, officials behind the project said Tuesday. The Alexander-Cairo Port District project has been on the…

Report details disparities faced by aging LGBTQ Illinoisans

Report details disparities faced by aging LGBTQ Illinoisans

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Many aging LGBTQ Illinoisans face barriers to health care and financial security and fear discrimination in senior communities, according to a combined report from senior and LGBTQ advocacy groups released Tuesday. The Disrupting Disparities: Challenges and Solutions for 50+ LGBTQ Illinoisans report by the senior advocacy…

Law enforcement steps up efforts to fight online child exploitation

Law enforcement steps up efforts to fight online child exploitation

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – State Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined local and federal prosecutors Monday to announce new efforts to combat a rise in online child exploitation in Illinois. The efforts include greater outreach and education for parents and teachers, and a new mobile computer forensics unit that will…

Pritzker order aims to end subminimum wage for disabled people in state contracts

Pritzker order aims to end subminimum wage for disabled people in state contracts

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday that would prevent companies contracting with the state from paying disabled workers at less than the minimum wage. Pritzker took the action in what he said was a broader effort to try to push federal lawmakers to change…

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