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Son charged in murder of Chicago Ridge man

By Bob Bong / May 11, 2022 /

By Bob Bong The son of a man found stabbed to death in his Chicago Ridge home early Monday morning has been charged with second-degree murder. Francisco Duran, 21, was charged Tuesday in the death of his father, Salvador Duran, 47, Chicago Ridge Police Chief Jim Jarolimek said in a release Wednesday. Jarolimek said police…

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State Police issue 30 tickets during safety check

By Bob Bong / May 1, 2022 /

From staff reports The Illinois State Police issued 30 tickets ranging from seat-belt violations to drunken driving during a roadside safety check held at the 95th Street toll plaza in Oak Lawn April 15-16. The detail was conducted on the Tri-State Tollway northbound at the 95th Street Toll Plaza in Oak Lawn by District 15…

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Mayor’s secretary honored for saving Chicago Ridge man’s life

By Bob Bong / April 21, 2022 / Comments Off on Mayor’s secretary honored for saving Chicago Ridge man’s life

By Dermot Connolly Water meters in Chicago Ridge that record usage remotely led to a stricken village resident being rescued in December. At the April 12 Village Board meeting, Judy King, Mayor Chuck Tokar’s secretary, received the Police Department’s Life Saving Award for asking them to check on the man when she noticed a meter…

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Chicago Ridge Library celebrates Ramadan with food drive

By Kelly White / April 9, 2022 / Comments Off on Chicago Ridge Library celebrates Ramadan with food drive

By Kelly White Located in a culturally diverse community, the Chicago Ridge Public Library is proud to serve its patrons of all ethnicities and backgrounds. To support the library values of “all are recognized,” the youth services department has created a large library-wide program that reflects the local community’s diversity. For the first time, staff…

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Jon’s Way Family Fun Fair

By Bob Bong / April 1, 2022 / Comments Off on Jon’s Way Family Fun Fair

Jon’s Way Youth Group in Chicago Ridge hosted a Family Fun Fair on March 27 at Freedom Activity Center, 6252 W. Birmingham Ave., Chicago Ridge. Organized by Karrie and Roger Grabinski, Jon’s Way Youth Group, the non-profit organization consisting of more than 30 teens, serves as an outlet where teens can volunteer in the community, meet other teens…

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Harlem Avenue resurfacing from 62nd to 111th to resume April 4

By Bob Bong / March 26, 2022 / Comments Off on Harlem Avenue resurfacing from 62nd to 111th to resume April 4

From staff reports The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that a resurfacing of Harlem Avenue, from 62nd Street, in Chicago and Summit, to 111th Street, in Worth, passing through Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Burbank, Chicago Ridge and Palos Hills, will resume, weather permitting, Monday, April 4. The $5 million project, which consists of resurfacing the six-mile stretch…

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Parking concerns silence proposed music venue for Chicago Ridge

By Bob Bong / March 24, 2022 / Comments Off on Parking concerns silence proposed music venue for Chicago Ridge

By Dermot Connolly Insufficient parking has led the Chicago Ridge Village Board to put a damper a prospective business owner’s proposal for a live music venue in the 10700 block of South Ridgeland Avenue. Damon Payton, a cousin of Walter Payton, came to the March 15 Village Board meeting seeking a business license to open…

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Jon’s Way to hold Family Fun Fair in Chicago Ridge

By Kelly White / March 22, 2022 /

By Kelly White A Chicago Ridge youth group is finding creative ways to keep the community involved. Jon’s Way Youth Group will be hosting a Family Fun Fair on Sunday, March 27, at Freedom Activity Center, 6252 W. Birmingham Ave., Chicago Ridge. “With this event the teens get to show their leadership skills to the…

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Chicago Ridge detective honored for saving man’s life

By Bob Bong / March 18, 2022 /

By Dermot Connolly The Chicago Ridge Village Board and Police Department recently honored Detective David Jenen for likely saving a suicidal man’s life and probably others. At the March 1 Village Board meeting, Mayor Chuck Tokar read the details of what happened from a report prepared by Police Chief Jim Jarolimek. He said that on…

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Espresso Palette in Chicago Ridge hosts D218 art show

By Kelly White / March 5, 2022 / Comments Off on Espresso Palette in Chicago Ridge hosts D218 art show

By Kelly White As a young artist, Jason Milne, enjoys spending his free time building his talent. “I grew up in a huge family, so getting some time to myself was difficult; but, whenever I did I always loved to draw,” Milne, 19, of Blue Island, said. Milne attends the Adult Transition Program at District…

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Son charged in murder of Chicago Ridge man

By Bob Bong The son of a man found stabbed to death in his Chicago Ridge home early Monday morning has been charged with second-degree murder. Francisco Duran, 21, was charged Tuesday in the death of his father, Salvador Duran, 47, Chicago Ridge Police Chief Jim Jarolimek said in a release Wednesday. Jarolimek said police…

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Palos Park police to hold Coffee with a Cop on Thursday

From staff reports Palos Park Police Commissioner Dan Polk is inviting the community to visit with the police as part of a Coffee with a Cop event today at noon at the Plush Horse, 123rd Street and 86th Avenue. Polk said residents can sit down with police officers over a cup of coffee and have…

Patti Sullivan, the widow of Eugene "Skip" Sullivan, who was a teacher and coached varsity baseball and other sports at Oak Lawn Community High School, thanked the Oak Lawn Village Board Tuesday night for proclaiming Tuesday, May 17, as "Skip Sullivan Day" in the village. She was accompanied by her son, Mike Sullivan, and daughter, Dana Annel. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

Road rage shooting upsets Oak Lawn officials

Village proclaims Skip Sullivan Day By Joe Boyle Rising crime has Oak Lawn officials concerned, especially after reports of a road rage shooting that took place in the village Tuesday night just before the village board meeting. According to Oak Lawn Police Chief Dan Vittorio, two men began shouting at each other from their vehicles while driving…

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Man shot in apparent road rage incident in Oak Lawn

By Bob Bong A man was badly injured after he was shot Tuesday night in the 10700 block of Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn in what police say appears to be a road rage incident. Gerald Vetter, Division Chief Investigations, said in a release that a police sergeant heard two gunshots in the area of…

Arin Wright, shown playing in the Chicago Red Stars' season opener on April 30, and her teammates were idle on Saturday night because their scheduled opponent, Washington, was playing in the exhibition Challenge Cup final. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Cup runneth over — Red Stars v. Washington postponed because of exhibition tourney

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer SeatGeek Stadium was empty the night of May 7. The NWSL game between Washington and the Chicago Red Stars that had been scheduled was postponed, and will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. The reason? It wasn’t weather related. It was a cool but dry night. A decent…

Former Orland Park police chief Tom McCarthy, shown at a May 2 village board meeting, has an Illinois football scholarship named in his honor. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Report: Illini football names scholarship after former Orland top cop Tim McCarthy

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Many area residents know Tim McCarthy as the former longtime police chief of Orland Park. Those who know history know McCarthy was a U.S. Secret Service agent who took a bullet for President Ronald Reagan during John Hinckley Jr.’s assassination attempt in 1981. Not as well known is that McCarthy…

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More road closures this week for Roberts Road, 87th Street

From staff reports Road closures with detours are scheduled for this week on Roberts Road and 87th Street to accommodate bridge beam removal for the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project. In addition to overnight closures, this work will require a weekend-long closure of both local roads at their intersection under I-294. Delays are expected. On Roberts Road under I-294, up to two…

Lyons boys gymnastics team, shown earlier in the season, is hoping to win its second straight IHSA state title. Photo by Lyons Township

Area Sports Roundup: Lyons eyes back-to-back state gymnastics titles

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Time will tell if the Lyons boys gymnastics team can win its second straight IHSA state championship. But the Lions have taken a good first step in achieving that goal. Lyons won its own sectional May 5 with 149.3, nearly 10 points better than runner-up Naperville North. Senior Randy Yonan…

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Baseball: Brother Rice closing in on Catholic League Blue crown

By Steve Millar Correspondent Hitting in the seventh spot in the Brother Rice lineup, senior outfielder Nick Daugherty knows he will usually have a shot to drive in a run or two when he steps to the plate. “It’s great,” Daugherty said “I think every time I come up to bat there’s a runner at…

Mark Malnekoff, of Klingon Assault Group, came in full costume for the Oak Lawn Public Library's Fan Fest on Saturday. (Photos by Kelly White)

Fan Fest returns to Oak Lawn Library

By Kelly White Comic lovers of all ages joined forces this weekend and came together at Oak Lawn Public Library’s annual Fan Fest. The fest at the library, 9427 Raymond Ave., is a pop culture celebration and free comic book day. It provides an opportunity for the community to come to a local event without…

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Pritzker urges Congress to ‘be like Illinois’ in protecting abortion services

Pritzker urges Congress to ‘be like Illinois’ in protecting abortion services

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker called on Congress Wednesday to “be like Illinois” and codify abortion access into federal law. Pritzker made those comments at a Fairview Heights abortion clinic, touting steps Illinois has taken to protect abortion services should a U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the 1973…

Illinois Supreme Court weighs ex-lawmakers’ case for back pay

Illinois Supreme Court weighs ex-lawmakers’ case for back pay

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Two former state senators who sponsored and voted for bills to reduce lawmakers’ pay and forgo annual cost of living adjustments are now asking the Illinois Supreme Court to declare those measures unconstitutional and award them their back pay. Former Sens. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, and James…

Illinois Democrats’ public safety approach centers on funding infusion

Illinois Democrats’ public safety approach centers on funding infusion

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – In the run-up to the early-morning April 9 adjournment of the spring legislative session, Illinois lawmakers passed a spate of public safety measures backed by hundreds of millions of dollars in the $46 billion Fiscal Year 2023 operating budget. The package, pushed by Democrats in an…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs public safety measures creating mental health co-responder program

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs public safety measures creating mental health co-responder program

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed House Bill 4736 into law Tuesday, May 10, in Peoria, one of the four communities that will be part of a co-responder pilot program that aims to send social workers and mental health professionals on law enforcement calls. The others are Waukegan, Springfield and East…

Pilot program to send mental health professionals with law officers in 4 Illinois communities

Pilot program to send mental health professionals with law officers in 4 Illinois communities

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Police departments in four communities in Illinois will be part of a co-responder pilot program that aims to send social workers and mental health professionals on law enforcement calls. That was part of House Bill 4736, a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. JB Pritzker…

Appellate Justice Lisa Holder White named to replace Justice Garman

Appellate Justice Lisa Holder White named to replace Justice Garman

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court announced Tuesday that 4th District Appellate Justice Lisa Holder White has been appointed to succeed Justice Rita Garman, making her the first Black woman to serve on the state’s high court. “Being appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court is the honor of…

Garman to retire from state Supreme Court, setting up appointment to replace her

Garman to retire from state Supreme Court, setting up appointment to replace her

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republican Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman announced Monday that she will retire on July 7, marking the end of a long legal career that has included 48 years as a jurist. She would have been up for retention this year, but the timing of her…

DCFS director: ‘Stuck kids’ docket a problem years in the making

DCFS director: ‘Stuck kids’ docket a problem years in the making

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith has faced nine cases of contempt of court in recent weeks for failing to comply with a judge’s order to place the state’s most vulnerable children in an appropriate setting. In a recent interview with Capitol News…

ANALYSIS: Where does the GOP governor field stand on abortion?

ANALYSIS: Where does the GOP governor field stand on abortion?

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Perhaps the biggest news affecting state government this week came not from Springfield but from Washington, D.C. That news was an unprecedented leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the landmark 1973 abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade. That case’s precedent protects access to…

UPDATED: Fitch, S&P announce Illinois credit ratings upgrades

UPDATED: Fitch, S&P announce Illinois credit ratings upgrades

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Fitch Ratings on Thursday raised the state of Illinois’ rating for general obligation bonds two notches, to BBB+, while S&P Global Ratings on Friday upgraded state bonds by one notch. That means all three major credit rating agencies have updated Illinois credit by two notches in…

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