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Banner year continues for Orland Park veterans

By Jeff Vorva / July 10, 2021 / Comments Off on Banner year continues for Orland Park veterans

By Jeff Vorva It’s a banner year for Orland Park veterans. Literally. The village put up 53 banners honoring local vets along Ravinia Avenue and held a special ceremony for…

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DAN POLK

Polk warns of bleak future if more people are not vaccinated

By Jeff Vorva / July 9, 2021 / Comments Off on Polk warns of bleak future if more people are not vaccinated

By Jeff Vorva Illinois might be in Phase 5 as far as the pandemic is concerned, but Palos Park Commissioner Dan Polk is still concerned. Polk, who is a neonatologist…

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Anti-vaxxers ask SD230 to not require masks for students

By Jeff Vorva / July 1, 2021 / Comments Off on Anti-vaxxers ask SD230 to not require masks for students

By Jeff Vorva Some parents who urged District 230 to open up its schools during the pandemic were back with a new request for the 2021-2022 school year. They are…

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Future may be foggy but Palos Park sets guidelines for western expansion

By Jeff Vorva / July 1, 2021 / Comments Off on Future may be foggy but Palos Park sets guidelines for western expansion

By Jeff Vorva The Palos Park Village Council looked into the future when it passed a couple of ordinances for guidelines of expansion in the western part of the community,…

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Palos Park balks at extending AT&T water tower lease

By Jeff Vorva / June 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Palos Park balks at extending AT&T water tower lease

By Jeff Vorva AT&T is looking for the deal of the century. Or, to be precise, it is looking for a deal that will last for almost a century. The…

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Rockton explosion underscores need for emergency plan

By News Desk / June 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Rockton explosion underscores need for emergency plan

By Jeff Vorva At 7 a.m. on Monday, a massive chemical fire rocked the Rockford suburb of Rockton as there were explosions at the Chemtool factory that caused mandatory evacuations.…

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Pekau, Mahoney say state should leave local tax fund alone

By Jeff Vorva / June 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Pekau, Mahoney say state should leave local tax fund alone

By Jeff Vorva Two area mayors are speaking out against the state trying to take a bigger bite out of local government’s funding. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proposed cuts to…

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Obituaries for Oct. 25

By News Desk / May 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Obituaries for Oct. 25

ABIGAIL BARRIENTOS Abigail Barrientos (nee Rodarte), age 85, of Chicago’s Brighton Park community, passed away October 17 at home. Beloved wife of Guadalupe Barrientos; devoted mother of Maria (Raul)…

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Road wage: New Palos Park budget features cash for street repairs

By Jeff Vorva / April 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Road wage: New Palos Park budget features cash for street repairs

By Jeff Vorva When Palos Park Finance Director/Treasurer Allen Altic read off some of the highlights of the village’s $11 million 2021-22 budget at Monday night’s council meeting, one number…

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Former world champ wins Chili in the Park cookoff

By Jeff Vorva / April 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Former world champ wins Chili in the Park cookoff

By Jeff Vorva Of course, he won. He was once a world champion. He is used to it. Rockton’s Jim Weller made the trip to Palos Park on Saturday and…

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High School Football: O’Connor is back in the saddle at Chicago Christian

By Steve Metsch Correspondent The new head football coach at Chicago Christian is a familiar face to Knights fans. Tom O’Connor served the past five seasons as special teams coordinator…

The Allman Betts Band featuring three sons of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band will headline Friday night. (Supplied photo)

Ridgefest returns after a one-year absence for pandemic

By Bob Bong Chicago Ridge is bringing back its popular Ridgefest for three days starting Friday at 5 p.m. at Freedom Park, 6200 Birmingham St. “This was the fastest we…

Peter Wilt tells a UBAM audience about plans for another pro soccer team in Chicago. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Another pro soccer team in Chicago is in the House

By Jeff Vorva Peter Wilt is at it again. The man who was a huge influence in bringing the Chicago Fire and Chicago Red Stars to the area and helped…

New Sandburg coach Troy McAllister talks to his troops on the first day of summer camp on Tuesday, July 5. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Troy McAllister has taken an interesting journey to Sandburg

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Yes, new Sandburg football coach Troy McAllister had an interesting tenure at Phillips as he led the program to two state championships – the first and…

In the middle of the mob is Orland Park native and Chicago Red Stars defender Tatumn Milazzo, who may have tapped in a goal that was ruled an own-goal in her team’s 3-1 victory over the OL Reign. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Two more own-goals help vault Red Stars into second place

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent For a few hours on July 18, the Chicago Red Stars were in first place. After a 3-1 victory over the OL Reign in front of…

Richards receiver Travis Garmon lets out a yell while the Bulldogs defense makes a stop against Sandburg during 7 on 7 drills. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Richards team under construction, Sandburg finds dual threat in Evans

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The new playing surface at Korhonen Field is shaping up. Periodic Twitter updates show the progress of the new turf field, which is expected to be…

Gov. JB Pritzker steps off a bus Friday afternoon with a group of dignitaries who toured the CSX facility in Bedford Park. (Photos By Jeff Vorva)

Buttigieg touts Biden infrastructure plan in visit to Bedford Park

By Jeff Vorva When it comes to President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “I am going to fight [it] every step of the way,” in…

Madalyn Davison, 5, of Oak Lawn, had fun riding the Ferris Wheel on Saturday afternoon at the Palos Hills Friendship Fest at Moraine Valley Campus, 107th and 88th Avenue in Palos Hills. (Photos by Kelly White)

Family fun returns at Palos Hills Friendship Fest

By Kelly White The Palos Hills Friendship Festival was back at it again this summer, celebrating the season with fun and entertainment for the entire family. “It’s such a fun…

Palos Heights officials hope that within the next year the vacant corner on Harlem Avenue and College Drive will have a tenant. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Wait til’ next year? Vacant corner in Palos Heights remains empty

By Jeff Vorva So, what’s going to happen at the vacant northeast corner of Harlem Avenue and College Drive? The City of Palos Heights City Council isn’t sure. GW Properties,…

ACE members at the 2020 awards presentation at Argo Community High School. (file photo)

ACE to hold Annual Gigantic Garage Sale

The Argo Coalition for Education will hold its annual garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, July 17, at 7600 W. 64th St. in Summit. The sale will take place from 9…

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Pritzker ‘looking at all possible mitigations;’ masks mandated at driver facilities

Pritzker ‘looking at all possible mitigations;’ masks mandated at driver facilities

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Masks will be required at driver’s license facilities in Illinois starting Monday, Secretary of State Jesse White announced Wednesday, and Gov.…

Education services extended for special needs students

Education services extended for special needs students

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Students with special needs will be able to finish their last year of high school regardless of when their birthday falls…

UPDATED: IDPH ‘fully aligns’ with new stricter CDC mask guidance

UPDATED: IDPH ‘fully aligns’ with new stricter CDC mask guidance

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The state will have new COVID-19 guidance on face coverings after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its…

Pritzker signs law repealing criminal penalties for HIV transmission

Pritzker signs law repealing criminal penalties for HIV transmission

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill into law Tuesday that repeals criminal penalties for people who transmit HIV to others. House…

Pritzker to review state masking guidance amid CDC reversal

Pritzker to review state masking guidance amid CDC reversal

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will reexamine the state’s guidance on face coverings after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated…

Bills expanding access to mental health care are among several signed into law

Bills expanding access to mental health care are among several signed into law

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents will soon have greater access to mental health services under measures Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law Friday. Starting…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker launches second-term campaign with media tour

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker launches second-term campaign with media tour

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker isn’t considering using federal American Rescue Plan Act funding to pay down a multi-billion-dollar Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund deficit, he told…

WITH PODCAST: Pritzker talks plans for Unemployment Trust Fund, pandemic response

WITH PODCAST: Pritzker talks plans for Unemployment Trust Fund, pandemic response

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker isn’t considering using federal American Rescue Plan Act funding to pay down a multi-billion-dollar Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund…

Democratic leaders seek to dismiss redistricting lawsuits

Democratic leaders seek to dismiss redistricting lawsuits

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers for Illinois’ Democratic legislative leaders last week filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from Republicans and a Mexican American…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker will seek a second term

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker will seek a second term

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday he will seek a second term, joined once again by Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton as a running mate.…

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