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Stagg’s Math in Construction program has bright future

By Jeff Vorva / November 11, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva Pardon the pun, but Stagg could be on the ground floor of something big. The Math in Construction course, headed up by the tag team of applied tech teacher Eric Malone and math teacher John Daniels has been getting some attention and the course was highlighted at the Consolidated High School District…

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AERO, governor break ground on new campus on old Queen of Peace site

By Jeff Vorva / November 5, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva The groundbreaking for the Aero special education cooperative’s Therapeutic Center building on the site of the former Queen of Peace campus in Burbank was an event that celebrated the State of Illinois’ willingness to kick in $25 million for the project. Because Gov. J.B. Pritzker made an appearance, a group of noisy…

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District 230 gearing up for Legacy Hall event

By Jeff Vorva / November 5, 2021 /

​By Jeff Vorva The Legacy Hall Class of 2021 will be inducted on Nov. 12 and eight new members will be honored. The list includes a couple of principals, a cop, an actor and a heart surgeon. District Supt. Robert Nolting said at the Oct. 28 Consolidated High School District 230 board meeting that he…

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Evergreen Park welcomes own fields of dreams and honors Sexton

By Jeff Vorva / October 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Evergreen Park welcomes own fields of dreams and honors Sexton

By Jeff Vorva Brand new fields and a retired mayor were the stars of the show on Oct. 14. Evergreen Park High School had a grand opening of its new turfed baseball and softball fields. The fields were used in late spring, but this event was to celebrate the fields and show them off to…

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SD230 joins discussion on special needs field in Orland

By Jeff Vorva / October 8, 2021 / Comments Off on 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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Bill of wrongs: Local schools, taxpayers aren’t buying Senate Bill 16

By benndevregional / October 30, 2014 / Comments Off on Bill of wrongs: Local schools, taxpayers aren’t buying Senate Bill 16

       Taxpayers who came to Sandburg High School ready for a fight last Thursday unclenched their fists a bit after hearing that proposed legislation that would strip millions of dollars from local schools will not be considered by the Illinois House of Representatives until next spring. Orland School District 135 Board President Joseph S.…

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D218 starts search for a new Super

By Jeff Vorva / October 30, 2014 / Comments Off on D218 starts search for a new Super

After eight  years at the helm, Community High School District 218 Superintendent John Byrne is leaving his post at the end of the school year and district officials hope to name his successor in February. District spokesman Bob McParland said Byrne was “looking forward to a new challenge. He has been approached regarding some opportunities but…

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Facebook birthday wishers help bring back Lincs to the past

By Bob Rakow / October 30, 2014 / Comments Off on Facebook birthday wishers help bring back Lincs to the past

It started with Lori-Cremins Bailey and ended with Brett Roseman. In between, 31 others took a minute out of their busy day to do it.   I turned 50 years old last week and 33 Facebook friends offered birthday wishes via the social networking site. I’m grateful for the good wishes, but, more importantly, I…

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Bill of Wrongs – Local school officials and politicians cry foul over Senate Bill 16

By Kari Nelson / October 29, 2014 / Comments Off on Bill of Wrongs – Local school officials and politicians cry foul over Senate Bill 16

Well, at least one person had something High School District 230 President Rick Nogal holds up a copy of the 450-page Senate Bill 16 last week at a special meeting at Conrady Middle School in Hickory Hills. The bill could cut millions of dollars from area schools and was the subject of meetings at Conrady…

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Bill of wrongs

By Kari Nelson / October 29, 2014 / Comments Off on Bill of wrongs

Taxpayers receive ‘breathing room’ after announcement at Sandburg Taxpayers who came to Sandburg High School District 230 Superintendent James Gay addresses the crowd at Sandburg High School Thursday night. Photo by Tim Hadac.ready for a fight last Thursday unclenched their fists a bit after hearing that proposed legislation that would strip millions of dollars from…

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Members of the Burbank Detachment Color Guard Chapter 072 stand at attention during the Veterans Day Observance Sunday morning in Worth. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Worth Veterans Day Observance recalls 9/11 sacrifices

By Joe Boyle Sunny skies and warmer temperatures were a welcome sight for the annual Veterans Day Observance on Sunday morning in Worth. Worth Mayor Mary Werner reminded a large crowd that attended the event at the Eternal Flame Memorial at 111th Street and Harlem Avenue that the day should be remembered for a lot…

Mary Powers, of Chicago Ridge, retired after 30 years of dedicated service as a crossing guard to Ridge Central Elementary School, 10800 Lyman Ave, Chicago Ridge. (Supplied photo)

Chicago Ridge crossing guard retires after 30 years of service

By Kelly White When Mary Powers moved to Chicago Ridge from Marquette Park in 1991, she found her calling. Chicago Ridge School District 127.5’s Ridge Central Elementary School was in need of a crossing guard at the corner of 108th and Lyman Avenue. It was there at the beginning of the 1991 school semester in September,…

Stagg’s Zachary Zumerchik speaks to the District 230 board about the school’s Math in Construction program. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Stagg’s Math in Construction program has bright future

By Jeff Vorva Pardon the pun, but Stagg could be on the ground floor of something big. The Math in Construction course, headed up by the tag team of applied tech teacher Eric Malone and math teacher John Daniels has been getting some attention and the course was highlighted at the Consolidated High School District…

Residents take a photo with the district's first fire truck purchased in 1949. (Photos by Don Pointer)

Roberts Park Fire Protection District celebrates 75 Years

By Carol McGowan The Roberts Park Fire Protection District, which handles fire and ambulance calls for the Village of Justice, City of Hickory Hills, nearby unincorporated Cook County, the Interstate 294 Tollway and Cook County Forest Preserve, is celebrating its 75th year. The district has two fire stations, one at the Justice Village Hall, and…

Sandburg’s cross country team celebrates its state championship in Peoria. Photo from Sandburg High School.

Boys Cross Country State Final: Sandburg computes with 3A title; Marist’s Jake Phillips takes fourth in 2A

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Some exhaustive research combined with a little computer wizardry came up with the prediction that Sandburg would win the IHSA Class 3A title by 106 points. A simulation created by Illinois XC Speed Ratings used each state qualifier’s “previous four rated performances and season rating 1,000 times,” then took the average…

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High School Football Class 8A Playoffs: Marist stops Storm, advances to quarterfinals

By Steve Millar Correspondent Marist Senior defensive end Jayson Harris-Woodard and the rest of the RedHawks defense were excited for a new kind of challenge against South Elgin. Coming into Saturday’s Class 8A second-round game, the undefeated Storm was averaging 45 points a game with its triple-option attack. “We don’t usually get to see…

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High School Football Class 7A Playoffs: Mount Carmel moves on with batty win over Batavia

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Dennis Furlong had three choices. The Mount Carmel wide receiver took a handoff from quarterback Blainey Dowling on an untimed down with a Class 7A second-round playoff game on the line and the Caravan down by four points to No. 1-seeded Batavia. His first two choices were to catch the Bulldogs’…

Gotham’s Estelle Johnson (left) and the Red Stars’ Kealia Watt battle in Sunday’s playoff game. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars blank Gotham, advance to NWSL semifinals

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Mallory Pugh and the Chicago Red Stars gave their fans a going-away gift. Playing in Chicago’s final home game of 2021, Pugh scored in the 61st minute and the defense made it stick as the Red Stars beat Gotham, 1-0, in the opening round of the NWSL playoffs Nov. 7 in…

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Oak Lawn wins push tax fight

Village could see $1 million from video gaming levy By Dermot Connolly The Illinois Legislature handed Oak Lawn a preliminary victory in its battle against the video gaming industry with its Oct. 28 passage of a video gaming bill that allows the village to impose a “push tax” that could be worth an estimated $1…

Children select candy during the annual Trunk or Treats and Scarecrow Contest held October 30 in the parking lot of Hickory Hills City Hall. The event was sponsored by the Hills Chamber of Commerce. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Hills Chamber delivers a trunk load of treats

The Hills Chamber of Commerce sponsored its annual Trunk or Treats and Scarecrow Contest on October 30 in the parking lot of the Hickory Hills City Hall. The event was not held last fall due to COVID-19. A variety of decorated scarecrows were put together by 15 local businesses and local school children located at the adjacent…

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GOP, advocacy groups submit changes to legislative district maps in court

GOP, advocacy groups submit changes to legislative district maps in court

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Plaintiffs in three lawsuits challenging the new legislative district maps that Democrats pushed through the General Assembly earlier this year have submitted their proposed changes, which would create more Latino- and Black-majority districts in Cook County and the Metro East region. The latest filings, submitted to…

State Supreme Court asked to rule in case of woman allegedly raped by Lyft driver

State Supreme Court asked to rule in case of woman allegedly raped by Lyft driver

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The rideshare company Lyft argued before the Illinois Supreme Court Wednesday that a 2014 state law protects it from being held liable for the criminal actions of one of its drivers who allegedly raped a passenger in 2017. The case centers on the constitutionality of the…

Pritzker signs Health Care Right of Conscience change

Pritzker signs Health Care Right of Conscience change

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new law in Illinois will soon clear the way for employers to enforce vaccination, testing and other mitigation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The measure, Senate Bill 1169, amends the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act, a 1977 law originally intended to…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker pushes Illinois as EV leader at UN Climate Change Conference

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker pushes Illinois as EV leader at UN Climate Change Conference

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – As global leaders met in Glasgow, Scotland, over the past two weeks to discuss the effects of and potential policy solutions to climate change, Gov. JB Pritzker made the case in a pair of speaking events that Illinois is doing its part to counteract troubling climate trends. It was…

Pritzker makes Illinois pitch at world climate conference

Pritzker makes Illinois pitch at world climate conference

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – As global leaders met in Glasgow, Scotland, over the past two weeks to discuss the effects of and potential policy solutions to climate change, Gov. JB Pritzker made the case in a pair of speaking events that Illinois is doing its part to counteract troubling climate…

Application period for new round of rental assistance delayed one month

Application period for new round of rental assistance delayed one month

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The application period for a new round of financial assistance to renters through the Illinois Housing Development Authority will be delayed one month as the application portal undergoes additional testing, although funding remains available through other state programs. The latest round of funding, provided by the…

Redistricting lawsuit to be heard in early December

Redistricting lawsuit to be heard in early December

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel on Friday set the week of Dec. 6 as the time it will hear three consolidated cases challenging the new legislative district maps that were drawn by Democrats and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker earlier this year. During a…

Latest school report card shows impact of COVID-19 on learning

Latest school report card shows impact of COVID-19 on learning

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant drops in enrollment, academic performance and the likelihood of graduating high school on time, according to the latest school report card released recently by the Illinois State Board of Education. The report card is an annual report that tracks how…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a 'public health crisis,' governor says

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a ‘public health crisis,’ governor says

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday, Nov. 1, classifying ongoing gun violence in Illinois as a public health crisis and announced his intent to include greater funding for violence-prevention initiatives in upcoming budgets. At a news conference in Chicago, Pritzker touted the Reimagine Public Safety Act which…

Saying her district is at stake, Democratic lawmaker seeks to intervene in redistricting suit

Saying her district is at stake, Democratic lawmaker seeks to intervene in redistricting suit

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A Democratic member of the Illinois House has filed a motion in federal court to intervene as a separate defendant in a pair of lawsuits challenging the legislative redistricting plan that was signed into law in September. Rep. Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar, who represents the largely Latino 22nd…

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