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Roberts Park Fire Protection District donates blankets to homeless shelter

By Carol Mcgowan / October 17, 2021 /

The Roberts Park Fire Department recently donated more than 200 new individually packaged blankets to the Providence of God homeless shelter in Chicago. Chief Jeff Ketchen and members of the RPFD worked with Isaac Bucio, a Chicago firefighter who volunteers at the shelter.  

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Comings & Goings: USA Liquidators to open Friday in Hickory Hills

By Bob Bong / October 14, 2021 /

By Bob Bong USA Liquidators, a new store that features closeouts, overruns and stock from stores that went out of business, will open at noon on Friday at 8720 S. 88th Avenue in Hickory Hills. Owners Wally Aiyash and his brother Zeze have been in the real estate business for 30 years and have developed…

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High School Football: Jake Maziarka runs for 4 TDs in Sandburg’s win over Stagg

By Jason Maholy / October 12, 2021 /

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor During the week heading into Sandburg’s matchup with Stagg, Eagles coach Troy McAllister’s message to his players was to not take the winless Chargers for granted. The Eagles were coming off the program’s most significant victory since at least 2015, a 30-27 triumph over powerful Lincoln-Way East in a game…

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High School Football: Oak Lawn’s McGlynn, Duer star on offense and ‘D’ in win over Stagg

By Jason Maholy / September 6, 2021 / Comments Off on High School Football: Oak Lawn’s McGlynn, Duer star on offense and ‘D’ in win over Stagg

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Oak Lawn defensive end Jack McGlynn had never played offense in a game prior to the Spartans’ Week 2 matchup with Stagg. After his performance against the host Chargers, coach Ryan Pattison will have a hard time keeping the versatile junior off the field, period. McGlynn did damage on both…

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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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SD230 stands firm on masks

By Jeff Vorva / September 5, 2021 / Comments Off on SD230 stands firm on masks

Board will not go to war with Pritzker over mandate By Jeff Vorva Some parents in recent weeks have encouraged District 230 school board members to stand up to Gov. JB Pritzker and his mask mandates for schools. But members of the board, which serves Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew high schools, believe it would be…

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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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Argo High School’s Centennial Gala tickets on sale

By Carol Mcgowan / August 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Argo High School’s Centennial Gala tickets on sale

By Carol McGowan Tickets are still available for Argo Community High School’s Centennial Gala. It’ll be held on Saturday, September 11, at the Chicago Marriott Southwest in Burr Ridge. The school celebrated it’s centennial during the 2019-2020 school year, and the event was originally planned to take place in June of 2020 at the end…

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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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Paying respect to slain CPD Officer Ella French

By Steve Metsch / August 18, 2021 /

By Steve Metsch A 100 or so people paid their respects to the family of slain Chicago Police Officer Ella French on Wednesday afternoon, standing along Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview. Residents and police officers from Bridgeview, Hickory Hills, Willow Springs and other suburbs quietly stood on the west side of the street near Niko’s Banquet…

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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…

GOAL CELEBRATION – Chicago’s Kealia Watt jumps into the arms of Tierna Davidson after scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Orlando on Oct. 13. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars battling for home playoff match

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Chicago Red Stars played their final regular-season game at SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over Kansas City in a National Women’s Soccer League game. Is there a chance they will be back in Bridgeview for a postseason match? Even though the top four teams in the…

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Oak Lawn officials praise new restaurants

By Joe Boyle The recent wave of restaurant grand openings has Oak Lawn officials excited about the future of the village. Trustee James Pembroke (4th) said the recent opening of Shake Shack has received an immediate positive response. “Shake Shack has had an impressive opening,” Pembroke said during the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on Tuesday night.…

Members of the Roberts Park Fire Department hold blankets that they recently donated to a Chicago homeless shelter. (Supplied photo)

Roberts Park Fire Protection District donates blankets to homeless shelter

The Roberts Park Fire Department recently donated more than 200 new individually packaged blankets to the Providence of God homeless shelter in Chicago. Chief Jeff Ketchen and members of the RPFD worked with Isaac Bucio, a Chicago firefighter who volunteers at the shelter.  

St. Rita sophomore Ethan Middleton fights for extra yardage against Providence on Oct. 15. Middleton finished with 21 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown in a 35-0 victory. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football: Streaking St. Rita pounds Providence

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent St. Rita is still back on track. On Sept. 11, St. Rita’s football team came home after being battered around by Loyola in Wilmette, 37-7. That dropped the Mustangs to 1-2 after suffering a tight loss to Mount Carmel two weeks prior. In that game, they lost talented running back and…

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart speaks about ghost guns. (Photos courtesy of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

Sheriff Dart, state Sen. Collins propose legislation to ban ‘ghost guns’

From staff reports Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart and state Senator Jacqueline Collins have proposed legislation to ban “ghost guns”–homemade, untraceable weapons that are increasingly being found by police fighting Chicago area violence. “The rapid proliferation of these weapons is alarming, and they are intentionally being used by individuals who want to thwart investigations…

USA Liquidators will open Friday in Hickory Hills. (Staff photo)

Comings & Goings: USA Liquidators to open Friday in Hickory Hills

By Bob Bong USA Liquidators, a new store that features closeouts, overruns and stock from stores that went out of business, will open at noon on Friday at 8720 S. 88th Avenue in Hickory Hills. Owners Wally Aiyash and his brother Zeze have been in the real estate business for 30 years and have developed…

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Oak Lawn to dedicate renovated Brandt Park on Monday

The Oak Lawn Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Brandt Park, 89th Street and Tulley Avenue, on Monday, October 18, at 5:30 p.m. The park renovation features: Fitness/Challenge Court Basketball Court New playground Shaded and seating areas Afterward, there will be a demonstration of the Challenge Course by park district…

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Overnight closures for Roberts Road and 87th Street

Overnight road closures on Roberts Road and 87th Street with posted detours are scheduled to begin this weekend to accommodate mainline bridge removal work for the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project. The overnight closures of the local roads are necessary to safely accommodate the removal of the I-294 mainline bridge deck and beams over Roberts Road and 87th Street.…

Sandburg running back Jake Maziarka runs the ball during the Eagles’ 59-14 win over Stagg on Oct. 8. Photo by Jason Maholy

High School Football: Jake Maziarka runs for 4 TDs in Sandburg’s win over Stagg

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor During the week heading into Sandburg’s matchup with Stagg, Eagles coach Troy McAllister’s message to his players was to not take the winless Chargers for granted. The Eagles were coming off the program’s most significant victory since at least 2015, a 30-27 triumph over powerful Lincoln-Way East in a game…

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Illinois News

Federal court throws out June legislative maps, declines to send issue to bipartisan commission

Federal court throws out June legislative maps, declines to send issue to bipartisan commission

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the legislative redistricting plan that Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law in June – before official 2020 U.S. Census numbers were available – was unconstitutional because the population variances among districts violated the “one-person, one-vote” doctrine.…

State ramping up vaccine booster campaign

State ramping up vaccine booster campaign

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday urged eligible Illinoisans to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot and called on skilled nursing facilities to make booster shots available to patients and staff by Thanksgiving. Currently anyone who received the Pfizer vaccine and is over 65 years of age…

State worker vaccine deadline extended to Oct. 26 for first dose

State worker vaccine deadline extended to Oct. 26 for first dose

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday that his administration has reached agreement with multiple trade unions requiring certain state workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is extending the deadline for workers to get their first shot to Oct. 26 while negotiations continue with the state’s…

Lawmakers returning to Springfield to consider congressional remap, more

Lawmakers returning to Springfield to consider congressional remap, more

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ first congressional remap draft is out but changes could be in store as lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday for the first of their final two weeks of scheduled session in 2022. It’s customary for lawmakers to meet each fall to consider overriding or accepting any…

CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of veto session

CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of veto session

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly released a proposed set of new congressional district maps Friday, just days before lawmakers return to the Statehouse for the start of their fall veto session, which begins Oct. 19. All states redraw their congressional districts following each decennial census. The proposed new…

UPDATED: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of fall veto session

UPDATED: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of fall veto session

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly released a proposed set of new congressional district maps Friday, just days before lawmakers return to the Statehouse for the start of their fall veto session, which begins Oct. 19. All states redraw their congressional districts following each decennial census.…

Tax summaries show Pritzkers made $5 million last year – not including family trusts

Tax summaries show Pritzkers made $5 million last year – not including family trusts

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s campaign released summary documents of his 2020 tax returns Friday, which showed the first family reporting $5.14 million in adjusted gross income, all from taxable interest and dividends. The campaign released seven pages summarizing the governor’s and first lady MK Pritzker’s returns, which…

Democrats release draft congressional maps

Democrats release draft congressional maps

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers released the first draft of new congressional maps Friday, the latest step in a process that occurs every 10 years after the U.S. Census and could impact the balance of power in the U.S. Congress. The new maps are only a draft and will…

Report: Nursing homes in crisis with staff shortages

Report: Nursing homes in crisis with staff shortages

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new report released Wednesday says staffing shortages at nursing homes in Illinois have reached crisis proportions and that people of color are most at risk of suffering the consequences. That’s because those individuals are more likely to live in understaffed facilities or in “ward” rooms…

Springfield transportation hub to relieve rail congestion

Springfield transportation hub to relieve rail congestion

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A railway improvement project intended to greatly improve traffic congestion between St. Louis and Chicago reached a milestone Tuesday as work began on a multimodal transportation hub in the capital city. Gov. JB Pritzker was joined at a groundbreaking ceremony by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and…

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