Staffers at the Glen Ellyn-based Willowbrook Wildlife shelter work with a bald eagle that had been poisoned and was rescued near Ottawa Trail Woods in Lyons. (Supplied photo)

Staffers at the Glen Ellyn-based Willowbrook Wildlife shelter work with a bald eagle that had been poisoned and was rescued near Ottawa Trail Woods in Lyons. (Supplied photo)

Poisoned bald eagle found in Lyons woods

By Kelly White Bald eagles are becoming increasingly more common in the Chicagoland area, and avid bird enthusiasts said this is no surprise. “I have been watching the same pair of bald eagles and their offspring for 12 years now,” Sue Delfiacco said. To Delfiacco, the pair of birds are like family. Every morning, she…

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Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau said other communities can learn from the way Orland Park does business. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

After congressional loss, Pekau ready to keep Orland Park a ‘fantastic town’

By Jeff Vorva In Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau’s first board meeting since his loss to Sean Casten for a congressional seat, he expressed disappointment with the loss but said he was happy he is still running the village. At Monday’s meeting, Pekau said he was not happy with the way the elections turned out……

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Our Lady of the Ridge, St. Linus to host Mass of Healing on November 23

Our Lady of the Ridge-St. Linus Parish will host a Mass of Healing for Those Suffering from Addiction at the St. Linus Church worship site on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, also known as Blackout Wednesday, can be one of the biggest binge drinking nights of the year. Father……

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Strong second half lifts Mount Carmel over St. Rita for trip to 7A title game

By Steve Millar Correspondent After the Mount Carmel offense was shut out in the first half by St. Rita in the teams’ IHSA Class 7A semifinal, Caravan coach Jordan Lynch remained confident his offense would get going on a cold, windy night. “It was just a matter of time,” Lynch said. “Penalties were killing us,……

Justice Trustee Stan Ogorek (from left), Gregory Fasano, Carol Kobiela, and Justice Mayor Kris Wasowicz. (Photo by Carol McGowan)

Justice celebrates long-time business owners

By Carol McGowan Longtime business owners were recognized earlier this month as part of Justice’s Milestone Recognition Program. Peggy Schillne, economic development coordinator for the village, said the awards are something the village hands out annually to recognize businesses that have been operating in the village for a long time. Trustee Stan Ogorek presented Gregory……

An overflow crowd of Township of Lyons residents attended a special meeting Nov. 14 about a plan to ease flooding. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Not all are happy with Lyons Township plan to ease flooding

Most residents approve buying house for detention pond By Steve Metsch The Township of Lyons will proceed with plans to buy a house in the 6200 block of Linden Lane, demolish it and put in a detention pond to ease area flooding, but it wasn’t an easy approval process. Resident voted in favor of the……

Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty congratulates James Koc after he was sworn in for the Zoning Board of Appeals. Koc's wife Terry is in the center. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Koc rejoins Lyons ZBA; mayor honors longtime dentist

By Steve Metsch One familiar face is returning to the Lyons Zoning Board of Appeals. And another familiar face was honored by Mayor Christopher Getty when the village board held its meeting on Oct. 18. First, the board unanimously approved appointing James Koc to the ZBA. Getty later presented dentist Mira Andre, owner of Very……

Nazareth coach Tim Racki is taking his sixth team to a state championship football game at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva.

Area Sports Report: Nazareth finishes run to Class 5A state title game

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Nazareth has played in five state championship football games. But the Roadrunners never took a road this bumpy to get there. After opening the season 1-3 and at one point being 2-4, they had to run the table just to make it to the playoffs. Mission accomplished. They beat Leo,……

Boys and Men’s 2022-2023 Hoops Preview

HIGH SCHOOLS BROTHER RICE The Crusaders finished 24-7 last season and fell 60-49 to Bloom in a Class 4A regional championship game. While almost every key player — aside from forward Jayden Watson, who transferred to Bloom — will be back from last year’s team, there will be a new coach leading the way. Conte Stamas,……

Floral display images are featured along the south end wall of the new Bella Salon Suites in Palos Hills. Sami Khalil came up with idea of the design for the artwork. The grand opening for the salon was held November 12. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

New Palos Hills salon adds to Harlem Avenue rejuvenation

By Joe Boyle The view of empty businesses along Harlem Avenue had frustrated Palos Hills Mayor Gerald Bennett over the years. But when it appeared the most bleak, Kalid Baste and a group of relatives entered stating that they can rejuvenate the area just south of 103rd and Harlem and make it a destination point. Baste and several……

McCook Police Chief Steve Svetich has been with the department 35 years. He will retire in June. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

McCook Police Chief Svetich says ‘it’s time’ will retire in June

By Steve Metsch Saying the time has come after 35 years on duty, McCook Police Chief Steve Svetich is planning to retire on June 30. Appointed chief in June of 2021, Svetich has submitted a letter notifying the village board of his plans. Svetich lives in Willow Springs, but he grew up in McCook. He……

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Flagpole removed from Old State Capitol

Flagpole removed from Old State Capitol

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – People walking through downtown Springfield on Monday morning looked up to an unusual sight – a helicopter hovering over the Old State Capitol, dropping a rope and lifting away the flagpole that sat atop the bronze-colored dome. “We took off the flagpole of at the Old…

Welch, poised for another term as speaker, reflects on growing House majority

Welch, poised for another term as speaker, reflects on growing House majority

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, who recently announced he has the support for another term as House speaker, says he looks forward to governing with an even larger supermajority than he had during his first two years. “Expanding our caucus was definitely a priority of…

Curran eyes ‘balance’ as he prepares to lead Illinois Senate’s GOP minority

Curran eyes ‘balance’ as he prepares to lead Illinois Senate’s GOP minority

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Senate Minority Leader-elect John Curran will take over a caucus that’s more than doubled in size by the majority-party Democrats. His goal: “Bring balance to state government.” “Because we’re going to produce better results with that balance for working families throughout all Illinois communities,” Curran said…

CAPITOL RECAP: Statehouse Republicans choose new leadership

CAPITOL RECAP: Statehouse Republicans choose new leadership

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Republicans chose new leadership for their caucuses in the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday night, Nov. 15, while the two Democratic leaders have each announced they have the votes to maintain their positions. House Republicans elected Tony McCombie of Savanna and Senate Republicans chose John Curran of Downers Grove.…

With three session days left, SAFE-T Act changes could be forthcoming, ‘technical’ in nature

With three session days left, SAFE-T Act changes could be forthcoming, ‘technical’ in nature

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Changes may yet come to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform before its Jan. 1 effective date, but some of its major proponents in the General Assembly said the results of the Nov. 8 general election have signified that the ship has sailed drastic amendments to…

McCombie to take reins of House GOP caucus

McCombie to take reins of House GOP caucus

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Tony McCombie said Wednesday that her top priority when she becomes the next House minority leader will be to rebuild the GOP caucus following last week’s elections that were, for Republicans, a disappointment. “The top priority is to bring balance to the Republican Party,”…

GOP chooses new leadership in General Assembly as Dems retain control

GOP chooses new leadership in General Assembly as Dems retain control

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republicans chose new leadership for their caucuses in the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday night, while the two Democratic leaders have each announced they have the votes to maintain their positions. House Republicans elected Tony McCombie of Savanna and Senate Republicans chose John Curran of Downers…

Right to unionize amendment projected to pass

Right to unionize amendment projected to pass

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois voters have approved a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing workers the right to organize and engage in collective bargaining. Estimates compiled by multiple media outlets projected Tuesday that the ballot measure had support on an estimated 53 percent of the total ballots cast in the election,…

Theis, sworn in as chief justice, says partisanship has no role on state Supreme Court

Theis, sworn in as chief justice, says partisanship has no role on state Supreme Court

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Mary Jane Theis was sworn in as chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court on Monday in a public ceremony, becoming the fourth woman to hold the gavel since the court was created in 1818. By next month, the Democrat will find herself presiding over a…

CAPITOL RECAP: Democrats maintain control in Illinois

CAPITOL RECAP: Democrats maintain control in Illinois

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – As votes continued to be tallied this week, returns showed Illinois Democrats would hold every statewide elected office and maintain supermajorities in the General Assembly while extending their majority on the Illinois Supreme Court. After a fiery election night speech in which Gov. JB Pritzker excoriated the Republican Party…

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