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First responders live it up at Orland’s National Night Out

By Bob Bong / August 5, 2022 /

By Isabella Schreck With a helicopter overhead, police cars and fire trucks to climb into, free giveaways, food, and music, Orland Park’s annual National Night Out looked like it had something for all ages. Residents agreed. “The free hots dogs, the helicopter flying and seeing all of the different vendors makes it a fun event…

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Area communities plan National Night Out events

By Bob Bong / July 28, 2022 /

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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Orland Fire District dedicates training center in honor of former Chief Robert Buhs

By Bob Bong / July 19, 2022 / Comments Off on Orland Fire District dedicates training center in honor of former Chief Robert Buhs

The Orland Fire Protection District, ranked as having one of the highest “save rates” in the nation, dedicated the Robert M. Buhs Education & Leadership Development Center on July 15 in honor of a former fire chief who officials said was the district’s chief architect. Orland Fire Chief Michael Schofield said the Fire District Board of Trustees, including President…

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New Palos Heights fire chief passionate about firefighting, new community

By Bob Bong / July 13, 2022 / Comments Off on New Palos Heights fire chief passionate about firefighting, new community

By Isabella Schreck Even after more than 30 years in fire protection, Michael Daly said he was still excited to come to work. “I’m very lucky to have a career that I enjoy,” said Daly, who became fire chief for the Palos Heights Fire Protection District in March. “I still like to work. I enjoy…

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2 police officers, firefighter treated after Orland Park fire

By Bob Bong / May 8, 2022 / Comments Off on 2 police officers, firefighter treated after Orland Park fire

From staff reports Two Orland Park police officers and one Orland Fire Protection District firefighter were injured last week night while responding to a house fire in the 8200 block of Legend Lane in Orland Park. The police officers were treated for smoke inhalation and the firefighter suffered minor burns on April 26, Orland Fire…

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No injuries in basement fire in Orland Park apartment

By Bob Bong / February 2, 2022 / Comments Off on No injuries in basement fire in Orland Park apartment

From staff reports A basement fire damaged a four-unit apartment building early Sunday morning in Orland Park. The fire was extinguished quickly and damage was kept to a small area of the basement, although smoke filled the building. Officials of the Orland Fire Protection District said there were no injuries and the cause of the…

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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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Orland getting ready to welcome Pete’s Fresh Market next year

By Jeff Vorva Orland Park’s Board of Trustees made some decisions for Pete’s sake. During Monday night’s board meeting, the trustees passed modifications of building codes as well as approving special use permits to build a Pete’s Fresh Market at 15080 S. LaGrange Road, a spot that housed the Art Van Furniture Store. This project…

Palos Heights Community Service Officer Matthew Murray (from left), a volunteer from Critter Corral Guinea Pig Rescue, Cadet Matthew Kroll and Officer Dave Delaney hold the rescued guinea pigs. (Supplied photo)

Guinea pigs rescued from Palos Heights dumpster

From staff reports Palos Heights police rescued four guinea pigs last week from a dumpster behind 7500 College Drive. Police said someone saw the animals being thrown into the dumpster on July 28 and called authorities. Police Officer Dave Delaney, Cadet Matthew Kroll and Community Service Officer Matthew Murray, whose father is a veterinarian, jumped…

Michael Dalaly displays the authentic 1960s police car he and his friend and coworker Bill Duggan built from a 1963 Ford Galaxie. (Photos by Isabella Schreck)

First responders live it up at Orland’s National Night Out

By Isabella Schreck With a helicopter overhead, police cars and fire trucks to climb into, free giveaways, food, and music, Orland Park’s annual National Night Out looked like it had something for all ages. Residents agreed. “The free hots dogs, the helicopter flying and seeing all of the different vendors makes it a fun event…

Alderman Robert Basso said the police are hoping Palos Heights homeowners with security cameras will join the Palos Heights Police Department’s Surveillance Camera Registration and Mapping program, a.k.a. SCRAM. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Heights cops looking for help from citizens’ cameras

By Jeff Vorva Palos Heights police and the city council are asking residents to SCRAM. Alderman Robert Basso said the police are hoping Palos Heights homeowners with security cameras will join the Palos Heights Police Department’s Surveillance Camera Registration and Mapping program, a.k.a. SCRAM. “It’s an initiative that provides information from their home security camera…

Oak Lawn Police Chief Dan Vittorio, accompanied by Division Chief Gerald Vetter on his right, speaks to the media last Thursday afternoon at the Oak Lawn Village Hall. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Oak Lawn police defend use of force against teen

Federal lawsuit filed against police department, individual officers By Joe Boyle The 17-year-old who was arrested by Oak Lawn police last week after a brutal encounter with officers after he ran away from a traffic stop was released from the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center Tuesday afternoon. Hadi Abuatelah, of Palos Hills, left the detention…

The Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Initiative, with the assistance of the Oak Lawn Fire Department, presented a demonstration showing the impact sprinkler systems have in limiting damage and tragedy in fires that can occur in homes and businesses. The demonstration above did not feature a sprinkler system. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Oak Lawn residents enjoy National Night Out

By Joe Boyle A large crowd attended the Oak Lawn National Night Out Tuesday night, which did not surprise Police Chief Dan Vittorio. “We draw large crowds every year,” the Oak Lawn police chief said. “Last year, we had a lot of people, too. The year before that we did not have it because of…

Bill Moritz of the Palos Heights Police Department has a little fun donning a toy fire helmet at Tuesday's National Night Out Event. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Heights police host National Night Out

By Jeff Vorva Throughout the country, police departments held their National Night Out event on Tuesday. Palos Heights continued its tradition of hosting the event near the police station. Easton Daggy, 4, of Oak Forest gets behind the wheel of a fire truck Tuesday at Palos Heights’ National Night Out.There was plenty to do –…

The Palos Hills Police Department hosted its sixth annual National Night Out event on Tuesday at Town Square Park, 8455 W. 103rd Street. (Photos by Kelly White)

Palos Hills builds bonds between police, residents at National Night Out

By Kelly White Palos Hills officials are always looking for ways to form bonds between the city and the community. Doing just that, the city held its sixth annual National Night Out event on Tuesday at Town Square Park, 8455 W. 103rd Street. “The city of Palos Hills is again proud to sponsor our annual…

A cook prepares food at a past Taste of Orland Park. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Taste of Orland Park kicks off on Friday

From staff reports The Village of Orland Park’s annual Taste of Orland Park returns to Orland Park Village Center from Friday, August 5, through Sunday, August 7. Now in its 19th year, the Taste of Orland Park showcases Orland Park eateries, community organizations and several bands throughout the weekend. Special events within the fest include…

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Back to School sales tax holiday kicks in on Friday

With the start of a new school year fast approaching, state Rep. Fran Hurley is encouraging parents to take advantage of a state sales tax decrease on school supplies, clothing, shoes and other items over a 10-day period from Aug. 5 through Aug. 14. “Back-to-school shopping can sometimes be a real hit on a parent’s…

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Illinois News

Regulatory work behind 1 million EV push in full swing in Illinois

Regulatory work behind 1 million EV push in full swing in Illinois

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Ten months after Illinois lawmakers passed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act which set a goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on state roads by the end of the decade, state agencies are engaged in a flurry of regulatory planning aimed at meeting those goals.…

10-day sales tax reduction on clothing, school supplies begins Friday

10-day sales tax reduction on clothing, school supplies begins Friday

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Beginning Friday and lasting through Aug. 14, the state will reduce its sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 1.25 percent for certain clothing items costing less than $125 and school supplies. The “tax holiday” was included in Gov. JB Pritzker’s “family relief plan,” one prong…

Pritzker highlights Rebuild Illinois funding for Cahokia Heights sewers, Rend Lake Resort

Pritzker highlights Rebuild Illinois funding for Cahokia Heights sewers, Rend Lake Resort

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinoi [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – When state lawmakers voted on bipartisan lines in 2019 to double Illinois’ motor fuel tax and raise several driving-related fees, it laid the groundwork for a $45 billion infrastructure plan, the largest in Illinois’ history and the first in nearly a decade. The plan, spanning six…

CAPITOL RECAP: Democrats choose Hernandez as new party chair

CAPITOL RECAP: Democrats choose Hernandez as new party chair

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The vote for state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez as the Democratic Party of Illinois’ first Latino chairwoman was unanimous and uneventful Saturday morning – the drama had occurred in the days prior in a power struggle of some of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Hernandez was backed Gov. JB…

Pritzker: Monkeypox disaster declaration will aid in vaccine distribution

Pritzker: Monkeypox disaster declaration will aid in vaccine distribution

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker issued a public health emergency declaration and declared Illinois a disaster area in response to the monkeypox virus Monday, a move his office said would help mobilize resources. The governor’s office said the proclamation will aid in moving vaccines to the most impacted…

Dems seek unity as new, former chair take no questions from media after party vote

Dems seek unity as new, former chair take no questions from media after party vote

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The vote for state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez as the Democratic Party of Illinois’ first Latino chairwoman was unanimous and uneventful Saturday morning – the drama had occurred in the days prior in a power struggle of some of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Hernandez was…

Democratic Party chair bows out in re-election bid, paving way for state Rep. Lisa Hernandez

Democratic Party chair bows out in re-election bid, paving way for state Rep. Lisa Hernandez

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A contentious race for leadership of the state’s Democratic Party appears to be down to a single candidate ahead of a Saturday morning vote after the party’s current chair pulled herself from the running Friday. State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, backed by Gov. JB Pritzker and House…

State announces plan for $760 million in opioid settlement money

State announces plan for $760 million in opioid settlement money

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced plans Friday for how the state will distribute its share of funds from a national settlement with opioid companies. Illinois expects to receive approximately $760 million over 18 years from a $26 billion national settlement with three…

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…

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