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Fire in Orland Hills smokes out apartment building

By Bob Bong / September 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Fire in Orland Hills smokes out apartment building

The Orland Fire Protection District responded to a fire Thursday afternoon in an apartment building in the 9300 block of Hunter Drive in Orland Hills that spread to two apartments and caused smoke damage throughout the three-story, 12-unit apartment building. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. A fire alarm…

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National Night Out returns to Palos Heights

By Bob Bong / August 5, 2021 / Comments Off on National Night Out returns to Palos Heights

From staff reports Palos Heights police and Palos Fire Department firefighters were on hand Tuesday night for the return of National Night Out. There was food, music, a bounce house, and Andy’s Frozen Custard. Residents were able to meet officers, take a tour of the police department, learn about personal safety and crime prevention, take…

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No injuries in Orland Park house fire

By Bob Bong / March 25, 2021 / Comments Off on No injuries in Orland Park house fire

From staff reports No injuries were reported in a house fire March 14 in the 13900 block of Springview in Orland Park. Orland Central Dispatch received multiple 911 calls of a reported house fire at 1:37 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire in the rear of a two-story single-family residence that was…

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Neighbor’s fast response prevents major fire damage to Orland home

By Bob Bong / October 9, 2020 / Comments Off on Neighbor’s fast response prevents major fire damage to Orland home

From staff reports A fast-acting neighbor who saw smoke coming from an Orland Hills home Thursday, arrived at the scene with a fire extinguisher to find a stovetop burning and helped suppress the fire that could have gotten out of control and caused more damage, Orland firefighters said. The Orland Fire Protection District arrived at…

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Breaking News: Bridgeview man charged in fatal accident in Orland Park

By News Desk / September 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Breaking News: Bridgeview man charged in fatal accident in Orland Park

By Bob Bong A Bridgeview man was charged Thursday with reckless homicide and additional charges in the January 23 crash in Orland Park that claimed the life of a 5-year-old girl. Orland Park police arrested Ahmad Alzobi, 56, of 7758 W. 79thSt., after a lengthy investigation into the crash at 151st Street and Harlem Avenue…

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Father and son carry on family tradition at Palos Fire District

By Bob Bong / September 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Father and son carry on family tradition at Palos Fire District

By Bob Bong It’s not unusual for a son to follow in his father’s footprints. That is definitely the case for the Mathias family whose tradition of fighting fires for the Palos Fire Protection District stretches back to the earliest days of the fire district when Glenn Mathias Sr. was a volunteer. Today, his son,…

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Firefighters respond to Orland home fire they saw from their firehouse

By Bob Bong / September 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Firefighters respond to Orland home fire they saw from their firehouse

From staff reports Firefighters at the Orland Fire Protection District’s Station 5 at 8851 W. 143rd St. did not have far to go when responding to a house fire on Saturday. The firefighters were conducting their afternoon exercises inside the firehouse about 2:50 p.m. Saturday when they smelled something burning outside. The firefighters rushed outside…

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Oak Lawn among first communities to apply for and get COVID-19 relief funds

By Dermot Connolly / September 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Oak Lawn among first communities to apply for and get COVID-19 relief funds

Photo by Dermot Connolly Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury addresses a press conference held in Oak Lawn on Tuesday at which Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle discussed how the county government is distributing the federal CARES Act funding to local communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Behind her (from left) are Oak Lawn Village Clerk Jane…

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Fire levels Don’s Dogs in Orland Park

By Jeff Vorva / July 29, 2020 / Comments Off on Fire levels Don’s Dogs in Orland Park

By Bob Bong A fire early Wednesday morning heavily damaged Don’s Hot Dogs in Orland Park. Orland firefighters responded to a call about 1 a.m. of a fire at the restaurant at 7245 W. 151st St. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire that broke through the roof. Crews began an aggressive attack and the fire…

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Calls for tax increase to assist North Palos Fire Protection District

By Dermot Connolly / March 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Calls for tax increase to assist North Palos Fire Protection District

By Joe Boyle Palos Hills Ald. Mike Price (1st) listened to an overview presented by Paul Mackin, fire chief of the North Palos Fire Protection District, during last Thursday night’s committee meeting and had a question. “If the referendum doesn’t go through, will there be more reductions for the fire department?” Price asked. “Yes, there…

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This year’s Midnight Terror show added a chapter about a possessed girl named Willow and her nightmares. (Photos by Midnight Terror)

Midnight Terror is bigger, better, uglier and scarier

By Jeff Vorva Justin Cerniuk, of Oak Lawn, is 31 but his philosophy is the same at it was when he was 10 years old and started a horror show in his front yard. “I’ve always had the same goals since I was 10 and that’s to have fun with a group of friends building…

Assisting with necessary household items during difficult times are Zelda’s Kitchen Witches, a non-profit organization spearheaded by a group of dedicated women who stocked kitchen shelves and counters in Transitional Housing apartments with small appliances, dishes, pots, pans, and everything else that one may need in the kitchen for daily use. (Supplied photos)

Zelda’s Kitchen Witches bring new hope to women in need

By Kelly White For years, the Crisis Center of South Suburbia has been helping women in need. “By the time a victim of domestic violence finds the courage to leave and come to our emergency shelter, they are barely hanging on,” Sarah Tygart, Director of Victim Services at the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, said.…

District 230 Business Services Supt. John Lavelle probed the district’s interest in building a baseball/softball field for special needs students at the Sept. 30 meeting. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

SD230 joins discussion on special needs field in Orland

By Jeff Vorva The Village of Orland Park is not the only government body exploring the possibility of erecting a special-needs baseball/softball field in the village. Consolidated High School District 230 Assistant Supt. for Business Services John Lavelle brought up the possibility of tag-teaming with Orland School District 135 to provide a field for special-need…

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau and the board of trustees feel shortchanged with COVID relief money. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park says village shortchanged by feds in rescue plan allocation

By Jeff Vorva Orland Park village trustees and Mayor Keith Pekau are now taking issue with the federal government. After months of taking umbrage with county and state government bodies for various reasons, Pekau and Co. are fed up with the Feds for being allocated $5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act when similar…

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New hours for Moraine Valley COVID-19 test sites

New hours for the free COVID-19 testing clinics at Moraine Valley Community College’s sites went into effect this week. The Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) saliva test is being administered in the Moraine Rooms in Building M on the main campus in Palos Hills, and at the extension sites in Blue Island and Tinley…

Khalil Demir works with U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar last year to distribute fresh produce and dairy to those struggling in Minneapolis days after a police officer killed George Floyd. Zakat Foundation of America delivered about 14 tons of fresh produce and dairy in that distribution, part of more than 2.4 million pounds the organization gave in emergency relief in 2020. (Photo courtesy of Zakat Foundation of America)

Zakat Foundation makes its mark on the world

Bridgeview-based Muslim relief agency celebrates 20th anniversary By Jeff Vorva Khalil Demir can’t keep up. How could he? How could anyone? His Zakat Foundation of America turns 20 this year and the generosity of the group is so far-reaching that there is no way he has been able to visit all of the places Zakat…

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High School Football Wrap: Oak Lawn stops 2-pt convo try with no time left, edges Tinley Park

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor The Oak Lawn defense stopped a two-point conversion try with no time left to hang on for a 27-26 win over Tinley Park in a South Suburban Conference crossover. The Titans had pulled within one point when they scored on an untimed play brought about by a penalty against the…

Shepard junior running back Xavier Rogers runs for some of his 86 yards in the Astros’ 21-10 win over Evergreen Park on Oct. 1. Photo by Jason Maholy

High School Football: Shepard tops Evergreen Park for second straight win

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Shepard coach John Rone would have preferred his Astros not dug themselves a hole by starting 0-4, but being faced with having to win their five remaining games to be playoff-eligible may have had some unintended benefits. Rone does not think having their backs against the wall helped the Astros…

Sandburg junior quarterback Christian Evans, seen here earlier this season during a game against Andrew, completed 76 percent of his passes while throwing for 306 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-27 victory over Lincoln-Way East on Oct. 1. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Homecoming Wreckers: Sandburg ends 13-game winless streak v. LW East with stunning road victory

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Facing a perennial state power might not be considered by some people to be the best medicine for a struggling team coming off its worst game of the season. But the only choice a team has is to play the next opponent on its schedule, so to Frankfort went Sandburg…

Jillian Cosler hugs teammate Katie Mikso after her round at the Hinsdale South Sectional as coach Todd Allen (right) looks on. Both girls advanced to Friday’s ISHA Class 2A State Tournament. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Four Sandburg golfers headed to state

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent A small contingent of area golfers will be at this weekend’s IHSA state tournaments. Sandburg’s Katie Mikso and Jillian Cosler qualified for the girls Class 2A tournament Monday, while the Eagles’ Caleb Negley and Brendan Joy made it to the Class 3A boys tournament. Mount Carmel’s Michael O’Keefe qualified for the…

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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…

CAPITOL RECAP: What to know as state's eviction moratorium expires

CAPITOL RECAP: What to know as state’s eviction moratorium expires

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The state’s eviction moratorium will expire Sunday, Oct. 3, and what comes next for renters will likely depend on their county of residence, as county courts and sheriffs will all have different approaches to executing evictions. Susan Simone, director of litigation and advocacy at Land of Lincoln Legal Aid,…

What to know ahead of this weekend’s eviction moratorium expiration

What to know ahead of this weekend’s eviction moratorium expiration

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The state’s eviction moratorium will expire Sunday, and what comes next for renters will likely depend on their county of residence, as county courts and sheriffs will all have different approaches to executing evictions. The original eviction moratorium was issued in March 2020 when the COVID-19…

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