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Veterans warm up to Palos Heights breakfast celebration

By Jeff Vorva / November 17, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva James Duax will stay warm this winter. Duax, a Navy veteran who served from 1951-1955, was the first winner of a raffle giving away several quilts at the Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 10 at the Palos Height Recreation Center. He had his choice of colors and picked a quilt that had Green…

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Clifford seeks help with Palos Lions Christmas tree delivery

By Jeff Vorva / November 17, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva The trees are coming. At Tuesday’s Palos Heights City Council meeting, Ald. Jack Clifford announced that there will be at least 600 Christmas trees delivered and he is seeking a little help. The Palos Lions Club will have its annual tree sale at 127th Street and Harlem Avenue shortly after they are…

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Girls Volleyball Class 2A State Finals: Chicago Christian takes 3rd place with win over Mater Dei

By Jason Maholy / November 16, 2021 /

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Philosophers and believers in analytics can debate the reality of momentum in the context of having a tangible effect on player performance and the outcomes of athletics competitions. To many if not most sports fans, players and coaches, there is no question momentum is real. And it flows both ways.…

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Palos Heights veteran gets a new roof

By Jeff Vorva / November 13, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva Poor Sierra. The 20-year-old cat had a pretty rough day on Oct. 20. With all that pounding, banging and noise throughout the morning and afternoon there was a lot of meowing going on and it wasn’t because she was happy. Sierra was the only one in the house unhappy on that day.…

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McGovern angry over mess left after water project

By Jeff Vorva / November 12, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva Jerry McGovern was mad about it in the summer. He is madder about it in the fall. The Palos Height alderman (4th Ward) said he knows its important for sewer and water projects to be done in his area, but he is disgusted with having to wait so long for post-construction repairs…

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Stagg’s Math in Construction program has bright future

By Jeff Vorva / November 11, 2021 /

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…

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Palos Heights Christmas Parade returns for a second season

By Jeff Vorva / November 11, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva There will be another Santa Parade thru Olde Palos event this year. Last year, Heather Begley and Sharon Courtney hastily put a parade together in Palos Heights on short notice because they wanted people who were shut in during the pandemic to get out and watch a small parade in a socially…

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Palos Park council delays gaming machine vote

By Jeff Vorva / November 11, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva Palos Park Commissioner G. Darryl Reed couldn’t make up his mind about bringing gaming machines to town. Other members of the village council also didn’t appear overly eager to make a decision so the issue will be continued at the Nov. 22 meeting. At the previous board meeting on Oct. 25, Mayor…

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Boys Cross Country State Final: Sandburg computes with 3A title; Marist’s Jake Phillips takes fourth in 2A

By Jeff Vorva / November 8, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Some exhaustive research combined with a little computer wizardry came up with the prediction that Sandburg would win the IHSA Class 3A title by 106 points. A simulation created by Illinois XC Speed Ratings used each state qualifier’s “previous four rated performances and season rating 1,000 times,” then took the average…

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Palos Heights Library hosts dog adoption event

By Kelly White / November 7, 2021 /

By Kelly White Having a piece of her heart devoted to rescue breeds, Karen Skocik always hoped to hold a dog adoption event at the Palos Heights Public Library. “Through the years, my husband and I have adopted four rescues,” Skocik, Head of Circulation at the Palos Heights Public Library, said. “Right now, we have two. It’s very…

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Dash through the Nighttime Reindeer Run at Brookfield Zoo

From staff reports Grab your glow sticks and lace up your running shoes for the return of Brookfield Zoo’s Reindeer Run, presented by ALDI. On Saturday, November 20, participants of all ages will be some of the first to see the zoo all lit up for its Holiday Magic, while enjoying a fun run along a two-mile course entirely…

Runners near the half-way mark at the 2019 Orland Park Turkey Trot. (Village of Orland Park photo)

Orland Park Turkey Trot returns for 33rd year

From staff reports Orland Park’s annual Turkey Trot is a holiday mainstay, growing in popularity each year. This year marks the event’s 33rd year. The chip timed race is held on Thanksgiving morning and has become a highly anticipated tradition for many Orland Park residents and their guests looking to kick off the holiday with…

U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd)

Local mayors line up behind Newman

By Bob Bong U.S. Rep. Marie Newman is wasting no time lining up supporters for her bid to win the Democratic nomination in the new 6th Congressional District. Newman, who hopes to continue serving the southwest suburbs from the newly drawn district, announced Monday that 10 area mayors have endorsed her in next June’s primary election…

Orland Park Trustee Brian Riordan said the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office is ‘reckless’ and crime is bleeding into the village. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park goes Foxx hunting with new resolution

By Jeff Vorva Orland Park trustees and Mayor Keith Pekau continued to pile on complaints against Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. Board members say she is letting too many criminals run free and it is affecting their village. “I’ve been an attorney for 25 years and in law school before that and I’ve never…

Palos Park Commissioner Nicole Milovich-Walters shares her concerns about video gaming at a recent council meeting. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

If video gaming comes to Palos Park, there will be restrictions

By Jeff Vorva The Village of Palos Park council could be making a huge decision at Monday night’s meeting to allow video gaming machines in some businesses. It was brought up Oct. 25 and continued Nov. 8 and commissioners on the council have been seeking the public’s input. The tone of the council is that…

Orland Park native James D. Hannigan said he felt nervous addressing veterans in town on Nov. 11. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park honors veterans and their families

By Jeff Vorva James D. Hannigan felt a little bit funny addressing the veterans in Orland Park. Hannigan, a 1998 Sandburg graduate who is a lieutenant colonel in the Army in the St. Louis area, scanned the crowd of more than 200 at the Orland Park Civic Center on Veterans Day and said he wasn’t…

James Duax, of Palos Heights, a Navy vet from 1951-55, smiles after winning a hand-made quilt at the Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 10. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Veterans warm up to Palos Heights breakfast celebration

By Jeff Vorva James Duax will stay warm this winter. Duax, a Navy veteran who served from 1951-1955, was the first winner of a raffle giving away several quilts at the Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 10 at the Palos Height Recreation Center. He had his choice of colors and picked a quilt that had Green…

Palos Heights Ald. Jack Clifford is looking for volunteers Saturday to help with a Christmas tree project. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Clifford seeks help with Palos Lions Christmas tree delivery

By Jeff Vorva The trees are coming. At Tuesday’s Palos Heights City Council meeting, Ald. Jack Clifford announced that there will be at least 600 Christmas trees delivered and he is seeking a little help. The Palos Lions Club will have its annual tree sale at 127th Street and Harlem Avenue shortly after they are…

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Girls Volleyball Class 2A State Finals: Chicago Christian takes 3rd place with win over Mater Dei

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Philosophers and believers in analytics can debate the reality of momentum in the context of having a tangible effect on player performance and the outcomes of athletics competitions. To many if not most sports fans, players and coaches, there is no question momentum is real. And it flows both ways.…

The Red Stars, shown celebrating in Portland, are one win away from a NWSL title. Photo by ISI

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars stun Thorns, will face Spirit for NWSL title

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Talk about coming full circle. The Chicago Red Stars opened the season in May with a full squad and dropped a 5-0 decision at Portland in one of the most lopsided defeats in franchise history. Then, on Nov. 14, with a team depleted by injuries and illness, they shocked the Thorns,…

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Illinois News

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs electric vehicle manufacturing incentives into law

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs electric vehicle manufacturing incentives into law

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law a tax incentives package Tuesday, Nov. 16, that state lawmakers hope will help Illinois become a manufacturing hub for the budding electric vehicle industry. The Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois, or REV, Act, passed the General Assembly with near-unanimous bipartisan support during the…

New state law bans ‘dark money’ in judicial races

New state law bans ‘dark money’ in judicial races

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new law in Illinois aims to ban out-of-state contributions and so-called “dark money” in judicial campaigns by requiring all candidates to disclose the sources of their contributions. Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday signed Senate Bill 536 into law, an omnibus elections bill that makes a…

Pritzker signs electric vehicle manufacturing incentives into law

Pritzker signs electric vehicle manufacturing incentives into law

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law a tax incentives package Tuesday that state lawmakers hope will help Illinois become a manufacturing hub for the budding electric vehicle industry. The Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois, or REV, Act, passed the General Assembly with near-unanimous bipartisan support during…

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…

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