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Ridgefest returns after a one-year absence for pandemic

By Bob Bong / July 22, 2021 /

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…

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Lyons brings back annual Father’s Day Car Show

By Steve Metsch / June 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Lyons brings back annual Father’s Day Car Show

By Steve Metsch The annual Father’s Day Car Show in Lyons was held again this year and it attracted dads, their kids, plenty of car lovers and devoted owners. There…

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Oak Lawn police looking for missing senior

By Bob Bong / June 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Oak Lawn police looking for missing senior

At the request of the Oak Lawn Police Department, the Illinois State Police is activating an Endangered Missing Person Advisory. The Oak Lawn Police Department is requesting your assistance in…

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Kids, Grace Point Place residents fly kites

By Kelly White / June 18, 2021 / Comments Off on Kids, Grace Point Place residents fly kites

By Kelly White After months of sheltering at home, elementary students and residents at an Oak Lawn memory care community were able to spread their wings recently. Residents residing within…

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MVCC, District 218 partner for a STEAM summer

By Kelly White / June 18, 2021 / Comments Off on MVCC, District 218 partner for a STEAM summer

By Kelly White Local area grade school students are spending their summer in the classroom. Through an educational collaboration with Moraine Valley Community College and Community High School District 218’s…

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Chicago Ridge Library celebrates grand re-opening

By Kelly White / June 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Chicago Ridge Library celebrates grand re-opening

By Kelly White Proud to show off its new interior is the Chicago Ridge Public Library. The library, 10400 Oxford Ave., Chicago Ridge, held a grand re-opening event on Sunday,…

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Ridge Central School celebrates book program with cereal dominos

By Kelly White / May 20, 2021 / Comments Off on Ridge Central School celebrates book program with cereal dominos

By Kelly White Students in Chicago Ridge School District 127.5 have been reading together through the One District One Book Program. The selected book this semester was “The Lemonade War”…

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Comings & Goings: Cannabis store opens in Chicago Ridge

By News Desk / April 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Comings & Goings: Cannabis store opens in Chicago Ridge

By Bob Bong Ascend Wellness Holdings has opened its second Illinois cannabis dispensary in Chicago Ridge. Ascend by Midway – Chicago Ridge opened at 9820 S. Ridgeland Ave. in a…

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‘Enchanted’ day at Ridge Central School

By News Desk / April 5, 2021 / Comments Off on ‘Enchanted’ day at Ridge Central School

By Joe Boyle Students and faculty at Ridge Central School in Chicago Ridge gave a rousing reception to a charitable organization whose primary goal is to provide resources where there is…

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‘Bit of sadness’ as demolition begins at Evergreen Plaza

By News Desk / April 5, 2021 / Comments Off on ‘Bit of sadness’ as demolition begins at Evergreen Plaza

Demolition proceedings began yesterday for The Plaza, a mall that had been in existence for over 63 years in Evergreen Park but had fallen on difficult times in this century.…

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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…

New Oak Lawn football coach Ryan Pattison is hoping to turn the Spartan program around. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football: New coach Pattison looks to turn Oak Lawn around

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent When Ryan Pattison was hired as the head football coach at Guerin, he was looking forward to leading the 2020 squad and rebuilding a program. He…

Jeannie Olson (left) takes the oath of office from Mayor Kelly Burke to become the newest trustee during the Evergreen Park Village Board meeting Monday night. Olson will fill the unexpired term of Burke after she became mayor in April. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

New oil change center to open in Evergreen Park

New trustee sworn in to replace Burke By Joe Boyle Concerns over noise and traffic congestion were addressed by officials affiliated with a new oil change center that will open…

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…

A makeshift memorial has been created next to the tree in Hickory Hills where four teenagers were killed in a crash Saturday afternoon. (Staff photo)

4 teens killed in Hickory Hills crash were Argo students

Driver charged with reckless homicide By Bob Bong and Carol McGowan Four teenagers from Justice were killed Saturday in what Hickory Hills Police believe was an attempt to go airborne…

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…

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Oak Lawn names Phelan new village manager

By Joe Boyle Trustee Tom Phelan (6th) has been appointed the new village manager of Oak Lawn, replacing the retiring William “Randy” Palmer. The appointment was made following an executive…

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Illinois News

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.…

State ‘strongly encourages’ public, private colleges to require students to get COVID-19 vaccine

State ‘strongly encourages’ public, private colleges to require students to get COVID-19 vaccine

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The state’s higher education agencies released updated COVID-19 guidance Monday encouraging all public and private higher education institutions in Illinois to…

Pritzker, Stratton announce reelection bid

Pritzker, Stratton announce reelection bid

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected]inois.com SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday he will seek a second term, joined once again by Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton as…

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