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Police urge safe driving for Labor Day

By Bob Bong / August 31, 2022 / Comments Off on Police urge safe driving for Labor Day

With Americans celebrating during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to remind everyone about the dangers of drinking and driving. This Labor Day weekend, local police departments and Illinois State Police are spreading the word about impaired driving dangers and will be taking part…

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Stagg, Sandburg students honored for powerlifting

By Jeff Vorva / August 30, 2022 / Comments Off on Stagg, Sandburg students honored for powerlifting

By Jeff Vorva Stagg and Sandburg students made powerful statements at the first Consolidated High School District 230 meeting of the new school year. Board members honored the two schools’ powerlifting teams at the Aug. 25 meeting at Stagg High School in Palos Hills. Powerlifting is not an Illinois High School Association-sanctioned sport but the…

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Worth cops collect donations for Illinois Special Olympics

By Kelly White / August 19, 2022 / Comments Off on Worth cops collect donations for Illinois Special Olympics

By Kelly White The Worth Police Department prides itself with having close ties and staying active within the local community. For the 10th year, the department was happy to once again take part in Cop on a Rooftop. Police officers mingled with residents on Friday morning at Dunkin’ Donuts, 6707 W. 111th St. in Worth.…

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Police to hit Dunkin’ roofs for Special Olympics

By Bob Bong / August 18, 2022 / Comments Off on Police to hit Dunkin’ roofs for Special Olympics

By Bob Bong Local police will all be hanging out at coffee shops across the south and southwest suburbs on Friday to raise money for the Illinois Special Olympics. The event, which is again being called Cop on a Rooftop after it was rebranded last year as Coffee for Champions, will take place at more…

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Overnight closures coming Monday night for Roberts Road, 87th Street

By Bob Bong / August 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Overnight closures coming Monday night for Roberts Road, 87th Street

Overnight road closures, including weekend full intersection closures with detours, will be scheduled on Roberts Road and 87th Street during the next two weeks to accommodate mainline bridge beam placement as part of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project. Overnight lane closures will also be scheduled on southbound I-294 during this time to complete the work. On Monday, August 15,…

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Traffic shift coming Monday on Tri-State between 83rd Street and Mile-Long Bridge

By Bob Bong / August 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Traffic shift coming Monday on Tri-State between 83rd Street and Mile-Long Bridge

Beginning Monday, night, a traffic shift is scheduled on the northbound Central Tri-State Tollway between the 83rd Street Toll Plaza and the Mile Long Bridge, including removal of the current counterflow configuration. Four lanes will remain open. Overnight August 15, on northbound I-294 between the 83rd Street Toll Plaza and the Mile Long Bridge overnight lane closures will be scheduled, with traffic reduced to a single lane…

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Area communities plan National Night Out events

By Bob Bong / July 28, 2022 / Comments Off on Area communities plan National Night Out events

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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2 incumbents seek Dem nomination in newly drawn 6th District

By Steve Metsch / June 20, 2022 / Comments Off on 2 incumbents seek Dem nomination in newly drawn 6th District

By Steve Metsch It doesn’t happen often, but voters in the newly drawn 6th Congressional District have an unusual choice in the Democratic primary. Because of redistricting, two sitting members of Congress are going toe-to-toe for the nomination in the June 28 primary. The district covers the Midway Airport area, Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood and the…

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New principal named for Oak Ridge School

By Bob Bong / June 9, 2022 / Comments Off on New principal named for Oak Ridge School

From staff reports North Palos School District 117 announces that Stephanie Johnson will be the new principal at Oak Ridge School in Palos Hills beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. Johnson assumes the role of principal after spending the last two years as assistant principal at Glen Oaks School in Hickory Hills. She has been…

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

By Bob Bong / May 8, 2022 / Comments Off on 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…

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Rich Matokar, who opened his first Arrenello’s 50 years ago in Glenwood, stands inside the Tinley Park location. (Photo by Bob Bong)

Arrenello’s Pizza celebrates 50 years

By Bob Bong Fifty years ago, Rich Matokar had to choose between buying a house or opening a business. He chose to quit his job at U.S. Steel South Works and open Arrenello’s Pizza in Glenwood and the rest, as they say, is history. “I did it on a whim,” he said. “A friend was…

Palos Park Commissioner G. Darryl Reed said at Monday's council meeting that the payment system for residents needs to be upgraded. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park to offer online payment system for residents

By Jeff Vorva Palos Park Commissioner G. Darryl Reed introduced a resolution upgrading an enterprise resource planning system at Monday’s village council meeting. He said the last upgrade came in 2013 and the system is outdated. “We want the dinosaurs out of here and make room for the Jetsons,” he said. So, the council is…

Orland Park Trustee Joni Radaszewski, shown at a June 20 meeting, participated via phone at the Sept. 6 meeting. It was her first board meeting since being involved in a serious auto accident. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland trustee back on call after horrific accident

By Jeff Vorva Orland Park Trustee Joni Radaszewski phoned it in on Sept. 6. And the rest of her teammates on the board couldn’t be happier. Radaszewski was seriously injured during an accident in Homer Glen on June 21 which killed her parents, Adrian Spaargaren and Kathleen Repsis, who were passengers in the car. The…

Traveling Tails Dog Rescue's founder, Jennifer Fischer, of Palos Heights, with rescue dog, Harley, a 7-month-old Hound/Shepherd Mix at Traveling Tails Dog Rescue's Adoption event on Saturday, September 10, at the Palos Heights Public Library. (Photos by Kelly White)

Dog rescue sponsors adoptions at Palos Heights Library

By Kelly White Traveling Tails Dog Rescue has one mission – to find dogs forever homes. The organization is non-profit volunteer-based dog rescue addressed in Palos Heights that is dedicated to being an active voice for abandoned, abused and neglected dogs. It was founded in January 2019 by Shepard High School teacher and Palos Heights…

Shepard High School's U.S. Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps held a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony September 9 at the school, 13049 S. Ridgeland Ave., Palos Heights. (Supplied photos)

Shepard cadets pay homage to fallen heroes

By Kelly White Shepard High School students took time to remember fallen heroes during a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony last week. For the seventh year in a row, the U.S. Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps held the ceremony at the school, 13049 S. Ridgeland Ave., Palos Heights, on September 9. The school has been…

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Palos Park’s annual Autumn in the Park kicks off today

Schedule Friday, September 16, 2022 6:00 pm – Grounds Open 6:00 to 10:30 pm – Food Vendors, Beer, Wine and Spirits 7:30 to 10:30 pm – Musical Entertainment –Hairbangers Ball – Main Stage 11:00 pm – Grounds Close Saturday, September 17, 2022 11:00 am – Parade Begins 11:30 am – Grounds Open Noon to 12:30 pm…

Michael Cozzi (second from left) and Nicholas Boynton (fourth from left) were promoted to sergeants during the Worth Village Board meeting on Tuesday night. They were congratulated by (from left) deputy chiefs Chis Fernandez and Rob Petersen, and Police Chief Tim Denton. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

Two new police sergeants added in Worth

By Joe Boyle Two new sergeants have been added to the Worth Police Department with enthusiastic community approval. “You will notice that the room is crowded more than usual tonight,” said Mayor Mary Werner during the Worth Village Board meeting Tuesday night. “We are excited to add two new sergeants to the department.” Michael Cozzi,…

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau and the board are against the Illinois SAFE-T act, which it feels gives more breaks to criminals and hurts victims. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park board calls SAFE-T Act ‘massive threat’ to residents

By Jeff Vorva It’s called the Safe-T Act. And, to hear the members of the Village of Orland Park Board of Trustees talk about it, there is nothing very safe about it and it’s something they feel that people in this state should be very worried about, come New Year’s Day 2023. “I cannot even…

Richards senior running back Michael Maura rambles for yards during a 25-20 win over Eisenhower on Sept. 9. Photo by Jason Maholy

Football: Richards holds off Ike to break into win column

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor It was a bit of an ugly win in a rarely pretty game, but Richards made enough plays to defeat Eisenhower and break into got into the win column via a 25-20 victory in the South Suburban Red opener for both teams. Bulldogs senior running back Michael Maura ran for…

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Area Sports Roundup: Stagg and St. Laurence advance in soccer showcase

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Stagg and St. Laurence’s boys soccer teams advanced to the championship weekend of the Bodyarmor Sports Series showcase by winning games last weekend at Olympic Park in Schaumburg. Stagg opened with a 2-0 victory over Notre Dame in the first round on Sept. 10. Piotr Zawislan and Kamil Bak scored…

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In visit to Illinois, VP Harris rallies voters around abortion rights

In visit to Illinois, VP Harris rallies voters around abortion rights

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Vice President Kamala Harris came to Chicago Friday to rally voters who support abortion rights and urge them to turn out in the upcoming midterm elections. Speaking at a roundtable discussion on reproductive rights at the University of Illinois Chicago, Harris said the recent U.S. Supreme…

What happens when cash bail ends?

What happens when cash bail ends?

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, cash bail will be abolished in Illinois. The measure that will eliminate it has been on the books since early 2021, giving the justice system two years to plan for the major overhaul of the state’s pretrial detention system. It’s also given…

National Guard to assist migrant welcoming effort as Pritzker declares disaster

National Guard to assist migrant welcoming effort as Pritzker declares disaster

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday that Illinois will continue to welcome migrants bused here from Texas as he blasted that state’s governor for relocating them to other cities without sharing information or providing resources. Pritzker said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his agencies have been providing…

At a remote mental health facility, a culture of cruelty persists despite decades of warnings

At a remote mental health facility, a culture of cruelty persists despite decades of warnings

By MOLLY PARKER Lee Enterprises Midwest BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Capitol News Illinois and Lee Enterprises. Over a year ago, the security chief at Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in southern Illinois sent an email to the head of the state…

Chief Justice Anne Burke to retire from Illinois Supreme Court in November

Chief Justice Anne Burke to retire from Illinois Supreme Court in November

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne M. Burke announced Monday she will retire from the bench effective Nov. 30. She has served on the state’s high court since 2006 and has been chief justice since 2019. “The decision to retire was not an easy one,” Burke,…

Tax rebate checks begin going out this week

Tax rebate checks begin going out this week

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday that Illinois taxpayers will soon start receiving rebates of their income and property taxes, either in the mail or by direct bank deposits. Speaking at a news conference in Chicago where he was flanked by other state officials and Democratic leaders…

Ahead of amendment vote, union membership grows in Illinois

Ahead of amendment vote, union membership grows in Illinois

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – As voters in Illinois prepare to decide on a state constitutional amendment that would guarantee workers the right to organize, a new study shows union membership in the state grew last year for the first time in four years. The study also showed, however, that the…

Ahead of amendment vote, union membership grows in Illinois

Ahead of amendment vote, union membership grows in Illinois

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – As voters in Illinois prepare to decide on a state constitutional amendment that would guarantee workers the right to organize, a new study shows union membership in the state grew last year for the first time in four years. The study also showed, however, that the…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun rights group suing Highland Park

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun rights group suing Highland Park

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – A gun rights group is challenging the city of Highland Park’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like the ones used in a mass shooting there on July 4. The National Association for Gun Rights, based in Loveland, Colorado, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal district court in…

Gun rights group sues Highland Park

Gun rights group sues Highland Park

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A gun rights group is challenging the city of Highland Park’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like the ones used in a mass shooting there on July 4. The National Association for Gun Rights, based in Loveland, Colorado, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal…

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