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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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Orland Park police reports

By Jeff Vorva / April 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Orland Park police reports

DUI Mateusz Wojcich Szwajnos, 28, of Worth was arrested on Feb. 5 and charged with DUI and three other offenses on 143rd Street. Police said they stopped his car after receiving a complaint that a car was driving into oncoming traffic. Police said there was a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and his…

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Brother Rice lineman Zak Bowden motions forward as quarterback Jack Lausch scores one of his three rushing touchdowns in Friday’s 40-21 road victory over Marist. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football: Rice tops Marist as both powers eye playoffs

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The buzz and postgame emotions from Brother Rice’s 40-21 victory over Marist on Friday was abbreviated. Because the heralded game was played on the final regular season weekend of the year, these area and state powers and bitter rivals quickly turned their attention to the playoff pairings announcements, which came less…

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Last home game a winner for Red Stars

By Alison Moran What a way to end a season at home. It was a perfect night for a cool game of soccer, with temperatures in the upper 50s and no rain dampening the field. In front of 4,488 of the Red Stars’ faithful at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, the Chicago Red Stars defeated KC…

Sandburg’s Maia Loureiro, shown in a first-round match in Barrington, is the fifth area player to finish in the top 10 in the state in girls tennis. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Sports Postseason Roundup: Maia, oh, Maia — Sandburg soph finishes in top 8

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent It was cloudy. It was windy. It was rainy. Many people might describe it as a lousy day, but Sandburg sophomore tennis star Maia Loureiro wasn’t complaining. She was playing tennis. In the state tournament. She opened her state career on that crummy Oct. 21 day at Barrington High School with…

Isra Syouri, 13, of Palos Hills, daughter of Steve's Bite owners, Sufian "Steve" and Kifah Syouri, cut the ribbon during the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the restaurant at 11906 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights. (Photos by Kelly White)

Steve’s Bite holds grand opening

By Kelly White Palos Heights welcomed in a new business last weekend. Steve’s Bite, 11906 S. Harlem Ave. in Palos Heights, held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on October 15. The store officially opened its doors over the summer, and owners Sufian “Steve” and Kifah Syouri said they could not be happier to…

Carson Kukulski, 2, of Palos Heights, was happy to attend Lake Katherine's first-ever Oak-tober Fest at the nature center, 7402 Lake Katherine Dr., Palos Heights. (Photos by Kelly White)

Lake Katherine pays homage to the mighty oak

By Kelly White Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens celebrated the oak tree during the month of October with a cleverly named, Oak-tober Fest last weekend. “We wanted to have an event that was more of a fall festival in addition to the Monarch Celebration that we hold in September,” Gareth Blakesley, Director and…

Kendall Coyne, shown at a past celebration at Sandburg High School, is the 2021 IBAM Person of the Year. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Coyne Schofield to be honored as IBAM’s Person of the Year

By Jeff Vorva Palos Heights hockey legend Kendall Coyne Schofield is picking up a huge award Friday night and it doesn’t have much to do with hockey. Schofield was named the Irish Books, Art and Music Person of the Year and will be honored at the group’s 13th Awards Gala Oct. 22 at the American…

Orland Park Trustee William Healy is not keen on spending money upgrading audio and visual systems in the money-losing Civic Center. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

‘White Elephant’ Civic Center a center of attention at Orland Park board meeting

By Jeff Vorva It appears that over the years, the Orland Park Civic Center may have become the “white elephant” that long-ago village trustee William Vogel was worried about. Shortly before the center opened its doors to a business expo in September 1989 to debut the new place, Vogel told the Star Newspaper, “Let’s face…

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Orland Park caregiver arrested for forgery

From staff reports A caregiver for an elderly couple in Orland Park has been charged with stealing more than $4,000 from the couple, police said. Police said Shantae White, 36, of Calumet City, was charged with forgery (a class 3 felony) after a lengthy investigation discovered she had been forging checks and using their debit…

Eighth-graders from Palos Heights participated in Tuesday night’s mock city council meeting. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

No casino at Lake Katherine — eighth-graders have fun at mock city council meeting

By Jeff Vorva To be clear, the City of Palos Heights legal team is not investigating the feasibility of putting a casino on the banks on the Cal Sag Channel at Lake Katherine. Nor did the city approve a skateboard park. Nor an outdoor hockey rink. Nor a licensed daycare center for reindeer. Nor is…

Trinity Christian College’s women’s soccer coach Josh Lenarz, who recently won his 300th career game, talks with his players Saturday at halftime of a 2-0 victory over St. Francis, Illinois, in Palos Heights. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Trinity Christian women’s soccer coach Josh Lenarz wins 300th game

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent It’s way, way, way too early to predict this, but it’s not something to dismiss. At this pace, Trinity Christian College women’s soccer coach Josh Lenarz could someday win his 600th career game. While the current NAIA record is 380 triumphs by Oklahoma City’s Brian Harvey over a 26-year span, Lenarz…

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UPDATED: Senate passes Parental Notice of Abortion Act repeal amid faith leader, GOP opposition

UPDATED: Senate passes Parental Notice of Abortion Act repeal amid faith leader, GOP opposition

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate advanced a measure to repeal the state’s Parental Notice of Abortion Act early Tuesday evening amid staunch opposition from Republicans and religious groups. The repeal bill passed the Senate Executive Committee on a 9-6-1 vote Tuesday shortly after 5 p.m., and passed the…

Parental Notice of Abortion Act repeal passes committee amid faith leader, GOP opposition

Parental Notice of Abortion Act repeal passes committee amid faith leader, GOP opposition

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate Executive Committee advanced a measure to repeal the state’s Parental Notice of Abortion Act early Tuesday evening amid staunch opposition from Republicans and religious groups. The repeal bill advanced to the full Senate, which could vote on it as early as Tuesday night.…

Latest congressional maps draw more criticism

Latest congressional maps draw more criticism

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected]itolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The latest draft of a new congressional district map for Illinois met with much of the same criticism as the first draft during a House committee hearing Tuesday. The latest proposal from legislative Democratic leaders was released Saturday. It divides the state into 17 congressional districts,…

CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional map draft unveiled

CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional map draft unveiled

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Democratic leaders in the General Assembly released a second draft of proposed congressional district maps over the weekend as they prepare to head into the final three days of their fall veto session. Like the first set of maps that were released Oct. 15, the latest draft would create…

Pritzker urges child vaccination as changes to Health Care Right of Conscience Act emerge

Pritzker urges child vaccination as changes to Health Care Right of Conscience Act emerge

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – An amendment to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act that allows an employer to fire a worker for noncompliance with COVID-19 vaccine or test requirements surfaced Monday ahead of the final three scheduled days of legislative action this year. That bill language was introduced in…

Democrats unveil 2nd draft of congressional maps

Democrats unveil 2nd draft of congressional maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Democratic leaders in the General Assembly released a second draft of proposed congressional district maps over the weekend as they prepare to head into the final three days of their fall veto session. Like the first set of maps that were released Oct. 15, the latest…

CAPITOL RECAP: Major action expected in veto session's second week

CAPITOL RECAP: Major action expected in veto session’s second week

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The legislative action was light during the General Assembly’s first week of fall session, and lawmakers in both chambers left town a day early after leadership canceled the Thursday session. That means bigger items, such as a vote on congressional maps and potential changes to the Health Care Right…

Pritzker mandates vaccine for day care professionals

Pritzker mandates vaccine for day care professionals

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced an executive order Friday that will add day care personnel to the list of professions that must either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing. The governor’s office said it expects the order to affect 55,000 individuals in the state,…

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down Cook County tax on guns

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down Cook County tax on guns

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Cook County tax on gun purchases is unconstitutional, but it left the door open for a more tailored tax that specifically goes toward mitigating gun violence and its effects. The Cook County gun tax, which took effect in…

Public speaks out on proposed congressional maps

Public speaks out on proposed congressional maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Members of the public got their first chance to speak directly to state lawmakers Wednesday about a proposed set of new congressional district maps, and most of those who did were critical of the plan. Democrats in the General Assembly released a proposed new map Friday…

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