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Pro Soccer Report: Kowalksi, Pugh score for Red Stars in draw at KC

Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The Chicago Red Stars suffered a big blow on defense when defender Kayla Sharples was ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Sharples’ replacement in the starting lineup on June 18 was Amanda Kowalski. The Arlington Heights native decided to add some offense to her game,……

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Area Sports Roundup: Troy Grevengoed leaving Richards to coach volleyball at Chicago Christian

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer As the girls volleyball coach at Richards, Troy Grevengoed coached against Chicago Christian when two of his daughters played there. He has also watched his daughters from the stands as a fan. Now, he enters a third phase. Grevengoed is the new girls volleyball coach at the Palos Heights private……

The District 218 Board of Education recently voted unanimously to hire Dr. Jennifer Pollack as principal at Shepard High School. (Supplied photo)

Walder promoted, Pollack named new Shepard High principal

From staff reports The District 218 Board of Education has unanimously approved Dr. Jennifer Pollack as the new principal of Shepard High School in Palos Heights. Pollack is no stranger to the Shepard family having served as associate principal for the past six years. She will succeed Dr. Greg Walder who was promoted. The school……

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Club America, Pumas match at SeatGeek officially sold out

PRIMETIME Sports announced Friday that the Pretemporada MX 2022 Clásico match between Club América and Pumas to be played on Sunday, June 19, at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview is officially sold out and Saturday’s Clásico Tapatío match is working towards a sellout. The two-day event hosts Liga MX’s two biggest derbies at SeatGeek Stadium. The……

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Lack of quorum delays vote for new Palos Park commissioner

By Jeff Vorva Naming a new commissioner can’t come soon enough in Palos Park. Monday night’s village council meeting was cancelled earlier in the day because of lack of a quorum. Ironically, one of the agenda items Monday night was to approve Michael Wade as a new commissioner and to swear him in. That will……

Jake Fenton throws a pitch in the first inning of the IHSA state third-place game on Saturday. Fenton had not pitched since mid-April because of a knee injury. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Baseball Class 4A State Finals: Brother Rice takes third with romp over McHenry

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Some view state third-place games as a waste of time. It’s usually the game nobody wants to be involved in after having their dreams of winning a state championship crushed by a loss in the semifinals. But the third-place game in the IIHSA Class 4A baseball state tournament produced a……

Dylan Jacobs won an NCAA championship in the 10,000-meter run on June 8. Photo courtesy of the University of Notre Dame

Area Sports Roundup: Notre Dame’s Dylan Jacobs wins national championship in 10,000 meters

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Add a national championship to Dylan Jacobs’ already impressive list of accomplishments in 2022. The Orland Park resident and Sandburg graduate broke a four-minute mile on Jan. 22 and set an American college indoor record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 13:14.04 seconds on Feb. 12. On June……

Mallory Pugh gets ready to connect on her fifth goal of the season as the Red Stars beat Orlando, 1-0 on Sunday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars blank Orland to finish brutal stretch unscathed

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer The Chicago Red Stars finished the busiest stretch of their season unbeaten. The five-games-in-16-days logjam ended with a 1-0 victory over Orlando on June 11 at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. Mallory Pugh drilled her fifth goal of the season in the 10th minute for the Stars (4-1-3), who entered this……

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Softball 4A State Championship: Marist falls short in bid for repeat

By Randy Whalen Correspondent If someone would have told Emily Bojan that she would come up in the bottom of the seventh with an opportunity to tie or win the state championship game in her final high school at-bat, she’d love to be in that situation every time. But unfortunately, the Marist senior catcher hit……

Nazareth's Lucas Smith takes a tumble during the celebration pile Saturday after Nazareth Academy won the Class 3A state championship. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Young Roadrunners win first baseball title to cap a huge sports season at Naz

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Nazareth’s athletic class of 2024 could go down as the best in school history. The Roadrunners’ girls volleyball team finished first in the state in the fall. Two sophomores were among the eight players who were on the court during the Class 3A state championship game. The girls basketball team……

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CAPITOL RECAP: State Supreme Court again declines to rule on FOID Act

CAPITOL RECAP: State Supreme Court again declines to rule on FOID Act

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – In a 4-3 decision with a blistering dissent from the Republican minority, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to rule on a question of whether Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Act is unconstitutional. It was the second time the case of the People v. Vivian Brown came before the court and…

State audit finds billions in unemployment fraud

State audit finds billions in unemployment fraud

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A state audit released Thursday found nearly $2 billion in federal money intended to help unemployed Illinoisans during the pandemic was lost to fraudulent claims in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Employment Security blamed “insufficient and flawed federal guidance” and a lack of controls on a…

Death certificates of 5 men killed in East St. Louis riots found in state archives

Death certificates of 5 men killed in East St. Louis riots found in state archives

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] It was a tale told by older generations to the younger generations, of men shot and killed and their bodies tossed into a creek during one of the fiercest race riots in the country. That tale was carried across the Mississippi River by those trying to escape the…

State Supreme Court declines to rule on FOID Act for second time

State Supreme Court declines to rule on FOID Act for second time

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – In a 4-3 decision with a blistering dissent from the Republican minority, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to rule on a question of whether Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Act is unconstitutional. It was the second time the case of the People v. Vivian Brown came before…

Pritzker signs bills protecting sexual assault victims

Pritzker signs bills protecting sexual assault victims

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed two bills into law Thursday aimed at protecting the victims of sexual assault. One of those new laws allows victims to press charges, even if they were voluntarily intoxicated at the time of the attack. Another expands where survivors can access treatment…

UPDATED: State reports COVID-19 outbreak at Manteno Veterans’ Home

UPDATED: State reports COVID-19 outbreak at Manteno Veterans’ Home

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – At least 16 residents and six staff at the state-run veterans home in Manteno have tested positive for COVID-19 and one COVID-positive resident who was in hospice died Wednesday morning, according to the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The number of residents reached 17 Thursday after…

State reports COVID-19 outbreak at Manteno Veterans’ Home

State reports COVID-19 outbreak at Manteno Veterans’ Home

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – At least 16 residents and six staff at the state-run veterans home in Manteno have tested positive for COVID-19 and one COVID-positive resident who was in hospice died Wednesday morning, according to the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. All of the positive residents had received at…

Pritzker expands state child care subsidy, increases reimbursement rates

Pritzker expands state child care subsidy, increases reimbursement rates

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Thousands more families in Illinois will soon be eligible for subsidized child care and child care providers will see a pay raise under a series of initiatives that Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday. Starting July 1, the state will invest more than $175 million in additional…

Pritzker signs bills targeting wage theft, expanding HIV care options

Pritzker signs bills targeting wage theft, expanding HIV care options

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected]linois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker has signed 401 bills sent to him this calendar year, leaving just 10 of those passed by lawmakers this year awaiting his action as of Monday. His most recent crop of signed bills from Friday, June 10, included a measure taking aim at…

ANALYSIS: Pritzker, Mendoza see record ‘rainy day fund’ balance as proof of fiscal achievement

ANALYSIS: Pritzker, Mendoza see record ‘rainy day fund’ balance as proof of fiscal achievement

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] The state’s “rainy day” fund – spent down to essentially nothing during the 2015-2017 budget impasse – now has its highest-ever balance of $750 million after a $320 million deposit this week. While statutory fund transfers don’t usually make for headline fodder, the fact that the state is…

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