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Evergreen Park mayor praises Labor Day celebration

By Bob Bong / September 16, 2022 /

By Joe Boyle Evergreen Park Mayor Kelly Burke said activities marking this year’s Labor Day holiday were impressive and memorable. “I want to thank everybody for the wonderful concert and fireworks show we had on Labor Day,” said Burke during the Evergreen Park Village Board meeting on Sept. 6. “It was a huge success. It…

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Worth questions but provides funding for park district

By Bob Bong / August 17, 2022 /

By Joe Boyle The request by the Worth Park District for financial assistance was granted by village officials but not without some specific concerns being addressed first. Trustee Brad Urban believed that the initial request for $30,000 through intergovernmental sharing of American Rescue Plan Act funds to make up for deficits caused by COVID-19 was a…

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Oak Lawn residents offer staunch support for police

By Bob Bong / August 13, 2022 /

By Joe Boyle Oak Lawn residents came out in force to offer support for the village’s police department after a well-publicized arrest of a teen following a traffic stop last month. Residents jammed the Oak Lawn Village Hall for the board meeting Tuesday morning to provide testimony in support of officers after the arrest of…

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Calandriello announces Biking the 17th District on Sunday

By Bob Bong / August 12, 2022 /

From staff reports Daniel Calandriello, the Democratic nominee for the Cook County Board 17th District, announced a “Biking the 17th District” event from Elk Grove Village to Orland Park on Sunday to raise awareness of the Cook County Forest Preserve. Calandriello, of Orland Park, plans to bike several trails located within the Cook County Forest…

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Palos Hills builds bonds between police, residents at National Night Out

By Kelly White / August 4, 2022 / Comments Off on Palos Hills builds bonds between police, residents at National Night Out

By Kelly White Palos Hills officials are always looking for ways to form bonds between the city and the community. Doing just that, the city held its sixth annual National Night Out event on Tuesday at Town Square Park, 8455 W. 103rd Street. “The city of Palos Hills is again proud to sponsor our annual…

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Morrison knocks off former ally for 17th District GOP nomination

By Jeff Vorva / June 29, 2022 / Comments Off on Morrison knocks off former ally for 17th District GOP nomination

By Jeff Vorva In the first head-to-head election battle between the two people who have owned the Cook County 17th District seat for the past 20 years, Sean Morrison beat out former ally Liz Gorman for the Republican nomination Tuesday. Orland Park’s Gorman had the job as 17th District commissioner from 2002-2015 but gave it…

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Calandriello wins Democratic nod in Cook County’s 17th District

By Steve Metsch / June 29, 2022 /

By Steve Metsch In a race between two men with village board experience, Dan Calandriello defeated Lou Gale in the Democratic primary Tuesday for 17th District Commissioner on the Cook County Board. According to unofficial results from the Cook County Clerk’s Office with 211 of 217 precincts reporting, Calandriello received 10,467 votes (54 percent) to…

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Pekau vs. Casten ready to rumble in 6th Distict

By Jeff Vorva / June 29, 2022 / Comments Off on Pekau vs. Casten ready to rumble in 6th Distict

By Jeff Vorva The preliminaries are over in the newly aligned 6th Congressional District. Now it’s time for the main event. Pekau vs. Casten. After Tuesday’s primary election, Keith Pekau, the mayor of Orland Park, had a huge lead over five opponents on the Republican side and is ready to take on Democratic survivor Sean…

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Update: Morrison, Gorman duking it out for county commissioner spot

By Jeff Vorva / June 22, 2022 / Comments Off on Update: Morrison, Gorman duking it out for county commissioner spot

By Jeff Vorva In what is one of the nastiest races around, Sean Morrison and Liz Gorman are duking it out for a commissioners’ spot on the Cook County Board. Gorman had the job in the 17th District from 2002-2015 but gave it up to work in the private sector. Morrison took over and had…

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New owner will not tolerate violence at Worth tavern where 2 died

By Bob Bong / May 19, 2022 / Comments Off on New owner will not tolerate violence at Worth tavern where 2 died

By Joe Boyle The owner of a new tavern in Worth said his business will not tolerate any misconduct that plagued the previous lounge where two men were shot and killed. The incident took place in the early morning hours of Jan. 10 at the former Crossing Bar and Grill, 6959 W. 111th St. Another man was injured in…

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Evergreen Park mayor praises Labor Day celebration

By Joe Boyle Evergreen Park Mayor Kelly Burke said activities marking this year’s Labor Day holiday were impressive and memorable. “I want to thank everybody for the wonderful concert and fireworks show we had on Labor Day,” said Burke during the Evergreen Park Village Board meeting on Sept. 6. “It was a huge success. It…

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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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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