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History in Willow Springs: Neddermeyer sworn in as first woman mayor

Melissa Neddermeyer and the Willow Springs trustees sworn in last week (from left) Rick Mika, Michael Kennedy, and Thomas Arra. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

By Carol McGowan

It was a packed house, in fact, standing room only, May 13 in the Willow Springs Village Hall.

New Willow Springs Mayor Melissa Neddermeyer holds the giant-sized gavel she was given after being sworn in as new village president.

Melissa N. Neddermeyer was about to be sworn in as the first ever female village president.  Along with her, Trustees Tom Arra, Michael C. Kennedy, and Rick Mika would also take the oath of office.

There was a sense of excitement amongst everyone in attendance, which included Neddermeyer’s family in the front row.   In the outer hall, those that couldn’t get a set in the board room gathered near the door to get a look inside.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge John Allegretti did the honors of swearing in the new mayor and trustees.  The entire room exploded with applause for each one.

The committee chairs were also announced at the meeting and are as follows.  Building and Zoning: Trustee Terry Carr, Sr, Finance and Administration: Trustee Tom Arra, License and Franchise: Trustee Ernie Moon, Municipal Grounds and Property: Trustee Rick Mika, Public Safety: Trustee Mike Kennedy, and Public Works: Trustee Fred Posch.

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High School Boys Volleyball: Brother Rice and St. Rita reach Sweet 16

    By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The four boys volleyball teams that battled it out on Saturday in the St. Rita Sectional all had major triumphs two days prior. All…

Marist’s boys track team won its first sectional since 1982. Photo courtesy of Marist High School

High School Track: Lyons’ Dickman medals at state; Marist boys enjoy big week

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Postseason track was hot and heavy in the Southwest Regional News area as girls completed the state competition and the boys were battling it out at…

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High School Softball: Ellie Giles’ gem lifts St. Ignatius over St. Laurence for sectional title

By Steve Millar Correspondent St. Laurence junior Abbey Pochie knew it was going to be a showdown of Division I-bound pitchers and that she would have to be on top…

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High School Boys Volleyball: Marist on the cusp of another trip to state

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Marist is one win away from another trip to the state tournament and the chance at a second consecutive title. But they will first have to…

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Oak Lawn’s 95th Street crossing closing June 16 

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that repairs to the Metra SouthWest Service Line crossing on 95th Street, east of 52nd Avenue, in Oak Lawn, will require a full closure, weather permitting,…

Ideal School, Countryside cut ribbon on Sensory Meditation Garden

By Carol McGowan Countryside Mayor Sean McDermott, School District 105 officials and others that brought the school’s new sensory meditation garden to life  were on hand May 207 for the…

Justice Park District Commissioner Mark Leahy (left), Judge Ed King (center), and Justice Park District Commissioner Tabatha Sutera. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Sutera, Leahy sworn onto Justice Park Board

By Carol McGowan A new era is underway for the Justice Park District. Commissioners Tabatha Sutera and Mark Leahy were sworn in as full-time commissioners of the park board May 24…

Farewell parade pays tribute to St. Joseph School

By Carol McGowan It was a warm Saturday, but that didn’t stop parents, children, the community and employees of St. Joseph School in Summit from having a few hours full…

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Cook County Assessor’s Office re-opens for in-person appointments

 Online services are also available for property owners From staff reports The Cook County Assessor’s Office has announced the resumption of in-person visits by the public to its downtown and branch…

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Burbank Little League owes T-ball field makeover to Ball Park Buns

From Staff Reports Children 6 to 9 years were among the first to play on the newly renovated T-ball field in Narragansett Park on June 5. Ball Park Buns provided…

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CAPITOL RECAP: No energy deal yet, but lawmakers say one could come 'this summer'

CAPITOL RECAP: No energy deal yet, but lawmakers say one could come ‘this summer’

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate adjourned Tuesday without calling a comprehensive energy regulatory reform package for a vote. After adjournment, Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park,…

Two-day session ends with major legislation, but no energy bill

Two-day session ends with major legislation, but no energy bill

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers finished a two-day special session Thursday by passing some important legislation but without reaching agreement on the one issue…

Vaccinated Illinoisans automatically entered into $10 million lottery

Vaccinated Illinoisans automatically entered into $10 million lottery

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Any vaccinated Illinoisan will be automatically entered into a lottery for $10 million in prizes without having to take any extra…

Six Flags agrees to $36 million settlement over alleged BIPA violations

Six Flags agrees to $36 million settlement over alleged BIPA violations

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Six Flags Great America has agreed to a $36 million settlement to end a class-action lawsuit over the amusement park’s use…

Energy bill still not filed less than 24 hours before planned vote

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By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate is scheduled to return to the Capitol Tuesday to consider an energy regulatory overhaul bill that is years…

Pritzker issues amendatory veto on budget due to drafting errors, Senate accepts

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By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The state Senate on Tuesday approved a change to next year’s budget at the request of Gov. JB Pritzker to correct…

Senate adjourns with no energy deal, but Harmon ‘confident’ one is still near

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By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate adjourned Tuesday without calling a comprehensive energy regulatory reform package for a vote. After adjournment, Senate President Don…

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday

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House OKs remote voting on bills to pass budget amendment

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By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House changed its rules Wednesday to allow lawmakers to cast votes on legislation remotely, giving them enough votes to…

FOID bill strengthening enforcement for revoked cards will head to Pritzker

FOID bill strengthening enforcement for revoked cards will head to Pritzker

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House on Wednesday passed a Firearm Owner Identification card law change that would strengthen law enforcement’s ability to retrieve…