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2 incumbents seek Dem nomination in newly drawn 6th District

By Steve Metsch / June 20, 2022 / Comments Off on 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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Forest View trades K-9 officer to Stickney

By Carol Mcgowan / March 14, 2022 /

By Carol McGowan After working with the Forest View Police Department, Ali, a 5-year-old male German shepherd, has a new home with the neighboring Stickney Police Department. Forest View Village Administrator Michael Dropka said it worked out well for all involved. “The idea came about because of our great relationship with the Village of Stickney,”…

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Stickney’s St. Pius X Parish to merge with St. Leonard

By Bob Bong / February 7, 2022 / Comments Off on Stickney’s St. Pius X Parish to merge with St. Leonard

By Bob Bong St. Pius X Parish in Stickney will merge with St. Leonard Parish in Berwyn this summer, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, announced last month. The merger is part of the archdiocese’s ongoing Renew My Church initiative and will take effect on July 1. The new parish will have one pastor and…

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Poisoned bald eagle found in Lyons woods

By Kelly White / January 14, 2022 /

By Kelly White Bald eagles are becoming increasingly more common in the Chicagoland area, and avid bird enthusiasts said this is no surprise. “I have been watching the same pair of bald eagles and their offspring for 12 years now,” Sue Delfiacco said. To Delfiacco, the pair of birds are like family. Every morning, she…

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Pandemic takes toll on area grade schools

By Bob Bong / December 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Pandemic takes toll on area grade schools

By Bob Bong and Peter Hancock One year after COVID-19 scrambled the state’s public school system with schools alternating between in-person and remote learning because of uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the Illinois State Board of Education has released its school report card for public schools. The report card, issued every fall, gives parents a…

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Girls Volleyball Class 3A State Finals: Nazareth defeats Belvidere North for program’s first state title

By Jason Maholy / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Girls Volleyball Class 3A State Finals: Nazareth defeats Belvidere North for program’s first state title

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Trailing 12-6 in the third set of the Class 3A state championship match last Saturday at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena, time was running out on Nazareth to right the ship. Belvidere North was riding a wave of momentum going back to the second set and had scored 28 of the…

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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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SD103 teachers union unhappy with district, start of school year

By Bob Bong / October 7, 2021 / Comments Off on SD103 teachers union unhappy with district, start of school year

By Steve Metsch The teachers union in Lyons School District 103 is not pleased with COVID-19 cleaning, some paycheck issues and operation of its preschool. Union President Toni Jackman, at the school board’s meeting on Sept. 28, voiced the concerns of the 218 teachers she represents. Three other union members – of the two dozen…

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Boys Soccer: Mount Carmel’s Farias comes up big in win over St. Laurence

By Jason Maholy / September 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Boys Soccer: Mount Carmel’s Farias comes up big in win over St. Laurence

By Steve Millar Correspondent Sophomore goalkeeper Efrain Farias saved Mount Carmel’s win over St. Laurence on Sept. 21. Farias stopped a penalty kick with under two minutes to go to preserve a 2-1 victory for the visiting Caravan in a big Catholic League Blue game. Mount Carmel (6-3, 1-1) led 2-0 before St. Laurence (8-3,…

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Lyons summer camp gets glowing review at SD103 board meeting

By Steve Metsch / September 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Lyons summer camp gets glowing review at SD103 board meeting

By Steve Metsch The summer camp program co-presented by the Lyons Parks and Recreation Department and Lyons School District 103 was such a success, plans are underway for an encore in 2022. Ted Tala, parks and recreation director for the village, addressed the school board at its meeting on Aug. 24 at Washington Middle School.…

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Marist High School, 4200 W. 115th St. in Chicago, hosted its first-ever Southside SummerFest on Saturday, July 23. (Supplied photos)

Marist kicks off inaugural Southside SummerFest

By Kelly White An inaugural music festival on the Southside brought live bands, food vendors and more to the Marist High School’s football stadium this past weekend. The premier coed Catholic college preparatory high school, 4200 W. 115th St. in Chicago, hosted its first-ever Southside SummerFest on Saturday, July 23. “The last few years have…

Hoods are up during the 19th Palos Heights Classic Car Event. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Best in the nation? Starczyk thrilled with turnout for Classic Car Event

By Jeff Vorva Call them the Kings of Harlem Avenue. John Schiavone and Dennis Heywood each had their cars showcased and located in the prime spot in front of Franklin’s Public House restaurant as a part of Thursday’s Palos Heights Classic Car Event. Schiavone, a Beecher resident and graduate of Argo High School, showed off…

Hodgkins Deputy Fire Chief Karl Argasi (front) and Hodgkins Police Chief Ernest Milsap try their hand as part of the Wing Shaking Contest on opening day of the new Buffalo Wild Wings Go. (Photo by Carol McGowan)

Comings & Goings: Buffalo Wild Wings Go opens in Hodgkins

By Bob Bong A new concept by Buffalo Wild Wings is now open in southwest suburban Hodgkins. Buffalo Wild Wings Go, a scaled down version of Buffalo Wild Wings that emphasizes carry outs and delivery, opened last week at 9404 Joliet Road in an outlot at the Quarry Mall. The Hodgkins location is only the…

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Area communities plan National Night Out events

By Bob Bong Several area communities are making plans to celebrate the National Night Out Against Crime next Tuesday. Thousands of communities in the United States and around the world celebrate as people are asked to turn on outside lights and join first responders to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out was started in 1984 by the National Association of Town…

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Ridge Fest returns Friday for 3-day run

By Bob Bong Chicago Ridge’s popular summer RidgeFest will return Friday evening to Freedom Park and Mayor Chuck Tokar says it will be “the best fest ever.” The annual festival began in 1989 and only missed returning in 2020 when COVID-19 caused festivals and carnivals to be cancelled across the south suburbs out of health…

The shuttered Carson's store at Evergreen Plaza will be reopening as two new Macy's stores. (File photo)

Comings & Goings: Macy’s to open 2 new stores in Evergreen Park

By Bob Bong Macy’s has announced it will be opening its first dual Market by Macy’s and Macy’s Backstage stores at the Evergreen Plaza, located at 9700 S. Western Ave. Both stores will offer unique shopping experiences with Market by Macy’s offering customers the latest fashion trends and Macy’s Backstage appealing to those on the…

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Kids’ Free Days August 1-3 at Brookfield Zoo

From staff reports With the start of the new school year just around the corner, there is still time to take the family on a summer adventure to Brookfield Zoo. On August 1, 2, and 3, the zoo is offering free admission to children ages 11 and under. (Admission for adults and parking fee still…

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Illinois News

Thompson Center sale finalized with Google to be building’s lone occupant

Thompson Center sale finalized with Google to be building’s lone occupant

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – After years of failed efforts that spanned multiple administrations, the state has finalized the sale of the controversial James R. Thompson Center in Chicago to a company that will make it the new Chicago home of tech giant Google. Gov. JB Pritzker made the announcement during…

CAPITOL RECAP: Illinois Democrats hoping to host 2024 nominating convention

CAPITOL RECAP: Illinois Democrats hoping to host 2024 nominating convention

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Democrats are vying to make Chicago the host city for the Democratic National Convention in 2024. Officials for the Democratic National Committee were in Chicago on Tuesday as state leaders, including Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, called a news conference to tout the city as…

Illinois Dems stump for 2024 Chicago convention as party chair vote looms

Illinois Dems stump for 2024 Chicago convention as party chair vote looms

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Democrats are vying to make Chicago the host city for the Democratic National Convention in 2024 while considering who will lead their party for the next four years. Meanwhile, the state’s Republican Party is hearing calls for a censure of one of its sitting congressmen.…

Illinois jobless rate falls to lowest point since start of pandemic

Illinois jobless rate falls to lowest point since start of pandemic

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois economy added 18,800 jobs during June as the unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent, the lowest it has been since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is down one-tenth of a percentage point from May, and down two full percentage points from June…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker tests positive for COVID-19

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker tests positive for COVID-19

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home, his office announced Tuesday, three days after he spoke at a gathering of Democrats in Tampa, Florida. Pritzker’s press office said he is experiencing mild symptoms and has received the anti-viral medication Paxlovid, a drug that…

ANALYSIS: Poll shows Pritzker’s popularity remains steady as Biden’s slides in Illinois

ANALYSIS: Poll shows Pritzker’s popularity remains steady as Biden’s slides in Illinois

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] A new poll from the firm Morning Consult showed Gov. JB Pritzker’s approval rating at 51 percent among Illinois voters, or seven points “above water” in polling lingo. It’s the latest quarterly poll from the firm, and data included 14,258 registered voters polled from April 1 through June…

UPDATED: Pritzker has ‘mild symptoms’ after positive COVID-19 test, receives anti-viral treatment

UPDATED: Pritzker has ‘mild symptoms’ after positive COVID-19 test, receives anti-viral treatment

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home, his office announced Tuesday, three days after he spoke at a gathering of Democrats in Tampa, Florida. Pritzker’s press office said he is experiencing mild symptoms and has received the anti-viral medication Paxlovid,…

Pritzker tests positive for COVID-19, receives anti-viral treatment

Pritzker tests positive for COVID-19, receives anti-viral treatment

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home, his office announced Tuesday, three days after he spoke at a gathering of Democrats in Tampa, Florida. Pritzker’s press office said he is experiencing mild symptoms and has received the anti-viral medication Paxlovid,…

State Police broaden use of ‘clear and present danger’ reports

State Police broaden use of ‘clear and present danger’ reports

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police announced Monday they will start using a broader definition of what constitutes a “clear and present danger” when reviewing a person’s Firearm Owners Identification card. That’s a factor ISP considers when deciding whether to grant someone a FOID card or to revoke…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker calls for federal action on guns, supports assault weapons ban

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker calls for federal action on guns, supports assault weapons ban

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – In the wake of a July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park that left seven people dead and dozens more injured, Gov. JB Pritzker is calling for a ban at both the state and national levels on military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. The governor made those calls on…

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