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Harlem to be resurfaced from 62nd to 111th streets starting Sept. 27

By Bob Bong / September 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Harlem to be resurfaced from 62nd to 111th streets starting Sept. 27

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that a resurfacing of Harlem Avenue (Illinois 43), from 62nd Street, in Chicago and Summit, to 111th Street, in Worth, passing through Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Burbank, Chicago Ridge and Palos Hills, will require daytime and occasional overnight lane closures beginning, weather permitting, Monday, Sept. 27. The $5 million project,…

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Boys Soccer: Argo’s Ahmed scores twice against Richards

By Jason Maholy / September 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Boys Soccer: Argo’s Ahmed scores twice against Richards

By Steve Millar Correspondent Argo’s offense has found some new firepower with a key addition. Its defense has continued to thrive despite a crucial, but temporary, loss. The situation has made for a successful mix, which continued Sept. 13 when Argo rolled to a 5-0 win over Richards in a South Suburban Red game in…

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MWRD worker killed at Melvina Ditch worksite

By Bob Bong / September 10, 2021 / Comments Off on MWRD worker killed at Melvina Ditch worksite

By Bob Bong A worker for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District was struck and killed this morning by an excavator driven by another worker at the Melvina Ditch restoration project site just west of Chicago Ridge Mall, according to Chicago Ridge Police Chief Robert Pyznarski. According to a news release, the incident is being treated…

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High School Football: Marist ‘D’ shines in win over Richards

By Jason Maholy / September 6, 2021 / Comments Off on High School Football: Marist ‘D’ shines in win over Richards

By Steve Millar Correspondent Twenty-three seconds into Friday night’s game, Marist and Richards had both scored touchdowns and it looked like a shootout was in store. That would not have surprised RedHawks senior linebacker Jimmy Rolder. “We were prepared for a shootout after watching them last week,” Rolder said. “We knew it was going to…

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College Football: Big second half lifts Indy over Saint Xavier

By Jeff Vorva / September 6, 2021 / Comments Off on College Football: Big second half lifts Indy over Saint Xavier

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent University of Indianapolis football players came to Saint Xavier with heavy hearts. The Greyhounds suffered an emotional setback in when former teammate Koebe Clopton was shot and killed the morning of Thursday, Sept. 2. Clopton left the team in March, but stayed at the school as a student and had many…

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High School Football Wrap: Chicago Christian rolls behind two Lukes

By Jason Maholy / August 31, 2021 / Comments Off on High School Football Wrap: Chicago Christian rolls behind two Lukes

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Chicago Christian picked up where they left off in the spring — scoring points, playing tough defense and winning, opening the season with a 50-8 pounding of Noble/Hansberry in Paolos Heights. Luke Jelderks and Luke Edgar both ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter to help stake the Knights…

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High School Football Preview: Maturation of Marist ‘D’ will be key to another postseason run

By Jason Maholy / August 27, 2021 / Comments Off on High School Football Preview: Maturation of Marist ‘D’ will be key to another postseason run

REDHAWKS AT A GLANCE CONFERENCE: Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Blue HEAD COACH: Ron Dawczak 2019 RECORD: 8-5 2021 SPRING RECORD: 4-2 2021 FALL OUTLOOK: With quarterback Dontrell Jackson Jr. committing to Coastal Carolina and lineman Deuce McGuire committing to Northwestern, the RedHawks have a couple of proven elite players to build the program around.…

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High School Football Preview: Chicago Christian looks to keep good times rolling under new coach

By Jason Maholy / August 26, 2021 / Comments Off on High School Football Preview: Chicago Christian looks to keep good times rolling under new coach

KNIGHTS AT A GLANCE CONFERENCE: Metro Suburban Red HEAD COACH: Tom O’Connor 2019 RECORD: 6-4 2021 SPRING RECORD: 5-1 2021 FALL OUTLOOK: The Knights lost a lot of talent from last spring’s league co-championship squad, including four all-conference linemen. Coach Nick Cook left the school for a job in Ohio and Tom O’Connor takes over…

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High School Football Preview: Richards looks to bounce back after spring growing pains

By Jason Maholy / August 24, 2021 / Comments Off on High School Football Preview: Richards looks to bounce back after spring growing pains

BULLDOGS AT A GLANCE CONFERENCE: South Suburban Red HEAD COACH: Tony Sheehan 2019 RECORD: 10-2 2021 SPRING RECORD: 3-3 2021 FALL OUTLOOK: When it comes to wins and losses, the abbreviated spring season didn’t mean as much for teams that emphasized player development and building toward the “real” season. The Bulldogs’ 3-3 performance still stung,…

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Coffee for Champions Friday morning at Dunkin’ Donuts

By Bob Bong / August 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Coffee for Champions Friday morning at Dunkin’ Donuts

By Bob Bong Local police will all be hanging out at Dunkin’ Donuts across the south and southwest suburbs on Friday to raise money for the Special Olympics. The event formerly known as Cop on a Rooftop has been rebranded Coffee for Champions and will take place from 5 a.m. to noon Friday. Coffee for…

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Most Holy Redeemer parishioners Sharon and Anton Iberle, of Evergreen Park, watch Monday as Rev. James Hyland blesses their 4-year-old Golden Retriever Finnegan as part of the church’s annual celebration of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. (photos by Steve Neuhaus)

Local churches bless pets in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day

     

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…

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New accountant impresses Worth officials

By Joe Boyle Kelly Zabinski wanted to make it clear that she was not your typical accountant. “I don’t come in with pencils or pens in my top pocket,” Zabinski told members of the Worth Village Board Tuesday night. “I’m not like most accountants. I have a sense of humor. If you have any questions, I would…

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Evergreen Park opens door for cannabis dispensaries

By Joe Boyle The first step to allow the operation of cannabis dispensaries in Evergreen Park was given the green light this week. The Evergreen Park Village Board approved Monday night an amendment to the zoning code to provide for specific locations and regulations of adult use cannabis and medical use cannabis facilities. An ordinance…

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…

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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…

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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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